Joanna & Raza


Raza Aftab


Joanna Jaros

July 29, 2023

Chicago, IL
48 days48 d6 hours6 h51 minutes51 min45 seconds45 s

How We Met

First comes residency, then comes marriage.

Asia and Raza met at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lincoln Park, Chicago where Asia did her intern year and Raza completed his Internal Medicine residency. Asia remembers the first time she saw Raza and felt an immediate connection. Raza refuses to comment. They were slightly set up by Asia's best friend and maid of honor, Clara, who organized lake front runs so that the two could hang out. Supposedly, all of their colleagues could see the sparks flying as they cooked, read books, and ran together! Asia and Raza soon became inseparable, and the COVID pandemic brought them closer together. Asia says that she knew 3 months after they started dating that Raza was "the one" and bravely volunteered information that to her unsuspecting new Derm residency class at orientation! Asia also said "I love you" first, but Raza is responsible for their first date and kiss. Raza popped the question on Halloween 2021 at Asia's apartment, which was re-decorated by brother and friends with 120 roses worth of petals. Although Asia was COMPLETELY SHOCKED and not expecting it - She said YES (easily)! The rest is history :) Come celebrate our cross-cultural love and journey.