Olivia & Farhan

I can tell a lot about a couple and what to expect from their wedding based on my first few interactions with them. And from the day I met Olivia and Farhan, I knew their wedding wasn’t going to be anything short of beautiful. They are the most easy going and patient people, which made them wonderful clients!When we planned their engagement session, we decided to have the shoot at a cute, local  coffee shop. But when we got there, we realized the coffee shop had been closed and replaced by a different establishment! Can you imagine how stressful it would be to get to your engagement shoot and realize the location you had in mind no longer existed?? Instead of freaking out, they just went with the flow and trusted me to photograph them in the middle of the streets of downtown Houston! Their flexibility and trust made the entire experience less stressful for all of us. I knew then that no matter what curveballs their wedding day threw at them, they’d make the best of it. Fast forward 8 months, and it was finally time for their big day! Olivia is Hispanic and Farhan is south Asian, so they incorporated both cultures into their beautiful interracial weddings. They had a traditional ceremony where Olivia wore a romantic lace, almond-color dress and Farhan matched her in his crisp white tux.  During the reception, they changed into traditional Pakistani wedding attire, and they definitely rocked both looks. Their night was full of laughter and tears. They cut their stunning cake, watched their friends and family perform choreographed dances, and were even surprised with an adorable dance skit about how they met, which left Olivia in tears. Olivia and Farhan, if your wedding day is any indication of your future together, I know you’ll have a beautiful and happy marriage. Thank you letting me be a part of it.

 

Reception| The Bougainvilleas

Decorator|  KAS Inspiration

Dress store| CocoMelody

Tux/Suit Store| Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup Artist:| GlamTeamUSA

DJ| Dhol Beat International

Cake| Supreme Kakes

Videographer| Videographic Productions

Florist| Bella Dia Floral

Planner| Rasha Shammaa

Caterer| Mezban


Shefa & Emir

 

When I got an email from a bride named Shyema last year, I thought for sure that it was a prank. It was the first time someone emailed me about a wedding outside of Texas, and the bride just happened to have the same name as me?? Seemed a little fishy. But once I spoke to Shyema and she explained that she had entrusted her younger sister, Shefa, with the task of finding her wedding photographer, things fell into place quickly. Shefa always had an interest in photography, so Shyema trusted her recommendation and booked me right away. I was able to capture Shyema’s beautiful wedding and had the honor of getting to know her family of SIX sisters and TWO brothers. Fast forward to 2018 and guess who’s getting married?? SHEFA!!! And the minute she finalized her date, she messaged me to ask if I’d shoot her wedding too! And of course I said yes! Not only did I get to be a part of Shyema’s big day, but also Shefa’s, and I JUST booked my ticket for sister #3’s wedding in October!!  All thanks to Instagram! Since Shefa is interested in photography, she had lots of ideas for her wedding portraits. To make my job even easier, she gave me a tour of her venue the day before the wedding and we planned where to take all the pictures! And on the day of the wedding, she graciously arranged all of her accessories for me to take detail pictures. Shefa was a radiant bride. Her romantic lace gown was complemented by the stunning venue, complete with a gorgeous, spiraling white staircase, a cute little gazebo, and tons of green foliage and vines. The venue was perfect for the romantic portraits Shefa envisioned for her wedding day. Unfortunately I can’t share all the stunning pictures because many of the pictures are of Shefa without her hijab (headscarf). Many of my brides who wear hijab miss out on photos without their headscarf because their venues don’t offer the privacy we need for the photos. But Shefa’s venue was not only stunning, but incredibly accommodating. Shefa’s wedding coordinator made sure that we had all the privacy we needed during the day to take their portraits around the venue. It was nice to see a wedding venue and their staff so committed to the bride’s unique needs. And while the venue was so accommodating for Shefa, Emir had a little fun playing pool in the game room. The reception began with the traditional Palestinian zaffah followed by traditional Bosnian dances. It was a night full of love, laughter, and family, and I was honored to be a part of it all. Due to privacy I can’t post all the pics of the reception but here are a few y’all can enjoy! Shefa & Emir, thank you so much for having me!

