We walked into Maja and Mark’s wedding day feeling more like friends than photographers. Immediately, upon meeting them, we felt a great connection with these two fantastic people. So, on this beautiful first day of October, we were ready for a wonderful celebration of “one of life’s loveliest surprises” (as their invitation said).
The ceremony was held at their home and with their closest friends and family there to share the joy. Maja’s niece was the flowergirl who made it her own personal responsibility to put the boutonnieres on the men and to be the assistant to the wedding planner, Laura from Magnolia Events. Laura was fantastic to work with, and had incredible attention to detail. Mark’s son was his best man, and you could see the pride in both their eyes. The ceremony was warm and lovely and Maja looked just beautiful. They were both just beaming at each other and their adoration was evident to all of us!
After the ceremony, the party began. A jazz band started doing their funky jazzy thing outdoors near the pool (and to the man who requested Lionel Richie…uh, I don’t know what to say…). Endive created the MOST incredible variety of special food, and each dish was more visually beautiful and delicious than the next. Amazing. Each food area had a shout out to either Maja’s Egyptian heritage, or one of the couple’s favorite spots (Morocco, Italy…). The decor was GORGEOUS. Great colors and flowers/candles galore. Arrangements by Catherine did an incredible job creating the atmosphere.
After dinner, the couple did their “not first dance, first dance”, and it was a tango! Maja was a professional dancer, and she guided her sweet Mark through a really well-performed dance. It was so romantic and personal. And that kicked off Part II of the night…the jazz band was replaced with a DJ (Dana from Spectrum) who kept the party going and dancing under a beautiful crescent moon!
The night ended with a “settler”, a traditional chicken soup to relax you and get you ready for the rest of the after-party. Yum. As we were leaving, I told Mark that he was one lucky man. His response…DUH!
Maja and Mark, we wish you both so much love and joy on this beautiful journey you are taking together. Congratulations!!