At the onset of planning, Jeena and Shaffiq were living in Dubai finishing up their final months before a trans-continental move back to Seattle. They were looking for a simple affair that was centered around the comfort of their guests and allowed for a ceremony in Jeena’s childhood church. Mixing in a few southern Indian traditions and keeping in mind that many of the groom’s guests were traveling from Dubai we set out to create the perfect day for them with their guests in mind.
The day started off with the Bride and her bridesmaids getting ready at her family home. We were so honored to be present and a part of so many of these moments. I will NEVER forget Jeena playing a song for her loved ones or the blessings and prayers showered upon the Bride just a few short moments before we headed to the church.
Shaffiq and his groomsman had a relaxing morning together. The groomsmen even managed to sneak off and practice their surprise performance later in the evening.
Opting to not see each other before the ceremony, J+S exchanged notes while tucked just out of sight right before walking down the ceremony.
Their ceremony was in Jeena’s family church. We adored learning about all the traditions they were incorporating, how they saw their ceremony flowing, and we always love when a couple adds that special touch of asking a friend to sing in the ceremony.
After looking at multiple venues early on in the planning process, Magnuson Park Hangar 30 was “the one.” Don’t get me wrong — They thought I had lost it when I initially suggested an airplane hangar. The venue allowed for the perfect blank slate to create their vision and also had a lovely connection to many aviation influences in their lives. We couldn’t be more thrilled they believed our promises and that we were able to deliver the unique space they had envisioned.
Upon arrival, the guests had the opportunity for caricature drawings, photo booth, and Shaffiq’s favorite — Blackjack and Roulette tables. All the guests received custom monogrammed poker chips to play with. We also incorporated a signature drink that had the couple and guests reminiscing about one of the couple’s favorite bars in Dubai.
Dinner was served family style and the menu was entirely inspired by different meals they had enjoyed during their time together. A dish the bride’s family made growing up, another from one of their first dates – Each dish had its own story. We spiced up the dining room mixing square, round, and long family style tables. With formalities before and after the meal, J+S were able to hear from multiple loved ones, enjoy heartfelt dances, and even mix in a few surprises.
After a quick outfit change, the bridal party surprised the couple with their choreographed dances.
Thanks to Austin Beaver, the guests partied well into the night. Oh, and YES, a Confetti Cannon was a MUST for this celebration. Plentiful late night snack options kept the guests dancing until the wee hours of the morning. No craving was going unsatisfied — Dante’s Hotdogs, a Tater Tot bar, and a S’mores station.
Many thanks to the incredible team of wedding professionals who pulled out all the stops to craft the couple’s vision and given them a day they will never forget.
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