bridal gown purchased from: che bella boutique by amy kuschel | reception venue: bayview event center | floral artist: luna vinca | hair: samiya salon | faces beat by katra abdulahi | cake & desserts: buttercream cakes & desserts | photo: marc andreo | crystal birdcage veil: leslie li | lace dots bridal caplet: 2011 perfect | bridal jewelry: arabella cultureed freshwater pearl, swarovski zirconia bracelet & pearl earrings | ring: diamond scaasi | bridesmaid dresses: david's bridal | groom attire: ted baker | emcee: dalmar | henna art: amina's henna



Lilacs always remind of my childhood, of June and the beginning of summer.  Their strong and sweet floral scent always signal those memories of school being out, of celebration, and laughter and joy amongst my childhood friends.  And so it was such a pleasure to see both lilacs and children and raucous joy play such distinct roles in Mariam and Abdul's wedding.  You can see it in the pictures - in how the beautiful lush backdrop of lilacs complements Mariam's bridal glow.  Also in how much joy and carefree happiness the kids brought to the collection.  Kids usually love the camera, by the way.  The scenic environment was enhanced by the beauty of Lake Minnetonka on the back lawn of the Bayview Event Center, where the wedding occurred.  This wedding was unique in that it was a wedding that honored the traditions within Somali culture.  So there was no formal ceremony on the day of the wedding, but there was much good cheer and celebration culminating in one  of the best dance periods at wedding reception.  Dressed in a stunning Che Bella boutique gown, complete with a birdcage veil and gorgeously intricate henna designs on her and her bridesmaids hands, Mariam was every bit the beaming bride on her wedding, as Abdul looked fondly at her.  Holding her vibrant early summer bouquet marvelously designed by Luna Vinca, It was one of the magical summer days with a molten warm sunset.  It was all these elements of scent and sound, love and light, that made Mariam & Abdul's so remarkable - one of those perfect early summer days.