Sunday, July 18, 2010

a middle eastern wedding محبوب

If you know me (or read my musings from time to time), you know that I do not love being "white". I do not hate it and really, this is not a big problem in my life. But those moments when I shut my eyes and envision a fantasy life... I always envision myself as a more darker, exotic version of myself.

I am drawn to the styles of darker women: long, dark hair; caramel skin; beautiful gem-encrusted gowns... oh, how I wish I could look like that! Funnily enough- I do have a friend who embodies this look. She was born in Jordan and she's absolutely stunning. Whenever I'm surrounded by her family- I can't help but admire the intricate outfits of her Middle Eastern family members and the palpable presence of her culture.

Her name is Noor and she was married last weekend (need a refresher?). Beyond my excitement to attend a Middle Eastern celebration, I was super excited to attend a downtown wedding and watch her and her husband enjoy their night together.

The wedding didn't disappoint! She arrived to the reception to a bumping, authentic, can't-stop-moving Muslim song and it was non-stop dancing from that point on. I don't think she stepped away from the dance floor all night.

I really couldn't believe how much fun I was having as I tried (unsuccessfully) to partake in the celebratory dances to the Middle Eastern music.

But one of the best parts was watching her new-husband (who adores her!). He is not Middle Eastern, he's a big, white, NFL football player who looks the part! But he was completely down for the cause of getting into his new role and giving his new wife a fabulous night. He was shaking and moving on the dance floor to Middle Eastern music like he had been doing it all his life. I felt like I was watching something from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It was very sweet.

So though very different from the wedding I witnessed the day prior, this one was just as special as it exuded the same qualities: Love, Dance, Family and Friends (plus the added bonus of pretending I belonged to the Middle Eastern culture for a night).

{Carly, Yuki, Miranda and Me outside the reception hall}

{My gorgeous friend Noor (and her amazeballs dress) and her new husband}

{Husband and Wife: think their kids will be ugly?}

{Ladies at the Wedding: I'm on far right.}

{Cake and the view at the wedding}

{Dancing the night away}

{Merging of cultures}

Oh.. and just in case you want to see the music and what I'm talking about:

What did I wear? I SCORED with a Zac Posen for Target dress. Not only was it Zac Posen at Target but it was on sale to boot. Oh Target- you're such a good friend to me.

Have a good day!

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Kanwalful said...

Wowww!!! Your friend Noor is soooo gorgeous! I love the Middle-Eastern look too. I think they have the most beautiful faces in the world!

Anonymous said...

Your friend looks stunning! What a beautiful bride. Loving your Target find, even better that it was on sale! :)

Also glad your a Friends addict as well and knew exactly which clip I was talking about!

Claire Kiefer said...

Two weddings in two days? So fun! I got to do that once, both weddings in Southern California, and it was delightful. So much love and happiness and champagne. :) You look adorable, as always, as do all your friends. And that bride's dress--gasp! How luxurious! She and her new husband are, most definitely, a beautiful couple. Congrats to all the newly married people in your life!

Keith said...

Wow. These are great photos. I bet it was a wonderful time. I've always wanted to attend a Middle Eastern wedding.

bananas. said...

now THAT looks like a fun wedding! any time there's bootie bumping jams, no matter what kind...i'm so thee on the dance floor.

big score on the dress. looks fab! and yea your friend is beautiful. good times! xoxo.

Leia said...

I love middle eastern culture! I grew up going to an international school and the middle eastern girls were always the prettiest! :D

I also think children of mixed marriages are really good looking & really smart, too, although I don't know why!

Glad you had fun! Oh and the bride is BEYOND gorgeous!

Leia's Delights

Anonymous said...

You look so pretty!!!! and omg that cake is phenomenal.. and the bride is gorgeous! looks like a lot of fun!

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Kim Axani said...

What a gorgeous bride!!
I love your Zac Posen dress ... you sure have a lot of weddings this year!

Tina said...

Wow the wedding looks gorgeous! Her dress is amazing! And i love yours!! Damn it I should have looked at Zac posens collection a little harder!!

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

What a beautiful bride!!! I love your Zac dress too :)

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

What a beautiful bride!!! I love your Zac dress too :)

ellinelle said...

..hey hey darling .. look so beautiful in your little floral number , but that is nothing new I guess : ) I love your femininity , you look so sophisticated and ladylike every single time : )

..I am totally with you about that dark exotic look , all my women idols are dark and exotic looking women , I don't know - I just love them , hair , skin , eyes ..everything ..

..that wedding look amazing and your friend is Stunning ..

..have a great day sweetie : )))


Leah said...

I am also like you... I'm obsessed with dark-skin. That's the reason why I love the beach, I want to have the perfect island girl tan.

You look gorgeous in your dress... it's really a great buy. I love it. xoxo

Mari said...

you look soo beautiful and you can come down to Arizona and be Mexican anytime you want! I love My Big Fat Greek wedding because however cheesy that movie can be that is EXACTLY how it is with my family!

Kara said...

DANG that is one gorgeous couple, their kids will most definitely not be ugly! Sounds an amazing time. I would love to go to a Muslim wedding! I love your My Big Fat Wedding reference...I can definitely picture exactly what you're talking about and it seems so romantic to me. I think I'll go continue to be jealous about your seriously amazing life now.

Stevie said...

Looks like a fun wedding!

LOVE your dress! I saw the same dress on the sale rack but it wasn't in my size. Le sigh. You look fabulous, love!

Unknown said...

amazing pics.... .


o said...

oh wow, what a fun wedding! yes, ur friend, noor, is stunning! u look amazing, as always:) the zac posen dress looks great on u! im with ya, LOVE tar-jay. i recently purchased a zac posen dress, too, off the clearance rack! (the pink tiger striped dress) thanks for sharing this vid!

Unknown said...

She is so beautiful, and of course you look stunning too. Sounds like a fab wedding!

the "L" spot said...

That wedding looked fabulous! So glamorous!

LadyBugSays ... said...

Looks like an amazing day! You dress is lovely, great sale find! The brides dress us gorgeous!!