naureen and muhammad’s wedding day was as sunny and gorgeous a spring day as anyone could have hoped for – i have to say my favorite part of the day was when we hopped over to centennial park in columbia to take some outdoor portraits before the wedding started. a favorite haunt of mine from when i lived in columbia, as well as a favorite of naureen’s – she told me how she used to sit in the picnic balcony over the water and read for hours – it was plain to see how happy she was there.
naureen dazzled in her red-and-gold lehnga, with makeup impeccably applied by the amazing sanober, and muhammad was resplendent in a cream sherwani with elements echoing naureen’s dress. the love and joy of both families was infectious -especially during the tearful speeches given by naureen’s two loving brothers (i don’t think there was a dry eye in the room – mine certainly weren’t!). and the cupcakes – check out the spread below! – were an absolute win, especially if one was to judge by the number of tiny finger-dips left in the icing of the kid-level cupcakes!
many thanks again to zoshia minto again for her help in shooting the wedding. naureen, it was such an honor to be a part of all this with you, and i pray that the love, comfort and happiness i saw between you and muhammad on your wedding day continue to grow stronger every day for the rest of your lives together.
what a welcome back into wedding season! i first met naureen last fall when she told me she’d been engaged recently; a photography buff herself with a history dabbling in darkroom arts, she was looking for someone to tell her wedding story and i couldn’t be more honored that she chose me. i photographed her nikah, or vows ceremony, back in december. naureen is possibly, just possibly, not just one of the sweetest brides but one of the sweetest people i have ever met; she has such a kind, gentle heart that constantly thinks of others around her before herself. planning a wedding around major exams is no picnic, either, but naureen pulled it off with such grace and beauty. both her family and muhammad’s family were so plainly happy to be coming together – i hope some of that joy comes through in these images from the mehndi! both wedding events were held at the doubletree hotel in columbia, md; the mehndi, as is traditional, included separate festive entrances by the groom and bride and their families, much dancing, and traditional singing with the two-sided “dholki” drum – culminating in an impromptu and very fun game of “antakshri,” in which opposing teams sing songs at each other.
i had some invaluable support this time from my second shooter zoshia minto, a fantastic wedding and portrait photographer based in maryland – so some of the shots you’ll see here and in the next post from the wedding reception are from zoshia as well.
have much to share – i’m so happy to be back in season, and i could not have asked for a lovelier, sweeter bride than naureen to start off my season with :) just to show how awesome she is, while i’m working on the rest of the pictures i wanted to share this shot we took at – sigh! – centennial park in columbia, one of my favorite waterside haunts, and one of naureen’s favorites, too.
aren’t they smashing?