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Celebrating Hema and Elias

The month of May saw the celebration of the marital union between Hema Datwani and Elias Dayoub. The setting of the splendorous wedding was the Biltmore Hotel, in Coral Gables, Miami, FL. Starting on Thursday, May 21st, the guests were warmly received by their hosts with surprise gifts placed in each of their rooms; each present was particularly chosen by Hema and her mother, Sonia. Celebrations began on the weekend, starting with the Mehndi: a tradition of the millenary Hindustani culture. Friday night was the time for a great rehearsal at the Fifty Miami Ultra Lounge, in the Viceroy Hotel, in which all the guests had as much fun as possible.

Religious ceremonies took place in the morning, on Saturday, May 23st, at the St. George Orthodox Cathedral, adhering to the Greek customs of Elias and his family, who are of Greek descent. The bride wore a Legends dress by Ramona Keveza. Finally, wearing a traditional Hindustani formal dress, she and Elias united in Holy Matrimony according to the traditions of a Hindu ceremony which took place in the hotel’s gardens. Afterwards, all guests were received with cocktails at the colonial Spanish-style terraces of the Country Club —that was also the stage of a lavish fireworks show— and were finally taken to the Grand Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Dayoub.

Decorations for all ceremonies were made by Parrish Designs, who created an idyllic stage for Hema and Elias’ wedding, together with flawless logistics provided by Cymbidium Events.

Taking part in this unforgettable experience —in which my good friend Randy Borges helped me as a second shooter— was a true honor, and a pleasure.

photography by Ruben Parra, Randy Borges.