Vanessa & Abdeen’s actual wedding back in December – a small, intimate marriage at Ottawa City Hall. Vanessa contacted me in late winter, to photograph their reception/party, held at Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar, to celebrate with friends and close family.
There were a lot of firsts for me. I think it was the first time that I haven’t first shot an engagement session before a wedding, and it was definitely the first time I have shot a wedding reception and portraits, where there actually wasn’t actually a wedding that day. It was also my first time being able to photograph gorgeous “Wish Lantern” celebration, and my first time having 2 slobbering bulldogs included in the Wedding portraits. Vanessa said that they were their “kids”, and who wouldn’t include their kids?
Despite being INSANELY hot (especially for Abdeen in a 3-pc suit), it was a fantastic day. The food was outstanding, people partied until well after 2am, and Vanessa and Abdeen included some really cool touches to represent their cultures – I’m calling it “Far East meets Middle East”, including Belly Dancers, Zaffeh – a Lebanese drum & dance group, and the Asian “Wish Lanterns”, which Vanessa and Abdeen were fortunate enough to have experienced while traveling in Thailand, and wanted to share that joy & beauty with their guests.