Real Wedding: Maimuna Ahmad and Qasim Rana

Nine years after this couple's first dance at prom, they danced together for the first time as husband and wife.

All photographs by Jennifer Cody.

Maimuna and Qasim met in the fall of 2001 as members of the Muslim Student Association at their high school (both went on to be president of the group). They were not fast friends, however. In fact, they could barely stand each other at first. It wasn’t until three years later when Qasim began driving Maimuna and her friends home from school every Friday—in what they all called the MSA bus—that they started to get along. They wound up going to prom together as friends and finally started dating a year after that. Exactly nine years, 11 months, and 17 days after their first dance at prom, the couple danced to their first song together as husband and wife. The rest is history. 

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post contained the incorrect photos. We have corrected the mistake and apologize for any confusion.


Wedding Venue: The bride’s parents’ home in Great Falls, VA

Wedding Reception: Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner 

Wedding Date: October 11, 2013

Photographer: Jennifer Cody, Egomedia Photography

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “Rushing down to Qasim’s room, only-half ready myself, to tie his turban while watching a how-to video on Youtube less than two hours before our entrance.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Our vows.”

First Dance Song: “Ten Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company

Bride’s Sari: Sabyasachi Mukherji

Groom’s Sherwani: Sabyasachi Mukherji

Event Coordinator: Tahsin Imam, Snazzy Soiree

Florist: Ghazala Rana, Greensleeves Florist

DJ & Lighting: Ashish Mistry, Live Sound Entertainment

Staging: Prabha Bhamri

Honeymoon Spot: Krabi, Thailand