Tom and Rana met in the most likely and unlikely of places for the both of them…their place of work. Both drawn to helping others and making the world a better place, their paths crossed at ACCESS, a nonprofit human services organization, based in Michigan. Tom, the Business Operations Manager at the time, had noticed Rana when she first began work as the organization’s Communications and Marketing Director. But it wasn’t until their daily work brought them together that they came to really know one another. Although it took some time (and courage) he finally asked her out to dinner, and the rest is blissful history. They went on their first date on September 7, 2014, and exactly one year later, while celebrating their first anniversary in Saugatuck, Michigan, Tom got down on one knee, as they watched the sun set on Oval Beach, and asked Rana to marry him. It was only fitting that they would choose to celebrate their wedding day during the same month that brought them together, on a beach, at sunset, with those they hold most dear to them. On September 9, 2016, Tom and Rana promised themselves to one another forever in a ceremony performed by their dear friend Rana Elmir at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples. Following the emotional nuptials, the couple celebrated their marriage with a traditional Lebanese “Zeffa” (a musical wedding processional) to honor the bride’s heritage. The bride and groom danced the night away with their loved ones, who traveled from all across the country to share in an evening that will go down in matrimonial history. After the wedding, the bride and groom honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and in Rome. Tom and Rana are truly grateful for all of their blessings and believe that life indeed has many ups and downs and twists and turns… And, if you’re lucky, sometimes you end up where you never in a million years expected to, but somehow exactly where you belong.
Bride’s gown designed by Antonio Gual for Tulle New York and purchased from L’amour Bridal in Novi, MI
Hair by Tarek Makki, New York, NY
Makeup by MW Makeup Artistry, Ft. Myers, FL
Flowers by Botanicals on the Gulf, Naples, FL
Cake by Ella’s Cakes, Naples, FL
DJ and Lebanese Drummer: Khalil Saad, Tampa, FL
Naples Wedding Photographer: New Ground Photography