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A Traditional Muslim Wedding in Bloomington, MN

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Shazia & Jeff in Bloomington, MN
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Shazia accented her curly updo with a floral hairpin made of blue orchids 
and red carnations.
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Elaborate henna tattoos (called mehndi) adorned Shazia’s feet, hands and arms.
Khadija Dawn Carryl/
Henna Sooq
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Jeff wore a black sherwani, a traditional Desi suit. Intricate embroidery edged the collar and complemented 
his red and gold turban.
Custom made in Lahore, Pakistan
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The couple’s gorgeous rings stood out against Shazia’s hand-painted peacock clutch.
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Cascading dendrobium orchids in a vibrant shade of blue were paired with green cymbidium orchids.
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Each layer of the four-
tiered buttercream cake was bordered with a gold scroll design and peacock feathers. The topper was fashioned 
to resemble the couple.

Shazia & Jeff in Bloomington, MN

The Bride Shazia Bashir, 30, a physician in the GYN Oncology fellowship at Cornell University and Columbia University The Groom John Jeffery “Jeff” Tong, 29, a geophysicist and a personal trainer at Equinox Fitness Club The Date April 23 Shazia and Jeff had a traditional Pakistani Muslim wedding that consisted of several events, culminating in the official Islamic ceremony, or nikkah. The elegant celebration featured peacock feather décor 
and rich shades of peacock blue and plum.
- Jenny Ryan
Their Ingredients
  • Khadija Dawn Carryl/
Henna Sooq
  • Custom made in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Mani Mela Weddings

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