Detroit–June 4–Kashif, son of Mohammad Saleem and Kishwar, and Komal, daughter of Syed Nisar (Arif) Akhtar and Dr. Nilofar Syed, enjoyed a unique wedding on the Detroit River Princess boat, with over 1,000 people in attendance. The boat journey and wedding reception lasted for about 2 and a half hours.
The reception hall on the first deck of the boat was decorated elegantly for the occasion. The 3rd deck was reserved for childrenâ€™s entertainment, including a â€œmagic show.â€ A large number of guests from outside of Michigan, including California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and from overseas (India and Pakistan) were in attendance.
After a brief introduction and speeches, a delicious dinner was served, and people journeyed up and down on the boat through four different levels. On the fourth level a lovely Mushaira was in progress, in the unseasonably cool Michigan breeze that wafted across the Detroit river.
The guests were entertained as they attempted to pray Maghrib and a person called out â€œThe boat is turning, wait a minute…â€ and all the guests were forced to adjust their positions.
In their eagerness to attend, people arrived at the waterfrong before the boatâ€™s departure–this is somewhat unusual for the Indo-Pak community.