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Updated: Jan 1

Would you ever put the sentiments “Calm Garden” and “I planned my wedding in 3 months” in the same sentence? Taqwa and Moaed did! And if their faces + photos say anything, it was successful.

This easy, contemporary couple has a classic “guy notices girl, and girl is busy pursuing her dreams” love story; but once Taqwa realized Moaed was molded perfectly for her, they pulled off the shortest engagement we’ve seen at The Meadows, a gorgeous garden inspired wedding theme, and our only traditional Sudanese celebration to date. To make matters even a little more mind-melding, they were struck with the task of planning a three piece wedding: an Islamic ceremony; a reception; and, a Sudanese ceremony.

Yes, you read that correctly: a three piece wedding in 3 months.

The day was both captured and made more calm by the incredible talent of Apsari Gulbeden of Java Rose Photography; her style is effortless + airy, similar to our Bridal House & the bride herself. And speaking of the bride, she donned not one but three stunning wedding dresses (more on that later!).

We’re probably biased, but we have a hard time naming a city + venue better suited for a multifaceted, garden inspired wedding day. If 115 acres of nature preserve in the City of Oaks doesn’t suite the functionality and style of their day, I’m not sure what space could! Preston Flowers added elegant and pretty florals throughout; regal, pastel, and luminous all come to mind when considering the final mood of the space.

Taqwa’s dresses matched all of the aforementioned moods, too. They included a flower covered sari, a traditional white bridal gown enhanced with hijab and flowing veil, and an ornate red & gold toub (worn for the Sudanese ceremony).

Moaed’s crisp checked navy suit was the perfect accent to her reception gown. And how refreshing to see a groom in white! For the sudanese ceremony he donned a traditional white embroidered jelbab.

The sweetest part for us was witnessing the rituals that came with their celebration. There is an incredible amount of inclusion with family members, including perfume spritzes and tossing candy out to their loved ones. Beautiful songs & prayers are bestowed on the couple as another family member unites them with a large rosary. We take to heart the honor of witnessing so many love stories and learning about the many ways (both traditional and unique) that all of our couples celebrate their newfound unity.


Planning // Event This!

Photographer // Java Rose Photography

Catering // Sassool

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