Carrara Nour (belly dancer Orlando) performs at an Egyptian wedding at Crystal Ballroom at Veranda MetroWest. Photography by Anna So

Real Orlando Wedding: Marianne & Patrick at the Crystal Ballroom at Veranda in MetroWest

As an Orlando belly dancer, I believe that the perfect wedding contains three magic ingredients: 1. Great Music, 2. Entertainment, and 3. Lots and lots of dancing. While all of my couples appreciate the value of great entertainment, my September couple Marianne and Patrick went above and beyond to create the Party of a Lifetime at their Crystal Ballroom at Veranda wedding. My belly dance performance was just the beginning of an unforgettable evening. The ridiculously gorgeous Phoebe Vecchioni and Phoebe’s Samba Team dazzled the crowd with their hot Brazilian Carnival act after my show, and DJ Michael Lofaro of Rhythm of the Night Entertainment kept guests dancing all night with his high-energy personality and style. If you wanted to …

New Video! Full-Length Show Coverage from Ashley and Ryan’s St. Cloud Wedding

What do you get when you combine a too-cute-to-be-true couple, an awesome crowd, and a fabulous fusion belly dance show with dramatic Isis wings, shimmering candles and sassy raqs assaya (aka the “party stick”)? You get a picture-perfect wedding. Literally picture perfect, when you’re working with your good friends at SugarPop Films and their 3-camera crew!

Brian Bazala was nice enough to send me this BEAUTIFUL footage that he and his team captured on Ashley and Ryan’s special day at the Riverside Pavilion in St. Cloud. It is not only a short teaser clip, but virtually my entire show, edited only to show a few different angles and some fun, silly and adorable reactions from the crowd.

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Real Wedding: Catherine and Mustafa at Ballroom at Church Street of Orlando

Salaam alaikum! Long time, no blog.

2014 has been off to a crazy start! And yes, the good kind of crazy, with tons of beautiful weddings from Orlando to Sarasota; from a reception emcee’d entirely in Vietnamese, to a Valentine’s-themed wedding, to a real-life Big Fat Greek Wedding with a belly dancing bride.

Catherine and Mustafa’s Egyptian/Afghan fusion wedding at the exquisite Ballroom at Church Street was exceptionally stunning. When it came to the couple’s wedding entertainment, Mustafa picked a traditional Afghan-style wedding entrance. Of course, Catherine wanted something from her Egyptian heritage, and chose a belly dance performance!

With the help of Catherine’s DJ (Brian with Standing Ovation Entertainment) and planner (Jackie Hauer with Down the Aisle Events