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Zakia Maiwandi & Asib Ilyas

July 23, 2016. Pleasanton, California

Asib Ilyas and Zakia Maiwandi met ten years ago, when they were on their separate ways to dinner on New Year’s Eve. “We both remember making eye contact, but instantly turned away and continued to the dinner,” Zakia recalls. “The irony is, we ended up at the same dinner! He finally found the courage to talk to me, and we hit it off instantly. I think we both knew from that day, we were going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
After ten years of growing up together, it was Asib and Zakia’s love that made their long-awaited wedding day so special. “Like many women, I had my wedding entirely planned out,” Zakia describes. “Once he popped the question, I immediately contacted Kat Minassi. I had been following her on Instagram for years and always told myself, ‘She has to plan my wedding.’ With all the crazy, stressful, and sleepless nights wondering what my flowers, venue, and overall wedding would be like, I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
>Written by: Lauren Malamala
Planner: Kat Minassi Events and Design Burbank, CA;

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Zakia Maiwandi and Asib Ilyas