Sana Arif and Saad Khan

The two-day event began with a private marriage ceremony the morning of April 29 at a mosque in Morgantown, W.Va.

Shamsa Arif and Arif Anwar;
the late Muhammad Saeed Khan and Dr. Najma Ahmad

Ceremonies and Reception:
The two-day event began with a private marriage ceremony the morning of April 29 at a mosque in Morgantown, W.Va. That night, a traditional mehndi, a colorful function, was held at the West Viriginia University Erickson Alumni Center. The light dinner for the mehndi, which included crab cakes, artichoke hearts and seekh kebabs, was co-catered by the WVU Alumni Center and Billu’s Indian Grill (3936 Monroeville Blvd., Monroeville; 412/372-0804, Guests at the mehndi received personalized Hershey bars ( and sets of shiny bangles from Pakistan. On the night of April 30, a reception was held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites (550 Cherrington Parkway, Moon Township; 412/269-4119, Draped silk was hung from the chandeliers, and Sana’s mother made a golden wish tree, used in place of a guestbook. Billu’s Indian Grill provided dinner for the evening. Guests left the reception with miniature turquoise and gold dolis that were made in Pakistan and filled with personalized candy (

Wedding Coordinator:
Erin Calvimontes at Divine Celebrations (412/436-0337, took care of Sana and Saad on their big day.

Fragile Paradise (813 Liberty Ave., downtown; 412/281-1300, provided flower petals for the wedding ceremony, orange and yellow floral centerpieces for the mehndi, and the white rose centerpieces and stage arrangements for the reception.

Brand Studio Photography (412/693-3007; captured all the priceless moments of Saad and Sana's festivities.

On the Bride:
Sana wore a different traditional dress for each part of the celebration, each made in Pakistan. She chose a light turquoise shalwar kameez for the wedding ceremony, a yellow embroidered shirt and chooridar for the mehndi, and a light maroon and turquoise sharara with gold embroidery for the reception.

On the Groom:
All of Saad’s ensembles were made in Pakistan and designed by Amir Adnan. He wore an off-white kurta shulwar for the ceremony, a cream-colored kurta shulwar with beaded embroidery and an orange shawl for the mehndi, and a maroon headpiece and black sharwani with embroidery and rhinestones for the reception.

Cakes by Tammy (330/932-0239, provided a three-tiered chocolate and white cake with buttercream and raspberry fillings.

Music was provided by Planet DJ (410/977-1286,

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