A Confetti-Filled Multicultural Backyard Minimony in Westbury, New York
Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced Imaan and Samir to shift their wedding plans, the couple came up with a creative way to make the most of a hard situation. Imaan and Samir decided to postpone their traditional Pakistani wedding events, but they kept their original wedding date so they didn't have to wait to celebrate their ceremony. "A Muslim wedding ceremony is known as a Nikkah and we wanted to incorporate all of the American traditions we grew up with as well while respecting and adhering to our Muslim ones," Imaan explains. "Despite all the craziness going on in the world, we wanted to get married and start our lives together."
To ensure the event on their original wedding date was safe and compliant with pandemic-related guidelines, Imaan and Samir invited their masked, pared-down guest list into a cozy backyard, while even more guests attended remotely via video streaming. Beyond planning a safe and COVID-compliant event, Imaan and Samir made their day absolutely stunning. "The outdoor ceremony was laden with white florals and confetti cannons erupted as we walked down during our recessional. We used colorful flowers for our centerpieces during the reception to utilize the beautiful summer florals." Additionally, the couple brought in "a food truck from the bride's hometown frozen yogurt shop, Hewlett Station come in during dessert!" Although the day looked very different than the couple originally imagined, Imaan and Samir rolled with the punches and brought together a joy-filled, beautiful and family-oriented ceremony in a cozy wooded backyard.