A bride from India’s capital city of New Delhi is set to make history by marrying a Muslim man on the streets of New York’s Big Apple, her wedding planner said Sunday.
Anita Mahbub, 27, of Westchester County, New York, is set for her wedding to Pakistani-born Mohammad Ali, who has been living in the U.S. for years and has recently converted to Islam, according to the New York Post.
She will wed Ali, 35, in the small Westchester town of Elmhurst on Aug. 31.
Mahbub, who studied engineering at a prestigious American university, is a native of Punjab, which is part of Pakistan.
She and Ali grew up in Punjab and moved to the U, where she worked in the city before moving to New York.
After moving to the Big Apple in 2008, Mahbub began to make friends with other Pakistani-Americans.
She and Ali met in 2012, and they married in September 2013.
The couple’s first ceremony was held on July 5, and it was scheduled to be attended by members of the community and some friends, according the Post.
Mahbub’s bridal gown will be decorated with a floral and silk Islamic flag and a turban, a traditional Indian wedding garment, according Mahbub’s fiancé, who asked that her last name not be published for security reasons.
“The whole community is supporting me and helping me to make this happen,” she told the Post in a phone interview.
“The wedding will be a beautiful, beautiful ceremony and a beautiful ceremony for everyone who comes,” she said.
“It will be beautiful and a Muslim wedding.”
Ali, who said he has no plans to convert to Islam or live in New York City, is from the northwestern town of Jammu and Kashmir and came to the United States in 2012.
He and Mahbub married in 2014.
The groom is an American citizen and the bride a native Indian.
Her parents, a family friend, had told the New Yorker that they planned to bring her to the city for a wedding ceremony in New Jersey.
But Mahbub told the paper she and Ali were told that they would not be able to attend the wedding because of security concerns, the newspaper reported.