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Hilton Center City Charlotte Muslim Wedding : Nada+Ahmad

David Morgan - Thursday, September 17, 2015
Hilton Center City Charlotte Muslim Wedding : Nada+Ahmad

It’s safe to say that we have been chomping at the BIT to get these photos posted on our blog and website! Nada and Ahmad just came in last night to our studio to view their official wedding slideshow(yay for new studio spaces! We FINALLY can hold formal presentations of our wedding collections again), which means that today they can finally be shown off to the world!

Nada and Ahmad’s wedding was one of the most spectacular events we have photographed to date. If you remember, we photographed their engagement session at the NC Transportation Museum here, and had such an awesome time with them that we had been itching to get to their wedding almost as much as they had been! But truly, we were not prepared for how incredibly this day was going to unfold.

Nada and Ahmad had their wedding planned out to perfection. In their Muslim culture, the ceremonies are quite different from your typical Charlottean wedding, which we couldn’t WAIT to witness. Both sets of families hold what is called a Zaffe, where everyone gathers at their homes to chant and hold a small celebration. Then both families merge for yet another Zaffe. Nada and Ahmad had Faris El-Layl Dabke join them for the day, to conduct all the Zaffes and provide dancing and entertainment as well. This was the absolute coolest thing – the drumming and chanting reverberated throughout their neighborhoods, and you could barely pull a car through the streets there were so many family members gathered to witness the celebration! Once at the Hilton Center City where the reception was held, the drumming and Zaffe were taken to a whole other level because of the incredible acoustics in the lobby. 

Muslim bride and groom entering into reception hall with Zaffe

Nada entered into her reception on a traditional gold swan palanquin. The reception hall at the Hilton Center City was dazzling, complete with a throne for the bride and groom, draped in tulle, silk and strands of crystals. All the décor and floral arrangements were planned and provided by Rahma Zaghari of Carolina Wedding Belle.

Muslim bride entering into reception on houdaj

Hilton Center City Muslim bridal throne and stage by Carolina Wedding Belle

Carolina Wedding Belle floral arrangements at Hilton Center City Muslim Wedding

One thing we noticed and LOVED about this wedding was that the dancing just did not cease! Nasser Deeb’s music kept everyone on the dance floor the entire evening – even Nada’s beautiful 100-year-old grandmother! I am so in love with this woman’s face. She even took part in the sword dancing, which is another Middle Eastern tradition. One sword was wrapped in the colors of the Palestinian flag. Details like these are what made this event more and more fascinating at every turn.

Muslim grandmother with sword dancing at wedding Hilton Center City Charlotte NC

We captured some amazing photos of their customary chair dances and the incomparable Faris El-Layl Dabke in traditional Middle Eastern attire chanting and performing traditional group dances as well. They didn't. Stop. Dancing! It was just incredible.

Muslim wedding traditional chair dance Hilton Center City Charlotte NC

Muslim bride and groom chair dance Hilton Center City

Traditional Muslim wedding dancing

Traditional Muslim wedding party dance Hilton Center City in Charlotte NC

Still dancing...and dancing...

Muslim bride and groom dancing at wedding Hilton Center City Charlotte NC

Nada even snagged a drum at one point! I just adore this photo.

Muslim bride with drum at Hilton Center City wedding in Charlotte, NC

And more swords! Deevo so badly wanted to take one home with him but I wouldn't let him. Here are our bride and groom, slicing their stunning cake by WOW Factor Cakes with you guessed it...a sword!

Muslim wedding cake cutting with sword and cake by Wow Factor Cakes

Another detail of the wedding that was unique was the presenting of the gold by family and friends of the bride and groom. Each person presents a piece or two to the couple as a wedding gift. This image of Nada and Ahmad's golden gifts is so stunning to me! Tiny little Nada was weighted down by the end with some amazing treasures.

presenting of the gold Muslim wedding Hilton Center City Charlotte NC

Check out how the light filters through Nada's gorgeous veil in this image. Her beautiful gown and veil were custom made with thousands of crystals by the incomparable Pixton Couture Bridal. She was looking flawless also thanks to hairstylist Abeer Nouman and our dear Meliha Custovic of The Beauty Fairy.  Her makeup did not fade or melt at all; By the end of the night, Nada was as impeccable as she was when we began their bride and groom session at high noon in 95 degree weather!  

Muslim bride and groom dancing at wedding

You know I have to include a shoe shot. These are no ordinary bridal shoes. They are THE Jimmy Choo Cinderella slipper, and they deserved a photo session all to themselves. A moment of silence, please, for this dazzling work of art. I need to go collect myself now.

Jimmy Choo Cinderella slippersand wedding rings

Nada and Ahmad,we are more than humbled by the fact that we have been able to document this amazing event for you. The sheer life, warmth, and love of your family and friends at this beautiful celebration genuinely touched us to say the very least. We have high hopes that we will get to capture more moments for you and your family in the future.

Muslim bride and groom potrait session at UNCC Botanical Gardens in Charlotte NC


 Thank you to all the incredible vendors who made this event possible! We thoroughly enjoyed working with each and every one of you.

Venue: Hilton Center City Charlotte

Videography: The Reel Weddings

Decor and Floral Arrangements: Rahma Zaghari at Carolina Wedding Belle

DJ/Music: Nasser Deeb

Zaffe and Dabke: Faris El-Layl Dabke

Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Catering: Hilton Center City Charlotte

Makeup: Melihha Custovic of The Beauty Fairy

Hair: Abeer Nouman

Dress and Veil: Pixton Couture Bridal

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse






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