Aayah + Amr
5.6.17 |El Gouna, Egypt
Selecting El Gouna, Egypt for their wedding was an easy decision: it was the city where their love story began. Their wedding celebration was a masterful reflection of them as a couple; their connection is deep and unwavering, and they love their friends and family with the same fierce intensity.
I knew that traveling to document their wedding would be an adventure, but what I wasn’t ready for was how much the experience would move me. From the moment I arrived in Egypt it was a sensory overload of majestic and ancient structures, awe inspiring views, and traditions that were so incredible I couldn’t help but cry (just check out the Zaffa below before you judge haha). I was treated to the most gracious hospitality from beginning to end, and in being welcomed like that I was able to photograph from a different and more personal perspective.
Putting together this story was so captivating I got lost in the experience all over again. It was also extremely difficult because really I wanted to post a gazillion photos but I have to play it cool.
Beginning to thank Aayah + Amr for the privilege of this experience, their friends and their families for welcoming me with such warmth—where do I even start?! I am inspired by how much love exists between all of you and grateful to have been a small part in this extraordinary celebration!
I hope you enjoy the photos below ❤
Dress by: Pallas Couture
Tuxes: Tom Ford
Hair: Ahmed Galal
Makeup: Soha Khoury
Ceremony Location: La Maison Bleue
Florist: R Squared/Raghda Elmaghrabi Videographer: OJO Creative Studios/@ojostudios Wedding Planner: R Squared /Raghda Elmaghrabi@raghdaelmaghrabi@radwaelmaghrabi Entertainment: Saxophonist: Argu, DJ: DJ Roro, Zaffa Band: Domyatyy Zaffa band, Belly Dancer: Maya Maghraby @mayamaghraby1
How would you describe your wedding in 3 words?
ethereal, romantic, decadent
What was the best moment of your wedding day?
Aayah: the entrance and zaffa! (the traditional egyptian entrance with drums and songs) It was amazing walking out to see all our family and friends waiting for me, with Amr right in the middle! My second favorite part was the sparklers and fireworks at cake-cutting. I had forgotten it was going to happen and it felt like such a surprise and was one of the most surreal moments for me.
Amr: My favorite part was Aayah. She looked perfect. It felt like the entire wedding was made to fit her, including myself!
Is there anything you would have done differently? Why?
I would have thanked my friends way more in advance for all the little tasks they had to do to make the day go smoothly. They saved the day!
If you could give advice to a bride planning her wedding, what would it be?
To savor every moment, even the “bad” ones. Dani gave me great advice when everything started falling way behind schedule, and I was just sitting in my dress waiting. She said, this is the only day you will get to wear this dress, enjoy it! It was such a great perspective and it immediately changed my mood!
Part 1: Catamaran
Part II: Rehearsal Celebration
Part III: The Wedding