Daniah and Ali’s Wedding in Santa Clara
What I especially enjoy about Pakistani and Indian weddings is the immense presence of color and decorations, as they add extra character and emotion to an already amazing ambiance. Everything involved in the wedding, whether it is the clothing, makeup, jewelry, decorations, or the celebrations gives life to the event and is truly a spectacle to behold. Every fine detail is ready to be captured and documented, which is why it is a great pleasure to have the privilege to photograph such events.
From the moment that Ali explained to me the plans for his wedding, I simply knew that it would be one to remember. Ali and his fiance Daniah were planning a Pakistani-Islamic style wedding in Santa Clara and were adamant on hiring a wedding photographer who had previous experience with such unique ceremonies. A particular task they posed to me was to have special pre-wedding bride and groom sessions that would follow closely their religious traditions and customs.
The location the couple decided for their pre-wedding photos was the campus of Santa Clara University because of its beautiful and historic architecture, as well as the bountiful amounts of roses that bloom around the campus.
Our first location was the lawn behind the Santa Clara Mission building. As Ali and I waited Daniah’s arrival, I could sense the excitement and anticipation in Ali. Later when the two saw each other in their respective wedding attire, Ali’s excitement was in full display. A unique challenge I faced when working with the couple was that because they had decided to follow the strict Islamic tradition requiring the couple to not make physical contact before the official wedding ceremony, thus meaning I had to improvise and adjust certain poses.
What resulted was an interesting exchange of affection via the couple’s body language. Normally when trying to convey affection and closeness, one would opt for hand-holding or embraces, but in this case, I was able to capture the love the couple had through their deep eye-contact and facial expressions toward each other. This made the entire session even more interesting and personal as the only tools they had to communicate their love was their eyes and smiles.
The wedding ceremony was held in the Muslim Community Association Center in Santa Clara. Family and friends gathered to witness the ceremony, each guest bringing his or her personal style and flair to the colorful and exciting atmosphere.
The ceremony began by following the Islamic tradition that states the couple must sit across each other, with parents and guests surrounding the two. The Imam (Islamic worship leader) proceeded to explain the meaning of their marriage and provided customary tips for ensuring a prosperous union. After both Ali and Daniah verbally agreed the marriage was in good faith, they were pronounced husband and wife. The couple then signed their Nikkah Nama, the traditional Islamic marriage document.
The entire ceremony was an interesting experience for myself, and I thoroughly enjoyed being given the honor of documenting it. I saw that no matter what religion or ethnicity the bride and groom come from, their love for each other will always bring them together.
After the wedding ceremony, the reception was held at the Mehran Indian Restaurant in Newark, CA. I was able to get there a bit before the party arrived, giving me the opportunity to photograph the venue in all its beauty. I was able to capture the elaborate floral decorations, the decorated tables, desserts, and of course the homemade wedding cake.
Guests and relatives eagerly awaited the arrival of Ali and Daniah, who were graciously greeted as they entered the restaurant. After being introduced and welcomed into the reception area, Ali and Daniah sat on the Mandap, where friends and family came to congratulate them and wish upon them a happy and lively marriage. Everyone in the room seemed to be glowing with excitement for the couple and for the opportunity to be a part of their celebration, and the excitement was certainly reciprocated by the married couple.
What a wedding Daniah and Ali had. I wish them many happy years of marriage, full of lots of joy and fortune. It was a great honor to be their wedding photographer and I hope to see them again in the future.
Possibly for family portraits…
I am grateful to both Daniah and Ali for sharing their feedback on Yelp about the service and experience Trifon Anguelov Photography has provided. It was a great honor to be your wedding photographer.