November 17, 2018
“There is nothing better than falling in love with your best friend,” says Nargis, who became close friends with Parwiz four years ago. “Our friendship was long distance initially. We would talk for hours and still feel like we didn’t talk enough. I remember one week our schedules were so polar opposite that we didn’t get to talk to each other at all. Those couple of days were very tough, we could barely make it through. I remember being irritated at the smallest things. That was when we realized that we both had feelings for each other and that we were more than just friends.”
It wasn’t long before the couple decided to spend the rest of their lives together. “We all want that fairy tale proposal, but with the Afghan culture the engagement process is very family oriented and involved,” she says. “There are a lot of formalities that take place before the engagement can actually happen. This involves the groom’s side of the family requesting the bride’s side of the family for their daughter’s hand in marriage. Of course the process for us was easier because the families knew each other very well, so getting the approval did not take that long.”
Once both families had given their blessings, the couple held an engagement party. In front of 150 of their closest relations and friends Parwiz presented Nargis with her dream ring, a traditional solitaire.
“Afghan weddings do not have a ceremony, the ring exchange happens during the reception, right after the entrance, which is what we did,” says Nargis.
“My all-time favorite piece of decor was the hanging cake stand. This was such a unique find from Handmade Rentals. Our cake was literally floating,” says Nargis.
We did the traditional ‘knife dance.’ This is where the bride’s sister or best friend has the knife the bride and groom use to cut the cake. She dances with the knife in front of the bride and groom, and, in order to get the knife from her, the groom has to give her money,” explains Nargis.
“The bridesmaids and other close friends of mine performed the ‘attan,’ which is a traditional Afghan dance. They all wore the colorful Afghan dresses during the performance,” says Nargis.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Angelita Esperar Photography • RECEPTION: Hyatt Regency Riverfront • HAIR: Kayle Shoals, Beauty by Kayle • MAKEUP: Kaitlin Francois, Boss Makeup Artistry • WEDDING GOWN & VEIL: Debra’s Bridal • BRIDE’S JEWELRY: Etsy • BRIDE’S SHOES: Badgley Mischka • BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal • GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse • RINGS: Diamonds Direct • CAKE: Alleycakes • FLOWERS: APM florist • DÉCOR: Weddings by Wajma • MUSIC: Karim Daliri & Band • HANGING CAKE STAND: Handmade Rentals • DANCE FLOOR: Orlando Dance Floor Rental • CHAIRS: Premier Furniture Rental • FRUIT DISPLAY: Anita Zori