Arabic Wedding

Mimi + Joel | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design |  Zeb Andrews Photography

As a foreigner myself, I especially love helping to plan multicultural weddings that honor the backgrounds of both families and that draw guests from all over the world. It’s just so fun! Mimi and Joel’s wedding was no exception. How could it be when Joel kicked off the celebration by opening a bottle of champagne by sabrage?!

Drawing inspiration from Mimi’s Arabic heritage and focusing on Mimi and Joel’s shared love for food, we developed a “Spice Routes” theme. Guests found their spice-named tables with mini bottles of za’atar blend as escort cards displayed beneath an expansive world map hand drawn by a local artist. A sense of movement and varied destinations was accomplished by layering different shades and desert colors across the room -- champagne, rust, copper, dusty palm. Naturalistic, romantic florals in vibrant hues were accented with gold Moroccan style lanterns, and a large installation of soft ivory chiffon drape framed the altar space and later the cake and desserts.

The music continued the theme, featuring Mimi and Joel’s favourites from around the world including everything from the sounds of Caribbean reggae to middle eastern influenced dance hits. A feast of middle eastern dishes was accompanied by wines from Joel’s family’s winery, with a reserve barrel of wine blended especially for the occasion.

However, to end the night we had to bring back a nod to Portland and so Mimi and Joel were whisked away in a pedicab to the cheers of their friends and family! Congratulations again, Mimi and Joel!

Coordination: Kirsten | Caterer: Devil's Food Catering | Draping: West Coast Drape | DJ: Lenny Joseph Productions | Florist: HART Floral Design | Hair: Pinn Salon | Makeup: Julie Lampros Skincare & Makeup | Lighting: Hollywood Lights | Photographer: Zeb Andrews | Rentals: Something Borrowed + Party Place | Transportation: PDX PediCab | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth


Rwand + Nabih


It was such a delight to help Rwand and Nabih with planning and coordinating their Arabic wedding. They are the most darling couple, with a tight knit family who couldn’t wait to celebrate! 

Their party did not disappoint. Set in the majestic Governor Ballroom at Sentinel Hotel in shades of silver, pale pink and white with luxurious flowers on the tables and cozy lounges tucked into the corners of the room, the focus was nonetheless on the dance floor! Guests entered on a red carpet, paused by the photo booth to snap a picture to add to the scrap book, and then found their seats at their tables in preparation for the zaffe, a grand processional of the bridal party and announcement of the bride and groom led by a traditional Palestinian Dabke dance group. It was not long before all the guests were on the dance floor, celebrating with Rwand and Nabih as their DJ and drummer delivered infectious beats with high energy. It was a night to remember, with friends and family from all across the globe. Congratulations, Rwand and Nabih!

This wedding was featured in Oregon Bride Magazine!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: D. Selbak Photography | Catering: Jake's Catering | Floral: Michelle's Flowers | Lighting + Rentals: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: The Party Place + Sedera + Classic Vintage Rentals | Beauty: Blossom + Beauty | Cinematography: Design 4 Life | Cake: Dream Cakes | DJ: The Arabic DJ | Entertainment: Jafra Dabke Group 


Afaf + Joseph


Afaf & Joseph met in the Middle East while Joseph was visiting on vacation, and quickly knew they had found their soulmates.  During the long distance engagement, the bride was English teaching in Syria while the wedding was planned in Portland by the groom and Bridal Bliss coordinator, ELIZABETH.  Afaf made it into town just a few short weeks before the event and was in for the celebration of a lifetime!  The ceremony was held at ST. GEORGE ORTHODOX CHURCH and the beautiful reception took place in THE SENTINEL HOTEL’S Heritage Ballroom. This beautiful event was featured by OREGON BRIDE MAGAZINE.

photography by POWERS STUDIOS, video by MOVING PICTURE WEDDINGS, floral by ZEST FLORAL, cake by AK CAKE DESIGN, cupcakes by CUPCAKE JONES, lighting by THINK AV, rentals by OHANA, band by Fadi Hanni, favors by VERDUN