Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe it’s Friday already and Week 1 of the summer...
Yesterday I brought you a Q&A with the very talented Stormy from Stormy Sloane Photography. As promised today I bring you one of her beautiful weddings.
The wedding is of Firdous and Juan and it took place at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.
Stormy told me a bit more about the wedding day itslef:
Firdous (Bride) and Juan (Groom) are both South African. Firdous is an artist and has been working at a gallery in London. Juan is a photographer and retoucher.
They had a traditional Muslim religious wedding on Sunday. The groom and male family members attending the mosque early in the morning. Sometimes the bride attends this part as well, but Firdous chose to have a proxy sign the marriage contract for her while she stayed home with her sister, mother, and aunties getting ready. Then the men returned to Firdous’s family home – at this point they are technically married, but it’s still a special moment as the bride and groom see each other for the first time as a married couple. They exchanged rings at the family home, after which we did some outdoor portraits.
Then everyone traveled to Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park (London) for the reception and dinner. Firdous entered the room on the arm of her father, and then Firdous and Juan exchanged rings again (a second time for the benefit of the guests). There was a very nice lunch with traditional food, and lots of mingling and well wishes. It was a small and intimate reception, with maybe 40 people. As the evening progressed, there was more food, music, toasts, etc.
Firdous and Juan have actually moved to South Africa to start their new life together – they left just 6 days after their wedding, so it was a very emotional farewell for friends and family as Firdous and Juan left in their wedding car.
My favorite part of the day was the “first look” moment, when Firdous and Juan saw each other as a married couple for the first time. They chose to have this event take place in their Firdous’s family home, and it was so intimate and special with the two of them surrounded by their very closest family and friends. The happiness in that room was overwhelming!
I’d like to thanks Stormy for sending in this lovely wedding, and also wish Firdous and Juan a very happy life in South Africa.