A White Sunday Wedding

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I love weddings. I can’t help it. I’m a girl. So when one of my girlfriends unexpectedly announced that she was getting married in July I was very excited. Perhaps a little more than I should’ve been but I didn’t care because I was going to attend the wedding of one of my closest friends for the first time in my life. Sumayyah’s nikah (solemnisation) was a day I eagerly anticipated. On Sunday, I woke up to a freezing morning and drew my bedroom curtains only to see flecks of snow falling down from the sky. 

Within an hour it went from this... 



To this...



And it didn’t get any better with time.

The roads can be treacherous when it snows and I’ve never seen so much of it in Dunedin for a couple of years. As I live up a hill I was quite worried I wouldn’t be able to make it to the mosque for Sumayyah’s nikah. The first few taxi companies I called said they wouldn’t be able to send any taxis up my way but alhamdulillah, I finally found a taxi company that was willing to do so. The ride downhill was kind of a thrill and when we made it to the bottom of the hill the taxi driver breathed a sigh of relief. What would we do without such brave taxi drivers? Thanks to him I arrived the masjid safely and early. My friends and I kept ourselves busy while waiting for everybody to arrive.

My toes were frostbitten in those heels. Beauty is pain, sometimes!






Not long after the bride-to-be finally arrived and she looked absolutely stunning mashaAllah! Soon after, the groom-to-be as well.


The rest, as they say, is history. Thus, it begins... their happily ever after, inshaAllah


Love how he's carrying the train of her dress.

Dunedin was breathtaking after being transformed by a blanket of whiteness. It looked and felt like a special and blessed day. At times the whole thing seemed so unreal. "Is Sumayyah really married now?" I thought in a moment of disbelief last night as I browsed through photos of us together taken from over the years. But I can't be happier for our darling Sumayyah. She deserved to have a beautiful wedding day and that’s exactly what she got. I pray that she will have a marriage that Allah swt will shower with lots of happiness and barakah because she deserves nothing less. Ameen

14 comments:

Amina said...

You look beautiful! And how did you walk on the ice with those heels?!! I love the seating and snacks' arrangement... thanks for sharing Shahira <3

Mona Z said...

The wedding looks so pretty and so did you. Great pics as usual. Now I want Hershey's kisses!

Ebru said...

All i can say is MASHALLAH! what a beautiful and modest looking wedding! We have so may ppl doing over the top weddings, getting into debt and very western style do's it saddens me. And here we have such a beautiful and classy looking wedding it warms my heart! I also LOVE her dress, not the typical white fluffy dress, again MASHALLAH!!

Vazeima Fayyaz said...

aww! masha'Allah what a beautiful wedding! =)
The arrangement also looks gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing! <3

Vazeima F
http://vazeima-fayyaz.blogspot.com/

x

-Amina said...

Gorgeous pictures! I've seen enough of the photos but everytime I see one I smile. Can't believe our darling Sumayyah is married now!

Modest Style Guide said...

wow ive never seen snow in real life, i love your dress!! congratulations to them :)

*Farah Pop* said...

...aww you look lovely mash'allah....x x

maria said...

i really really love ur dress...it looks great on u.

Shahirah Elaiza said...

Thank you so much for your comments! It was a lovely affair to be a part of and Ebru, you are right, it was simple and elegant and modest. Just like the bride mashaAllah =)

aishah amin said...

Sha your always beautiful masyaAllah, i love how you carry yourself with so much poise and elegance!:) Ramadhan Kareem!

xx

Cinderella said...

I agree with Ebru! Such a humble wedding. I wish I could have that kind of wedding too. But the culture here in Malaysia doesn't allow that since we need to please the people around us especially our relatives. I once attend a wedding in US, it's quite similar like this. Beautiful =)

axyfb1 said...

salaam, i was wondering whether you could tell me where you have bought your dress from/ where i may purchase one from? jazakAllahu khairan

Shahirah Elaiza said...

axyfb1: It's custom made because I wanted a very simple and modest dress =) However, I think you would be able to find something similar at fashionvalet.net

maria said...

oohhh shahirah !! i cant forget ur dress dear...i was in search for a dress to wear during Eid-ul-fitr...i cant decide on any & suddenly realise that i love UR dress so much so that nothing seems right to me.i know u r busy & all that but still can u plz send a close shot of that dess???...i may tailor made it..
Jazakallah Khayr. my email address is konkaboti4O3@yahoo.com