Rana and Mina's Wedding Featured in Contemporary Weddings Magazine

I’m super excited that Contemporary Weddings Magazine published my photos from Rana and Mina’s wedding!

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Rana and Mina’s elegant Memorial Day wedding was filled with beautiful traditions and personal touches making their day truly special. They read cards with loving messages from each other as they finished getting ready before the wedding. Their traditional Coptic wedding ceremony was a spectacular event. Rana & Mina had their crowning ceremony wearing embroidered garments, symbolizing the bride and groom as the newly adorned rulers of their household. Afterwards, Rana traded in her heels for Keds by Kate Spade and we headed to Deep Cut Gardens for formal photos of the newly weds in the perfect May weather. The reception was held at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ, the perfect venue for this majestic wedding.

Ceremony Location: Saint Mina Church / Reception Location: The Venetian / Photographer: Charming Images / Cinema and Video: Pharaoh videography / DJ: Wave Entertainment / Floral Designer: Dee’s Flowers and Gifts / Wedding Gown Salon: Castle Couture/ Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique / Shoes: Kate Spade for Keds and BetseyJohnson / Makeup Artist: Pixzydust / Hair Stylist: Elie Esper Salon

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First vow exchange during a Coptic Orthodox wedding ceremony

Father Mark was a big part of Sylvia + Joseph’s relationships from the very beginning. They’ve told me that if it wasn’t for him, they might have never met. Therefore it was as important to them to have him be a part of their wedding ceremony as it was for him. He flew back from his trip to Egypt the day of their wedding to make sure he can be a part of it. It turns out he brought back more than his presence. He introduced the vow exchange, a completely new custom to the Coptic Orthodox wedding ceremony, making Sylvia and Joseph the first couple in the United States to exchange their vows in front of their friends and family during their Coptic Orthodox Wedding Ceremony at the St Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in East Brunswick.  

The vow exchange was followed by adorning them with princely vestments, the exchange of their rings, anointing them with Holy Oil and the Crowning ceremony.  The entire ceremony, made extra special by the vow exchange, is an amazing experience. 

They celebrated their marriage shortly thereafter at the Valley Regency, of New Jersey’s Upper Montclair. 

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Photography: Charming Images

Dress: Eve of Milady

Makeup: Monica Ann

Ceremony: St Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

Reception: Valley Regency