This real wedding is Mariyam Azam and Omer Ali Khan in San Francisco and Sacramento, California. Enjoy!

Our nikah ceremony and reception took place a year before our walimah, at Mehran Banquet Hall & Restaurant in Pittsburg, CA. Sabah Azam Photography photographed the event and also did a wedding photoshoot for us at our alma mater, UC Berkeley, a year later. 

The cake was catered from an East Bay baker who has since retired, Sue Faina. The venue was decorated by Farzana and Nadeem Mohammed of Milaap Events. My makeup artist for this event was Farhana Baig, and for the photoshoot was Faizah Mullah.

Our rukhsati event, a year later, took place at Chandni in Fremont, CA. All food and decoration was included in the venue package. Faizah Mullah was my makeup artist and Sabah Azam Photography photographed the event.

Venues and Vendors

The final event, the walimah, took place at the Hyatt in downtown Sacramento, across the street from the state capitol. Food was catered by East West Foods. Makeup artist: Faizah Mullah. Photographers: Jared Lee (also videographer) and Sumaira Akhtar.

Of the three wedding venues, the, Hyatt was, of course, my favorite. The huge and luxurious bridal suite overlooked the dome of the state capitol. The location was perfect and allowed us to have a photoshoot at the capitol building right before the reception. Our guests raved about East West’s food, and my peacock wedding cake awed everyone at our nikah. It was the most delicious red velvet cake I’ve ever had.
As for decor, I refer everyone I know to Milaap Events. Farzana and Nadeem Mohammed, the perfectionist owners, are so creative and personable. They worked with my budget to make my peacock-themed event come to life.
Lastly, Sabah Azam is my photographer of choice. She is creative and thinks on her feet. She always captures the most beautiful moments and her turn-around for photos is reasonable. I really liked my photos from the capitol photoshoot with Jared Lee as well, and he made us a great video and photo montage.

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