The ring: "I went to Smyth [Jewelers] in Ellicott City," he says. "We designed the ring for her. I wanted it to be sparkly all over and shine all the time."
"It has a one carat center stone that's a square princess [cut] flanked by a round diamond on either side, with three small round diamonds in the band on either side. It's beautiful. And he handpicked each stone," she says.
Two weddings: "We wanted to make sure we celebrated both of our families and our cultures and traditions," says Jahantab. "We both have large families. We wanted to make sure we represented the way we were both raised and the way we would live our lives after we were married."
A good friend of LaRee's, graphic designer Shana Shrader, designed the invitations for both weddings.
The first wedding: Some 150 guests will attend the Pakistani wedding—- called a Shaadi — at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring.
"They have a Pakistani chef," says Jahantab. "It's amazing food. My dad has very close cousins who are coming in, like my aunts who helped raise me when I was growing up. They are flying in in early October and bringing LaRee's bridal gown — dark red with gold — that she and my sisters picked out, hand-stitched in Pakistan... I'll be wearing a traditional Pakistani groom's outfit called a sherwani. It's off-white with gold hues in it. It's made of raw silk and it has a red headdress. My outfit is a whole lot more simple than hers is."
The officiant is an Iman called a Nikkah. The ceremony takes about 10 minutes and the rest [of the evening] is festive.
"My sisters and my cousins are choreographing dances to Pakistani music. The menu will be a full Pakistani meal, buffet style with nine or 10 options," he says.
"His sisters [Maham, 16, Maheen, 18, and Mahnoor, 21] have been awesome when it comes to coordinating and taking me under their wing and explaining everything to me," she says.
Zarrin Syed, of A2Z Photography from Fairfax, Va., will be photographing the day's events.
The second wedding: Before the ceremony, the couple and their wedding party will go to Fort McHenry for the "first look" and wedding photos.
"Five years ago, I rescued a pug named Mikey," says LaRee. "Of course, I wanted to include him in the wedding party. But, Jahantab said no, he didn't want dog hair on his tux. But Mikey will come for the first look and pictures."
About 240 guests will attend the ceremony and reception at Tabrizi's in Federal Hill.
"We like it because it's a good cross between American and southeast Asian foods," Jahantab says. "So, we will have some Pakistani appetizers."
The ceremony will be officiated by Glenn Ludwig, interim senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, Pa., who baptized and confirmed LaRee when he was with First Lutheran Church in Howard County. The couple wrote their own vows.
"They'll be the same for both of us, but we wanted to personalize it a little bit," says Jahantab.
There will be three readings, including one from the Koran by one of Jahantab's sisters, while another of his sisters plays the trumpet during the prelude.
"My dad used to be a horn player years ago, so the two of them have had some deep discussions about this," he says.
Will his dad be playing, as well?
"No, he'll be busy cartwheeling down the aisle," says Jahantab, with a laugh.