Stunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding With Bright Airy Touches & Smiles For Days

When this wedding first hit my desk I was oh so very excited!  There is a certain lightness, bright airy loveliness to the entire affair.  The design styling is just the right amount of special touches in all the right places.  When I learned that the groom’s, Bassim Abo Said, name actually means ‘always smiling in Arabic’ I thought how sweetly perfect it was for him, but how very much the lovely Mona Abo Said is also a candidate for such meaning as well!  Their beaming smiles betray their absolutely bursting joy from within, inviting us to feel the glee that they do right along with them.  This wedding is a lovely departure from the more heavily styled & boldly colored fetes, leaving you with a sense of tranquility as you look through their day!

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Stunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong Kim

Stunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong KimStunning Persian Meets Egyptian DIY Wedding | Photograph by Klyment Tan & Dong Kim

What Storyboard Likes…

Light Bright– One major reason that Mona and Bassim’s wedding so successfully pulls off the allure of a heavenly wedding is location. The gorgeous Art Gallery of Alberta is a glass wonderland offering up as much ambient light as the sun herself has to offer.  This is why something like where you get married is oh so very important.  If you wish for a similarly bright, light, airy wedding, choosing the right ceremony location is paramount.  Make sure that the look, feel, as well as lighting {both ambient as well as structured} properly portray the overall look & feel that your going for!  Where you get married should mirror and amplify your vision!

Bridal Details– There is so much about Mona’s overall look that I am completely loving.  From the choice of the lace form fitting mermaid San Patrick to the absolutely stunning hand made lace trim finger tip length veil, Mona is a picture of bridal perfection.  While the clothes do make the bride, Mona’s her & makeup are truly divine, bringing the perfect amount of drama in the eyes with the balance of softness & romance in her softly tumbling locks.  The pièce de résistance however, is the statement necklace, tying everything together in one sweet bridal box!  I am a huge fan of statement necklaces and when the right one is selected, nirvana!

Flower Power– Simply put, I love the flowers here.  The garden roses are utterly divine while the cream hue is perfection.  I appreciate the use of them as single blooms, vs grouped together to make something larger.  There is a lot of power in singular stems & considering the light bright feel to the day, the choice is superb!

 

Novella of the Bride…

My husband Bassim and I have been together for over 7 years and as cheesy as it sounds I knew he was the one for me very early in our relationship! He is the best of both worlds: super handsome + amazing personality!!! He treats me like a princess even when I dont deserve it ? Bassim is Egyptian and I am Persian and you would think it would be easy breezy both being from the middle east but it was anything but that.

We didn?t want to over do it with decor  for our ceremony so we had it at the gorgeous Art Gallery of Alberta.  When scouting for my ceremony locations I wanted something very clean that didn’t require too much extra décor..so it was love at first sight when I booked the Art Gallery of Alberta  The venue was so gorgeous on its own that it didn’t need anything extra. There was so much natural beauty and lighting surrounding the building that we didn’t need that much decor! Our wedding theme was split between the Persian ceremony and Egyptian reception. We had a traditional Persian ceremony featuring lots of whites and naturals. During the planning I looked for a lot of vintage mason jars and vases for the flowers. We used the most gorgeous garden roses and carnations. PS- I think it is time for the carnation comeback!!!!! The Ceremony was an ancient Persian ritual of getting married while seated in front of a spread of symbolic items, such as honey, apples, spices and family heirlooms.  During the ceremony the bride?s closest friends hold a silk lace fabric over the couples head and shower them in sugar flakes. Our reception had a traditional Zaffa entrance which involves a musical procession of drums, bagpipes, horns, belly dancers and men carrying swords. This announces that the marriage is about to begin. Our reception colors were pewter grey, ivory and pops of Tiffany blue.

We have been through so much and our relationship only got stronger through the planning process. Something that Bassim and I recommend for every couple during the planning process is to just be okay with things not being perfect. You are going to struggle and things will go wrong from time to time but you just have to let certain things (like a perfect wedding) go! From our personal experience it is so easy to get lost in all of the drama that you really lose track of why you are getting married in the first place. All that matters is that you are going to spend your life with the person you love! If possible, hire a wedding planner so you have someone who always has your back and can handle the situations you don?t want to get involved with. I had the honor of having the fabulous Maria Milonas Tsounis of Flawless Couture Event Planning to help put our dream wedding together. She is the best of the best! Finally, have at least one date night a week with your sweetheart and there can be NO wedding talk during this special time!

Bride’s Favorite Moment: “Looking back now, my favorite moment of the night was during our first dance as husband and wife! Our song was at last by Etta James and my husband whispered in my ear?at last..i get to call you my wife and then he kissed me oh so sweetly. It was a moment that was just for us and I will never ever forget it.”

Vendor Love

Ceremony Venue: Art Gallery of Alberta  | Reception Venue: Millwoods Golf Club  | Wedding Dress: San Patrick- Evelynn Gown | Bride’s Veil: Handmade by Brides Aunt in Iran | Bridal Jewelry: Novelle Bridal | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom Made | Hair Stylist: Jennifer Chivers  | Makeup Artist: Anita Gill  | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss  | Invitation Designer: Pink Polka Design  | Transportation: Audi  | Rentals: River City Events | Florist: Funky Petals  | Caterer: Millwoods Golf Club  | Baker: Sweet Cakes by Wessam | Sofreh Aghd Design: Birds & Honey  | Event Design: Birds & Honey | Wedding Planner: Flawless Couture by Maria Milonas Tsounis | Photographer: Klyment Tan & Dong Kim

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