back in december 2010, i was unhappy that i had to miss suzanne’s actual wedding ceremony at home in north carolina. i had known suzanne and her little brother farris since farris was my fourth-grade student, back in my super-brief teaching days at al-iman school in raleigh; suzanne was a couple of grades ahead of him, but at such a small school where i knew half the parents anyway, i knew her there as well. this was in the late 1990’s – after i moved to maryland in 2000, i didn’t see much of suzanne at all again until meeting her at our friend yasmin‘s wedding last year. she’d grown into such a graceful, calm-spirited, lovely young woman… hopefully you can see some of that in these pictures, which were taken at the reception given by the groom’s side of the family at crow canyon country club in danville, california (near san ramon), earlier this month. suzanne was breathtaking as a bride, and these two as a couple kinda made me melt.
suzanne, it was such a joy to see you so happy there, and i’m SO glad i was able to see you again – being the one to actually photograph your day was just the icing on the cake :) thank you, both of you and your families, for everything!
suzanne wears hijab (the islamic headscarf), so i will not be sharing any of the images we took without her hijab on. here’s a selection of portraits and candids from other parts of the day and evening! and, many thanks again to the fantastic vida carson from philadelphia, who just happened to be in the bay area at the same time as me and spent a good portion of her last day in california shooting this wedding with me!
remembering fuad and trishita’s beautiful summer wedding in long island last month, i can’t help thinking smugly that i DO have the most stunning brides in the world as my clients! when trish stepped out of her golf-cart transport to join us for a midday portrait session, in the gardens at crest hollow country club in woodbury, i think my second shooter shari deangelo and i were a bit enchanted – trish looked like she’d stepped off the screen from a classical indian movie. lucky dude you are, fuad :) but i also remember the intensely amusing, hard-core haggling that went on in the traditional bangladeshi rituals of the “gate” – preventing the groom from entering the hall until he pays up – and the groom’s shoe-stealing, which has a similar outcome, the moving poem that trish’s mom read out loud about her daughter, the incredible viennese dessert table (complete with sparklers and chocolate fondue fountain – see below!) and so much more that made this wedding beautifully memorable for everyone, even shari and i as photographers.
fuad and trish, i can’t thank you enough for the honor of being a part of your wedding and i pray you are both blessed in your marriage as you move forward in your new life together! and shari – who, by the way, is someone i admire tremendously as a photographer and i still can’t believe she seconded with me – thank you for your invaluable support on all levels!
nabila and navid got married over memorial day weekend in baltimore; we met up a few weeks later, once their wedding festivities had finally calmed down, to take some portraits at the ever-beautiful brookside gardens in wheaton, md. nabila and navid both looked so regal in their red, gold and cream-colored wedding finery set against the garden’s summer greens – and so in love! it was such a pleasure to work with them again, and this time without all the wedding stress. thank you both once again! :)
malak’s mother contacted me about taking some bridal portraits of her daughter and son-in-law on their wedding day… and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening to celebrate and take these portraits! in fact i kind of fell in love with malak when she asked me to shoot into the setting sun :) i don’t get to do outdoor evening-time portraits very often and the light was absolutely a photographer’s dream. it helped that we were located at the beautiful frying pan farm park in herndon, virginia, and of course even more to have such a gorgeous couple!
malak wears a hijab (islamic headscarf) so although we took most of the portraits and images of her without the headscarf, i am only sharing here some of the images she took with her hijab on. thank you malek, abdessalaam and fadwa for the opportunity to meet and work with you all!