 

 

Reception| The Estate at Florentine Gardens. Rivervale, NJ
Decorator| Premier Events by Reema 
Dress store| RK Bridal 
Tux/Suit Store| The Suit Store
Makeup Artist:| Nesreen Hamdeh 
DJ| Zainab Elbarrad
Cake| Palermo’s Bakery
Invitations| Zazzle

 

 


Lama & Ahmed

Lakeway Resort & Spa| Austin, Texas

This was it. This was the wedding I’d been dreaming about. And it wasn’t even my own. Lama and Ahmed’s wedding was special to me for so many reasons. Since February, every weekend I’ve had has been consumed with shooting weddings, and I felt my creativity and inspiration beginning to wane. But this wedding was exactly what I needed to remind me why I love what I do. It rekindled the fire that I feared was slowly dying after months of endless weddings and editing. Throughout the wedding planning, Lama consulted me for ideas and feedback about decisions for her big day: what type of lights would work best with the decor, did this style of makeup complement her classic dress? Helping her make these decisions made me feel like we’d already been good friends for years, and thankfully, I wasn’t the only one who felt this connection, Lama did too! We clicked almost instantly, and it made working with her all the more enjoyable. Lama made a beautiful bride (I have a major girl crush on her! And who could blame me??), and I wasn’t the only one to think so…Ahmed was moved to tears at the sight of her, and the pictures don’t do justice to how beautiful and intimate that moment was. Lama had been dying to do a first look photo shoot after she read about the perks of having a first look in my bridal guide. Ahmed needed a little convincing from the both of us, but he finally agreed, and thank God for that, because the pictures were absolutely magnificent. However, we did run into a little tiny bump. After setting up Ahmed for the first look and letting him know his cue to turn around is when she calls out his name-Lama was just so excited that before I got the chance to tell her the plan- she shouted his name across the pathway and Ahmed quickly turned around because he couldn’t wait any longer to see his bride. Although it didn’t go exactly as planned I think the photos still turned out magical and I hope that they’ll look back on those first look pictures years and years from now and still feel the same rush of emotions that they so clearly did on their beautiful wedding day. Everything about their wedding, from the venue to the ring, was romantic and sentimental. Their romantic wedding venue overlooked Lake Travis, their invitations were hand-made for each guest by his sister, and Lama’s ring was carefully picked out by Ahmed’s mom 30+ years ago, as she dreamed about this joyous day. And of course, Lama was a simply stunning bride. She beamed with happiness the entire night, and Ahmed couldn’t keep his eyes off her. They looked at each other with so much love, it filled my heart with joy. It was clear that all the guests had a wonderful time, and if you don’t believe me, just take a look at the pictures! Everyone was smiling from ear to ear and their laughter was visible all night. Lama and Ahmed- thank you so much for giving me the honor of getting to know you and photograph your special day.

 

 

Reception Location | LAKEWAY SPA & RESORT

Floral | BOUQUETS OF AUSTIN

Linens | MONARCH

Dress Store | IMPRESSION BRIDAL

Wedding Coordinator | MRS.PLANNER

Make up Artist | MAKEUP BY OLA

Cake | SIMPLY DELICIOUS

Videographer | YOURS TRULY MEDIA

Invitations | AHMED’S SISTER


Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove On Earth| Grapevine Dallas, Texas

Would you believe me if I told you this wedding was shot in Texas? Yes, dry, flat, boring Texas… Believe it or not, it’s true! This glorious state never fails to surprise me. This venue is called Paradise Cove, and with its stunning lake views and lush green lawns, it definitely lives up to its name. Mustafa told me that when he was searching for a venue, he had two criteria in mind: somewhere outdoors and with a lake view. This Texas gem was perfect for his romantic lakeside vision, and it was a photographer’s dream come true! Farhana’s pastel pink outfit perfectly complimented the blue hues of the lake, which served as a stunning backdrop for the wedding. Mustafa chose a handsome light blue suit to compliment her flared pastel pink gown. Baby pink roses were intertwined with green leaves to accent the bride and groom’s picturesque colors all over the venue. And want to know a little secret? I found extra flowers left over from an event that took place the day before and used them to make a beautifully matching bouquet for Farhana. The makeshift bouquet added an extra pop of color and class to the event and the detail photos. The bouquet matched so well that no one even knew it was a last-minute addition to the bride’s look! The venue itself was full of beautiful spring blooms, adding a whimsical touch to the wedding. Between the beautiful pastel colors, gorgeous lakeside views, and the candid laughter and love, this wedding was a dream. Outdoor ceremonies are rare in the south Asian wedding industry, and I’m so lucky to have been a part of this unique and memorable day. Congratulations Mustafa & Farhana!

Reception Location | PARADISE COVE

Decorator | FAIZA

Dress Store | SARI SAPNE HILCROFT

Wedding Coordinator | KI WEDDINGS

Make up Artist | POOJA

DJ |OUTSPOKEN VISIONS

Cake | SAMIRA

Invitations | VISTAPRINT


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