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Hanadee & Nader’s Wedding at The Washington Duke Inn

Timeless Blush and Ivory at The Washington Duke Inn, Durham Wedding Venue  

Hanadee and Nader fell in love with the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club after seeing it featured in Heart of NC Weddings magazine. They chose this Durham wedding venue for its elegant and classy interior design along with their professional staff! Hanadee and Nader’s winter wedding featured blush, ivory and gold details. Their wedding theme and decor created a romantic atmosphere in the Washington Duke’s extravagant ballroom full of soft hues, florals and candles. 

Java Rose Photography was an easy choice as one of their first vendor bookings. They were equally drawn to Apsari Gulbeden’s bright and airy photography style, and to her calming and positive personality. She took Hanadee and Nader’s engagement photos, henna photos and wedding photos! After the big day, the bride had only positive reviews, “On what can be a stressful and hectic day, it was great to have a photographer by our side who was so relaxed and attentive. Our wedding photos turned out stunning!” 

Engagement Ring Lace Wedding Dress Detail Photo the Washington Duke Inn One of the Best Wedding Venues in Durham Java Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER Java Rose Photography | ENGAGEMENT RING Diamonds Direct
Silver sparkly Wedding shoes on gold tray blush pink ribbon and blush pink flowers wedding details shoes the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham, NC Java Rose
Chanel bridal perfume bottle on gold tray with blush pink flowers and pink ribbon bridal perfume the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER Java Rose Photography
bridal portrait bride in long wedding gown with train and veil bridal portrait the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham
PHOTOGRAPHER Java Rose Photography

The Love Story 

In 1990, both Hanadee Abu-Zayed and Nader Jaibat parents moved from Kuwait to NC. Their family friendship grew out of this shared experience, however, Hanadee and Nader did not officially meet until 2014! What started out as an Instagram crush quickly turned into a real life romance after the couple met at a college event. After graduation, Nader asked Hanadee’s father for her hand in marriage. Both families offered their blessings over the couple in an engagement ceremony called the “Fatiha.” The bride and groom’s Fatiha was an intimate gathering with close family and friends that included the exchange of vows and rings, Arabic sweets, tea and coffee. 

Bride and groom first look bride in long wedding gown with train first look the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
bride and groom first look wedding first look the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
Bride and groom embrace underneath bride's veil the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER Java Rose Photography
Bride and groom embrace with flower petals the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER Java Rose Photography
Bride and groom enter reception at the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
head table wedding reception decor blush ivory head table with tall flower vases at the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
Wedding reception blush ivory lounge area at the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
Bride and groom first dance at the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
Bride and groom dance at wedding reception at the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
Bride and groom dance at wedding reception at the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER Java Rose Photography
Four tier white wedding cake with blush pink flowers the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
Bride and groom kiss as they exit reception at the Washington Duke Inn one of the best wedding venues in Durham Java Rose
PHOTOGRAPHER Java Rose Photography
Bride and groom leave wedding in getaway car at the Washington Duke Inn One of the Best Wedding Venues in Durham Java Rose

Today, the newlyweds are living out their happily ever after in North Carolina. Hanadee is a Process Engineer at Biogen and Nader is a Business Process Consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC. To conclude, some wise words from the bride, 

“This is supposed to be the best day of your life, so do not let anything get in the way of you enjoying your big day! There is always a chance something will not go as planned, but don’t let that cause you unnecessary stress on your wedding day!”

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