Shan Hussein and Christopher Johannes

Shan Sherwan Hussein and Christopher Michael Johannes were united in marriage at sunset on June 28, 2019, at the bride’s home in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The bride is the daughter of Sherwan Hussein, Sulaimani, Iraq, and the late Rukhosh Ali. The groom is the son of Michael Lee Johannes and Kelly Kirch Johannes of Indiana.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a traditional embellished red Kurdish dress for vows. During the marriage ceremony, the bride showcased a custom-tailored Martha Blanc Samir Vestido de Novia off-white gown from Spain with a matching veil and mid-length train while carrying a bouquet accented with red roses. At the reception, she transitioned into a white party dress for a celebratory evening of traditional Kurdish and Western Pop dancing with the guests.

Music for the ceremony was provided by a local Kurdish musical group.

The bride chose Shokh Sherwan, Sulaimani, as maid of honor. She wore a rose red dress to match the bouquet and accent color of the wedding.

Mr. Johannes chose Zheer Barwari, Sulaimani, Iraq, as best man.

A nighttime garden reception was held in Sulaimani.

The couple is living in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Santa Claus.

The bride is a 2007 graduate of Rengin Exemplary High School, received a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 2010 from the University of Sulaimani, a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a Master of Business Administration, both in 2014 from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville. She is the economic empowerment manager at the U.S.-headquartered, non-governmental organization Women for Women International.

Mr. Johannes is a 2004 graduate of Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and German language from USI in 2015.

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