Palestinian/Lebanese Wedding: Congratulations Manal and Hussam

Manal and Hussam were married on a beautiful summer day in Northern Virginia. Their wedding was full of classic elegance and unique and joyful Palestinian/Lebanese wedding traditions!

Simple elegant wedding invitation

Manal got ready for the day at her parents’ home with help from her mom, sister and bridesmaids.

Bride getting ready

At the start of the day, before the wedding ceremony, friends and family gathered at the bride and groom’s home to offer well wishes and congratulations. These four adorable flower girls were super excited about wearing their fancy dresses!

pretty flowers girls in tutus

Palestinian Wedding Washington DC

wedding groom

Manal and Hussam walked down the aisle together at the Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church carrying candles. During the ceremony crowns were placed on their heads and they walked together in three circles.

Virginia Church Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic

Virginia Church Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic VA

Virginia Church Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic VA


After the ceremony, everyone headed to the reception at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

Manal’s bridesmaids wore soft green and her sister, her maid of honor, wore a lovely blush pink dress.

Bridesmaids Palestinian Wedding Northern Virginia

blush pink and soft green wedding colors

bridesmaids wedding photography

wedding photography groomsmen

wedding photography groomsmen

Hitlon Alexandria Wedding

Hilton Alexandira wedding photography Virginia

Palestinian wedding photography

Palestinian wedding photography Virginia

Manal shares, “Sam proposed to me on my birthday at the Georgetown waterfront. It was special to me because our family and friends where there holding  “Will you marry me?” posters. Having their support means the world.”

Palestinian wedding photography Virginia

Palestinian wedding photography Washington DC

As the couple entered the reception, it was time for a special tradition called a zaffe. It was amazing! A band played drums and everyone cheered. There was so much celebration and excitement!

Palestinian wedding photography Zaffe

Palestinian wedding photography zaffe

Manal describes her wedding style as fairy tale classic, “I’ve always dreamed of arriving on a horse-drawn carriage. Also the love bird theme was special because Sam’s mother nicknamed us “love birds.” We had the love bird cocktail napkins, love bird salt & pepper favors, and the love bird on the water goblets.”

Hilton Mark Center Alexandria Virginia

wedding decors lace paper birds

wedding Hilton Mark Center VA

The celebration went on all night long!

Palestinian wedding photography Virginia

Hilton Mark Center Wedding Photography Alexandria VA

Hilton Mark Center wedding

Manal’s sister, Maya, gave a really sweet toast, sharing stories that made the bride tear up and also gave her a good laugh!

Hilton Alexandria VA

Wedding toasts

Another really beautiful Palestinian wedding tradition is the candle dance. A procession of women led by the bride enter the reception carrying candles. They walk to the dance floor and the bride takes turns sharing the candle dance, symbolizing a spiritual light, with the women who love and support her.

Palestinian wedding candle dance

Light pink wedding cake with ribbon and pearls

Congratulations Manal and Hussam!

For more photos check out the slideshow:

Ceremony: Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church
Reception: Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, VA
Florist: Maryam flowers
Makeup: Creative Images
Hair: Coiffure Nada
Bride’s shoes: Betsey Johnson
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Photography: Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz












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