when hareem first contacted me about her wedding, we soon realized we had already met each other… at sunday school, where she was my son’s new teacher for the year :) and the lucky young man she was engaged to happened to be a friend of my husband’s who also volunteers at the same mosque. so it’s been, alhamdulillah, such a blessing to see these two, who have given so much of their time and talents to the community, come together and bring two incredible families together as well. hareem and omar, i know it’s been a time of both grief and joy for you guys this year, and it was an honor for me to be a part of your wedding, and to learn lessons about faith, patience and love from your families. usman and i – and musa too :) – wish you both all the best in your new life together!
here i’ve shared a selection of photos from the nikah, or vows ceremony, held at hareem’s house, and the beautiful shaadi (reception/rukhsathi) at the sheraton tyson’s premiere, after which we took some portraits over by the wheel at national harbor. for both events, the decor was done by the incredible sarah khan event styling.
a week ahead of the cherry blossoms, and on a rainy day in a city clogged with traffic, it seemed like it would be hard to get the photos we wanted on the day of nadiaa and nasir’s nikah (islamic wedding vows). nadiaa was so incredibly patient working with me to schedule this session months ahead, knowing my schedule was tight on a school day. but honestly… when you have two beautiful people wanting to share even just an hour of the most important day of their lives with you… nothing can really ruin those photos :) we started with a first look in front of the eisenhower executive office building, where nadiaa used to work when she first interned in DC, and then moved on to the tidal basin, with its silvery reflections of the monument skyline. thanks again, both of you, for the honor of your choosing to work with me, and for fitting me in before your nikah on that blessed friday!