This was that time when this Austin wedding photographer relearned that a wedding isn’t always just a wedding day. Sometimes, it’s something that happens over days that are sometimes spread over months!
It’s not that often that I get to be there to photograph wedding celebrations for families of cultures very, very different from mine. It is a very interesting to view how differently things are done and also to witness some similarities. It was pretty fun to get the whole scoop from Farwa, well in advance. She was particularly organized and very patient to explain all the details of the religious and cultural parts to the ceremony.
In a nutshell, the nikkah is where the bride and groom sign the wedding contract to finalize their marriage. There are a few cultural aspects to it: the decor that transforms the bride’s home, the flowers to greet the groom and his family, sweets (lots of sweets), a brief exchange of rings and other things. As always, Farwa’s mom and family made sure there was enough food to satiate everyone’s appetite—and then some.
There were a number of really sweet moments but one that stood out was when Farwa’s mom got particularly teary-eyed as she hugged her daughter. Maybe it was seeing her daughter under the same green and gold veil that was used at her own wedding? I’m not sure. It was pretty poignant and, of course as most parents know, a bittersweet time when you acknowledge another great milestone in the life of your child.
For each wedding day event, we’ve taken photos of their hands together. It’s kind of fun to establish our own tradition, yes?
There was a team that helped make this event very special for Ali and Farwa: