Real Wedding: Ateqah Khaki & Ali Haider

Kaleidoscope Dream | 9.6.2014 | Photography by Jenn Tai


Names Ateqah Khaki and Ali Haider Live in Toronto Occupations She’s enjoying job seeking; he works in global asset management for the Bank of Montreal How they met After they were introduced over e-mail by Ali’s cousin and Ateqah’s close friend, the two kept in touch online. When Ali came to New York to visit Ateqah, they realized “this was it” How she knew he was the one He makes her laugh harder than anyone else and isn’t afraid to be honest with her Wedding time The nikah (Islamic marriage ceremony) began at 1 with the reception following at 6:30 Weather Warm and sunny Number of guests 150 for the ceremony; 500 attended the reception Wedding budget Around $100,000 Their approach to planning Ateqah took on most of the planning duties, including a trip to India and Dubai with her parents to shop for traditional clothing and accessories Wedding theme Travel-inspired due to the many airplane trips involved in their long-distance relationship Flowers The bride wanted unfussy blooms that looked as if they’d just been picked from the garden Traditional elements A mendhi ceremony the day before the wedding, along with a traditional ceremony in which the couple recited their vows in Arabic Favorite ceremony moment Ateqah’s father officiated and recorded the ceremony while wearing Google Glass New elements The couple appealed to their variety of guests with personalized bingo, a photo booth, and mash-up of old videos and baby pictures playing on loop Wedding cake Sheet cakes from Whole Foods satisfied the hundreds of guests Favors Traditional in-flight items including handmade eye masks, roasted peanuts, and chocolate bars Planning advice Don’t sweat the small stuff Honeymoon Croatia

“The whole ceremony was very emotional. In particular, the send-off where Ateqah’s whole family walked her and Ali to the car while blessing them with a Quran and prayers as a farewell melody played—there wasn’t a dry eye. A photographer’s dream.” —Jenn Tai, photographer

_95A1615 Alisarrival00038 ateqahali_daytwo_details000032 ateqahali_daytwo_details000106 ateqahali_daytwo_details000110 ateqahali_daytworeception000084 ateqahali_nikkah_atgettingready000132 ateqahali_nikkah_portraits000074 ateqahali_paper000001 ateqahali_valima_dinnertoasts000055 ateqahali_valima_getready000189 ateqahali_valima_portraits000297 DayOne_Details00044 DayOne_MainEvent_00198 DayOne_MainEvent_00891 DayOne_MainEvent_00992



Ceremony Location Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN) Center of Kirkland
Reception Venue Museum of Flight
Photographer Jenn Tai
Photo Booth The Snap Bar
Flowers A Tailored Affair
Dessert Whole Foods and Catering by McCormick & Schmick’s
Makeup Angela Rodriguez
Hair Tanya Kostenko of Salon Saida
Hotels for Guests Redmond Inn and Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Everett