Ever After: Jomanna Zreiqat & Emil Aldaddah

By / Weddings / June 9, 2016

Ever since he mustered the strength to talk to Jomanna Zreiqat in a Mount Prospect lounge in May 2009, Emil Aldaddah knew it was only a matter of time before he would propose. “From [then on], I don’t think there’s been a day we haven’t spoken,” says Aldaddah, 28, wealth manager at Morgan Stanley. “We just knew we’d be married to each other, but we were still young, so we let things progress.”

Nearly six years later, it was finally time. In April 2015, Aldaddah told Zreiqat, 28, production manager at a consulting group, that they were going to a quiet dinner at Chicago Cut Steakhouse (300 N. LaSalle). But as they walked to the back of the restaurant, Zreiqat noticed her family sitting at a table. “She went to say hi, and when she turned around, she saw me down on one knee,” Aldaddah says. “She grabbed my hand because she thought I fell!”

On May 15, Zreiqat and Aldaddah circled the altar in an Antiochian Greek Orthodox wedding at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church (733 S. Ashland). The couple then brought out their Middle Eastern roots for the reception at Bridgeport Art Center’s Sculpture Garden (1200 W. 35th): They were lifted off the ground in chairs as guests clapped and danced to traditional Arabic music. “It was one of my favorite moments,” Aldaddah says. “Everyone is dancing really hard, the drums are going off, and meanwhile we’re in the air.”


Photos by Collin Pierson Photography

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Eve of Milady, Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn, 5269 95th, Oak Lawn; Evasbridalofoaklawn.com

Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan; Neimanmarcus.com

Bride’s hair & makeup: Marina Samuel, Hairbymarina@yahoo.com; Cindy Vazquez, Sukyvstudio@gmail.com

Bride’s jewelry: Adriana Orsini, Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan; Saksfifthavenue.com

Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire: Ike Behar, 67 E. Oak; Ikebehar.com

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Affairs Collection at Mori Lee; Morilee.com

Rings: Imperial Jewelry Co., 1 N. Wabash; Imperialjewelryco.com

Wedding planner: Christine Janda Design & Events; Christinejanda.com

Catering: Inspired Catering and Events, 1300 W. Hubbard; Inspiredcateringandevents.com

Cake: Il Giardino Del Dolce, 2859 N. Harlem, Elmwood Park; Ilgiardinodeldolce.com

Décor & florist: Platinum Events, 1918 Raymond, Northbrook; Enjoyplatinum.com

Entertainment: DJ Sultan; S_s.soso@hotmail.com

Videographer: Alan Whitney; Whitneycinema.com

Invitations: LBrown Design & Paperie; Lbrowndesignpaperie.com


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