Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

His dark, curly hair, those deep brown eyes, the hands that would make her hands look delicate and refined if he held them. Karen spotted Mohamed from across the room and instantly knew he was different. Besides standing out from the blond hair, blue-eyed dancers in the room (he was the only Egyptian in a room brimming with Minnesotans of largely Scandinavian decent), Mohamed was also one of the best dancers. He effortlessly moved across the dance floor with confidence and grace. And Karen wanted to be the lucky girl tucked in his arms.

Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

In a salsa club on a cool night in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Karen walked up to Mohamed and introduced herself. She spent the evening following his lead on the dance floor and they decided to meet a few days later for dinner. Little did she realize that that fated night would mark the beginning of their love story.

Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

The couple dated a few years and when Mohamed proposed to Karen, she readily agreed and started planning a destination wedding at Villa Verano in Santa Barbara. With 25 of their closest friends and family, they married on a perfect day and celebrated the only way they knew how: with confidence and grace.

Villa Verano, Santa Barbara

Many thanks to the amazing team who made this wedding come to life...
Planner: Shauna Timmons of Alegria by Design
Design: Armando Martines of Alegria by Design
Florist: Michael Mantalos of Louloudi Designs
Makeup + Hair: TEAM Hair and Makeup
Caterer: Pete Clemens of Cook Better Live Better
Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries
Wedding Venue: Villa Verano in Santa Barbara
Music: Marc Bosserman
Photographer: Jasmine Star