South Asians love to celebrate any and every occasion in an individual’s life. Whether its an engagement, wedding, birthday, birth of a baby or just passing an exam. When Sameer and I started dating our families already started visioning what our “big fat Pakistani engagement party and wedding” would look like. Sameer and I got engaged February 2012. Here is a shot from our engagement photo shoot before the engagement party!
Photo credit: Elahe Alam
We started wedding planning shortly after our engagement. Our wedding date was pending on our busy schedules. I was still working (and I loved my job at NRG) and didn’t want to move until I found a better job in Toronto and Sameer had just enrolled in the CMA program so he was very busy as well.
We also had to start gathering information together to submit for the permanent residency application. This process was hard, brutal, tedious, and really tested our memory. What we learned through this process, I remember dates better than Sameer but he remembers smaller and the most unique details about our dating life than I do. Imagine going through all your emails, skype records, movie tickets, greeting cards, EVERYTHING, to find evidence that you are a legit couple and that we deeply love each other. Looking back at the experience, I dont regret it at all.
The wedding date was finally set for June 29, 2013. Tickets booked for July 7, 2013 to Toronto. This time a one way flight for me. Sameer was excited when we booked my one way flight but I was very nervous for this new journey, however, I knew that having him next to me every step of the way was going to be a breeze.
Fast forward to May 2013, wedding celebrations started! Ten of my closest friends and I took a trip to Miami, to my favorite destination in the U.S. After returning, my sister, my a few close friends and I ran the Nike Half Marathon in Washington D.C., just because it felt right to do a race right before my wedding. What you will learn about me, I love running. After all this travel, family, friends, and coworkers started to throw me bridal showers and parties to send me off in style to Toronto. This journey really kicked off with style. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the events.
Bridal shower fun with my Mama!
Miami fun with the girls!
It was finally June 2013. My soon to be husband came to Houston on June 26, 2013 and Our wedding celebrations started on June 27, 2013 and ended on June 30, 2013. Yes, thats four days of celebrations, I told you we celebrate everything and for a long period of time too. Our ceremony took place on June 29, 2013 followed by a reception. Between wedding and move planning, we managed to plan a mini-moon to Puerto Rico. We were in Puerto Rico for 4 days and came back on July 4 to attend my Cousin’s wedding (yes, this was a 4 day celebration too) and catch our flight fly back to Toronto on July 7, 2013.
Photoshoot after the wedding ceremony Photocredit: Aventography
My journey begins here.