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Juan and Shahirah's Solemnization Ceremony

Juan and I recently celebrated our one year anniversary (alhamdulillah! yay!) and we haven't shared many of our wedding photos or videos online even on our personal and private Instagram accounts. I wrote a brief Twitter thread about getting married but that was about it. At the end of this post, you'll find out why I chose to be discreet.

Now that it's been a year since our wedding day, I'm excited to share some of our wedding photos on my blog. Until this day, being married to Juan and looking at photos from our solemnization (nikah) and wedding reception feels surreal. I was never the sort of girl to spend days dreaming about who I might marry or what my wedding would be like. When Juan and I decided to marry it marked the beginning of a major life shift on various levels. I had 8 months to plan our wedding and reception and he was not in Malaysia for 7 1/2 months of that time.

I've seen countless of wedding photos and videos but it's very different when it…

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