Ronda LeGrand and Ahsan Jameel were united in marriage on Friday, June 24, 2005, at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. The bride is the daughter of Ronnie and Sheila LeGrand of Dexter. Maternal grandparents are Marie Hubbard of Dexter and the late Bryan Hubbard. Paternal grandparents are the late Zeno and Weldon LeGrand of Oran. The groom is the son of Muhammad and Kauser Jameel of Karachi, Pakistan. Maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Ashfaq Qureshi of Lahore, Pakistan. Paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Nurul Haq of Karachi, Pakistan. The ceremony was held outdoors at sunset with the South Mountain range as the backdrop. The couples' closest friends and relatives helped celebrate this special occasion.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. Mendy Griffin, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor, and Cheri Fisher, friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Jennifer Zonneveld, Carrie Brudeseth and Sylvia Schenkenberger, friends of the bride attended as bridesmaids.
The best man was the brother of the groom, Nur Jameel. Babur Habib, Bryan Huey, and Osman Rashid, all friends of the groom, served as groomsmen and groomswoman, Huma Haroon, sister of the groom. The celebrant was Fr. Jim Hushek of Phoenix.
McKenzie Mitchell, cousin of the bride, read "Love Is" and joined Ann Marie Mitchell, cousin of the bride, in singing "Love Can Build a Bridge" as part of the wedding ceremony. The mothers of the bride and groom were presented roses during the song, "On This Day O' Beautiful Mother" which was also played in the weddings of the bride's mother and sister. A reception, dinner and dance followed the ceremony. Amy Ellinghouse, cousin of the bride, was the photographer.
Prior to the traditional American wedding, the couple, family and friends celebrated two traditional Pakistani ceremonies. The Henna ceremony, Mehndi, in which Henna art is made on the bride's palm and the bride and groom are fed sweets was celebrated on Wednesday, June 22. The groom's family presented bangles (bracelets) and "Dupattas" (colorful scarves) to the women in the bride's party. Traditional ceremonial music "Bhangra" (dancing) and home-made Pakistani refreshments were served.
The Nikah, which is the Islamic way of joining bride and groom in wedlock, expressing their willingness in the presence of witnesses, followed by "doa" (prayer) for lasting happiness of the couple was celebrated the evening of Thursday, June 23, and was officiated by Sabir Ashfaq, uncle of the groom. To mark the joyous occasion, people greeted one another with handshakes and hugs. Dry candies in colorful pouches were distributed to all the guests.
On July 22, 2005, the newlyweds were honored with a wedding dinner and dance at the Sacred Heart Catholic Hall in Dexter. The hall was decorated with the wedding colors of red and créme roses. Pictures from the wedding in Arizona and the bride's dress worn at the Nikah ceremony were displayed. Ann Marie and McKenzie Mitchell shared with family and friends the song "Love Can Build a Bridge" that was sung at the wedding. A video of the three-day celebration in Phoenix was available for guests to watch during the reception.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Cancun. Mr. Jameel is currently engaged in the design of jet engines at Honeywell Aerospace as a Principal Engineer in Phoenix. Mrs. Jameel is the Wellness Program Manager at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix. The couple resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
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