OUR WEDDING DAY: JULY 29TH, 2018

Our lovely wedding took place on July 29th, 2018 at Silver Oaks Chateau in our hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri. It was a beautiful reception that began early on a Sunday, full of all of our closest family and friends. It took months putting together all the smallest details with my inlaws, parents and siblings, ranging from the handmade signs to the donut wall, to the flower arrangements! We loved putting a sentimental touch into everything we displayed that night, since both of our families love to be handy and creative. It truly takes a village to pull off a wedding, and I was happily able to delegate tasks throughout to all of my family members to make it happen.

The event began with a reception, followed by Hamza & I’s entrance into the ballroom with a traditional Syrian zaffeh, or parade group. From there, we all enjoyed the ceremony with dancing, and arabic dabke (folklore dancing). After the dancing, we sat down for a small speech by one of our community members about marriage, followed by the dinner buffet.

The dinner buffet was catered by Ces & Judy’s in Saint Louis. The venue suggested their catering, which made it an easy choice for us— not to mention how delicious the food was! We went with a Mediteranean inspired menu— not Arabic, and not American. From eggplant rollatini, to stuffed cheese peppers, to steak pieces with taziki sauce, they were able to cater to our wishes and do something unique for us!

After dinner, we split the men and women by sending the men to the outside porch of the venue to continue their party! We covered the windows of the venue with the blinds, and had an all-women party with our cake cutting, first dance and ring exchange (with Hamza at first for a little while, and my close relatives I don’t wear a scarf from). It was so great to be able to have both aspects incorporated to my wedding, and I highly recommend finding a venue that can accommodate such a party if it’s something you want!

As you may. know, my gown was designed by Saiid Kobeisy, an outstanding Lebanese designer. I discussed all the details of choosing and modifying the gown in Beirut in a previous post! I’m absolutely honored to have worn this gown for the most memorable day of my life. As I covered on IG, the biggest concern I had in wearing a hijab with my wedding gown was that it would flow. I can truly say my vision came true in his designs of the scarf, following the beading and pearled embellishments of the gown. The gown was chic enough, while also having a simple, elegant aura to it.

My makeup was done by my friend @prettybylizzie on IG— checkout our tuturoail video here for the simple glam look! My biggest want was a clean, natural skin tone, and long, alluring lashes. I loved the look, and felt completely like my natural self!

My biggest advice for your wedding day is to not change who you are as a person for this one night, and to have everything revolve around your character as a person and family. We appreciated the most out of our wedding our loved ones around us, all the hard work our families put into DIY-ing the little details, and being our true selves. I can always look back at my wedding day and remember the nights I spent with my dad building the donut wall, or putting the floral arrangements with my mom and mother in law, or designing the gown details with my sister. Perhaps I’ll share another post going into details of how to DIY a wedding! I also think its important to stay true to your natural looks, whether it be in your makeup choice, dress choice, or hijab style. I did receive a few comments on my IG about how my hijab style was nothing “special”, but thats exactly how I wanted to look— like myself! :)

Thank you for being a part of my family, and watching me grow from the moment I began my blog, to now being a wife! I hope that this will only inspire us to grow together and inspire each other in new ways. Love you all!

All of the wedding photos were taken by BLK Photography!

SUMMER & HAMZA'S ENGAGEMENT CEREMONY

Decor

Flowers by Flowers to the People / Decor by All Seasons Linen Rentals

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Flowers by Flowers to the People

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Curtains by All Seasons Linen Rentals

Tiered cake by Sissy Belle Cookie Co. 

String lights by All Seasons Linen Rentals

Rosa Clara Gown captured by K.Corea Photography

Portraits

Little bro!

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Getting ready. Captured by K.Corea Photography

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With my sisters Sara and Susan. 

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My fiance Hamza & I. 

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Hamza & I celebrated our kateb ktab a few weeks ago with our close family and friends. Our ceremony took place in my backyard (my dream venue), which we were able to transform into a cute & special outdoor party. 

There's a few people I'd like to thank for making everything come together.

First off, photographer Katherine Corea brought our vision to life! I absolutely love the images she was able to capture in this outdoor space and definitely suggest browsing her special event portfolio here (to all my Saint Louis folk!).

Second, the party decor was by Ruby Pradas at All Seasons Linen Rentals. From the drape design to the bulb string lights to the elevation in the dessert table, her company carries it all. I'm really happy with the all cream theme, which matched perfectly with the greenery in the backyard.

Next, a special shout out to my FAVE flower shop in The Lou, Flowers to the People. Bridget specifically chooses each flower for her bouquets and always amazes me in her beautiful combinations. She designed the large beautiful fuschia bouquets for our backdrop all from color palette options I suggested.  

For the dessert table, the tiered cake was created by Sissy Belle Cookie co. The company was started by two sisters in Saint Louis and has turned into something amazing over just a few short years. From cakes to cookie bouquets to cake pops, they'll take any custom order. Thanks Hilary and Meredith for this wonderful treat! 

Lastly, my evening gown was designed by Rosa Clara Bridal. I could not have been happier with the beading and elegant details. It's often difficult to find modest evening wear, so I highly recommend browsing their selection here! Thank you Rosa Clara- Barcelona! 

Much love,

 

 

Mother's Day ft. Summer's Mama + Morana!

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Hi loves! With Mother's Day approaching, I wanted to take the time to share with you all about a really unique gift idea I discovered recently. Like most moms, mine won't ever tell us what she would like to receive as a gift. So. as usual, my sisters and I default to gifting a beauty product or treatment. 

This year, I was really happy to pair with Morana for a special early Mother's Day delivery. I truly love how stunning and high quality ( yet affordable!) the pieces are. Best part: it comes wrapped in a beautiful ribbon box and is ready to be gifted. I really recommend browsing their collection for a gift to a loved one (...and maybe a bit for yourself too).

Currently, Morana is offering a promotion on purchases of +$50 to include the jewelry box wrapped with the bow + a $10 gift card valid towards another purchase until the end of the year. They'll also be launching a photo contest called Mom & me (in which entries will have the chance to win a $500 grand prize). Check it out here!

My mother has been my style icon ever since I was little. She's always taught and encouraged me to explore my creativity while ultimately loving my religious values. She's an incredible role model and definitely the strongest and most inspirational woman I know. This Mother's Day, I suggest we all spend a little more time with our mothers, and show them our appreciation internally (and externally). Love you mama! 

Is there something particular you plan to get your mom? Share in the comments! 

P.S. I definitely will be "borrowing" these pieces from you mom.

Love,