As a wedding photographer, I love how many different cultures and customs that I get the pleasure of experiencing. Zarar and Nadia’s wedding surprised me on many levels – the beautiful floral backdrop, the ornate chairs, the colours on the ladies’ saris, and the fact that the grooms side hires their own photographer! Luckily they were great to work alongside!
When I arrived, Nadia was getting ready in a small room to the rear of the venue with her sister and closest friend. She looked so beautiful in her traditional Pakistani garment complete with very intricate henna designs on her hands. It wasn’t long before Zarar arrived with his family and friends. Nadia’s family (not Nadia!), welcomed his side with gifts and Zarar made his way towards the stage.
Once Nadia was ready, her two younger brothers escorted her, arm in arm, into the venue. They walked down a red carpet on to the stage so that each guest could have a photograph with the couple. I later found out that they legally married in February however they are not seen as married in the community until two parties occur, this one arranged by the brides family and one the following week arranged by the grooms family.
A very plentiful traditional meal was shared amongst family, friends and us photographers before everyone moved on to celebrate further at Nadia’s family home. Such a great day where I got to learn a lot about Pakistani culture and traditions.