Marriam Mossalli And Mohammed Jarjara

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Marriam Mossalli and Mohammed Jarjara, both from Saudi Arabia, tied the knot on the Greek Island of Santorini
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The "Bride Squad" pose mid hair & make-up in their robes
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Flowers spell out the couple's initials
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The groom handpicked the solitaire diamond eternity band by Saudi jewellers, Al Farsi Jewelery
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The mother-of-the-bride wore a Blumarine dress embellished in Swarovski crystals
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The couple with the bride's family
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Nawell, the bride's sister and Maid of Honour, sang for the guests
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Vintage cars were a theme that carried on into the honeymoon
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The bride pictured with her handsome young nephew
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Reem Acra designed Marriam's dress remotely from measurements given over Facetime
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The buttercream frosted cake decorated with flowers from the bridal bouquet
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The newlyweds at sunset on Santorini
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Guests celebrated into the night to a nostalgic 90's soundtrack
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Santorini provides the perfect whitewashed backdrop to a Saudi Arabian couple’s stylish nuptials

Although they met in the eighth grade at the American school in Jeddah, Marriam Mossalli and Mohammed Jarjara weren’t exactly childhood sweethearts. “I was basically too cool for him… and it only took him 17 years to finally get me,” says Marriam, 30, now head of her own luxury consulting firm, Niche Arabia, in Saudi Arabia. Once they got together though, it had to be serious, “or else we would be throwing away an almost two-decade old friendship.”

Real estate developer Mohammed, 32, proposed on their one-year anniversary over breakfast in The Hotel Caruso in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, in December 2015. “He didn’t have a ring and I was wearing a pinky ring which he struggled to take off,” says Marriam. “He insisted I take it off and give it to him. Then he got down on one knee and fumbled and mumbled a lot. I’m not sure if he was nervous and couldn’t speak, but he equally struggled to put the ring back on.” 

They chose the Greek island Santorini for the wedding in September 2016, inviting 100 of their closest friends and family, “Tiny for a Saudi wedding, but huge for a Santorini wedding – so logistically it was interesting!” Marriam’s company in Saudi Arabia, Niche Arabia, produces events so she took on the organising herself, aided by her sister Nawell, who “went all American-style Maid of Honour and did everything.”

As a former fashion editor, Marriam had firm views on the dress, and was set on an Arab designer. She chose her friend Reem Acra, and together they created a bohemian couture gown befitting an island wedding, “I sent her a mood board and my don’ts, and she would send me pics via Whatsapp,” says Marriam. Marriam’s five bridesmaids – all “besties” from different phases of her life – wore their own choice of dress, because “I know if roles were reversed, I would kill one of them for ‘making me’ wear a dress.” For Mohammed, Dolce & Gabbana, “He’s model thin, so he can wear anything.”

The wedding was simple and intimate, with traditional Greek food and a white and pink colour theme. “I figured the sunset and white Calderas would be enough. So we went clean and simple with Wedding Wishes, our decorators.” Marriam walked down the aisle to The XX’s ‘Intro’, and their first dance was ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree, sung by Marriam’s sister. “We went really ’90s as that’s when we met, and our childhood friends were there.”

A smaller wedding made it easier to do pre-wedding activities, such as renting a boat for 70 guests. “It was so much fun and broke the ice for those who didn’t yet know each other. At night we closed down a club, and had a recovery beach day the following day.” The celebrations didn’t stop there, “After the wedding, we took our guests to Mykonos for a three-day wedding after party.” Afterwards, the couple headed to Rome then back to the Amalfi Coast where it all began. Last stop, Capri, where Marriam’s parents went for their honeymoon. “We went to all the places my dad took my mum. My dad is a romantic for sure.”


BRIDE’S BLACK BOOK

DRESS: Reem Acra Couture, Reemacra.com

SHOES: Manolo Blahnik, Manoloblahnik.com

MAKE-UP: Hala Ajam, Halaajam.com

WEDDING RING: Al Farsi Jewellery, +966 59 847 8427

VENUE: Rocabella Suites, Rocabella-hotel-santorini.com

WEDDING PLANNER: Niche Arabia, Nichearabia.com

FLORIST: Wedding Wishes Santorini, Weddingwish.gr

PHOTOGRAPHER: Vangelis Photography, Vangelisphotography.com

VIDEOGRAPHER: Wedvisions, Santorini-Wedding-Photographers.com


This article first appeared in Harper's Bazaar Bride Autumn/Winter 2016

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Vangelis Photography
Marriam Mossalli and Mohammed Jarjara, both from Saudi Arabia, tied the knot on the Greek Island of Santorini
Bride, Harpers Bazaar Bridal, Real Weddings
Vangelis Photography
The "Bride Squad" pose mid hair & make-up in their robes
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Vangelis Photography
Flowers spell out the couple's initials
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Vangelis Photography
The groom handpicked the solitaire diamond eternity band by Saudi jewellers, Al Farsi Jewelery
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Vangelis Photography
The mother-of-the-bride wore a Blumarine dress embellished in Swarovski crystals
Bride, Harpers Bazaar Bridal, Real Weddings
Vangelis Photography
The couple with the bride's family
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Nawell, the bride's sister and Maid of Honour, sang for the guests
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Vangelis Photography
Vintage cars were a theme that carried on into the honeymoon
Bride, Harpers Bazaar Bridal, Real Weddings
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The bride pictured with her handsome young nephew
Bride, Harpers Bazaar Bridal, Real Weddings
Vangelis Photography
Reem Acra designed Marriam's dress remotely from measurements given over Facetime
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Vangelis Photography
The buttercream frosted cake decorated with flowers from the bridal bouquet
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Vangelis Photography
The newlyweds at sunset on Santorini
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Guests celebrated into the night to a nostalgic 90's soundtrack
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The couple dancing on the shoulders of their friends