2people1life: For 66th wedding ceremony, UK couple choose Karachi

Published: May 28, 2014
Alex and Lisa, a UK-based couple, celebrated their 66th wedding ceremony at a house in Karachi on Monday evening. With marigolds, roses and mithai, the couple enjoyed a thoroughly traditional ceremony. PHOTOS: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

Alex and Lisa, a UK-based couple, celebrated their 66th wedding ceremony at a house in Karachi on Monday evening. With marigolds, roses and mithai, the couple enjoyed a thoroughly traditional ceremony. PHOTOS: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS


If this adventurous couple from the UK wanted a Pakistani wedding, they surely got one — complete with late arrivals, rickshaws, dhol walas and, of course, gunshots.

Alex and Lisa were in Karachi this weekend to have their 66th wedding ceremony. The idea to have a wedding in Pakistan’s port city came about purely by chance. The couple entered the country on their way to India, after having a ceremony in Iran. As they were driving their trusted camper van, Peggy, through Nushki district in Balochistan, its axle broke and they were stranded.

The couple had to stay in Quetta for nearly a week to wait for the car parts to arrive from the United States. They decided it was a great opportunity to give a shout out to Karachi and have a traditional Pakistani wedding.

On Monday evening, the lawns of a house on Khayaban-e-Muhafiz in DHA were decorated with roses and marigolds, and a traditional swing for the happy couple. After spending nearly five hours at a beauty salon, a flustered Lisa arrived at the venue. “I feel like a shadow of my former self,” she said. Even Alex admitted he hardly recognised her when she came.

As the couple posed for the photo shoot, they recalled the adventures they’ve been on so far. “I remember the James Bond wedding most vividly,” said Lisa, referring to a Hollywood-style wedding they had in the US. “I think the Zulu wedding in South Africa was my most memorable one so far,” said Alex.

After they started their wedding adventure in Canada in 2011, the couple made its way through 52 countries and 66 wedding ceremonies towards their final destination, Australia, and all this, to find the perfect wedding spot. “We wanted to experience each culture before we wrote about their wedding traditions,” said Lisa. Once in Australia, the couple will choose their favourite spot, fly back to it with their family, and the friends they are making along the way, and have their first legal marriage, added Alex.

Before their adventure started, Alex and Lisa had a grand garage sale in which they sold pretty much everything they owned and collected enough money to get the journey started. “We initially planned to be on the road for around two years,” said Lisa. “But, we will be finishing our third year very soon now.”

It is the couple’s unique idea that has made people help out and become a part of their story. “We wanted the happy couple to experience Pakistan before they head over to India,” explained Marium Abbas, the head of iPlan. Her team at iPlan arranged everything from the couple’s stay at Beach Luxury hotel, visit to Port Grand, dinner at Kolachi and their Pakistani wedding. “We sent out an email to all designers, makeup artists and photographers to become a part of this event,” said Abbas. “We were lucky that Portia lent us the clothes, Tanzeela’s agreed to do Lisa’s makeup and OShoot offered to photograph.”

Mutahir Mahmood of OShoot Photography admitted he found the couple’s story hard to believe. It was a few Google searches later that he learned about them and decided to get on board. “They have a great story and if I can help be a part of that story then that’s great,” he said.

Like any other Karachi wedding, the few guests who came arrived long after 10pm. Alex made a grand entrance in a rickshaw, with one enthusiastic security guard dancing his heart out in front of the procession. Lisa followed a few minutes later, walking slowly under a red dupatta. Disappointed that there was no dancing in the bride’s procession, the enthusiastic guard gleefully fired two shots in the air.

Once the two had settled down, the guests performed the mehndi rituals, which were followed by a dance performance by 17-year-old Ibbad Ali Shah, a teacher at ActOne dancing studio. “This is very exciting, the local music is full of energy,” exclaimed Alex as loud music played from the speakers. The festivities lasted well after midnight. The happy couple flew back to Quetta on Tuesday morning, from where they will be driving Peggy down to Multan and then up towards Lahore and Islamabad. You can follow the couple on their journey on 2people1life.com

Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Mohammad
    May 28, 2014 - 10:03AM

    Good to see this… people or tourism companies need to cultivate this trend, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia are the major contraries provide full support and facilities every move for couples who wanted to come and marry in these countries in traditional way. This include the legal certificate of marriage as well attestation etc.

    I would love to have my own company to invite couples to marry in front of K2!


  • asad
    May 28, 2014 - 10:06AM

    the couple look young enough to be celebrating their 66th!!! or is it 6th


  • May 28, 2014 - 10:52AM

    Hi @Mohammad: Thanks so much for the positive comment. We would love to share your idea about K2 with our followers on 2people1life. Get in touch if you wnat to talk about it. Alex


  • Ahmed
    May 28, 2014 - 11:03AM

    “Once in Australia, the couple will choose their favourite spot, fly back to it with their family, and the friends they are making along the way, and have their first legal marriage, added Alex”

    First legal marriage? so they are living together and doing all this fahasi in the lslamic Republic of Pakistan!

    Blasphemy, we will not let this happen! Is any Mullah listening?

    (Sarcasm at the sad state of affairs)


  • whats in the name
    May 28, 2014 - 11:06AM

    @asad, I am too of the same opinion. How ever I feel, it is celebrating their wedding in 66 different styles / cultures. I can easily assure you that there are more than 40 ways /customs of doing it in India alone. I will not be too surprised if my assessment about their number is correct.


