Love is in the air

DESPITE being an Australian citizen for the past 32 years, Ladina Hussain made sure she would marry someone from Fiji as she still had the typical Fijian, Indian values embedded in her.

A few months back, Ladina, a teacher by profession married Abdul Mofaiz, a former procurement accounts officer with the Fiji Electricity Authority in Australia and their love life was sealed and witnessed by close family members and friends, 600 guests in total.

The couple, having known each other for almost nine years, met for the first time at a cousin’s engagement party and despite Abdul’s desire to get to know more about Ladina, she would just shy away.

“My first impression of him was that he was so quiet and respectful. Growing up in Australia, I never thought I would get married in Fiji. But he was different, and he changed my views,” Ladina said.

“My first impression of her was, will she talk to me or not since we were from two different countries,” Abdul said.

Like any other couple, Ladina’s favourite memory was when he organised the cutest lunch date, as she describes it, at the Nila Restaurant in Vuda, Lautoka overlooking the beautiful white sandy beach.

But for Abdul, his favourite is the day he proposed to the love of his life at the Lautoka Botanical Gardens.

Their special day was celebrated in a big way, a big, fat Indian wedding as they described it with five straight nights of celebration and fun.

“With a night called the ‘Findian Night’, this special night was held to celebrate being Fijian Indian, our guest and host families came in their bula shirts and sulu, and we’re proud Fijians.

“It’s a night when all the cassava, bongos, and dalo, came out, and the house was decorated in palm leaves. As described by guests, they had never seen such a night and enjoyed every bit of it. The following days consisted of haldi/dua and mehndi.”

All the functions of the wedding were held in Melbourne while the wedding day (Islamic wedding, nikkah) was held at Manor on high receptions.

“For me as the bride, it meant I was leaving my family home and starting a new life. Although it was a sad time, I knew I was starting a new journey with my best friend,” Ladina explained.

“The nikkah was definitely a fairytale bliss, with everything I ever wanted. From the venue, to the decoration, to the little personalised details. The highlight of the nikkah was definitely, the drive-in of the vintage car into reception centre.

“That was a surprise organised by Tawfeeq (bride’s brother) Ramiza (bhabhi, I was in shock seeing the vinatge car driving on to the dance floor. I truly felt like a princess). Everything I dreamt of became a reality, with the help our families.”

There was a traditional ceremony to the wedding and that was the nikkah ceremony, an lslamic part of the wedding.

The wedding, they noted, was truly a fairytale bliss.

“Thank you to all our families who made it all come to reality.we would like to thank both our parents (Mr and Mrs Abdul Sattar Aziz, and Mr and Mrs Hussain) who supported us in every step of the way.

“A special thanks to Yasmine Rahman, an aunt, who helped facilitate and host the groom’s wedding functions. Your love and support means so much, it wouldn’t have been the same without you. And lastly I would like to thank our amazing brothers, Abdul Azhar (groom’s brother) thank you for everything you did during the wedding, all the running around, and making sure everything was perfect, you’re truly amazing. I’m so lucky to have a devar and little brother like you.”

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