Azadeh Roshan and Arjun Ahluwalia

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Apr 20 2017 / 19:24 PM

From Nevada to Seville via Dubai; the tale of one globe-trotting couple’s four-wedding adventure

Azadeh Roshan and Arjun Ahluwalia
HYKU D Photography
The bride's lehnga by Sabyasachi was found over two trips to Mumbai.
Azadeh Roshan and Arjun Ahluwalia
HYKU D Photography
Azadeh Roshan and Arjun Ahluwalia's 500-guest reception took place in the garden of Arjun's parents' home in Jumeirah, Dubai. It was organised by Arjun's mother, a wedding planner.
Azadeh Roshan and Arjun Ahluwalia
HYKU D Photography
Azadeh's headpiece and earrings were given to her mother over 30 years ago by her first cousin.
Azadeh Roshan and Arjun Ahluwalia
HYKU D Photography
Arjun wore a ivory suit by Sartor, with blue Jodhpuri-style pants to match Azadeh's shoes

Azadeh Roshan had just returned home to Dubai from living in Italy when she met Indian lawyer Arjun Ahluwalia at a mutual friend’s birthday brunch.

“I have a vague memory of Arjun fumbling words in broken Italian to impress me,” recalls Azadeh, an Iranian interior designer. A slow burn turned into a whirlwind; after being good friends for five years, just seven months after they got together, Arjun popped the question over breakfast in a bamboo forest when they were away trekking in Kyoto. “I had placed the ring on top of the tip of her pastry and handed it back to her, and when she almost devoured the pastry without looking at it, I had to cry out for her to stop,” says Arjun.

That set in motion a truly global series of four weddings, starting with a civil ceremony at Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, surrounded by 30 friends.

The Civil Ceremony

The couple rode to the ceremony on bicycles, Arjun wearing an outfit found in Mumbai, chiming with the theme of Persian Princesses and Indian Maharajas, Azadeh in a mini skirt sari she had pestered designer Reema Ameer to make her, paired with Nike wedges customised in the same hand embroidered fabric. They exchanged rose gold wedding bands from Vik Jet Fine Jewellery, Azadeh wearing a headpiece and earrings given to her by her mother-in-law. 

The bride leaves her trailer wearing sari by Reema Ameer

The moment before the groom lays his eyes on the bride

The Nevada designated officiant reads out the vows

The Sikh Ceremony

In December was the big social event, a 500-guest reception in Arjun’s parents’ garden in Dubai, organised by Arjun’s mother Rita, a wedding planner. Azadeh wore a dress by Sabyasachi, found in Mumbai, Arjun an ivory suit by Sartor with blue Jodhpur-style pants.

Guests grazed on Asian fusion around the garden before dancing the night away to house and hip hop, mixed with Iranian and Hindi songs chosen by the couple.

The following spring came the more intimate, traditional Sikh and Iranian weddings, held on consecutive days in Seville, Spain, with 20 family and 100 friends.

“We travelled to 16 European cities in 20 days in July 2015, spanning Copenhagen to Rome, before deciding on Andalusia,” says Azadeh. “Maybe it was the strong Eastern architecture and influence in a Western setting. When I went back with Arjun, I fell in love with Seville all over again.”

For the Sikh wedding, they created a Punjabi village, complete with market, and an Indian tractor as a bar. “It was the most perfect and fun day of my life,” says Azadeh, who again wore Sabyasachi. Her only regret? “We should have asked for an extension on the 1am shut down, even though we started at 10am.”

The bride's closest friends escort her to the ceremony

Photography by Keisy and Rocky Photography

The groom and his friends enjoy the traditional 'baraat' dancing

Photography by Keisy and Rocky Photography

The couple posing for their final selfie as singles

Photography by Keisy and Rocky Photography

The Iranian Ceremony

The next day the Iranian ceremony took place in the Moorish-style Villa Luisa, a touch of Persia in Seville, followed by a Spanish feast and party at the historic Casa de Pilatos. “We flew to Ibiza the next day with 30 of our friends, and partied like rock stars for four days non-stop,” says Azadeh, “Arjun and I then flew to Bologna and road-tripped through Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, before flying to Lisbon.”

Arriving in a timeless 1928 convertible

Photography by Keisy and Rocky Photography

The bridesmaids performing the 'aghd', the Iranian wedding ceremony.

Photography by Keisy and Rocky Photography

The happy couple

Photography by Keisy and Rocky Photography

One elegant, extravagant, truly multicultural romance.


DRESS: Sabyasachi,; Custom-made couture


SHOES: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker,

RINGS: Vik Jet Fine Jewellery,

HAIR & MAKE UP: Anneken Meerits,

VENUE: Hacienda Los Molinillos,; Villa Luisa (ceremony),; Casa de Pilatos (reception),

WEDDING PLANNER: Stratezen Events (Dubai),; Indira Anzola for D-Pleis Events,

FLORIST: Wonderblooms, +34957787560

CAKE: Pimienta Rosa, +34957787560

CARS: Magistral Royal Cars, +34660923570

DJ: Hey, Mickey,

STATIONERY: Save The Date Projects,

PHOTOGRAPHER: Hyku D Photography,; Keisy & Rocky Photography,

VIDEOGRAPHER: A&Y Videography,