Sami and Natalie met in at a Lebanese and Syrian Convention in San Antonio, Texas in 2006.  To sum it up…it’s a lot of socializing, networking, activities, drinking and your Mother trying to set you up with “some nice Lebanese boy!”  When Sami and Natalie met they instantly hit it off.   After the weekend was over they kept in touch while he was working in Atlanta and while she was interning in New York for Teen Vogue. About a month later when Natalie moved back home to Atlanta their relationship began!

They dated for 3 ½ years before getting engaged. They tied the knot on January 8, 2011 at Sacred Heart Church.  The reception was held at the newly renovated Ritz Carlton in Atlanta.

For her “something blue” Natalie was given a blue rhinestone studded appliqué that says “I DO.” Very cute! If you get married in a church and have to kneel- your guests will be able to read it!

Natalie made the large comb she wore at the side of her updo.  She bought the comb and the strip of ivory trim at an amazing ribbon and embellishment store in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The trim was wired and mixed with ivory velvet and chiffon petals with tiny pearl sprigs. She glued it onto the comb. Simple, easy and beautifully feminine. It cost only $30.

She had 10 bridesmaids. Yes 10. She wanted to use 3 different colors and 3 different styles (all in the same line). Not everyone has the same skin tone…and not everyone has the same body. Natalie wanted her girls to be able to pick which color and style they felt flattered them the best. Natalie chose Amsale’s line in the long wrinkled chiffon gowns. She picked nude pink, aubergine and cranberry. Everyone was thrilled because they got to choose which they liked the best. 4 were in aubergine, 3 were in nude pink and 3 were in cranberry.

Annette Joseph, Natalie’s wonderful boss did all of the bridal party’s flowers.  For the boutonniere she used a faux ivory velvet leaf (about the length of a lipstick tube) and paired it with white berries and 1 fiddlehead. She bound them with a multicolor aubergine, nude pink and ivory thin ribbon. This cut the cost down and it was unique and looked great. You can get these in any color.  Great for a winter wedding. The ivory stood out great against the black tuxedos.  She used white roses and white berries for the bridal bouquets. Because the bridesmaid’s dresses were 3 different colors she wanted to keep it simple and clean in color so it was not too distracting.

The cathedral length veil was originally worn by Natalie’s Grandmother in 1940.

Because they are both Lebanese they wanted to incorporate some of the Lebanese culture into parts of the reception. They ordered authentic finger cymbals for the favors. They were placed at each guests seat at the reception in a small cranberry organza bag with a tiny little note that read. “ Please join us a the end of the evening with these cymbals as a “symbol” of love and long life, as we send Sami and Natalie off as husband and wife.“ At the end of the night everyone lined up in the lobby to see the newly weds off and chimed the finger cymbals as the couple ran through the tunnel of spectators. It was different than using bubbles or sparklers or rice- everyone loved it and now everyone has a pair if they want to learn how to belly dance!

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