Wedding Nouveau is a breath of fresh air on the wedding scene. Editor and Founder Fri features multi-ethnic weddings and inspiration that absolutely pop with personality. We couldn't be happier to get her take on Fusion weddings every month.

In the spirit of celebrating fusion and global style for today's modern bride, I'm interested in finding inspiring ways to bring heritage into a cosmopolitan arena.  Or in other words: Make you say "Slap me, that's gorgeous!" many cultures.

I'm honored to be part of the wedding conversation here at, dishing on all things love, laughter and the pursuit of that perfect wedding memory.  It all begins with a vision...a unique palette that resides in your dreams, that manifests itself in your accidentally genius inspiration board, and finally engraves its voice in the hearts and souls of all who attend your big day.

Regardless of what your flavor is, be it classic or bohemian, rustic or vintage...authenticity in style  should always be the guiding light behind each wedding event.  For Egyptian American couple Sarah and Ahmd, staying true to their culture and faith was not only important, it was as effortless as cotton candy on a breezy carnival day.

Something Southern, Something New. Something Egyptian, and yet...still Blue.

Set in the heart of downtown, Raleigh in North Carolina, Sarah and Ahmd held a classic blue, silver and white ceremony for their guests.

In accordance with the couple's heritage, elements of Islamic and Egyptian customs were incorporated in the ceremony.  Similar in festivity to the processions of many cultures such as Hindu and/ or Creole, traditional Egyptian weddings usually include an age-old wedding march (or "Zaffa"), in which drummers, belly dancers, sword carriers and other musicians fill the space with music to announce the commencement of the marriage ceremony.

However, if the logistics of sticking to tradition seem rather daunting, there are always ways to achieve the same goal without breaking the bank.  To add a modern spin to the traditional "zaffa" procession, Sarah and Ahmd combined Arabic music and Indian drumming (using a "tabla") with the western beat of "here-comes-the-bride," a classic piece of music.

It's weddings like these that bring a fresh new twist to the saying: "Something borrowed, something new."

To see more images from Sarah and Ahmd's wedding, including the anticipation of their first reveal before the ceremony, please visit Wedding Nouveau.

{CREDITS: Photo by S2S Photography; Brides Gown by Allure Bridal; Bridal make up by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; Bridesmaid's gowns from David Bridal; Groom’s suit via Men’s Wearhouse; Event Design & Flower arrangements by Rahma Zaghari; Ceremony & Reception venue at The Marriott of Downtown, Raleigh NC; Cake by Lamia Younes}