BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – Kashif Chaudhry and Naila Shereen wed in a private ceremony at a mosque in Hawthorne, New Jersey, last Friday without guests or fanfare.
It was a far cry from the lavish multi-day Pakistani-style wedding they’d planned. They were to host 400-plus people in London, followed by a reception in a bucolic English village and a honeymoon in Dubai and the Maldives.
Instead, after a Saturday dinner and a second ceremony at her parents’ home, with relatives joining in online, they said their goodbyes and went to work at their respective hospitals – 1,000 miles apart. They are medical doctors, and their life as newlyweds would have to wait amid the raging pandemic, they both agreed.
“We are ready to do our part to save as many lives as we can. The worst isn’t even here yet,” said Chaudhry, a former Englewood resident who practices in Cedar