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MR & MRS AREFF | engedi cradle of humankind weddingFebruary 14, 2013

posted in Real Weddings

On the 16th of December 2012, Zunaid & Aadilah became husband and wife during a beautiful wedding ceremony at Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg. This was the first Islamic wedding ceremony I had ever attended and I felt so honored to be their photographer – I was beyond excited! It was an amazing day filled with family and friends and tons of special moments.

The day started at Bosmont Masjid followed by the marriage register/license being signed at Aadilah’s parents’ home. Zunaid then took his lovely bride to his home (just down the street) where lunch was served and the celebration started. The couple got dressed in their reception attire (two wedding dresses – what a lucky bride!) and the celebration continued at En Gedi wedding venue in the Cradle of Humankind.

I asked Mrs Areff to share the story of how they met:

“About two years into our relationship, we met up with some mutual friends and they asked us when we had first met. No one ever really asked us about that before, and although I remembered it very well, I was super embarrassed and surprised to find out that Zunaid remembered it too. We were around seven or eight years old and my family had just moved into a new neighbourhood around the block from our primary school. For some reason I couldn’t remember how to get home. I saw this boy who I knew lived in the same street and I did what any seven year old would, I followed him home. I became the weird girl next door and he was the green-eyed-boy from down the road. And then a few years later – after meeting again, after braces, after pre-teen awkwardness and after a short but deep friendship riddled with ulterior motives – he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. Six years later he asked me to be his wife.”


I fell in love with Aadilah’s gorgeous headpiece that she wore during the ceremony. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before and I couldn’t resist asking her to elaborate on it:

“During the morning ceremony, I wore a traditional Cape Malay headpiece called a ‘midowra’. It was made by my grandmother and the scarf she used has been worn by many other family members just styled in different ways. The style I chose was similar to the one my mom wore on her wedding day and so I felt as though I was living out a family tradition.”


  Aadilah also elaborated on their mindset behind the planning of their wedding day and the decor they chose for the reception at En Gedi:

“We just wanted a wedding that was completely ‘us’. Even if it wasn’t extravagant and even if some of the things seemed odd we didn’t care. I wanted the table numbers to be unique and represent both Zunaid and I. Since Zunaid is an engineer and I’m studying medicine, the one thing we’re always on about is our love for science and maths. So we thought having our table numbers as math equations would be quite apt.”


Aadilah and Zunaid also added the following:

“Our parents and family put so much love and effort into every single aspect of our day and so an immeasurable ‘thank you’ must be given to them! Also, we would like to add that we were thrilled at having Iz and Gerhard as our photographers. They showed true professionalism and flexibility for all the unexpected changes that happened . They also had the utmost respect for all our religious practices and traditions which we appreciated so much.”


 It’s obvious these two have a very bright and promising future ahead – we wish Mr & Mrs Areff a happy life together full of precious moments and unconditional love!


Ceremony Venue: Bosmont Masjid Islamic Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa (facebook page)

Reception Venue: En Gedi, Cradle of Humandkind, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa (website)

Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Handmade by family members

Bride’s Reception Dress: Ellen and Hailey van der Haar