May 28, 2016
Caught on Camera
Sophia and Yaser met at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. Their friendship began through the Peers Assistance Leadership group, where students performed skits on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of high school. When an opportunity came for them to perform a skit together, Yaser literally jumped at the opportunity to be the boy who fought for the girl.
Several years after their first date, Yaser and Sophia were dating long distance— attending different schools and working jobs near their respective campuses. They spent as much time with each other as they could while working and studying.
Sophia was working in Houston, Texas as a reporter for KXAN News. One day, at the end of her shift, a producer asked her to stand in place for a test news story in the studio. Without thinking much of it, she stood-in and began reading the teleprompter, surprised to find the “story” was actually about her. Yaser came from behind the camera, got down on one knee and proposed. Sophia said “yes” without a moment’s hesitation.
Eleven years after they first met, Sophia and Yaser tied the knot at the Julia Ideson Library in Houston, Texas. Sophia wore a strapless gown from Kleinfield Bridal, N.Y. Because Sophia is a journalist, the programs were personalized newspapers. In paying respect to their family heritage, the reception began with the couple entering with the Al Awtar Zaffa Arabic dance group. The night continued with lots of food and music entertainment, live painting, and a midnight snack from Whataburger. The elegant, three-tier, white cake by Cakes By Gina was cut with a sword. Sophia also surprised Yaser with a grooms cake, which was a replica of his college (NSU) football stadium.
Sophia, a journalist and Yaser working in medicine, continue to live happily in Fort Worth, Texas.
By Marian Jacob
Photos: Morgan Lynn Photography
My best advice is to hire a wedding planner. There are so many moving parts in a wedding. You need someone to orchestrate the behind-the-scenes, no matter how simple or elaborate. Family and friends will be getting ready for a weekend jam packed with activities, so do yourself a favor and hire someone just for the day off (which usually includes a couple weeks beforehand). Yes, it costs some money, but it’s worth it.
Really think about what you want to spend your money on. As the wedding process goes along and you continue to look at magazines and Pinterest, you’ll be adding this and that. But the most important item, in my opinion, is the photographer/videographer. The saying is true: you get what you pay for. Pictures last forever. You want someone who is going to capture heartwarming moments and keep an eye out for creative shots.
Do a first look! We were worried we wouldn’t have that “magical” moment at the ceremony. My husband was bawling when he saw me walk down the aisle. He had only seen me 15 minutes beforehand. If you’re going to shell out a lot of money for your photographer and videographer, [you] might as well make it a photo-shoot. There were so many emotions flying that day, everything is new and fresh. Know when to say, “NO!” to adding items to make your wedding “different’ or “cool.” Weddings are turning into carnivals (guilty) and seeing how much personalization you can jam pack into everything. It’s awesome and great, but at the end of the day, guests feed off of the energy of the couple. This sets the tone of a wedding; whether it’s “fun” or not. Yes, koozies and neat activities are cool, but at the end of the day, people just want to laugh and feel the love. So don’t feel obligated to have your wedding mirror Pinterest.