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!!).