Nikonia: Every love adventure begins with a leap of faith and this story is no different. Karina and Galal are grateful to fate for bringing them together. Growing up in the different sides of the world, Karina and Galal are a perfect fusion of latin american spice and middle eastern sophistication. Their gorgeous wedding at grandious Nanina’s In The Park was an opportunity to invite friends and family from far ends of the earth to join in one place for the celebration of marriage and cultures.
Nikonia: I met Galal bright and early on the day of the wedding. He was getting ready with his groomsmen and his quiet smile gave away his excitement and anticipation.
Nikonia: Mourad, Galal’s brother, was helping him with cuff links and tie. What a model Best Man!
Nikonia: Galal’s three piece grey suit made him look classy and timeless.
Uncle Nick: As the gentleman got ready, aromatic coffee was brewing in the kitchen.
Nikonia: Groomsmen looking dapper in front of their fancy white limousine.
Uncle Nick: Limousine felt more like a spaceship on the inside. Gentlemen raised their glasses to the happy couple.
Sir Nicholas XIV: I couldn’t resist a fancy ride with the nice chaps. It was a real treat to witness Galal’s friends sending him off on a new adventure.
Uncle Nick: St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church was tastefully decorated with gold accents and flowers.
Nikonia: Delicate roses in various shades of pink were destined for bridesmaids who were yet to arrive.
Nikonia: The Ring Bearer took his job very seriously. In anticipation of the bridal party, I caught him practicing his walk down the isle and aiding arriving guests to their seats.
Nikonia: Stained glass windows of the church added a touch of grandeur and nostalgia.
Nikona: The bride is only 10 minutes away now. Galal and his brother are peaking from behind the altar in suspense.
Nikonia: And finally the processions have begun!
Nikonia: Flower girls were a tough act to follow…
Nikonia: But when the bride appeared in the doorway accompanied by her graceful mother, everyone in the room sighed with delight. Karina looked like a princess!
Nikonia: The Priest opened the mass with a prayer, followed by a few hymns and psalm readings by special guests.
Nikonia: The wedding party enjoyed the front row view of the big event.
Nikonia: At the end of the ceremony, the newly married couple sealed their nuptials not with a kiss, but with a quiet prayer together.
Nikonia: Officially Mr. and Mrs.!
Nikonia: While guests proceeded to the reception, I sneaked a photo of Karina with altar in back. She was such a vision on her wedding day!
Nikonia: Galal was smitten looking at his bride!
Nikonia: Flower girls and ring bearer show a little bit of their silly side after their missions were complete.
Nikonia: Nanina’s In The Park has a charming garden for bridal portraits and we had a lot of fun doing various poses, but this one takes the cake!
Nikonia: Here is Galal and Karina in their first moments of being husband and wife!
Uncle Nick: The reception took place in the cocktail room and ballroom of Nanina’s In The Park and it was an absolute dream!
Niko: Just look at that amazing chandelier!
Uncle Nick: Yes, I took notice of that too! They looked like giant snowflakes made out of crystals!
Niko: Karina set her bouquet on the window ledge before her first dance.
Nikonia: Here is Karina’s gorgeous ring!
Niko: Dance party is about to start!
Niko: This could have easily been a party for Mari Antoinette! So chic!
Nikonia: After Galal and Karina shared their first dance, the bride invited her mom on the dance floor. I might have shed a tear as they embraced to the melody of “De Niña a Mujer” (From Childhood to Womanhood) by Julio Iglesias.
Nikonia: As the best man and maid of honor gave their speeches…
Nikonia: …the bride and groom were laughing infectiously. The toasts stroke the right chords with the newlyweds.
Nico: As it often happens, the flower girls opened the dance floor for everyone.
Nikonia: Since it was an international wedding, slow dancing to Julio Iglesias quickly turned into energetic belly dancing competition.
Nikonia: Karina’s dance moves couldn’t be out-shined!
Nikonia: And of course there was some silliness before desert!
Nikonia: I loved how every little detail had a touch of gold to it! Even the party favors! And they also reflected Galal and Karina’s outdoorsy personalities!
Nikonia: And then it was time for desert!
Nikonia: The variety of sweets offered was mind blowing! But, of course, the chocolate fountain was everyone’s favorite treat!
Nikonia: Wedding cake in all its glory!
Nikonia: Finally it was time for Karina to toss her bouquet and appoint the next lucky girl to be getting married!
Thank you, Galal and Karima for sharing your wonderful celebration with me! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and adventure!