Roshdieh and Abir

June 30, 2018Houston, TX

The Wedding

Saturday, June 30, 2018
6:30 PM
Ceremony and Reception
Embassy Suites Houston West-Katy
16435 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77094, USA
Wedding Party

Rhesa Gallon - Maid of Honor

Hometown:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana                                                                      

Occupation:  Internal Auditor                                                                                    

Current City of Residence:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Share a brief story of you when and how you met Roshdieh:

In 2006, I decided to try out for Ambassador at LSU.  On the day of tryouts Roshdieh and I ended up being in a group and we had no idea what was going on.  Within a month or so I believe we were in the LSU union around same time grabbing lunch.  We ran into each other and ever since than we became friends.  The rest is being written in history books.

Share your fondest memory with Roshdieh:

On LSU game days we use to walk a few miles to the football stadium.  While we were walking we would make up crazy accents  from different cultures which made the conversations hilarious.

If you were with Roshdieh at the moment, most likely, what would you guys be doing?

Eating some kind of chicken

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

Have lots and lots of babies!


Kathryn Green - Maid of Honor

Hometown:  Fort Worth, Texas

Occupation:  Content Specialist

Current City of Residence:  Dallas, Texas

Share a brief story of when and how you met Roshdieh:

Roshdieh and I met through a mutual, middle school friend in Natchitoches, LA.

Share your fondest memory with Roshdieh:

It’s hard to choose! We’ve traveled to Austin and spent many times just talking about life over a delicious meal. One of my fondest memories of the bride was completing a 10k together. That’s 6.2 miles of walking and some running. It was both our first 10k ever! I’ll admit, we hadn’t really trained for it, but we still made it through together! To make the situation a little tougher, it was cold, rainy, and foggy throughout the entire race. Even though we didn’t place, we completed it together and motivated each other throughout the entire process.      

If you were with Roshdieh at this moment, most likely, what would guys be doing?

If I were with the bride, we’d be singing Ed Sheeran’s “Barcelona” at the top of our lungs while we eat some type of delicious Asian food, or ideally, we’d be traveling overseas somewhere.  

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

Throughout your marriage, always continue dating each other. Take time out of the week just to remind each other how special you feel about one another. Small things like flowers say so much! Most importantly, always communicate about anything and everything no matter how small.

Sabrina Zenad - Bridesmaid

Hometown:  San Jose, CA

Occupation:  Manufacturing and Process Engineer

Current City of Residence:  San Jose, CA

Share a Brief Story of how you met Roshdieh:

I met Roshdieh while working for the same company in midland, Texas. We shared company housing. After 3 days of knowing Roshdieh we took a road trip to Dallas, Texas to meet her best friends Kathryn and Rhesa. In those 5 hours of driving, we meshed so well. Our friendship has only grown since. I am so glad I met Roshdieh, because she is such a genuine and caring person.

Share your fondest memory with Roshdieh:

All of them! I love to call Roshdieh for advice. She is always there for me.

But honestly my favorite is that road trip to Dallas. It felt like I met my female soulmate.

If you were with Roshdieh at this moment, most likely, what would you guys be doing?

If I was with the bride or groom right now, we would most likely be eating somewhere. Hahaah.... Roshdieh and I are such foodies.

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

I would say “don’t take life too seriously. Enjoy both of your lives and have fun with each other. Kids will come soon enough, so you should travel and enjoy each other’s company while you are both young.”




Namra Tanveer - Bridesmaid

Hometown: Sacramento & Shreveport

Occupation:  Optometry Student!

Current city of residence: Shreveport, LA

Share a brief story of when and how you met Roshdieh:

Roshdieh was the first friend I made when I moved to Louisiana. We had met many years ago, but were reintroduced at the Mosque in Ramadan. We bonded at the community iftars and became fast friends. It was a special Ramadan for both of us!  

Share your fondest memory with Roshdieh:

Too many! I love seeing her every Eid, and I will definitely miss that tradition when she moves. I think the best memory we have together is when we had a mini staycation at my home in Shreveport!

If you were with Roshdieh at this moment, most likely, what would you guys be doing?

We would probably be having a philosophical conversation. Or we would be trying something new and making memories! 

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

I am so excited and happy for you guys to start your lives together! Always treat your spouse with respect, kindness, and patience. May Allah (SWT) bless you both with health, happiness and success together!

Stefanie Castracane - Bridesmaid

Hometown:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Occupation:  Environmental Engineer

Current city of residence: Baton Rouge 

Share a brief story of when and how you met Roshdieh: 

We randomly sat next to each other in a summer BE elective class at LSU, started talking, and never stopped! 

