Hailing from two different countries, the wedding of Jordanian dentist, Hanin Zawaideh, 30, and Jordanian/American doctor, Ibrahim Taweel, 31, was destined to have a worldly vibe, but the well-travelled couple took their special day to new heights by creating another-worldly theme.
“The theme of the wedding was ‘my heaven’. It was what Ibrahim and I interpret as heavenly,” explains Hanin of the drama-filled extravaganza that took place on August 8, 2018. “We wanted the entire day to be a representation of us, what we love, and what we find visually appealing. Which is also why we decided to integrate live performers wearing angelic costumes to tie in with the theme, and to add a theatrical element to the day.”
Hanin made her grand entrance to the altar via a mirrored staircase, accompanied by her father
Choosing the illustrious Four Seasons Hotel Amman to hold their affair to remember, the loved-up pair got to work alongside wedding planner, Hiba Alsaadi, and the bride’s brother, Samih — an architect with a creative eye for design. “The entire vision of the wedding down to the smallest details were created by Samih,” Hanin tells Bazaar Bride. “He really understands our style and was able to accurately communicate the concept to our planner. Samih also designed many aspects of the wedding, like our wedding cards and many of the custom-built items throughout the venue.”
A detailed shot of Hanin’s stunning Saiid Kobeisy gown and veil
Entering through an impressive purpose-made gate, designed to emulate the gates to heaven, Hanin, accompanied by her father, made her way down a grandiose mirrored staircase to meet her groom, backed by Andrea Bocelli’s Con Te Partirò. A collective gasp could be heard from the guests as they saw the beautiful bride in her stunning Saiid Kobeisy gown.
“I have always admired the work of Lebanese designer, Saiid Kobeisy, and have worn many pieces from his collections over the years. It took some persuasion for Saiid to agree to create a bespoke gown in just two months, but after a long discussion, he decided that he was up for the challenge,” Hanin explains. For a bespoke dress, at least six months is usually required.
The newlyweds share a moment at the ceremony
The result was a breath-taking corseted crystal-embellished gown that transformed into a different look for the evening, by removing the detachable overskirt with its four-metre train.
Hanin, in her dream dress, and Ibrahim looking dapper in Dior, became husband and wife in front of 450 guests — a number that would have been a lot higher had the couple’s parents got their way, the bride recollects. The ceremony took place in front of a custom-built gold-metal tree, adorned with crystals.
Guests dined at banquet-style tables beneath a canopy of handmade flowers and upsidedown faux-candles
A drinks and canapé hour followed the ceremony before guests were ushered into the hotel’s Grand Ballroom via a purpose-built tunnel, twinkling with lights. As the newlywed’s loved ones took their seats at the lavish candelabra and floral-filled tables, set beneath a canopy of handmade flowers and upside-down candles hanging from the ceiling which created an enchanting mirror image, dancers and performers were on hand to entertain.
For dinner, an opulent buffet laden with live cooking stations delighted the multi-national guests. “We had dishes from all over the world, ranging from Armenian, Italian, Japanese, Peruvian, Indian, Spanish and more,” Hanin explains. “We also had several Arabic stations so our international guests could experience something unique, such as a live Saj-station that was cooked and served by a local woman in traditional dress — which everyone loved.”
The towering wedding cake was covered in fresh flowers to create Hanin’s vision of a giant bouquet
Sharing their first dance as husband and wife to Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé, the bride and groom certainly had a perfect evening dancing the night away with their guests, while making memories captured on Snapchat with their custom-made filters, no less.
Hanin and Ibrahim on the dancefloor
BRIDE’S BLACK BOOK
DRESS: Saiid Kobeisy, Saiid-kobeisy.com
SHOES: Christian Louboutin, Christianlouboutin.com
JEWELLERY: Bulgari High Jewellery, Bulgari.com
RINGS: Tiffany & Co., Tiffany.com
HAIR & MAKE-UP: Saif Hamawi, Instagram.com/saifalhamawi (hair). Pierre Lahoud, Pierrelahoud.me (make-up)
GROOM’S SUIT: Dior, Dior.com
GROOM’S SHOES: Christian Louboutin, Christianlouboutin.com
GROOM’S WEDDING BAND: Cartier, Cartier.ae
WEDDING PLANNER: Hiba AlSaadi, Instagram.com/hiba_alsaade
PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER: Pulse Production, Pulse-prod.com
VENUE & CATERER: Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Fourseasons.com/amman
VISUAL ARTIST: Andrei Visuals, Andreivisuals.com
From the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia Bride
All images: Pulse Production