Aga Khan’s son Prince Rahim marries Seattle fashion model Kendra Spears (w/gallery)

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Miss Kendra Salwa Spears pose together during their wedding ceremony on August 31, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. Gary Otte/The Ismaili via Getty Images

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The Aga Khan’s eldest son, Prince Rahim married Seattle supermodel Kendra Spears, now Princess Salwa, in a private ceremony attended by members and friends of both families on August 31 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ceremony was held on the shores of Lake Geneva, on the grounds of the Château de Bellerive — the residence of Aga Khan’s uncle, the late Prince Sadruddin and his wife Princess Aliya.

“The proceedings commenced with the recitation of a traditional qasida in the Farsi language, in praise of Hazrat Ali. This was followed by the nikah recited by His Eminence Sayyed Muhammad Musawi, a prominent Shia faith leader,” according to the Ismaili network’s website.

The couple were presented with an 18th century piece of Islamic art by the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, who represented the global community at the ceremony, to mark the festive occasion.

The spiritual leader of the global Shia Ismaili Muslim community, the Aga Khan, had announced the couple’s engagement earlier this year.

Indian designer Manav Gangwani designed the wedding attires for the couple. For the grand occasion, Spears wore a pre-draped sari paired with traditional blouse with intricate jamewar hand embroidery. For the groom, Gangwani designed a classic sherwani made in pure silk brocade teamed with an off-white shirt and trouser, said a statement issued on behalf of the designer. Both the ensembles were in ivory.

Prince Rahim is involved in the poverty reduction efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network — one of the largest private agencies fostering social, cultural and economic development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has a BA from Brown University and an executive management degree from Barcelona’s Navarra Business School.

Spears, who has a BA in sociology from the University of Washington, has an interest in arts and architecture and has worked as a model with a number of fashion houses.

The couple was introduced to Gangwani by international supermodel Naomi Campbell, Spears’ catwalk colleague. Spears even took to Twitter to thank Campbell for getting her in touch with Gangwani.

“Thank you Manav for the beyond-gorgeous sari! And thank you Naomi Campbell for the introduction,”  Spears tweeted.

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With files from IANS

Royal wedding: Prince Rahim and Kendra Spears


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Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa during their nikah ceremony. Photo: TheIsmaili / Gary Otte

IANS 2013-09-03 13:44:03

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