At the beginning of the summer I was priviledged enough to attend a very special wedding. A wedding referral from my first ever wedding back in 2009. Also my first Muslim wedding. Any wedding photographer knows that every wedding you attend is different but generally they have the same format. Ceremony - be it church or registry, photos afterwards, food and last but not least drink! As it was the first I had attended both from a spectator point of view and a working one, it was amazing to sit back and take it all in. I am yet to attend a wedding where the male members of the family have led and organised the running of the wedding day so precisely! It was truly a joy to watch and I was in awe.
So! Back to this wedding. All weddings are full of such emotion but none as much as this one. The marriage of the youngest in the family who will now move away from home, and London, to go and live with her new husband.
The day started as usual with the bride getting ready.
I sadly couldn't attend her Henna day ( a day a few days before the wedding where the girls get together and chat, eat and have their Henna applied) but the results were stunning. After this I headed to the hall to capture all the little details that the bride and her friends had put together over the last few months.
Whilst the finishing touches were being put together in the halls I headed down with the brides family to meet the grooms family who had all travelled down to London from up north. From beginning to end the emotion captured throughout the day was immense. From the elation of seeing such a beautiful bride, the first time husband and wife met after they were officially married by the Imam, to the sorrow of saying goodbye, albeit not forever, to your youngest child. It truly was a magical day drawing on both tradition and religion to guide the newlyweds on their journey through marriage.
As ever it is impossible for me to choose my favourite photos, so from the 200+ here are a few that make me smile.
I hope you enjoyed a tiny snap shot of the day
"And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may live in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between you; Verily, in that are signs for people who reflect." (Quran 30:21)