We are beyond excited to have Faizaan and Zahra’s wedding featured in the new Hello! Pakistan magazine! The magazine launched in Pakistan in April and it’s the first time an international magazine has been published there. The CEO of Hello! Pakistan, Zahraa Assad Saifullah Khan was quoted as saying, “We want to reshape the country’s image, develop a ‘progressive’ brand and outlook.” We absolutely love Hello! magazine and hope the Pakistan edition does very well!
The magazine’s first issue in Pakistan featured an exclusive interview and photoshoot with Sean Penn, plus coverage of Fashion Showcase 2012. But Hello! Pakistan will also focus on local talent like Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose documentary Saving Face has earned him international accolades.
Faizaan and Zahra met through his cousin when they were 12 years old they remained good friends for 12 years. Faizaan always had feelings for Zahra since the first time he saw her, but he didn’t want to ruin their friendship by mentioning anything. All that changed when Zahra visited Faizaan in Los Angeles from London in the summer of 2010, and before you know it, by January 6th, 2011, the two of them were engaged and both families were over the moon at the joyous celebration dinner at Zahra’s mother’s home in Lahore, Pakistan. For the rest of the year, the two families planned two weddings which took place in Lahore, Pakistan and Los Angeles, USA.
On February 10th, 2012 Faizaan and Zahra were married at the historical mosque in Lahore, Badshah e Masjid, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Akhbar. It was a small, intimate and religious, paper-signing event called a Nikka, which was followed by a brunch at a beautiful ancient Pakistani home, otherwise known as a Havelli in old city Lahore, next to the Badshah e Masjid thrown by Faizaan’s parents. Guests were entertained by a Qawali performance by Santu.
On the 12th of February, the main wedding celebration event took place, known as the Mehndi and Baraat. Traditionally Pakistanis do not combine the two events, but Zahra wanted to keep it simple and less hectic. Zahra wore a 60s-inspired traditional Pakistani bridal outfit designed by her mother and her self and Faizaan also wore a traditional Pakistani outfit which was designed by Nilofer Shahid. The event was spectacular.
In March, family and friends flew from around the world to make it to Faizaan and Zahra’s wedding reception at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills Los Angeles. It was an impeccable event organized by Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events. The event decor was inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s Pre-Fall 2012 Paris Bombay Collection for Chanel. Faizaan wore a tux by Tom Ford and Zahra wore a gown by Alexander McQueen.
Designer: J & S
Consultant: Exquisite Events
Zahra’s outfits: Designed by the bride and her mom
Location: Badshahi Mosque (Ceremony) Haveli (wedding lunch) Model Town (wedding reception)
Photographer: Ali Agha
Reception on March 31:
Location: Beverly Wilshire
Event planner and designer: Exquisite Events
Decor: Revelry Event Designers
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Flowers: tic-tock Couture Florals
Photographer: John Solano
Band: Rossi Music
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting and Dance Floor: Royal Events