Share  your fondest memory with Roshdieh: 

Spending a spring break week in Panama City during a cold front but still being determined to go to the beach and freezing while we did it

If you were with Roshdieh at this moment, most likely, what would you guys be doing? 

Eating and catching up

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future? 

Don't take life too seriously; have fun with it and enjoy the small moments (that sounds so cheesy, but it's true)

Tanna Tan - Bridesmaid

Hometown:  Lafayette, Louisiana                                                                      

Occupation:  Anthropology Instructor                                                                                   

Current City of Residence:  Houston, TX

Share a brief story of you when and how you met Roshdieh:

We met while taking undergraduate classes at LSU. It was a huge world geography class, and I felt very overwhelmed by the amount of people. Roshdieh sat next to me, and I just remember thinking how stylish and cool she looked. The professor asked us to get into groups and we started talking, and the rest is history!

Share your fondest memory with Roshdieh:

At LSU, I remember one night we had an impromptu pizza party where we tried making our own pizzas in the middle of studying for tests and exams for the week. I couldn't cook to save my life at the time, so I relied on her so much to help me with such a seemingly simple dish. I just remember we laughed so much that night because we were both able to be silly and be ourselves.

If you were with Roshdieh at the moment, most likely, what would you guys be doing?

Eating awesome food! Seriously, you know all of the best places in town, Roshdieh!

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

Finding happiness within oneself is a step to sharing that radiating happiness with your spouse. :)

Jordan Harrell - Bridesmaid

Hometown: Houston

Occupation:   Professional Nitpicker AKA Quality Analyst 

Current city of Residence: Houston

Share a brief story of when and how you met Roshdieh:

Bio-Engineering sophomore year

Share a brief story of your fondest memory with the bride: 

That time Roshdieh tried to cook Indian cuisine in the apartment 

If you were with the Roshdieh at this moment, most likey,  what would you guys be doing? 

Eating delicious food at the fanciest restaurants  or hot spots  because Roshdieh knows them all.

Do you have any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

"We don't make mistakes just happy accidents"~Bob Ross


Farrah Khan - Bridesmaid

Hometown:  Houston, Texas

Occupation:  Consultant

Current City of Residence:  Houston, Texas

Share a brief story of how and when you met Roshdieh:

I met Roshdieh two Ramadan's ago at the mosque during Tareweh(special Ramadan) prayer.  We hit it off right away, chatted a while, and exchanged numbers.  From then on we  both get together whenever we are both in town.

Share your fondest memory with Roshdieh:

The first time we met.  She always would tell me that I was her first new friend in Houston when she moved here.  That is very special to know.  :)

If you are with Roshdieh now, most likely, what would you guys be doing?

Probably enjoying a delicious meal my mom cooked, binging on a Netflix show, or meeting up in at a new hot spot in Houston.

Do you have any advice for Abir and Roshdieh?

Don't be afraid to express what you fee.  Try to nip any situation in the  bud so it doesn't blow out of proportion into a big one.  I wish you both a long and joyous journey through the rest of your lives together.

Taznama Islam - Ring Bearer

Hometown:  Natchitoches, Louisiana and Calgary, AB, Canada

Occupation:  Engineering Student

Current City of Residence:  Ruston, Louisiana

Share a brief story of when and how you met Roshdieh:  

The details are a little blurry but all I remember was waking up  in a hospital to a strange little girl smiling at me.

Share your fondest memory with Roshdieh:

Too many to choose from.  She's my big sister and she's done a lot for me.  I'll always be thankful for her.

If you were with Roshdieh at the moment, most likely, what would you guys be doing?

We would probably either go out to eat or just hang out and talk

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

You guys seem to a be a good match.  Just keep doing what you are doing and live life.  Don't forget to have fun from time to time but also be serious when its time to be serious.





Rohan Lathia - Groomsman

Hometown: Westford, MA

Occupation: Management Consultant at Bain & Company

Current city of residence: Boston, MA

Share a brief story of when and how you met Abir: 

We were at CWRU orientation and Abir commented that my laptop was nice. This quickly turned into a discussion about the pros and cons of the various processor, RAM and hard drive configurations available at the time. We still have these conversations today!

Share a brief story of your fondest memory with Abir:

Abir got me into the musical group Above and Beyond - a couple of us met up for a show at Roseland Ballroom in New York City in 2013. Work was extremely busy at that time, and it was a perfect weekend to de-stress. It was also one of my first EDM shows - I had a blast and got to observe Abir in his element.

If you were with the Abir at this moment,  most likely, what would  guys would be doing?

Exploring a new city together.

Any advice for Abir and Roshdieh regarding the future?

Get Abir a Garbage Plate and he will be a happy man.