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.