Saudi Arabia: American Bedu’s 2nd Wedding

On this date, 15 June, American Bedu and Her Prince had their second wedding.  This was the civil ceremony which was performed in the privacy of their Northern Virginia home.

According to the ceremony performed on 15 June 2006, American Bedu and Her Prince would be celebrating their 6th wedding anniversary today.  We did celebrate an anniversary each 15th day of June but to Abdullah and I, we always viewed our first marriage in 2002 as the “official time we became husband and wife.”

The second wedding was a private affair in our home with my son, daughter-in-law and marriage official present.  I wore a silk grey-blue shalwar kameez from Pakistan and Abdullah wore one of his beautifully tailored suits.

Our second wedding was quite a feat to accomplish in the short amount of time which we (read I) had notice of the event.  Abdullah wanted us to have a civil marriage ceremony not only to illustrate to my family his pledge to always love, honor and care for me but also because it would be helpful towards facilitation of our marriage approval to eventually live in the Kingdom together legally as man and wife.

He made the arrangements.  I was advised by a phone call that a marriage official (Justice of the Peace) would be arriving at our home in three hours to perform a civil marriage ceremony.

I ran around like a mad dog notifying my son and daughter-in-law, getting flowers and preparing our home for a wedding!  There was no opportunity to try and have other guests in attendance, although later we did have a party in celebration.

There was no doubt of the emotion each of us felt during our civil ceremony.  Even Abdullah’s voice wavered as he held back tears of happiness when we said our vows to each other.  Anyone who knows me already knows I was gushing with tears like a baby.  The civil ceremony only made me feel that much closer and bonded to him, especially because he insisted on it.

Even though Abdullah has passed on, I know he still watches out for me.  I had believed the photos of this wedding had been long lost, but I found them  – on HIS birthday!

Happy Bride and Groom relaxing back in casual clothes after their wedding.

Sharing an emotional moment…

A shy “married to the same man for the second time” Bedu snuggled up in her ladies thobe.

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14 Responses

  1. So beautiful mashallah!God bless!

  2. Nice pictures, nice moments and nice days to remember. God is great.

  3. I enjoyed the pictures! Thanks for sharing about your second wedding!

  4. Cute , great moments to cherish carol, keep them alive and celebrate the good times you guys had.

  5. What a beautiful story! I loved reading this post! Thanks for sharing about your special moment!

  6. Hi Carol,

    Hope you are doing well under the circumstances. I pray for you all the time and for your good health and long life!

    I loved reading about your’s and your Prince Abdullah’s “second” wedding. Especially, your comment that you “wore a silk grey-blue shalwar kameez from Pakistan” brought back a lot of fond memories.

    As I mentioned to you before, I was in Pakistan (islamabad) few months ago to visit my fiancee who works at the US embassy there. While there, my fiancee bought me couple of pairs of shalwar kameez. I find them so so comfortable and they look good on one also. I also brought back a pair for my mom and she is in seventh heaven :)-

    Hurry back, Carol ….

  7. Thank you everyone for your nice comments. It felt good to write about our second wedding, especially when I discovered the photos! Forgive me but I could not post the pics of Abdullah and I in our wedding finery. We did not have any pics of just the two of us (I think we were so caught up in the moment we forgot) and I will not post personal pics of others without their explicit okay.

  8. Looks to me like a good looking couple. By the way Carol you scan and crop the pictures eliminating any and all other persons.

  9. Thanks for the tip, Bigstick. I’m not a very good techie!

  10. You might want to check your wordpress. I getting that you blog is a fraudulent web page. I am having to bypass the block to get to you. I am using Norton security.

  11. Oh, and this just started today.

  12. Funny…I’m getting the same message when I attempt to access some of the blogs which I follow. I know that there is a serious bug in the latest version of Firefox so this could be associated with browser issues.

  13. Great pictures Carol! Really you look stunning!

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