a week ahead of the cherry blossoms, and on a rainy day in a city clogged with traffic, it seemed like it would be hard to get the photos we wanted on the day of nadiaa and nasir’s nikah (islamic wedding vows). nadiaa was so incredibly patient working with me to schedule this session months ahead, knowing my schedule was tight on a school day. but honestly… when you have two beautiful people wanting to share even just an hour of the most important day of their lives with you… nothing can really ruin those photos :) we started with a first look in front of the eisenhower executive office building, where nadiaa used to work when she first interned in DC, and then moved on to the tidal basin, with its silvery reflections of the monument skyline. thanks again, both of you, for the honor of your choosing to work with me, and for fitting me in before your nikah on that blessed friday!
it was my pleasure to be a part of rabia and azim’s two-day wedding in virginia in the early fall last year. azim’s brother is actually a good friend of my husband’s and an old college acquaintance of mine, so it was very nice to meet the whole family and truly an honor to be the one to photograph the wedding. below i’ve shared some images from the pre-wedding mehndi event, held at diya restaurant in vienna, where games with the family, music by jatin anand from dc vibez and mehndi for the guests by deepti khona from henna harmony helped everyone celebrate the upcoming wedding.
after the mehndi i’ve shared some highlights from the wedding itself, which took place at the lovely cherry blossom banquet hall in sterling, va, with gorgeous floral arrangements by america’s beautiful florist matching rabia’s white, blue and pink outfit. rabia’s hair and makeup were done by the amazing sanober azam. after the wedding, we stopped by a nearby park for portraits in some gorgeous afternoon light, and then finished up with rabia’s first-ever taste of taco bell – a wedding promise from her new husband :)
i also want to give a shout out to jerold santa cruz for coming out to sterling to help me with this wedding! thank you for your beautiful photos and professional work :) and thank you once again to both of you, rabia and azim, for allowing me to be a part of your wedding!
one of the things i love the most about this job is being welcomed into groups of friends as individuals in the group get married over the years. i first met ashraful back in 2010 at my friend yasmin’s wedding – only my second year of business, and he was a friend of yasmin’s husband tyseer. a year later, i saw him again in california, at osman and lubna’s beautiful bay area wedding in the summer of 2011. aaaand then again in the summer of 2013, i met ashraful at omar and muneeba’s walima in baltimore. and then one more time! that same year in late fall, at anjum and amaan’s walima in baltimore. i have documented these meetings below, in the first four images of this blog post!
but you can imagine by that time we’d had the conversation.
“so, when are YOU going to get married, ashraful??”
“i don’t know, but when i do, you’ll be my photographer!”
so folks, this one is special. because it sounds like a sitcom, but it actually happened. ashraful called me up in 2014 after four years of not getting married :D and told me he was finally getting married, and i got to meet him and his beautiful bride sofia to plan everything out, and i did get to be their photographer.
i could not be happier for this guy, alhamdulillah. i’ve seen him be a true friend to all the newlyweds pictured just below, and now i’ve been blessed to be a part of his and sofia’s wedding, and to see how loved they both are, to each other and to their families. it was such a joy just going through these pictures and remembering the good times – so. much. laughter! after the first four photos below, i’ve posted some of the highlights of the mehndi night, followed by the wedding the next day. good times, as you can tell by all the huge smiles! sofia and ashraful, i pray you two will always look back on these moments as the beginning of all the best times. thank you so very much for having me there <3