a zaffa at a summer wedding at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

The Bride’s Cafe is featuring Emma and Kareem’s summer wedding that we photographed at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  After a serene outdoor ceremony under a giant willow tree, the celebration moved into the Palm House.  To kick it up a notch and to honor Kareem’s Egyptian heritage, a zaffa was planned.

What is a zaffa?  It’s the best! An über enthusiastic wedding march for the bride and groom’s big entrance.  It includes musicians, belly dancers, limbo dancing under a cane, tossing the groom in the air, clapping and dancing on the part of all the wedding guests and lots of coin throwing…special coins that flutter through the air…I kept finding them in my camera bag weeks after the wedding.  Made me chuckle every time.










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Ceremony: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Reception: Palm House

Hair Stylist: Song Isabel Hee

Gown: Oscar De La Renta

Shoes: Jimmy ChooChristian Dior

DJ: 74 Events

Groom: Dior

Invitations: Arthurs Invitations & Calligrapher for addresses: Mary Anne Wolfe

Flowers: Denise Fasanello Floral Design

Linens & Coverings: NY Linen Rentals

Catering: CharlesSallyCharles

Cake: One Girl Cookies

Music: Josua Levine & Itai Kriss & Shusmo

Favors: Donations to The Hunger Project

Make up artist: Samantha Lau Makeup

Dance Instructor: Nourhan Sharif

Photography: Q Weddings

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