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March 16, 2013
Christina + Shereef | Coptic Christian Wedding Photos | Maryland Wedding Photographer

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Christina and Shereef were married this winter in a beautiful Coptic Christian ceremony at Saints Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Potomac, Maryland. Their ceremony completely nurtured my documentarian’s soul with its rich cultural and religious traditions. I have been blessed the past year to have the opportunity to witness many different types of wedding celebrations, from a mountain ceremony in Colorado to a backyard Indian wedding, and Christina and Shereef gave me the wonderful gift of a wedding ceremony that I had not yet seen. Between the church interior, which is rich with elaborately painted iconography, and symbolic aspects of the ceremony like the crowning of the bride and groom and the use of incense, everything had a very majestic and regal feel. (My husband in particular is a big fan of the crowning and has expressed his regret at our not being crowned during our wedding ceremony…) However, Christina and Shereef’s families and their palpable love also helped to make the ceremony extremely intimate, spiritual and emotional. The reception at the Waterford at Springfield offered an equally majestic setting thanks to the hard work of Heba Al-Tamimi at Gardenya. Luscious fabrics, pink undertones, tables of mouth-watering desserts and a mix of Middle Eastern music and American hip hop welcomed guests from as far as Egypt, and Christina and Shereef danced the night away surrounded by their friends and families. Many congratulations to the two of you and thank you for bringing me into your celebration. Following is a selection of my favorite photographs to tell the story of Christina and Shereef’s day. Enjoy!

Venue: Waterford at Springfield | Planner: Heba Al-Tamimi, Gardenya | Flowers: L’Artisan Lilly | Dress: TLC Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Nina Shoes

Cake and Cupcakes: Fluffy Thoughts | DJ: DJ Tamer Yehya | Transportation: Majestic Limousine Service | Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse | Wedding favors: Wilton

Invitations: Invitations By Dawn | Bride & Groom Back-Drop: Da Vinci Florist

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