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Middle Eastern engagement ceremony: Soraia and Ali

The first time Soraia and I talked on the phone, I didn’t expect to talk to her for over an hour about everything from our obsession with Pinterest to her love for all things Tiffany blue. She educated me on the most important parts of a Middle Eastern engagement ceremony and told me how she met Ali…and in between, we laughed hysterically about that Kim Kardashian/Shamu meme. When we hung up, Chris said it was like I was talking to an old friend, rather than someone I had met (via text!) a couple of days before. What can I say, there are just some people you connect with like that! :)

In their culture, Soraia and Ali weren’t considered engaged until this very ceremony– someone from both sides stands up and states their intentions, then the ring is presented to the fiancee-to-be (yes, in front of everyone!!). It was such an honor to witness something that usually only family and close friends get to see, and an even greater honor that Soraia and Ali chose us to capture their ceremony.

Soraia and Ali, congratulations! We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you both!


The ahhh-mazing dessert table styled by Carol at Petite Pomme Design, with goodies baked by Kitty Wong Pastry Shop, in all its Tiffany blue glory!


Here comes the ring…


I think Soraia is pleased :) Ali did a GREAT job…the ring is gorgeous!

Afterwards, Ali’s family gave Soraia jewelry to welcome her to the family. Love the look on Ali’s dad’s face here…

…and Ali’s reaction to his dad putting a ring on his new fiancee!

Hugs from her mom…


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