i have to say i’m pretty lucky to always be welcomed so kindly by my clients and their families, but azmina and joe truly made me feel like part of their wedding celebration alongside their families and friends. i really hope their warmth and joy come through in these photos; here are a few images from the first of the two nights i photographed, the mehndi night. there are a few traditions here that were new even for me – the grinding of the spices as a “race” between four of azmina’s relatives (and the silly string!), as well as the placing of the different cloths around azmina by her family members; there were also some customs that i’ve experienced many times, like the stealing of the groom’s shoes. all of these rituals expressed the love and blessing of azmina and joe’s families for the start of their new life together; they also managed to have so much fun with these rituals that i couldn’t help but have a blast taking photos of them, too! thanks again, azmina and joe, for having me there, and stay tuned for their wedding photos from the following day!
these two! mashallah. a little background here: i’ve known khurrum’s family since i was young; they are super dear to my heart, and his older sister sumrien is one of my childhood BFFs. khurrum got married to this sweetheart of a lady in may; just to clarify, i did NOT shoot their wedding ceremony, or groom’s side reception (walima), which was photographed by the lovely and talented janan sarwar, but i got together with them at khurrum’s house the day before the walima to take some family portraits, after which we spent some time at the north carolina museum of art in raleigh to take some shots of just the two of them, a few of which i’ve shared here. khurrum and erum, thanks so much for taking the time to get dolled up two days in a row, for being patient with me at the museum (i wish we’d had more time!) and just for being awesome people :)
having had two babies myself, i know what a blessing it was to spend an hour with this sweetheart and have her smiling at me and giggling and playing adorably the whole time. my goodness, babies are the best!!!!
soon after their wedding below, sarah and zain moved to baltimore and we met up at one of my favorite spots ever – centennial park in columbia – to catch some of the fall colors there for a post-wedding couple’s shoot. these two are super adorable :) thanks, you guys, for meeting me out there and waiting so long for the right moment on that bridge!!