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Shannon & Taha Wed at The Hilton Head Omni

Shannon and Taha had a spectacular Wedding at the Hilton Head Omni Resort. We began the day with Shannon’s getting ready photos and bridal portraits at her parent’s home in in Sun City. It was an amazing day and Hilton Head offers many  opportunities for photos.The guys got ready over at the Marriot where the group had rented a spacious suiteand enjoyed casual photos around the lush property. After group photos, Shannon and Taha met in a secluded area of Palmetto Dunes for a private first look Then Shannon’s parents joined them for a few family photos. We then headed over to the Marriot Resort for their outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking the ocean. When we arrived to the ceremony site the wind had picked up and the temperature also seemed to drop. Taha and Shannon decided to go on with their plans. They immediately worked together on making a few quick decisions and decided to move forth with photos. Seeing them tackle these obstacles immediately made me think that if they could handle this so well, that anything else that comes there way will be handled with just as much ease and teamwork. They are awesome together and WOW, the entire group really knew how to celebrate. It was an evening of  dinner, drinks, The Blush Photo Booth, incredible toasts AND of course — Moroccan Music and dancing until late into the night! A special thanks to all the wonderful vendors that worked together on this event.

Fine Art Wedding Photographer Hilton Head Omni Savannah




How did you meet? We met working together in a restaurant in DC and currently livethere. I’m returning to school in the fall after being in the hospitality management industry for 10 yrs. Taha is the Beverage Manager for Mike Isabella Concepts.

What made you decide to have your wedding in Hilton Head overlooking the beach? We knew we wanted the wedding outdoors and we both love the beach. Growing up in NJ, we vacationed in the Carolinas, Myrtle beach and HHI and my parents retired down in Bluffton, SC, which is why we ultimately picked HHI for the destination wedding.

What do you like most about the Hilton Head area? What are some of your favorite places to visit while you are here? The natural beauty of the area, the huge trees, Spanish moss, the beaches… Every time we visit we hit Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah for the amazing family style southern food.

 Any planning obstacles with this being a destination wedding? Definitely,  our first florist didn’t work out, however, our deposit was returned and we found Maria at Kato Florist in Savannah who created the romantic atmosphere we were looking for. She did an amazing job, I was literally dancing around my mother’s kitchen when the delivery came, I couldn’t believe how beautiful they all looked, especially my bouquet with my grandmother’s cameo broach affixed to front.

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details such as the color purple as an accent and the wedding sign?  I love the color purple. I wanted all ivory flowers for my bridesmaids so there was a nice contrast against the dark purple. I picked mostly ivory flowers with soft pink and green accents for flowers for my bouquets for a romantic, yet classic look.  My 17 yr old nephew Andrew made our wedding sign. We had talked a little about it, but ultimately left it up to him and his creative devices.

For Groom’s Attire, Taha has a lot of style and wanted to stand out. His groomsmen all wore the usual/traditional rented tuxes w/ white shirts for ease and convenience instead of buying suits.  Taha had his suit tailored to him at Suit Supply and instead of wearing a traditional white shirt he wore a shirt and tie with lavender and blue-grey tones.

Bride’s Moroccan clothes, shoes, purse and bracelet were all gifts from Taha’s family, especially his grandmother. Henna is common in a lot of cultures, Muslim, Hindu etc. Henna application is a celebratory tradition the night before the wedding. The night before the wedding the bride is adorned with henna, as well as the groom and any other women attending.

The 2 hairstyles, was that planned or due to weather? It was Planned. My sister Victoria owns “La Dolce V Salon” in New Jersey, so we knew there would be a hair change. I am really happy we went with up and then down, instead of vice-versa  with all the wind.

Accomodations:  Our Guests traveled in from: DC, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Mass, Casablanca, Morocco, Palm Beach, Fl, Ohio…We rented a beach condo for the week, since it was more affordable for our family than for everyone to stay  long term at a hotel.  We are planning another family celebration in Morocco next summer. For that, most of the planning will be done by mother in law, which is okay by me.  For a honeymoon we’re  plan to do a Greece-Turkey trip.


Approximate # of Guests: 112 /Officiant: Bride’s brother in law Brad Cardwell/Ceremony/cocktail hour Music: Job Meiller Guitarist & Vocalist- such a great job! He learned songs we(my sister and I) requested and agreed to share the spotlight and sing with my sister Mary /DJ: James from All About You and our good friend Souheil brought the Moroccan music : ) All about You was super accommodating with requests, esp to allow a guest Dj – very cool!  /Wedding Gown: Vera Wang for DB Chantilly lace strapless column gown with train /shoes: Nia wedges/Hair/makeup: Wedding Planner: me, my mom and my sisters!Veil: Vera  Accessories: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry : bride’s earrings from RueLala /Bridesmaid’s dresses: JerseyMaid convertible dresses on Esty for around $80 ea / Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Gave them free reign /Florist: Kato Floral Design in Savannah /Chairs/Chair Covers/Sashes: rented from Marriott /Cake: Delectable Designs in Savannah by Michelle Still /Video: “Life in Rewind” Pj Brown

Approximate planning time for wedding:  One year

Gigi Marquart

Such beautiful pictures!