Esau and Aleisha met in high school and were married on June 30, 2012. The couple got engaged in December 2011, and planned their wedding in 7 months.

“In terms of planning I would say I started with the hall first, reason being is that we had such a short time frame and our wedding was July 4th weekend which made finding a location impossible,” Aleisha said.

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Luckily, the couple found their hall in February 2012, which left them plenty of time to work out the many other details. They decided to go with The Royal Indian Palace in Richmond Hill Queens, New York.

“They did the catering for the food and decor, of course, we had to throw in extra for that,” Aleisha said.

Although the couple stated they didn’t have a set theme, their colors were red and hot pink.

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“My florist was Dennis Rigas Floral Creations which gave me an amazing price on my flowers,” said Aleisha. “Definitely would recommend them to anyone that’s getting married.”

The couple hired Raqeebah Zaman as their photographer, and later hired her again for their first anniversary photo shoot.

“Our photographer was Raqeebah Zaman, I absolutely love her,” said Aleisha. “She did an amazing job on our pictures . . . she’s worth every dollar.”

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The couple originally wanted a very small wedding, but because it was first wedding for the bride’s family and the last for the groom’s family it became a much bigger event. When asked what the best part of their wedding was they responded: the nikkah.

“I guess I can say that the best part of our wedding would be the nikkah. After 7 exhausting months of stressing and planning it all came down to 5 minutes of saying “I do” 3 times.”

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Advice from the couple:
“For any young couple that’s getting married my best advice is that marriage is a growing experience. Today, tomorrow, and the many years to come will be and is a learning experience. You’re getting adjusted to living with your spouse, learning the way he or she likes to do things and vice versa too. Never get annoyed with your spouse because things can quickly get escalated one might say something that they would regret. At the end of the day you just need to remember that you are with the person you love and the person that Allah (swt) wants you to be with. Always be patient and loving to your spouse. And the best for last: Go with your heart. No one knows your situation other than you and your spouse and what ever advice you get from others just take a minute and think it through, and then make a choice on what YOU feel is right in your heart and what will work for your marriage.”

Photos Courtesy Of: Esau and Aleisha. Taken by Raqeebah Zaman.

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