When Bayann’s birthday fell during the religious month of Ramadan she wasn’t expecting anything over the top. Little did she know, Adam was planning an elaborate proposal complete with a photographer, a sailboat, and celebratory birthday cupcakes. He knew he had to make their engagement a moment Bayann would remember forever. At sunset with the Brooklyn Bridge as their backdrop, Adam popped the question.
Read all about Bayann and Adam’s extravagant proposal as well as their glamourous Middle Eastern wedding in Addison Park New Jersey.
Bride & Groom: Bayann & Adam
Occupations: Bayann – Fashion designer, Adam – Accountant
Wedding date: March 26, 2017
Wedding location: Addison Park in New Jersey
Tell us about the proposal. My birthday fell during our religious month, Ramadan. So naturally it was difficult to celebrate. Adam promised me that he had something planned for my birthday the week after Ramadan ended. He told me to buy a pretty dress and that he wanted to match with whatever I was wearing. He also told me to make a playlist of my favorite songs and that we were going to have a photographer to grab some shots of us for my birthday because he knows how much I love taking pictures for my fashion blog.
The day finally came, I left work a little early to get ready. We got in the car and he told me we’re going into the city! (Weird because Adam hates the city!) I said ok sounds great and we left. He then told me he didn’t want to drive in so we’d be taking the ferry into the city. We drove up to a gated area by a marina and a man came to the gate and let us in, and instructed us to park at Dock K. We parked and walked over to this beautiful vintage newly restored sailboat!
I was so excited I had never been on a sailboat before! Adam told me that we were staying on the boat and that was my birthday surprise. Of course he brought all the necessities like flat sandals for me to take off my heels, music, blankets and CUPCAKES! Cake batter funfetti cupcakes obviously ;) We hung out, and took pictures on the boat for about 3 hours.
As sunset approached, the photographer asked me if I’d want to take some outfit shots during the sunset. Adam disappeared and came back, gave me the biggest hug and told me how much he loved me and how he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. He then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife with the Brooklyn Bridge as our backdrop.
What was wedding shopping like for you? I planned my wedding to be a story of us. An exact description of our relationship- super fun, exciting, and full of glitter and glam! I am a fashion blogger and I love everything over the top. My wedding was just that. I did not have a wedding planner because I preferred to take care of all the details myself. Which included everything from choosing the venue, to deciding what kind of cake to surprise my groom with, to designing my invitation to organizing the sparkler exit. My dress was definitely exactly what I imagined it to be and was the hardest part of my wedding process. I bought the dress completely plain and designed all the beading and had it custom made to cover the sleeves and bodice.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We had a Middle Eastern wedding which included both Egyptian and Palestinian wedding styles. The Egyptian culture was through the drummers’ performance shown as “Zaffa”. The Palestinian culture was incorporated through the use of a big drummer and Dabka music.
Favorite item on the menu: Lobster bisque and prime rib steak. The viennese was also great.
First dance song: The Way You Look Tonight – Adam Levine
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Groomsmen gifts were wallets with their initials monogrammed on it. A long time ago I asked my groomsmen to pick a superhero (i.e. superman, batman, etc.) and gave them socks with their names, wedding date, and superhero printed on the socks, sunglasses, and a small box that included a lapel pin, money clip, pocket square and tie bar. Bridemaids’ gifts included a robe with their names embroidered on it, confetti poppers, champagne and sunglasses.
What is your best memory from your wedding? Surprising my Husband with his groom’s cake.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Enjoy the wedding process and savor each moment together at the wedding…the day goes by fast!