From the moment I received a phone call from Zaineb I knew I was going to love her. It may have had something to do with being recommended from one of my favorite brides Phyllis or maybe it was just the excitement in her voice. I don’t know what it was but I had an amazing and exciting feeling about working with her right away. Zaineb & Ayman are an amazing couple. Their parents are the closest of friends and they grew up together because of that. However, like all childhood friends they lost touch during their college years… that was until Ayman was at Zaineb’s parents house and saw a photo of grown up Zaineb… That’s when he drove 2.5 hours to Virginia to see her (just to define halfway between the two of them… halfway meaning 20 minutes from Zaineb and 2.5 hours from Ayman). That was it. They continued a long distance relationship while Zaineb finished up her degree in San Fran and that’s when he proposed.
Some of my favorite moments from their wedding are with their families. Zaineb and Ayman have such a close relationship with their families but also with each others families. There were some seriously touching and funny moments with Zanieb and her siblings. And both Zaineb and Ayman’s dads were hilarious! The night before the reception I was able to join their families for a traditional Islamic ceremony. I watched as the two proud fathers told stories while waiting for their cousin to arrive.
Their reception took place at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Baltimore. One of my favorite Baltimore Wedding Destinations!
I tend to fall in love with all my couples. When your a photographer you really get to know couples on a personal level. They become more then just another wedding couple… They become friends ! Love you guys!
Flowers: Marlow, McCrystle & Jones of Lutherville made the bouquets and centerpieces using pink and ivory roses, white hydrangeas, and stephanotis.
Her dresses: During the ceremony, the bride wore a traditional Middle Eastern wedding gown with long sleeves and embroidered gold beading from Beirut.
At the Four Seasons reception, she wore an ivory silk taffeta ballgown with cap sleeves and floral embroidery on the bodice by Watters from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Reisterstown.
Bridesmaids’ dresses: For the reception, the women wore floor-length, cobalt blue strapless chiffon gowns by Jim Hjelm from Bella Bridesmaid in Fells Point. There was no bridal party for the ceremony.
Men’s attire: For the reception, the men wore black tuxedos from Jos. A. Bank. They also wore Ravens cuff links from Nordstrom, which were given to the groomsmen as gifts.
Music: The couple entered the reception escorted by a traditional Arabic zaffe band. DJ George Haddad of Baltimore played a mixture of Arabic and English songs throughout the night. Ayman and Zaineb’s first dance was to “La Vie en Rose” by Edith Piaf.
Food and dessert: The Four Seasons provided beef short ribs and crab cakes for dinner. Patisserie Poupon of Baltimore made a five-tier hazelnut cake.
Favors: Following Arabic tradition, Zaineb says, only their female guests received favors — pashminas from Beirut.