We had the pleasure of photographing our first Lebanese-Ecuadorian wedding earlier this year. The wedding was rich in cultural elements that we just loved! The gorgeous venues were the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Wildwood Manor for wedding portraits and Central Park West for the reception. Emad (Lebanese) and Melanie (Ecuadorian) actually met during medical school in Ecuador and held a friendship of 5 years before they ventured down the path of newly wedded bliss! Both coming from very opulent cultures, they decided to plan a wedding that not only featured their love and commitment, emanated two cultures, but also celebrated the combining of two families.
The bride, Melanie brought in several traditions from Ecuador, such as her family made wedding dress and Latin music. The groom Emad, with his strong roots in the Lebanese culture, brought traditions such as an Islamic wedding ceremony (signing of contracts), elaborate entrance to their reception, Dabke dancing (a type of Arabic group folk dancing), and a tossing petals exit. This wedding hands down was one of the joyous and most energetic wedding days I have ever had the honor of being a part of. My cheeks hurt from smiling by the end of the night!
Emad & Mela, thank you for choosing Photos by Miss Ann to tell your wedding day story! As we said above, your wedding was one with so much energy, love, and excitement it will forever be one of our favorites. We hope you are able to relive your wedding day through our images now and in decades to come! Enjoy…
With a smile, Ann & Chris Peters (Photos by Miss Ann)
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