Daniela and Ahmed

Sussex County, New Jersey

 

 

Photography | Al Anany Photos

Venue | Minerals Hotel at Crystal Springs Resort | @crystalspringsresort

Event Planner | SB Events Co | @sbeventsandco

Hair Stylist | Boho Hair Salon | @bohohairsalon

Makeup Artist | Smashbrush| @smashbrush_

DJ and MC | POSH DJ’s | @poshdjs

About Daniela and Ahmed

Ahmed and Daniela met in Jersey City, NJ at St. Peter’s University 7 years ago! Ahmed, who was a physics major spent his evenings at the library focused on his exams until his eyes wandered to a beautiful girl, studying for her accounting exam. His focus shifted quickly and one day he made a move to introduce himself to Daniela. Ever since that day they have been inseparable and will forever be together! Today, Daniela is a Audit Manager at Port Authority of NY & NJ. Ahmed is a Sales Engineer for Hamamatsu in NY and travels often.  In their free time they love to participate in adventurous activities, dance to bachata and merenge, and remodel homes like Chip and Joanna! They are excited to spend their special day with their close family and friends creating memories that will last forever while merging two families and two cultures into one!

Proposal

 Daniela and Ahmed both traveled to Florida for vacation. You see, Daniela knew this special day was coming one day but did not know exactly what day. It was the last day of their trip so she thought “oh maybe not this trip”. They continued to pack up to head to the airport but decided they want to take a last picture in front of the cute house that they booked on Airbnb. Little did Daniela know, this was not a picture, Ahmed actually set up his camera for recording!  Once they got in position for a “photo” he went ahead and proposed to her. They wanted this moment to be special and very private! They knew they would go back to their hometown in New Jersey to celebrate with their families.

 

Planning

Daniela and Ahmed decided in March 2018 that they have to get married and have their celebration by the summer. Ahmed is from Egypt and his mom had plans to travel to Egypt for a couple of months in the summer. So they had to make a quick decision and decided on July 6, 2018 to be the big day! Everyone was so excited for them and at the same time thought “How are we doing this in 3 months???”

 

That is where I came into the picture to help! See, Daniela is my childhood best friend and I had a great opportunity to build a friendship with Ahmed for 7 years! This was important to me and I was honored that they had reached out to me for help! We started with a budget, prioritized what was most important to them, and reached out to vendors. Their main priority or what I call a “splurge factor” was venue, food and a phenomenal DJ who can play all kinds of music including Spanish and Arabic to complement both cultures.

 

The Special Day

The wedding was everything they wanted and envisioned! For the guests it was a weekend of celebration and also a mini vacation as the venue they chose was a resort with beautiful mountain views! We rented a large Airbnb in the mountains for the wedding party to stay together. We drove up the day before the wedding to have a fun DIY party! We all put our skills to use and got all the details together for the big day! Fun fact: Ahmed, the groom, made Daniela’s bouquet. He is so artistic himself! Haha

 

Daniela style is simply chic and elegant. She loves timeless décor and decided to purchase Orchids for centerpiece with some candles around. It was a beautiful setting as the venue itself had so much natural beauty! The wedding day was filled with so much joy, laughter and dancing all night long! The music was amazing and included all the Arabic, Spanish, Indian and American hits to cater to their diverse group of guests.