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Elegant Affair

Arsh Raziuddin and Zak Mohamed opted for a traditional South Asian wedding tweaked for modern times. The result? A series of gorgeously planned and executed parties full of glamour, glitz and laughter.  

The bride bought her beaded Élan dress and veil at PKDL, a South Asian boutique in Columbia, Md., and donned statement jewels created by her father-in-law in Dubai and Pakistan.

Bouquets of cream-colored roses and greenery by florist Fakhra Khalid of The Moment Events complemented the colorful, festive clothing and environment



Arsh’s hands were festooned with traditional mehndi designs


Zak’s groomsmen rented their own classic black tuxedos, while the groom wore a suit custom-made by his father


Better Together Cakes by Jimin Choe created the gold-flecked wedding cake 

Arsh Raziuddin and Zakaria “Zak” Mohamed’s romance had been brewing since they met as college freshmen. Years later, during an evening at their favorite restaurant, Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen, Zak proposed—and the couple opted for a traditional South Asian engagement party and wedding—with a twist. “We put a bit of a spin on our wedding by infusing Zak’s mother’s culture within our South Asian mix, with a grand Lebanese entrance,” says Arsh, who laughingly adds, “It was a lot.” The couple enlisted the planning genius of Patrice Golesorkhi of Exclusively Events to help throw a grand celebration spanning five days and featuring multiple parties.

What transpired was an elegantly designed, luxurious but intimate wedding filled with elements inspired by the couple’s creative and personal heritages. Arsh, a graphic designer in DC, was, of course, very particular about the paper suite, which she custom-designed and created, while Zak’s father had a hand in designing Arsh’s incredible jewelry wardrobe, Zak’s tuxedo and even his shoes—which were all custom-made in the Middle East and India. Despite the huge guest list—550 guests!—the ceremony, delivered by Zak’s best friend, felt intimate. A huge party filled with live music, a Palestinian dance group, street food and dancing ensued—before the bride and groom were whisked away in a picturesque Crown Princess 1955 Rolls-Royce.

Wedding Planner
Patrice Golesorkhi, Exclusively Events
Bride’s Gown Élan, PKDL
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom
Rings May Jewelers
Florals Fakhra Khalid, The Moment Events
Catering Main Event Caterers; Bollywood Bistro; Lebanese Taverna
Cake Jimin Choe, Better Together Cakes + Calligraphy
Homemade Ice-Cream Sandwiches Cream Cruiser
Entertainment Elite DJs
Videographer Shutter and Sound 
Dancers Faris El-Layl Dabke
Photo Booth Pixelated Photo Booth
Valet Company MJ Valet