Their Story

Emirates Bride - - REAL-LIFE/WEDDING -

When they first met in Oc­to­ber 2011, Nyma Peracha thought Shahzad Qadir was “nice”, but didn’t have the time to make new friends. “I had just started a de­mand­ing new job,” she ex­plains. But just over a year later the cou­ple were en­gaged, af­ter Shahzad planned a ro­man­tic pro­posal that paid homage to their most cher­ished mile­stones.

“On 12.12.12 Shahzad sent me flow­ers at work with a rid­dle writ­ten on the card: ‘You can call it des­tiny or call it fate! This is where we had our first date!’” ex­plains Nyma. The an­swer led her to where they ate their first meal alone to­gether.

Upon reach­ing the restau­rant, Nyma was greeted by one of Shahzad’s sis­ters who handed her an­other card that read: “You can get mango or even caramel, we both know this place well; it’s some­thing that we love to eat, a lit­tle healthy treat.” She headed straight to Pinkberry where her fu­ture brother-in-law was wait­ing with an­other card. “By this point I was rather con­fused as to where Shahzad was and what was go­ing on,” says Nyma.

The third card read: “Some of them are good but some are bad, if we don’t do this on week­ends I get sad. I get stressed if we are get­ting late, but just some na­chos have me feel­ing great.” That led her to Reel Cin­e­mas, a Fri­day evening rit­ual for the cou­ple. “At the cin­ema I was greeted by Shahzad’s other sis­ter who gave her a fourth card: “They’re on the cover of this card, you won’t find this very hard. From Lon­don is where they came, no one else makes them quite the same!” Nyma made a bee­line to Hum­ming­bird Bak­ery.

“Shahzad had run out of sib­lings so I was hop­ing to see him there,” says Nyma, “but I ar­rived and still no sign of him.” The store clerk handed her the last card and asked her choose a cup­cake. “As I walked over to the cup­cakes I saw writ­ten across my favourite red vel­vets the words: Nyma Will You Marry Me? I was in shock and opened the last card, which said: ‘Turn around and you’ll see me, no one loves you as much as me.’ I slowly turned around to find Shahzad on bended knee. It was the hap­pi­est mo­ment of my life!”

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