Kanza & Omar

Some weddings are special because they happen on a beautiful day, or at a beautiful venue, and others are special simply because they involve a deserving couple’s beautiful love story. Kanza and Omar’s wedding reception was one of my favorite events (so far) of 2019, not because of the soft, pastel color scheme or the beautiful florals, but because they’re a couple that remind me of why I love my job. Their religious ceremony in December was a simple but elegant affair at the masjid, and I knew then, when I took their first look photos, that they were a couple truly in love. After months of waiting, they had their reception in March, surrounded by family and friends, lots of love and prayers, and a happiness that was contagious. Kanza wore an ethereal, pastel green dress with intricate brocade in hues of pastel pink and lavender. Her jewelry was the perfect balance of gold and pearls, giving her already stunning look a level of classic sophistication fit for royalty. Omar’s charcoal grey suit and lavender shirt complemented her outfit perfectly, and their portraits, taken under a canopy of oak trees, were simply breathtaking. But even more beautiful than their wedding clothes were their smiles through it all, infectious and genuine. I had a blast taking their photos, watching them twirl and dance and laugh with each other, (and more important, at each other!) Interesting story about Kanza and Omar, their families are long-time friends, and they’ve known each other since they were babies!They even have adorable childhood pics together (which were printed and displayed at the wedding) to prove it! Their story reminds me of fate—of how God plans our lives better than we could have ever planned them ourselves. The night was complete with heart warming speeches, hilarious roasts, and surprising little anecdotes that helped the guests learn more about the couple. One of my favorite things about the wedding was all the personal touches from Kanza’s younger (and very talented) sisters, who painted detailed water-color invitations, complete with calligraphy, for my detail shots. Her sister also baked a colorful tart shaped into their initials, topped with delicious cream and fresh florals. All the Game of Thrones fans in attendance enjoyed the couple’s romantic cake topper, which read “Moon of my life, my sun and my stars.” The night ended with a romantic sparkler exit and a happily ever after (God willing!). Congratulations Kanza and Omar, wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together. 


Reham & Abdullah

Where do I even begin? This engagement session was a photographer’s dream. From the beginning, Reham trusted me with choosing her outfits, the locations, and the timing. What else can a photographer ask for?? They were so fun and laid back that it made my job so easy. The first location we went to (Glassel School of Art) was pretty much just simple grey stairs. So of course she needed to be wearing a bold color. And that mustard yellow dress was the perfect choice for it. Shooting in harsh light is always a challenge. The stairs had very inconsistent light and shadows everywhere because it is indoors with glass window light around certain parts. And not to mention all the random strangers sitting scattered among the stairs who weren’t moving anytime soon. So it took a little bit of time to figure out all the right angles and position them properly, but they were so patient with me (thank you, R&A!!!). The photos came out a little bit different than my normal style but I absolutely love them. We then walked down the street and took some photos at Herman park. As you can see, the sun is glowing so perfectly in those images. Unfortunately, that gave us less time with their floral outfit so we rescheduled for part 2 of the session for the following week and I was so grateful our schedules worked out so well because not only was I get lucky to have fun with them once but now I get to photograph them twice! The second part of the session was even dreamier than first. I absolutely loved their matching floral outfit and was so glad we had a chance to do a cozy winter rooftop session. Obsessed is an understatement when it comes to these two. I think I had so much fun with them because they remind me of me and my husband. When Reham was describing how her and Abdullah met, she mentioned how he was a “shy kid” at first and she’s the social-hyper one and that pretty much sums up my relationship with Khaled. There’s so much love between these two and I pray that it only keeps growing. Reham and Abdullah-thank you so much for being so easy going and I can not wait til your wedding day!!


LOJAIN & JAMAL

Hofmann Ranch| San Antonio, Texas

As a photographer, nothing makes me happier than having clients (especially brides!) who are as excited about the wedding details as I am. And when Lojain booked with me, I knew she was going to be one of those special brides. She was so excited to share details about the wedding with me, which made me all the more eager to shoot her big day. Before the wedding, she sent me photos of her customized Turkish wedding dress, mailed me an elegant wedding invitation with a classic wax seal, and filled me in on all the details of her beautiful venue: a rustic indoor/outdoor. Ranch weddings are pretty atypical in Arab culture, but I guess Lojain and Jamal aren’t your typical Arab couple either. Lojain is half Palestinian half Jordanian, and Jamal is half Hispanic half Turkish. Their beautifully mixed cultures were apparent in many of the wedding festivities, from the sweet entrance to the lively dancing and the wonderful mix of cross-cultural music. It was beautiful to see their individual cultures represented in this memorable wedding. Lojain and her sisters and friends did all the decor and floral arrangements themselves. The blush pink and olive green tones were beautifully incorporated in their rustic barn wedding. Like I said, I’m a sucker for details and the beautiful florals in this wedding served as picturesque props for all my detail photos. Speaking of detail photos, I was so grateful and impressed with how easy Lojain made my job for me on her wedding day! When I arrived, she had everything ready for me so I could take the detail photos without having to scramble to find the bouquet or shoes or jewelry. It was a thoughtful gesture and made my life so much easier, as I’m usually running around trying to find everything I need for my perfect shot. This day was extra special to Jamal because it was also his parents wedding anniversary. He surprised them with a small matching cake at the wedding to celebrate their love story along with his and Lojain’s new beginning. After the first dance, Lojain surprised us all with a sparkling second dress. She slipped out of her heels and into a pair of adorable Kate Spade (RIP) shoes. And just like that, she was ready to dance the night away. The magical night ended with a classic sparkler exit and a happily ever after. Congratulations Lojain and Jamal! Wish y’all nothing but happiness on your journey (especially with medicine!!).

 

 


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