Farhana and Anthony were recently married at the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, MA. A traditional Malaysian wedding ceremony begins with the “akad nikah.” The akad nikah is the formal marriage contract and is also known as the marriage solemnization or wedding vows.
During an Islamic solemnization, everyone is seated on the floor. The groom seals the marriage contract with the bride’s father or a “wali.” A wali is an authorized person who is the bride’s grandfather, brother uncle or close male relative.
Some brides are isolated in another room while the ceremony takes place while some brides are present in the same area but facing a different direction or sitting at a distance behind so that the groom cannot look directly at the bride. The solemnization is sealed with the groom kissing the bride’s forehead and the bride kissing the groom's hand.
Malaysian culture is a diverse mix of Indian, Malaysian and Chinese heritage. In India and its neighboring South Asian countries, women have "mehndi" or henna applied on their hands and feet for festive occasions such as weddings, religious events and traditional ceremonies.
The Islamic Center of Boston was established in 1979. The center services the Muslim community in New England. In November 2005, the building was reconstructed. The intricate designs on the walls, windows and floors of the mosque made the most beautiful backdrop for the portraits.
What a gorgeous couple! Congratulations Farhana & Anthony! It was truly a pleasure to be a part of your special day.
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