zakiyya & isa – diyanet center wedding photography

October 8, 2017 | Filed Under nikah, wedding posts | Leave a Comment 

any wedding is ideally the culmination of a series of life steps bringing together two people who are meant to be together… sometimes a wedding works out so beautifully, i kinda feel like *i* was meant to be with two people at their wedding (#ultimatethirdwheel). i didn’t know i was going to be a part of zakiyya and isa’s beautiful sri lankan-american wedding, bringing muslim and hindu families together, at a turkish mosque, until earlier last week – but in the end, every moment there made me feel like that was meant to work out. there was so much love and laughter, so many heartfelt hugs and unplanned moments, and – oh, photographer’s joy! – bluest of skies, golden sunlight, billowing clouds, and the glowing white marble facade and courtyard of the diyanet center of america in lanham, md. best of all was the genuine love and joy of the happy couple, and their families surrounding them. zakiyya and isa, i feel so blessed to have been able to join you guys for your beautiful day, and i wish you both all the best in your new life together <3 thank you, thank you, thank you!

hareem & omar – nikah and shaadi

July 2, 2015 | Filed Under nikah, wedding posts | 1 Comment 

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.

nadiaa & nasir – dc pre-wedding portraits

April 6, 2015 | Filed Under nikah, portraits | 6 Comments 

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!

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May 24, 2014 | Filed Under mehndi, nikah | Enter your password to view comments. 

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