An Arabic Wedding in London

11/05/2015

One of the first questions I ask when meeting with a new couple is how they got together, and Nadia and Jonathan’s story is one of the best.

Jonathan was in the Navy, working abroad for much of the year while Nadia was living life as an ex-pat, working in Saudi Arabia.  By chance, they happened to both be in Dubai enjoying a Friday brunch when an excited group of sailors started to show an interest in Nadia and her friends.  One thing led to another and a successful long distance relationship led to Jonathan proposing a couple of years later, and they were engaged to be married – despite never spending more than three consecutive days together.

Nadia is from a traditional Arabic family whilst Jonathan is English, and so the couple decided to incorporate both cultures into their wedding day to create a true inter-faith wedding.

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Both Nadia and Jonathan agreed that they wanted a London wedding and so made plans to marry on an early summer’s day in May with the ceremony taking place in a Mosque in Shoreditch and the reception taking place in Canary Wharf.

Before heading off to the Mosque for the ceremony, Nadia and Jonathan wore traditional outfits and had a ‘first look’ captured by Sean Gannon of Energy Photographic.  This was a really personal and private moment for the couple and allowed them to see each other on their own before being surrounded by their friends and family.

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Guests travelled to the Sulemaniye Mosque via routemaster bus whilst Nadia travelled in a white London taxi along with her mother.  The ceremony provided an explosion of colour as guests all wore traditional attire and created a really buzzy atmosphere during the service.

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After the ceremony, guests were once again transported back via the routemasters to The Marriott where they enjoyed soft drinks and nibbles before being led into the main dining area for the wedding breakfast. 

The space was simply decorated in a blue and yellow colour-scheme to represent Jonathan’s Navy background, and each table included some Middle Eastern touches such as lanterns by way of decoration.

Once seated, Nadia and Jonathan were introduced back into the room wearing traditional English wedding attire and guests enjoyed a traditional Lebanese feast provided by London restaurant, Noura, before mint tea was served along with cake by Maisie Fantaisie.

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The Freestyle Funk Collective had guests on their feet dancing into the early hours providing the perfect end to an amazing day of celebrations.

Nadia and Jonathan hired Just Bespoke to help them with the final stages of their wedding planning and coordinating the wedding day itself.  If you are interested in finding out more about our bespoke planning services, please get in touch.

Ceremony Venue: Sulemaniye Mosque  // Reception venue: Marriott Hotel West India Quay  // Transport: This Bus  // Catering: Noura  // Florist : Designer Flowers  // Decoration: The Wedding Lounge  // Creche: Nanny Angels UK  // Cake: Maisie Fantaisie  // Band: Freestyle Funk Collective  // Photographer: Energy Photographic  // Videographer: Shoot It Yourself  // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

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