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Overview: To have and to hold

July 08, 2012

Grand weddings festivities are a tradition throughout Pakistan irrespective of the costs incurred. People take them very seriously with lots of designer clothes, jewellery, shoes, event management and catering, song and dance medleys and a burst of colour. Nuptials in this part of the world are still cherished, remembered honoured. And guess what: the wedding season is upon us once again in full force. With everyone so pumped up with celebrations galore, here we share the wedded bliss of some celebrities who exchanged their ‘I dos’ and took the plunge and have never looked back again.

Images on Sunday finds out how they met their spouse and what made their big day truly memorable.

Ahsan Khan (actor): “My wife was also my neighbour and our families are good friends. This is how we came to know each other and eventually ended up getting married.

“I don’t want to brag but my wedding was the best event I have ever been to. We had a blast and everyone from family, friends, actors, models showed up; even those whom we had forgotten to invite!”

Fakhir (singer): “I met my wife socially. My wedding day became a memorable one when I saw the active participation of my family and friends. It was altogether a very traditional wedding with the shaadi and valima taking place in different cities.”

Angie Marshall (beautician): “It was a 100 per cent arranged marriage; about 24 years ago Ken’s family came to my house with his marriage proposal. We shared our thoughts on the matter and he made me an offer I just couldn’t refuse: ‘Marry me and fly free’. So, to date I fly free!

“I can never forget my wedding day because we had a bomb threat at the wedding which thank God turned out to be a hoax.”

Shaiyanne Malik (fashion designer): “My husband Sohail was a friend of my father’s friend. We were visiting Karachi and Hadi Uncle took me to see a theatrical play which was directed by Sohail. It was the first-ever play I had seen and I fell in love with theatre and subsequently my future husband.

“I was 17 when I married Sohail and I had no clue of rasam or rivaj. After rukhsati, his group of cousin (around 20) sat us down in the lawn and refused to let us go into our room by blocking our way. Sohail whispered to me to pick up my gharara and jump over them and make a run for it, which I did in all my bridal finery including four-inch heels! His cousins were left stunned while the elders laughed and clapped away.

“Now that I have a married daughter of my own, I realise how inappropriate it was, but what great fun at the time.”

Amir Adnan (fashion designer): “My wife Huma and I met at a dinner at my sister’s house. We hit it off instantly and kept talking to each other without realising that everyone had left. Our wedding took place within the next three months.

“It was the happiest day of our lives as we only saw bright faces gleaming with joy reaching out to greet us. The after-effect was that I was squeezed by at least 400 people greeting me with ‘Mubarak ho’. My ribs kept aching for days afterwards!”