zehra & saad: richmond, va mehndi & shaadi

January 29, 2014 | Filed Under mehndi, wedding posts | 13 Comments 

zehra and saad got married in a lovely, two-day event last summer in richmond. the nikah (wedding ceremony) and mehndi were held at the stonehenge country club and the wedding at the hilton short pump. zehra is one of the sweetest brides i have ever worked with, and it was such a pleasure working with her and saad – we even had this great moment while shooting outdoor portraits where we came up with the exact same idea for a shot at the exact same time! my kind of bride :)
zehra and saad, thank you again so much for having me there, along with with angel who also joined me on the second day for the wedding reception, and who enthusiastically shared my joy in nailing rimlit detail shots :) here are a few images from both the mehndi and the shaadi nights!

anjum & amaan – baltimore walima photography

January 27, 2014 | Filed Under walima, wedding posts | 10 Comments 

the final day of anjum and amaan’s wedding festivities came about two and a half months after the wedding day itself; their grand, gorgeous walima was held at the sheraton baltimore north hotel just before thanksgiving 2013. it was pretty cold, but anjum kindly endured the icy air on the walkway to the harbor for a few minutes so we could get some outdoor shots! amaan and his friends put on a fantastic dance performance during the reception, and there were some beautiful words and hilarious sketches shared by friends and family as well. it was a beautiful evening to cap what was hashtagged everywhere as “jumaanji2013” – the year that anjum and amaan began their new life together amid the blessing and joy of so many people. thanks again, both of you and your wonderful families, for having me be a part of all of it! and many thanks, as well, to my good friend and talented photographer angel kidwell for helping me out at the walima!

anjum & amaan – cleveland wedding photography

January 23, 2014 | Filed Under wedding posts | 12 Comments 

we had a gorgeous day, and night, at the cleveland marriott downtown at key center, for anjum and amaan’s wedding in september. the day started out with a special ceremony for amaan and his family called the “sehra,” which involved a family member ceremonially placing his pagri (turban) on his head, accompanied by prayers for the wedding and for his new life ahead. i then met anjum at the marriott where she was getting ready. after the simple islamic nikah, or vows ceremony, we went outside to take portraits under the darkening sky, around and nearby the huge fountain of eternal life in cleveland’s public square. we then came inside where the marriott had changed the ceremony hall into the reception hall, and the party started. it was a beautiful evening, with hilarious skits and moving speeches, particularly from anjum’s father and her two sisters. anjum and amaan’s wedding was certainly one of the most memorable evenings i had in 2013, and i’m so honored that i could be a part of it!
i am also indebted to the super talented zak kelley of columbus-basedpaper photographs, who started out with amaan before i could join him outside at the spectacular horseback entrance, and overall helped me out tremendously throughout the night – thank you, zak!

anjum & amaan – cleveland mehndi

January 20, 2014 | Filed Under mehndi, wedding posts | 1 Comment 

the lovely anjum and her family brought me all the way to her hometown of cleveland for the first two of her three wedding events in september of 2013. i had met her and her fiance, amaan, back in march for some engagement photos; it was such a pleasure to meet all the friends and family who joined them in ohio to celebrate their wedding together. here are some photos from the mehndi, which took place the night before the wedding itself; i’m sharing images from the first part of the night, while there were still men of the family present at this traditionally females-only party. stay tuned for the story of their beautiful wedding evening!

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