After initially not wanting a wedding at all, Fatima and Yousif’s family convinced them to have a celebration, so they settled on a small and intimate affair that didn’t stick to a particular theme, but rather was a reflection of their own personal style and their friendship. Fatima’s custom made dress by her family seamstress was a beautiful all-over beaded gown with a trailing tulle that started at her shoulders. The bright flowers in shades of deep plum, red, and offset with peach, cream and dusty silver accents were a stunning addition that injected colour and romance. We love the honesty and beauty captured in each frame. Congratulations Fatima and Yousif!
How did you meet We attended the same high school but were barely friends. After school, we were accepted into the same university and both studied law. When topics got tough, we began to work on assignments together. That led to sharing some classes, participating in extra curricular activities together and slowly, becoming best friends. And the rest is history.
How long was the engagement The engagement was exactly two years. It gave us plenty of time to learn more about each other, finish university, and map our travel plans and other future ambitions.
How was the wedding planning process We were both adamant on not having a wedding at all (we were more focused on travel plans, to be honest). After a whole heap of convincing from family however, we decided on an intimate gathering. It left us with less than 6 months to plan. Juggling full-time uni, full-time work the wedding planning was super intense but we managed to get through!
How did you decide on a wedding venue Our decision to have an intimate and warm wedding made deciding on a venue somewhat easy. We wanted a venue that was affordable, non-themed and simple so that we could influence its design easily – like a plain canvas. Of course, the food, size and location of the venue also mattered. We wanted a location that was easily accessible to all our loved ones. We also wanted a room that was not too big so as to maintain the intimacy, but also spacious enough for all the guests to mingle and move around comfortably.
What inspired your wedding style We wanted it all to just feel authentic. Our style was a mix of so many things, as opposed to one theme. Firstly, we wanted our location shoot to really reflect our personalities. Our photographer, Chris, helped us choose specific locations. Coco Cubano was a great choice as its one of our favourite cafes and it has a nice retro feel. It honestly just felt like we were having our morning coffee before uni, except we were slightly dressed up, it was our wedding day and there was a photographer. Brickworks Dr was our more rustic-nature shoot, another style we both like. In regards to the venue, it was just a really simple room that Helen from Sweetbride transformed into something magical with fresh flowers and candles.
Tell us about your dress My family dressmaker made my dress. She is simply amazing. I struggled a little because I didn’t have a set image of what I wanted my dress to look like. I just knew I was set on something simple and elegant. My dressmaker knows my style well so it turned into a working project, which was really fun. We were able to trial and error until I was sure I loved every detail. So much trial and error actually, that my dress was only complete two days before the wedding!
DIY elements to your wedding The small DIY elements were quite fun. We worked on the decorations at my home a few days before the wedding. Finding buntings that were the correct length and at the last minute was a mission (Yousif and his friends picked them up from interstate!) Yousif, my brother and brother-in-laws spent all night securing them. There were also other small things including framed signs and the guestbook table content that was DIY.
A memorable moment of the day Watching from my bedroom window as my grandmother danced her way up to welcome Yousif and his family, and then being walked out by my mother and father from their home for the last time. Seeing Yousif on the other end, with our families surrounding us was so much more overwhelming than I thought it’d be – it’s indescribable, really.
What does marriage mean to you both Marriage is often described as one person completing the other. But that’s not how we see it at all. Instead, we’re individuals who chose to spend the rest of our life together, to love and be loved, to motivate and be motivated, and to empower and be empowered. It is this connection and our willingness to share each moment, all the ups and downs, that turns us into better individuals and in turn, a better couple. Each of us is a whole and when together, the possibilities are endless.
Photography Bow Tie Photography Florist Sweet Bride Reception venue Paradiso Garden Room Cake Sweets by Dooha Entertainment Zaffet The Wedding Band Bridal gown Family dress-maker Headscarf styling Veiled by Zara Head piece Family dress-maker Shoes Jimmy Choo Makeup Make Up by Linda Groom’s Suit/Shoes Calibre Cufflinks Swarovski