  • Happy
    May 28, 2014 - 11:14AM

    Aww, so cute. Lovely couple too!!.


  • Pakistani
    May 28, 2014 - 11:20AM

    Very good to see it.Recommend

  • Punjab
    May 28, 2014 - 11:36AM

    @ ASAD

    You are victim of expert fallacy :) its 66th wedding ceremony not anniversary. Dont worry i had to reread myself and this is what our brain does to us and its called expert fallacy, if i am correct :)

    Congrats to the couple.


  • Patriotic Pakistani
    May 28, 2014 - 11:49AM

    Cute couple :)


  • goggi (Lahore)
    May 28, 2014 - 12:03PM

    66th wedding ceremony means………………………66th romantic SUHAAG RAAT!

    You must learn how to leave your audience in suspense
    ………………Tales from a Thousand and One Nights!


  • AK
    May 28, 2014 - 12:04PM

    Great to see this couple. Hope they really enjoyed their stay in Karachi and Quetta.


  • May 28, 2014 - 12:24PM

    I am highly impressed by the couple and appreciate their efforts as the are experiencing different cultures and traditions themselves to write about it. It would contribute a lot to the existing literature and many people can get benefit from it.


  • Khalid
    May 28, 2014 - 12:46PM

    What no aerial firing..!!


  • Sri
    May 28, 2014 - 12:46PM

    Isnt this unislamic? they are Christians. how can they have a nikah?


  • Mohammad Rasool
    May 28, 2014 - 12:48PM

    Such unworthy, unnecessary and cheap theatrics to give meaning and purpose to their wedding detract from the worth and depth assigned to such a relationship (Matrimony) which is sanctified an glorified by most religions through special rituals and ceremonies as a “once only in a lifetime” event. One wonders how many days will elapse, upon returning to their home country, for this couple to file divorce proceedings when boredom and disillusionment with each other and normal married life sets in.


  • True Karachiwala
    May 28, 2014 - 12:53PM

    Unique idea, really. Love to see them in our traditional wedding style. Best of luck for the rest of your plans.


  • May 28, 2014 - 1:08PM

    Wow! Another amazing wedding and this time in Pakistan. It’s incredible to see the different customs and culture of this country through and thanks to these two guys! :)


  • Pak101
    May 28, 2014 - 1:32PM

    This guy look like Ricky Ponting.


  • dr j tipu
    May 28, 2014 - 1:58PM

    Dear Alex and Lisa,
    Many congratulations on your wonderful wedding celebrations! It is indeed inspiring how you both are having such a wonderful time exploring cultures whilst enjoying such festivities! Be good to see a book on your matrimonial travel soon! good luck for a happy life……….


  • nIGHAT Mirza
    May 28, 2014 - 2:15PM

    How can it be the 66th anniversary of this obviously young couple? Happy to know though, that they chose Karachi and had a lovely time. May Allah bless them.


  • Mohammad
    May 28, 2014 - 2:24PM

    @Alex Pelling: Hey Alex, Thanks for the offer but I am not in Pak right now… you guys go ahead with the Idea… I guess it would be the first wedding on K2 or perhaps K2 in the background.

    People of Pakistan are very much welcoming, I am sure you have the experience by now.

    Best of luck guys!


  • Another Pakistani
    May 28, 2014 - 2:31PM

    I must say that they both look really nice :)


  • Dan from USA
    May 28, 2014 - 3:03PM

    The sad part is that you dont know the ABC of Islam, yet you come to forums and blast you mouth…that is what is sad boy! And it is the same State that has provided you that freedom…to do so.


  • omair shahid
    May 28, 2014 - 3:42PM

    it’s people like you who always think negative things about Pakistan please grow up please for god sake be positive


  • Chief Jacob
    May 28, 2014 - 6:58PM

    i still remember i was a kid and when ever we go to swat ( North West Frontier ) we had more foreigners tourist then our own people before 2005 this terrorism has ruined our everything i have no expectations from our government together we can change and make it the old peaceful pakistan alex and lisa thank you to celebrating it in my country stay blessed may you have many more like this


  • mav
    May 28, 2014 - 11:58PM

    Its not their 66th Anniversary but 66th wedding since they keep having their wedding in every country they visit..they have been getting married since 2011 ‘to each other’@asad:


  • Mav
    May 29, 2014 - 12:13AM

    Hey Alex and Lisa, congratulations on your wedding! Hope u had good time in Karachi :) good wishes and much love x @Alex Pelling:


  • AM
    May 29, 2014 - 9:28AM

    This is sooo cool.. but I would love to know what do they do for life as in how can they afford all this..


  • Aamir
    May 29, 2014 - 12:27PM

    Can I be your best man @Alex? Please? :P


  • Adpran
    May 29, 2014 - 3:19PM

    They didn’t do nikah procession because they already married. They just performed wedding party with Pakistani custom.


  • abbas
    May 30, 2014 - 7:11PM

    Don’t let these silly comments about how can you do this in the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” bother you. These people are really the biggest hypocrites Islam has witnessed.
    You are celebrating the love that you share with your future wife and it is your life and fir you to decide how to appreciate it.

    Congrats and please be safe in Pakistan.



  • Zaheer
    Jun 1, 2014 - 5:18AM

    It is really wonderful. Congratulations to Alex and Lisa. All Pakistanis are happy to be a part of your lovely story. Have a nice journey through Pakistan.


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