Let us just start off by saying that if we could design the perfect couple and use the same prototype for every Chicago wedding that we photograph, Iman and David would be our blueprint. This couple met while waiting in line for a political event commemorating Howard Zinn at the Busboy and Poet restaurant in Washington DC, a moment in time so epic that David chose the same spot to ask for Iman’s hand in marriage. They have been an absolute dream to work with – they made photography a top priority and accommodated us in every way and have even become active fans on our Facebook page, providing positive feedback on every wedding we’ve blogged after we booked them a year ago (love). Combine their brains, beauty, and kindness and add in elements from their Egyptian and African-American cultures and you can obviously see why we couldn’t wait for their stylish Chicago wedding!
The streets of downtown were beginning to fill for the Memorial Day Parade and the clouds gathered to create an ideal softbox as we arrived at the Hyatt Place the morning of Iman and David’s wedding. The excited anticipation for the day’s events carried up to the suite where we found Iman finishing up her hair and makeup. She chose a simple and elegant Enzonai gown that featured delicately beaded straps and a column-style train that flared out beautifully – a perfect choice to showcase her natural gorgeousness. David, not to be outdone, wowed us with his paisley bow tie and flawlessly-fit suit from good friend and haberdasher, Carly Ulysses.
The couple chose to hold their wedding day events in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, giving us lakefront access, an amazing view of the Chicago skyline, and unlimited photography options. We started out with Iman and David’s First Look at Promontory Point and then headed over to Osaka Gardens for portraits. Iman’s bouquet from Ashland Addison Florist was overflowing with fluffy peonies and creamy roses. David chose to forego the traditional boutonniere in favor of a small flag pin, a nod to the holiday weekend.
Promontory Point was one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets up until about a month after Iman and David’s wedding – George Lucas (yes, THAT George Lucas) and his new bride held their reception here less than two months later. Guests filled the bright Fieldhouse and David and Iman were wed beneath the soaring wooden arches in a ceremony that concluded with a jump over the broom, a tribute to David’s heritage.
After family portraits and cocktail hour, friends and family were welcomed back inside for the reception. Iman’s floral selections were carried through the reception décor, with the roses and peonies taking on bolder, more dramatic hues for the party. Sweet little birdies topped the pearl-encrusted cake by Sweet Art, and Corky’s Catering was cued up to provide a delicious meal.
We have to admit that we were curious to see what elements Iman would incorporate from her Egyptian heritage into her wedding, and we were definitely not disappointed! The newly married couple started off their reception with a ‘zaffra’ – a procession led by a belly dancer wearing a ‘shamadan’ and that was traditionally meant to light the way for the bride on her nighttime journey to the groom’s home. The zaffra was followed by an incredible performance by the Safire Belly Dancers of Chicago, who made sure David could perform some moves to fit in with his new bride’s family. 😉 Once everyone was thoroughly amazed and entertained, Virgil from Pilate Enterprise opened up the dance floor for guests to join the couple in celebration.
Iman and David, your relationship is more than just a marriage of two people, families, cultures, or religions – your worldly and passionate outlook on life combined with your hometown values and kindness display a unity of souls that is rare. We consider ourselves lucky that your wedding helped us cross paths and we hope to see you again soon!
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