Julie and Neiad's
wedding at Lehigh University
As I learned firsthand at their engagement session this spring, Julie and Neiad are a very down to earth couple. These two claim to be uncomfortable being the center of attention and thought their ideal wedding would be small and outdoors. But after carefully weighing all that was important to them, they ended up planning a church wedding with a big party. Julie and her family have strong ties to Lehigh so they chose Packer Chapel for the ceremony. And despite a huge thunderstorm in the middle of the day, all went rather smoothly and everyone had a great time.
They honored Neiad's heritage by having a live Arabic band perform and by doing the traditional Arab wedding dances. In a lighthearted effort to help western guests feel encouraged to participate and learn the steps, they distributed a "Middle Eastern Wedding Survival Guide" among guests. I couldn't resist including a photo of Julie with a confused look on her face as several women from Neiad's family gathered before the cake cutting to call out blessings for the couple in Arabic.
Julie and Neiad also worked in their love of the outdoors in a few ways. They arranged a private "first look" outside before their ceremony, they made a donation to the National Park Foundation and gave guests tiny succulents as favors. I loved Julie's engagement ring - a raw black "diamond in the rough." I have never seen an uncut diamond before. Have you? Scroll on to check it out along with many other favorite details and moments from Julie and Neiad's day.