OK OK ok so I owe explanations to lots of people.

I was up late last night leaving mysterious notes saying that I had had “very good news” that night and that there were more clues on Facebook. Those who were Facebook-enabled saw this:

april fool's

A stream of bemused congratulations trickled in throughout the morning and afternoon from unsuspecting friends—most of whom had no idea I was even in a relationship. As I spoke with them, of course, the truth was gradually revealed. For some, it was the name of my would-be fiancée (“April Foules”) that gave the joke away. Other conversations lasted longer, going into wedding details (wedding in Kenora next week, anyone?) and into varying levels of cruelty. One friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, earned my lifelong respect (and a place in my real wedding) for being ready to drop all of his (or her) exams and show up with a gigantic pink elephant in order to speak at the wedding.

So, to be exceedingly clear: I am not engaged, and if you think I am, then you got punk’d. April Fools!

I just hope nobody pwns me for sizdah-bedar.

sarah and shameem’s wedding

first danceLast Saturday in Kingston, two good friends of mine, Shameem and Sarah, were married in a charming ceremony full of love, joy, unity and profound caring. It was a beautiful evening to behold; roses were abundant and candles dotted the halls everywhere. I’ve posted up the wedding photos for posterity in a flickr photoset. Check them out and relive it with us!

Once you’re done, you should also view Martin’s photos and Louis’s photos. The latter were taken with a Nikon D70s and are of excellent quality. Check them out or you’re e.

misagh and jamal’s wedding

misagh and jamal's weddingthe energetic and irrepressible duo of Misagh and Jamál were married in Edmonton on the evening of December 28, 2006, surrounded by friends and family. I’ve posted up the wedding photos, including pics from the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again here: this must have been the shortest, the most moving and the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying a lot. congrats to the newlyweds, and manifold blessings and confirmations be upon their newfound union 🙂

As well, do check out some video clips of freestyle raps by Ashraf and Karim of Edmonton-based, Bahá’í-inspired rap group Dialektika, who performed at the wedding reception. There’s the impromptu wedding freestyle:

and then there’s Karim’s freestyle at Denny’s after the wedding:

And no, that video isn’t online, but you can contact me to see it.

quips ahoy

ahoy there mateys, I be captain redbeard bluebottom the yellow-belly, and I see poop to be scooped off the poopdeck. ahem. arrrrrr. it’s not even talk like a pirate day.

so there we go, it’s been a rough week. started out by messing up my foot in jiu-jitsu class. I rolled in a way I shouldn’t have and smacked my heel on the ground. I’ve been nursing a bruise since then.

On the plus side, I’ve managed to finish a few large projects at work. check out the Conference Board’s Ukraine SEPPAC project: I put together a bilingual english-ukrainian website for them. It’s pretty trippy making a web site in a language you can barely even read.

my good friend Dave F. got married this past Friday, to a lovely lady by the name of Karine. the ceremony and reception were at the Courtyard restaurant down in the Byward Market. it was a simple, intimate Baha’i ceremony; I was asked to sing a few prayers before and afterwards. This was the fourth wedding I attended in less than a year – I’m starting to get used to them. the first was aram + natalia’s wedding last october – a beautiful affair! I sang a prayer at their wedding, too. Want to hear a good example of me singing? Check out my newest creation on ytmnd: The Sad Clown Choir. Of course, I can’t sing multiple tracks together at your average wedding, but hey.

Anyway, I digress. Catherine, Andréanne and family were in attendance at Dave and Karine’s wedding – it was cool to have Baha’i friends from Sherbrooke over in Ottawa. Catherine, of course, apart from being my sister’s namesake, is one of the two youth who just returned from serving in Gabon (pictures are up on flickr). Catherine and Andréanne will be back in town for Canada Day weekend, so maybe some of you will get a chance to meet them.

in other news, keep your eyes open – the Baha’i youth BBQ season is on. breaking news at martinsquest.com.

congrats elham & ayafor :)

Just MARRIED!! Yay!whole-hearted congratulations to Ayafor and Elham on their wedding this past Sunday. it was truly beautiful to see both of you at your best and surrounded by caring friends and family on such a very special and auspicious day. may your marriage be blessed with divine confirmations and be infused with the spirit of love, fellowship and unity for all eternity!

See Kamran’s pics of the wedding on flickr.
See Martin’s pics.
See Bagha’s pics.
See Arash’s pics.
See Vafa’s pics.

See the wedding video. (right-click and choose “Save As”)