A Look Back at The Dazzling royal nuptials held in the capital city of Amman
Rajwa Al-Saif, a Saudi native, and Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan were wed in a historic ceremony, beginning their lifelong journey together. By virtue of a royal decree, Rajwa Al-Saif is now known as Princess Rajwa Al-Hussein. The extraordinary ceremony took place at Zahran Palace in Amman, followed by a lavish reception held at Al-Husseiniya Palace, where the couple arrived in a procession.
The bride radiantly wore a bespoke gown by Elie Saab, while Queen Rania gracefully chose Dior.
Zahran Palace, where King Abdullah II and Queen Rania wed in 1993, hosted the religious ceremony with about 140 notable guests, including the Royal Hashemite family, invited royals, and heads of state. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden also expressed their warm wishes on social media.
The bride arrived in a 1968 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, formerly owned by Queen Zein Al-Sharaf, accompanied by Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II and Princess Salma bint Abdullah II. The Islamic ceremony, held at a gazebo, included the signing of the marriage contract officiated by Royal Hashemite Court Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Khalaileh, followed by the customary Zaghrouta ululation performed by women.
The newlyweds then set off in a motorcade drawing a crowd as they made their way to the reception venue in a personalized 1984 Range Rover. The Jordan Armed Forces Musical Band provided a delightful musical backdrop throughout the occasion.
Upon arrival they traversed the courtyard amidst a traditional Jordanian zaffeh, before arriving at the welcoming stage where their family and over 1,700 guests eagerly awaited. The national orchestra, Jordanian bands, a chorus, local and regional vocalists, and traditional dance groups all gave riveting performances later in the evening.
Al-Husseiniya Palace's reception area showcased Jordanian traditions and local craftsmanship. Guests walked on a desert-inspired pathway, featuring a 20-meter-long handwoven Bedouin rug made by the Bani Hamida Women's Weaving Project in Madaba's Mukawir village, as planned by the Royal Hashemite Court.
Reception guests were welcomed with the fragrant scent of wildflowers, evoking the landscapes that inspired the weavers. Traditional Arabic coffee and music set a captivating ambiance. The venue featured native olive trees and dates, symbolizing hospitality. Five grand mesh arches, inspired by the palace's architecture and Wadi Rum's vibrant hues, completed the decor.
Guests enjoyed seating adorned with exquisite traditional embroidery crafted by women artisans from the Al-Karma Embroidery Center and the Jerash Women Charitable Society, empowering local women. The guest tables, made from Madaba stone, featured hand-blown glass vases and clay pottery by regional craftsmen. The decor incorporated hand-hammered basalt stone and jasmine-infused seasonal flowers, paying homage to Jordan's wheat harvesting season with reimagined threshing boards.
The couple's wedding cake cutting marked the end of the event.