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