Love is all around...
Nadia Malik has had a very successful career as a fashion model. She has inspired many upcoming models with her elegance and grace. We caught up with her to get to know her a little better, after her marriage to Danyaal.
When did you get married and how old were the two of you?
Nadia: We got married on August 6th, 2006. I was 28 and Danyaal was 32 years old.
Was your marriage an arranged one or not?
Nadia: Arranged by us!
How and where did you meet?
Nadia: It was a really long time ago. Way back in 1995! Danyaal and I were both part of a stage production. I was part of the backstage team and he was one of the actors.
What made you two decide that you were perfect for each other?
Nadia: I knew it the moment we met! We got along like a house on fire, and as time went by our relationship developed more and more. And the rest, as they say, is history.
One thing you remember about your wedding day?
Nadia: My wedding day passed in a haze. I remember going through the motions but I can't really remember details. There is one thing, however, that I remember and that is spending the morning of my wedding day at the gym. I was so stressed that day that the only thing I thought would get me through the day was pumping iron. So, I was at the gym at 10 in the morning and spent a few hours there before getting on with the day.
One thing you wish you could have added to the ceremony:
Danyaal: A fireworks display!
What was the wedding night gift for the bride?
Nadia: It was a beautiful gold and turquoise karra.
Where did you have your honeymoon? Who decided on the place and why?
Nadia: Florence, Italy. We both decided on the place together because it came highly recommended by my younger sister who went to university there.
What was the one perfect moment of your honeymoon?
Danyaal: The entire seven days were one perfect moment.
What was the most embarrassing moment during your honeymoon?
Nadia: Hmmm… I honestly can't remember. I'm sure I've blocked it from my memory!
A favourite activity that the two of you enjoyed on your honeymoon?
Nadia: Florence is famous for having the best gelato in Italy. So the one thing which we did every day that we were there, was to share a scoop of gelato!
What was the most shocking thing about him which you discovered on the honeymoon?
Nadia: Danyaal's a morning person. He wakes up happy and chatty! I'm completely the opposite. I think that was probably the biggest surprise for me because I had just assumed he would be cranky and quiet like me in the morning.
What was the most shocking thing about her that you discovered on the honeymoon?
Danyaal: That she's not at all into museums, theatre or sightseeing, but would rather just spend day after day by the pool, reading and snoozing!
The one thing you would change if you had the chance about your honeymoon?
Nadia: I don't think I would change anything. I have the best memories of our trip to Florence. Of course if I had the chance to do it again, I would probably travel around Italy a bit more but apart from that, nothing.
Who gives in first when you fight?
Nadia: I think I do. Most of the time anyway.
What is your song?
Nadia: It's really cheesy but in our defense… we were really young then. It's "Love is all around me" by Wet Wet Wet from the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The first movie you saw as a couple? How did you like it?
Nadia: That's really hard to remember. To be fair it has been a few years. But I do remember that the first movie we watched together at the cinema was Ghost. It was at a time when no good movies played at the cinema and there were no decent cinemas to go to. It was great fun!
The one relative or friend of your spouse whom you simply cannot tolerate and why?
Nadia: Ummm….I don't think I want to admit to that in print!
The one relative or friend of your spouse whose company you enjoy the most, and why?
Nadia: I get along with all of Danyaal's close friends really well, and they have now become my own closest friends. It would be impossible for me to choose.
Favorite activity as a couple now?
Nadia: We love to cook together!
Which was the best time of your life? Before marriage? The honeymoon or now? Or still waiting? Other?
Nadia: Definitely now! Danyaal and I are thoroughly enjoying making a life for ourselves abroad and although we miss Pakistan terribly, I think the sheer joy of being together makes up for all the times we miss having family and friends around. Besides, I come back to visit and work every few months. So I guess right now I have the best of both worlds!
Power Couple Nadia & Danyaal’s Romantic Tale from 2006
Love is all around...