Today’s wedding feature is a beautiful Habesha couple from Vancouver, British Columbia, Shakira and Kamal. It was an honour to be invited to their gorgeous Habesha wedding reception. The MC for the evening was Kamal's close, childhood friend who livened the event with his wit and humorous personal stories of the groom. One story that really stuck out was his recount of the first day Kamal and Shakira met. He shared that the wonderful couple met through family friends shortly after Shakira's family moved to Vancouver from South Africa. As the story was told Kamal fell in love at first sight. He called his best friend late that same evening and told him he had met "the one". He insisted that they meet up immediately and start thinking about ways to see her again.
Fast forward to the Habesha wedding reception. I had a brief opportunity at the wedding reception to chat with Shakira and she seemed very sweet and warm. She shared some of her favorite details of her stunning custom Habesha wedding gown. When her friends introduced her, they described her as being a big sister to all; she was a safe place for them to share their problems and gave wise advise after. They spoke of her beautiful Iman and commitment to her faith.
Kamal's best friend and two brothers had more funny stories to tell, which had the crowd roaring. But when all the jokes were finished they opened up and shared that he had inspired them all by excelling at everything he put his mind to, including his recently completed medical degree. He was devout, smart and caring to the people around him and inspired them to be better people. It was truly heartwarming.
They are both such sweet and wonderful people. I feel so lucky to have been a part of their amazing day and wish them many blessings for years to come. :)
Photography by Luna Blue Photo.