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RIYADH: Saudi newlyweds Abdulaziz Khashoggi and Amira Al-Bassam tied the knot in style as the first couple to have their ‘zaffa’, or wedding, at the F1 circuit in Jeddah.

“We both have unconventional ideas when it comes to our lifestyle,” the 32-year-old groom told Arab News.

“The shoot and the location were iconic and really special; We are both so grateful that you made our night as special as our relationship,” added the 26-year-old bride.

The Saudi newlyweds recently made their first entrance as husband and wife in a red 2024 Ferrari Roma Spider waving to their guests and driving down the Jeddah Corniche. (delivered)

Last week, the newlyweds made their first entrance as husband and wife in a red 2024 Ferrari Roma Spider waving to their guests and driving across the Jedd Cornish Circuit, known as F1’s fastest and longest street circuit at 6,175km.

When it came to planning their reception and entrance, the couple’s vision was simple, with the slogan “less is more.”

“I suggested the venue and Amira thought it would be cool to just have a simple wedding dinner that was iconic. “Adding the Ferrari for our entry was the touch that made it special,” Khashoggi said.

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Photos and videos of the unique wedding reception have been circulating on social media, with many commenters expressing interest and excitement at the extraordinary Saudi wedding entry.

Photos and videos of the unique wedding reception circulated on social media over the weekend, with many commenters expressing interest and excitement at the extraordinary Saudi wedding entry.

When asked how the idea of ​​photographing a Formula 1 wedding came about, Al-Bassam said: “Given that the wedding was at the track and my husband is a car and motorsport fanatic, it would be rude not to do it. said.

“His lifelong passion is Formula 1 and his favorite manufacturer is Ferrari, so we had to shoot in a Ferrari on the F1 track,” she added.

A new benchmark has been set for wedding venues, and it will be hard to follow.

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Khashoggi told Arab News that the decision to hold the wedding at the Formula 1 circuit in Jeddah “was a mutual decision” driven by the couple’s “love for unique experiences and cars in general.”

The groom works at Saudi Motorsport and manages the track, hosting the F1 race along with other events held at the track throughout the year.

“I have been with Saudi Motorsport since the first F1 race in 2021 as part of the hospitality team that runs top hospitality. “From that day on, I knew I wanted to have my wedding at this place, and when I met Amirah and fell in love with her, we both knew it would be the perfect place for both of us,” he said.

There was initial skepticism when the couple first told family and guests about the location they had in mind, Al-Bassam said.

“But everyone was delighted as soon as they turned up.” The guests loved the place, the idea and everyone had a great time, which was very rewarding to share our joy with everyone,” she added.

Rema Al-Yahya, a close friend of the bride, shared her experience of the unique ceremony. “I’ve never seen a wedding entrance like this before.” It was really unexpected and everyone loved it. It was a truly unforgettable experience that perfectly captured the couple’s personality,” she said.

The groom’s brother Zaid Khashoggi said the entrance was a “spectacle”.

He added: “It was a dream come true for my brother. Growing up, Aziz always said ‘Hawaii? How? When I get married, it will be on the Formula 1 track!

“Subhan Allah, he manifested it from a young age… when the idea of ​​a Formula 1 circuit in Saudi Arabia was nothing more than wishful thinking!” And it was amazing to see it happen in our hometown, no less.

“A new benchmark has been set for wedding venues, and it’s going to be hard to follow!”

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