How did Mark propose? I had just found out that I passed the NY bar and Mark surprised me and took me to Aruba for what I thought was a celebratory trip. On our second day there, he said he booked us very special massages. We took a boat to a private island in Aruba and then were led to a secluded hut that was perched above the ocean on stilts. We both got massages and when we finished I noticed that strawberries and champagne were brought into the hut. Before I knew it, just as the sun was setting, Mark got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was one of the happiest days of my life!
Standout Memory of the night: Walking down the aisle and seeing Mark under the Chuppah, as I heard the orchestra playing the theme from forest gump. It is a feeling that is indescribable, because it was a moment I dreamt about my whole life and it was surreal that it was a reality. I was beaming as I walked towards my future.
Honeymoon Location: We went on a 3 week honeymoon to China and Thailand. We visited shanghai, Bangkok, Krabi, koh Samui and Phuket. We stayed at the most breathtaking resorts, sunbathed on the most pristine beaches and even rode elephants. It is a trip we will remember forever!
One piece of advice that you could give to other couples: Enjoy every minute of your wedding, because it is over with the blink of an eye. It is an amazing night to celebrate your love for each-other with the people whom you both love the most. It is a night where everlasting memories are created that you will cherish always. Mark and I will never forget that night and we still feel the magic when looking through our albums or watching our video.
Groom’s Tux: Dolce and Gabbana, Madison Avenue, New York
Bridesmaids’ Gift and Groomsmens’ Gift: Engraved flip video cameras.
Something borrowed and something blue: Something borrowed were diamond earrings from my matron of honor and sister Leora. My something blue were my undergarments, and my garter.
Why did you choose this location? We had 325 out of town guest so you could say it was a destination. We chose Texas because I was born and raised in Texas and my family lives in Dallas. We loved that our East Coast guests would be able to truly get the experience that “everything really is bigger in Texas” including our celebrations. We had a four day wedding weekend and we loved that our wedding wasn’t limited to just one night, but it was a weekend of celebrating where new friendships were formed and fun was had by all! People often describe our wedding as ” the party weekend” because it was a non-stop celebration. The Ritz Carlton in Dallas also proved to be an amazing location. The staff, from the coordinators to the chef, were truly phenomenal to work with and made planning the wedding a real pleasure.
Tips on planning a destination wedding: We had our rehearsal dinner at the top of the W Hotel at the ghost bar and it was really a special setting– Very chic and memorable setting overlooking the whole Dallas skyline. Our Thursday night affair at Sambuca, was a Moroccan party, or henna party to pay homage to my Moroccan roots. We dressed up in costumes and had a traditional henna ceremony and we flew in a chef from Dubai for the affair. It was an experience for all of our guests and I think they loved that each day/night was something different and unique. The element of surprise is great for any event. We also had excursions that our guests could choose from during their free time. From visiting the art museums, to the Ft. Worth Stockyards (a true southern experience) to shopping at the best mall in Dallas, we made sure that or guests were entertained 24/7.