Pakistan Wedding Journey

I was recently fortunate to be part of this amazing wedding thanks to the talented photographer Catherine Solomon from Catherine Lea Photography.  This wedding was so unique in so many levels. Alma looked stunning and I was just so grateful to be part of her lovely day and a wedding full of traditions. 

This was my second wedding full of vast customs and traditions. It’s interesting that the majority of Pakistanis continue to follow this cultural trend of marriage passing their traditions to newer generations who proudly showcase what their culture is all about during such an important day for a woman. 

For me the most emotional part was the send off of the bride. Nothing had prepared me for such event. Towards the end of the celebration, the family prepared to send off the Bride, this beautiful and emotional custom becomes a very emotional scene as the daughter is moving from one family to another. I was able to capture some of those touching moments. I admit that I was not expecting all the guest to walk along the families in silence as the married couple was now ready to start a new life with her new family. it was lovely to see how close she was to her parents. 

Here are some of my most favorite shots out of the more than 800 pictures I took that day!

 Alma's dress probably weighed about 100 lbs.      

Alma's dress probably weighed about 100 lbs.

 

 

 Without a doubt, wedding ceremonies in Pakistan are full of striking, amazing and eye-catching traditions.  I had to dig deeper and learn why the brides hand had drawing in them. I learned this type of art is called Mehndi and it is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant.    

Without a doubt, wedding ceremonies in Pakistan are full of striking, amazing and eye-catching traditions.  I had to dig deeper and learn why the brides hand had drawing in them. I learned this type of art is called Mehndi and it is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. 

 

 So many beautiful details...

So many beautiful details...

 Even the cake was something I had never taste before. 

Even the cake was something I had never taste before. 

The send off of the bride was by far the most touching moment for me as a photographer during this wedding since I was experiencing something new. I am looking forward to shooting more weddings such as this one full of customs and traditions.