Syrian Ballroom Wedding

Vintage Weddings

The flowers from this Pasadena wedding shot by Alders Photography are sending us completely over the moon. No matter how many stunning boutonnieres, arrangements, and centerpieces we see here at Ruffled, sometimes you just can’t beat a fluffy pink bouquet. Make sure you read on to find out how this gorgeous couple met — talk about one serious love connection. It’s one of those love stories you would only think it existed in movies.


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From the bride, Mouna: Zak is from Ohio, I am from California. One day, late 2006, Zak searched his last name on Facebook to see if there were any other Salahiehs living in the US and my name showed up. At first, our instinct was to trace back whether we were related. After all, Salahieh is not a common name in the US. It turns out, Salahieh was common in Syria, our home country. Same last name, both from Syria, but not related! After a few months of e-mails, and sleepless AIM chats, we realized that our relationship was more than just “Hello.” Zak flew out to California to see if our relationship would take off upon meeting. Lo & behold, it did!

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vintage traditional syrian california wedding from alders photography

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vintage traditional syrian california wedding from alders photography

After visits back & forth, Zak moved to California. A few months later we got engaged, & a year later we got married. Old Town Pasadena is a special place for us where we’d often go on dates. Cafe Santorini was one of those dates! The food is amazing! We later learned about the reception hall The Rococo Room. We felt it was a perfect fit for our wedding. Our most vivid memory from the wedding day was our entrance. We walked in to The Cinematic Orchestra’s “That Home.”


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vintage traditional syrian california wedding from alders photography

Any advice for future brides? Biggest advice is to just go out there and have a good time. Don’t get too caught up with the details. Your wedding day goes by so fast so try to take it easy & enjoy every moment. Keep in mind that you are celebrating with your closest friends & family so there’s no reason to be nervous. Even if something goes wrong, just make the best out of it, let loose & dance!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Pasadena, CA):

Reception Venue: The Rococo Room of Cafe Santorini / Wedding Photographer: Alders Photography / Wedding Dress: Karoza Designs / Wedding Flowers: Jabe’s Events and Party Rentals / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop / Bride’s Hair: Aline Dera / DJ: DJ Nedal



17 comments
  1. jillian nicole {uniquely chic events}

    So pretty! Lovely bouquet and such a sweet “how-we-met” story!:)

  2. Monika (MB Captured)

    Loving this theme, so elegant. Not a detail missed (including the shoe sticker in the sole!)

  3. Amy

    I am a wedding planner and designer and I love your weddings on here! They are so creative and unique! I know all of the hard work and planning that goes into every one of these!

  4. custom shirts

    Zack & Mona will surely make a perfect couple, amazing photography and overall seems to be a perfect wedding.

  5. I Want Wedding Champagne!

    Love that chandelier! *diy gears start turning…* lol

  6. Kelly

    WOW!!Love her colorful shoes, so special!!

  7. Tania Welch | indobay

    Just beautiful! I love all the sweet details, especially the little heart stickers in the shoes. It is such a small detail that no one may have even seen. Yet, I love the idea of having something that is personal, and almost like your own little secret between you and your special person. So lovely!

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    A really creative weddinng theme you have chosen, we love the shoes and the dining room shots. Fantastic photography too!

  9. tara

    beautiful wedding! where are the shoes from?

  10. Kelly

    The bride looks so beautiful…..

  11. Verdure Floral Design

    Gorgeous flowers – the textures work really well x

  12. Mazhar Dalati

    Mabrouk ya Zackoooooooooo
    wish you the Best for EVER …

  13. Mouna Salahieh

    Thank you all for your sweet comments! To answer Tara’s question…the shoes are Rocket Dog (believe it or not!). I purchased them from Macy’s.

  14. Mouna Salahieh

    Oops! I forgot to mention…the embellishments on the shoe were added by me. They are actually broches that I pinned on.

  15. Nicole Zenner

    Wonderful love story and best advice – “enjoy your day”!

  16. jen janer

    Such a beautiful bride! Your wedding = gorgeous!!! I love your added personal touch, those small details are priceless! :)

  17. Mouna Salahieh

    Thanks Jennifer! I’m sure yours is going to be gorgeous, too! I know you totally get the “personal touch” aspect…you’re insanely creative! If you need any leads, referrals, or have any questions–please let me know!

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