Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima

Art, like love, is a universal language. And there’s a poetic serendipity to finding love, while you are immersed in art. Bianca and Saima met at a spoken word performance and instantly felt a connection.

Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima

Bianca says, “We’ve had many challenges before. But since we’ve been together those challenges have seemed less daunting when faced together. It truly feels like a blessing that we were able to find one another.”

Bianca tells us their story and shares highlights from their big day.

How We Met
“Saima and I met through mutual friends in 2014 at a spoken word performance called ‘Coming Out Muslim’. We hit it off instantly and have literally been hanging out ever since!”

From Meeting To Marriage
“When we met, neither of us was looking for a serious relationship but we did like being with each other. We did date but it took us an entire year before we could admit what we shared was indeed very special and that we wanted to be together.”

The Proposal
“A few years into our relationship we started discussing the possibility of marriage. Saima even asked me about the kind of ring I was looking for but I wanted to propose to her and decided to surprise her. I popped the question on a trip to Colombia.”

The Big Day and its Small Details
“I’m Colombian and Indian and come from a Christian background. My wife is Pakistani from a Muslim background. We were keen on incorporating facets of both cultures in a way that was respectful and personalized at the same time. We had four events, each with its own color scheme and everything was mostly DIY.

The celebrations began with the dhoki which was dominated by blue. The mayoun, which is essentially the haldi ceremony, of course, was all yellow. Our mehendi featured lots of pink. The wedding was dressed in white, gold, and lavender. Our engagement colors had been black and gold so we wanted to contrast that. We added the lavender because we got married in spring.

The wedding was held in my dad’s backyard with 200 guests in attendance. One of our best friends officiated the ceremony which we kept short so we could spend most of our wedding on the dance floor! Our friends and family really came together to help us bring to together our vision. We picked the flowers the day before from the flower district in Downtown Los Angeles and arranged them all on the day of the wedding. Every small detail was splendid and the amount of work everyone put in for our special day was truly heartwarming. It really did take a village and we couldn’t have done it without them!

We had matching outfits for each event which were all designed by Bilal Kazimov, a friend and an incredible designer. We are so happy with the way the clothes turned out and highly recommend him.”

Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima
Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima

Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima

Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima
Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima

Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima
Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima
Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima
Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima
Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima

Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima
Love Without Borders: Bianca and Saima

The Wedding Makers
Brides’ Outfits: Bilal Kazimov
Makeup: Tiffani Shaik
Entertainment: Doctors and Engineers (Band)
DJ: Gabe “Chaboi” Atzlan

Photography: Senna Ahmad
Videography: Sohi Productions

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