- Your initial meet. How did it happen?
Jumana: We could in fact categorize our initial meeting into two; one is the initial ‘virtual’ meet and the other, the initial ‘real’ meet. The virtual meet actually happened over a social media platform, then we were complete strangers to each other.
Before our initial ‘real’ meeting in person, I got my parents to meet him as he was introduced to my parents as a mere proposal. Two days after my parents’ encounter and a positive feedback from them (which is apparently 9 days after we getting to know each other virtually), we decided to meet in person.
However we’d definitely call our wedding a semi-arranged marriage as most of the scenarios happened like in a typical arranged marriage as we got our parents involved as soon as we knew that we were the God-decided ‘soul-mates’ And well, our first official meet with the parents occurred two days after our initial real meeting.
- Who made the first move? How?
Jumana: He did, by approaching me via facebook. But he claims that I was the one who had viewed his profile on Linkedin which made him search for me on facebook to send a request after verifying whether my profile was a real one based on his personal insights given my profile’s authenticity. Besides, I don’t completely remember viewing his profile on linkedin.
And it is important to mention that I didn’t add him immediately after he sent me a friend request (luckily I didn’t delete the request either) due to a valid reason – his profile picture wasn’t very convincing for me to add a stranger who I knew nothing about (meaning, I added him after I spotted a new update of his profile picture in which he was wearing a spectacle with a different frame which he currently uses :P, that literally made me accept the request later as it showed up in my friend requests section to which I was directed due to a request from another person) Yeah those Harry Potter glasses – Makes him look 10000 times hotter!
- What was your first impression about your spouse?
Jumana: He looks too small, like a 17 year old. Why are 17 year olds sending me friend requests? (Rolls my eyes)
Irfan: I thought she was out of my league. She looked beautiful and had everything that I was looking for in my life partner yet I was afraid that she was unavailable.
- In what ways are you most alike?
We are both career-focused, desire to be independent and we respect each other’s differences equally. We both sternly believe in hard work coupled with a hint of luck and understand that there is space needed in our togetherness.
We love traveling and adventure and we are sure we are gonna have many more years filled with adventurous trips. Moreover, both of us have a gigantic common interest in the English language. We are in the quest to finding new words and adding it to our vocabulary and use them as if we had known those new words for years. Apart from that, we both are good at creating a real drama out of nothing.
It is sometimes surreal about how our thinking patterns coincide and create a magic that enhances our compatibility with each other.
- What's your most memorable date? Why?
Jumana: Definitely the first day that we met (initial real meet) after my parents returned with a thumbs up for this proposal. Why – because of the positive vibe that had created within me which washed away all the nervousness I had in meeting my potential husband. Also, this day was the day that gave me a new feeling that I never knew existed, after meeting him.
- Three things you love and hate about your partner.
Jumana: Love: I really love him being a real ‘mature’ child. He is a very understanding man displaying genuineness in everything. I actually love his care-free nature mixed with a bit of complexity in his character. And oh, his captions to our pictures posted on social handles, excellent comments and certain natural pick-up lines he uses on me – I’m a huge fan of them! I also love how he tries to find a fault in my language – be it spellings or pronunciation and sometimes miserably fail in defeating me.. LMAO On top of everything, I love his silence, rather his selective communication. What more could a girl ask for? ;)
Hate: Nothing really. If there is something we dislike of each other, we make sure to communicate about it and come to terms. Should I mention his loud snores at night? (No, let that be a secret)
Irfan: Love: I love the fact that she doesn’t exhibit her ego towards me. She’s super flexible and I love how perfectly she complements me and my ways. I couldn’t have asked for more! To add to the list, I love her dressing sense, her Self-obsession, the way she carries herself, positive attitude towards everything, modern mindset without compromising on religious values, her excellent language skills, her health and beauty consciousness, and amazing adaptability.
Hate: Hate is a very strong word. But I would like her to be a bit more rude to suit different situations (not rude with me lol)
- How did the proposal happen?
Jumana: We didn’t in fact have a typical proposal drama lol. Yet, I coined the idea and asked him ‘May be we could hitch?” (It was such an obvious question)
- What are you most looking forward to as Mr. & Mrs.?
Many years of fun, laughter, fights, tears and joy as best-buddies and team-mates whilst making fun of each other’s English language, mocking at each other and finding faults (to ourselves) of other people’s grammar and spelling mistakes, dressing up and posing for photo-shoots and use those photos as content for our social media handles, pushing each other to keep moving forward and never give up and of course make tons of memories!
In simple, live up to the hashtag – Couple goals (#couplegoals)
- Most memorable moment from your wedding?
Jumana: Definitely the first look. Thanks to our photographer to have captured that moment beautifully!
- If you could describe your wedding day using one word, what would it be?
Contentment - Alhamdulillah
- What's been the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?
In fact everything! Both of us worked as a team to pull off every single element from the minute detail to the grandest detail that made our big day look elegant and breath-taking.
- What's been the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon?
As funny as it could seem – deciding on the groom’s tie colour to match the theme (rustic theme with lavender purple as statement colour) and complement the rest of the men who wore the actual lavender coloured tie (the groom has to wear something different – Duhhh) had been the most difficult, yet fun detail of the wedding to agree upon.
- What is your idea of, “And they lived happily ever after”?
And they lived happily ever after (*with a lot of hard work*)
- What has surprised you the most during the first few months of being married?
Our ability to smoothly gel into each other's families and the ability of our families to warmly welcome the new member(s).
- Who’s good at forgetting and better at forgiving?
Photographer : Shazra Ibrahim photography
Event Planner / Stylist : The couple and a close friend – Erik Deoul Raj Florist Feather Fountain and Wedding Designers
Invitation Design : Shaila – Independent designer
Ceremony Venue : Marine Grand Banquet Hall, Colombo 06
Transport Complimentary Car from Wheels Lanka, Colombo Groom Prep : Location 55TG’s Suites Colombo 6
Bridal Gown : Effendi Onestop Bridal Shop Bridal Bouquet : Manel Florists, Moratuwa
Hair Piece : Manel Florists, Moratuwa
Shoes : Padders Outlet, Panadura
Earrings : Olives, Colombo
Hair : Revamped by Shereen
Makeup : Revamped by Shereen
Suit & Shirt : Roy Tailors
Tie :Envoy Shirt
Studs : Envoy
Shoes :Shoe Kingdom, Kandy Grooming :Kamal – Salon Nayana