i had the pleasure of working with the rahman family a second time this summer to photograph zahir and maggie’s beautiful hilton baltimore wedding. i also had the invaluable help of gene aronov as my second shooter throughout the evening. the couple, who met as students, chose moroccan-themed decor to honor the time they spent abroad in morocco. zahir’s love for camels was represented not only in the adorable camel cake-toppers handmade by his older sister, but in the *actual* camel who came to celebrate with him. poor aladdin got stuck in traffic on the way up from virginia, so he wasn’t able to make it in time to accompany zahir in his grand entrance, but he did make it at last in the end! wedding guests also had the opportunity to enjoy a live oud performance, as well as a reading of one of zahir’s childhood poems by his loving sisters :) it was a beautiful evening and i feel so blessed to have been able to capture it! thank you again, zahir and maggie, and nabila, amly and your parents, for bringing me back to be a part of your lives again <3 best wishes to you all!
it’s always such an honor for me to have the opportunity to photograph a second wedding in the same family. so when nabila, whose wedding i photographed in 2011, contacted me to see if i was available for her brother’s wedding this summer, i was super excited. they are the kindest family, and zahir’s wedding promised to be unforgettable. it was my pleasure to meet the lovely maggie on the first night of the two-day wedding, at the mehndi at zahir’s family’s home in baltimore. at this traditional event, the women and men celebrated separately, with the men going to a local restaurant to share entertainment and dinner. after spending time with the ladies through some traditional rituals – applying henna (mehndi) designs, feeding the bride sweets, etc., – i spent a little time with the guys, in what was possibly the most entertaining experience i’ve ever had at a mehndi, with comedy hypnotist matt davis making me laugh so hard i could barely hit the shutter button. still not sure how much of it was real – but it was certainly hilarious! please enjoy these images of the good times had by all :) stay tuned for the wedding photos from the following day – starring aladdin the camel!
the third and final day of gagan & vanu’s wedding started before the sun rose, but everything was in place for the morning ceremony. gagan made his entrance on horseback, to the echoing thunder of the traditional dhol drum – which he himself played when i made my entrance at my own wedding, twelve years ago. the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of this wedding party!
after the welcome and entrance rituals, the ceremony took place in a ballroom styled as a gurudwara – a sikh temple – where out of respect, everyone entered with bared feet and covered heads.
following a lunch for all the guests, everyone retired to get ready for the reception – a gorgeous evening event styled by shagun weddings. vanu’s younger sister and brother, together with other friends and family, performed some epic dance routines for the couple, and the dance floor itself was no less lively at the end of the evening.
again, i couldn’t have captured this incredible day without the help of jerold santa cruz as my second photographer, who stayed with gagan and his family in the morning and helped me out throughout the day. it was also a pleasure, as always, to work again alongside videographer raj rimal and his team.
i met vanu just a few months ago when we got together in raleigh to shoot her and gagan’s engagement session, but i met gagan about 20 years ago when his oldest sister and i became bffs in college. gagan’s family are so dear to my heart, and seeing him with this incredible young woman and how happy they make each other has been such a blessing. to be a part of this amazing, three-day wedding weekend myself was such an honor – my heartfelt thanks to vanu and especially vanu’s mom, for trusting me and taking me on for this most important event; and to auntie manjeet, all the love in the world <3
so i’ve shared here some photos from the first two days of events… starting with the sangeet at vanu’s family home, at which vanu and many of her friends and relatives had henna (mehndi) applied on their hands, and celebrated with song and dance. the next night, i was actually not there! but i had the pleasure of working once again with photographer jerold santa cruz, who was my second shooter for the third and final day of events, and jerold was able to cover the second night for me. the second night was the traditional “jago” ceremony, in which the family members dance and celebrate while carrying a large, brightly decorated steel jug.
many more photos to come, from the wedding ceremony and reception on the final day!