Located just 40 minutes from Washington, DC and minutes from Dulles Airport, the Bellevue Conference and Event Center offers four massive ballrooms:
Asmaa, originally from California, moved to Washington, DC for her career in healthcare policy. She met Salim on a dating app and the two fell in love. And although they had previously had their wedding ceremony in California, she didn’t consider herself “officially married” until her wedding reception took place at The Bellevue.
We started the day first doing a portrait session at two iconic DC locations, The U.S. Capitol Building, and the Jefferson Memorial. Asmaa looked nothing less than stunning in her gorgeous gown and veil.
When Asmaa arrived at The Bellevue Conference and Event Center and entered the Grand Marquesa, she was overwhelmed with emotion as she looked at the beautiful decor.
Asmaa and Salim’s wedding featured parts of both their Muslim and Moroccan cultures making their reception quite unique because it was divided up into two parts. The first reception was held only for female guests and their immediate families because Asmaa did not wear her hijab. After the first grand entrance down the staircase, Salim walked across the foyer to The Milan Room, where he joined his male friends and enjoyed a live Morrocan band in a separate reception.
When it was time for all to be joined together, the men joined the ladies inside the ballroom to have dinner and welcome Asmaa and Salim again as they made their second grand entrance (this time Asmaa wore her hijab.)
After dinner was served, they changed into authentic Morrocon wedding outfits. In the Moroccan wedding tradition, the bride is typically placed on the Amaria. The Amaria is an elegant, roofed platform that is carried by a group of 4 to 6 men, known as the Amaria bearers. The groom leads the walk with the Amaria bearers, and the bride is carried on the platform, often accompanied by her female relatives and friends.
Moroccan weddings are known for their vibrant and festive atmosphere, with music playing a central role in the celebrations.
Asmaa and Salim changed back into their original wedding clothes and cut their beautiful cake at the top of the stairs for all of their guests to see.
Their extraordinary night ended with a bubble send-off.