Carly and Dumayi’s

Wedding Team


Ceremony Venue – Brown Deer Golf Club

Reception Venue & Catering – Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Cake & Floral – HyVee

Makeup – Lindsey Faber

Hair - Crystal Bozeman with The Cut Salon

Dress - Bridal Elegance

Tuxes - Men’s Warehouse  

DJ – Ultimate Entertainment Cedar Falls

Drag King Performance - Hugh Jindapants

Burlesque Performance - Vitality Fitness & Dance Studio

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The Story

Carly and Dumayi met online from an app they each had only downloaded less than a week. They had been talking/texting/FaceTiming for 2 weeks while Dumayi was in her first semester of her doctoral program. She was neck deep in a paper and she was super stressed. So Carly drove down to Cedar Rapids from Waterloo without telling her. Knocked on her door and said “surprise date”!

Cary proposed to Dumayi after a 6 stop scavenger hunt. Continuing at each stop was a gift and a group of people to give out a clue. The 6th and final stop was at Terry Trueblood Lake. Carly had 11 family members there that day. Each family member gave Dumayi a rose as she approached the lake. Carly was there with the 12th and final rose.

Their favorite part of their wedding day wasn’t one specific moment that happened, but rather a cluster of moments they never expected to happen, but here is one of those moments listed; their official first dance may have never been as special as it was if they had realized before that in that moment they would hear nothing, see nothing besides the two of them in that exact moment.

They honeymooned for 7 days in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. The true essence of romance, relaxation and beauty.

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When you’re a same sex couple approaching the question of whether a vendor will do your wedding is challenging. You’re scared and nervous for the response and almost embarrassed you have to ask it. But the response we got from the Arsalan was the most incredible, amazing, and loving message we could’ve hoped for. From day one we have been surrounded by love, laughter, and support by the Monawar’s. Taking sunrise engagement pictures in the middle of January to a crisp fall afternoon wedding. The constant contact and communication was incredible. He asked for our dreams and made them come true to an exponential level. To have the biggest day of our lives captured by this wonderful couple is nothing short of spectacular. We would recommend them to anyone in a heart beat. If we could give them more stars we would!


the bride




five stars

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