When Victor Carter saw his beautiful Pakistani bride, Naheed Awan, he literally changed direction! Victor was on his way to a meeting when he spotted Naheed sitting on a park bench people-watching. Little did she know that the joke would be on her…it was her turn to get watched – and the watcher certainly liked what he saw. Asking if he could sit next to her and receiving a sarcastic response in return, Victor and Naheed never realized that they had both just stepped into their destinies. They began to talk and according to Naheed, “I haven’t stopped talking and he hasn’t stopped listening ever since.” This beautiful wedding full of beauty, bright colors and very rich culture is a stunner!
Bride – Naheed Awan
Groom – Victor Carter
Wedding date – November 12, 2011
Photography – Zoshia Minto Photography
On incorporating culture…
Our wedding was a traditional Pakistani wedding which means that we had a Mehndi, the Nikah, and the reception. The Mehndi is often one of the most important pre-wedding rituals. It’s a fun filled ritual where a henna artist applies mehndi to the bride’s hands and feet. The designs are very intricate and often hidden within the mehndi pattern is the name or initials of the groom. The groom has to find his initials or name in the pattern on the night of the wedding. Our Mehndi was held on November 11th, 2011 on the eve of our wedding and the color theme was turquoise and pink. We had our Nikah (religious ceremony) on November 12th, 2011. The Nikah is the Islamic marriage contract between a man and woman to live as husband and wife. It’s a formal, binding contract and is considered integral to a religiously valid Islamic marriage. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom and bride. The marriage must be declared publicly and our was declared in front of all our family and friends. The formal reception is always after the Nikah has been performed and ours took place immediately after we were officially pronounced husband and wife.
The most memorable part of our wedding day was walking down the aisle. As a gift to me and Victor, my best friend hired a violinist and guitarist and asked them to play “Amazing” by Bruno Mars as I walked down the aisle. The song is the first one that Vick dedicated to me. I had no idea that it was the song that I was going to walk down the aisle to. Hearing the live instrumental as I took that walk was very emotional for me and a memory that I will cherish forever.
This wedding was originally featured in our Digital Edition No. 2. Click here to browse our digital issues.
• Wedding Dress: Razia Syed
• Hair/Makeup: Tehseen Iqbal of Make-up by Sonia I.
• Shoes: Badgley Mischka
• Ceremony Location: Washington Marriott, Washington, DC.
• Photography: Zoshia Minto Photography.
• Videographer: Moetic Wedding Films
• Wedding Planner: Sehreen Awan
• Florist: Saeeda Sharif of Saeeda’s Blooming Flowers.
• Cake: Creative Cakes.
• Invitations: Jamie I. Harvey of Jamie Har vey Designs
• Event Designer: Yaadein Weddings.
• DJ: DJ Kaser of Lost Sounds Entertainment.
• Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting.