In a fitting continuation to a love story that began in lockdown, fashion model and actress Alicia Amin officially tied the knot with medical doctor Farzan Iqbal. On February 14, 2021, the happy bride thrilled followers by posting an Instagram photo of herself in an Alia Bastamam wedding gown with the groom, captioned "Hard Valentine's gift to top."
Last year, the couple met through a dating app during the first MCO, eventually meeting in person once lockdown restrictions were eased.
"Honestly, our first date was like lukewarm water; we both had our walls up and we weren't even that interested in each other," Alicia quips. "On our second date onwards, we really started connecting.
"We recently reached a point where we knew we wanted to get married. We're both pragmatic people—we had conversations about the big picture, realising that we wanted to be together and not stay apart, especially since we didn't know how long this lockdown would be or whether there would be another one in the future. Those things all played a part in this decision."
Farzan eventually surprised Alicia with a classic Tiffany & Co. wedding band, which she had initially picked out. As for Farzan's ring: "I'm a nature lover, so I got him a ring by Gordon Max, the one with a lab-grown diamond; it was simple but perfect," she says.
The lovebirds initially planned to just register their marriage without a ceremony but were able to organise a small and intimate akad nikah at Saidina Umar Al-Khattab Mosque under a strict SOP that allowed only up to six people, in conjunction with the Malaysian government's easing of restrictions for the Chinese New Year festivities.
"It's exactly how I've always wanted my wedding to be: small and private with the people closest to me," adds Farzan. "Lockdown just made the whole thing easier."
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Although initially put on a waiting list by the mosque, the couple were overjoyed when they were suddenly given the date of February 14 a week before.
"We're both spontaneous and easygoing, so we said, 'Let's do it!'," Alicia says. "It felt like everything came together so smoothly. It wasn't rehearsed and it was full of fumbling and funny moments, like when Farzan left his wallet in his friend's car just before the ceremony, and he had to call his friend to come back."