It’s a pretty good sign when your groom takes your cultural traditions and family expectations into consideration when popping the question: “Being Middle Eastern, where the proposal is normally an official, formal, family event, Jonathan wanted to make sure my family was included in the special night,” says bride Rema. A week before her 30th birthday, on Memorial Day weekend at her parents’ house, Jonathan gave his future wife a pair of shoes she’d been coveting. Little did she know that her real gift—a gorgeous diamond engagement ring—was taped to the bottom of the shoebox. “I was speechless. It took about 30 seconds to actually say, ‘Yes,’ after the ring was on my finger. It was very memorable, and very respectful for Jonathan to include my family in the moment.” For her wedding, Rema wore Rivini from Ivory Bridal Atelier, and the couple and their 250 guests dined on braised short rib and danced to a mix of Arabic and American music. Rema’s favorite moment? “We had the Rockets game announcer”—Jonathan is senior manager of game operations and events for the NBA team—“announce us and our wedding party at the beginning of the reception. It sounded like the beginning of a basketball game. Very fun!” We hope y’all will have fun checking out Austin Miller Photography’s photos of this lovely Houston wedding. Drop your comments below!
Photos: Austin Miller Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Rivini from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Entertainment: Jonny Black Productions ~ Flowers: DIY ~ Rentals: Memorable Events ~ Venue: Renaissance Hotel Greenway Plaza