My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Shaziya and Shoaeb on their two day wedding these past couple of weekends. The first event was at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rockville, MD and the second event was at the Rockleigh Club House in New Jersey. The wedding was filled with beautiful details and some very emotional moments – all resulting in a lot of great pictures. Shaziya has great taste – she was her own wedding planner and pretty much setup the whole show herself. Some of the things I loved photographing most during this wedding were the details of her dresses and her jewelry. She mixed a few different sets together to get the beautiful arrangement of bangles she used as a part of her wedding outfit.
The temperature outside got really cold on both weekends and the days started to become quite overcast and gloomy, so most of the pictures we took were indoors. Shaziya is a fan of the traditional bride, so I tried to get some very natural and elegant compositions for her bridal portraits.
The Walima had the best wedding food we have had all year – bihari kabob, butter chicken, paneer saag, ras malai, and more. Being wedding photographers, my wife and I get to shoot in a variety of locations. The Rockleigh Country Club was one of our favorite venues to shoot. While we didn’t get a chance to explore the beautiful outside areas due to weather, the building itself provided some great settings inside. The walima is always a little more chill and everyone is more relaxed than the shadi. One of the advantages of covering both the shadi and walima is that we get to capture the complete dynamic of the couple’s relationship. It was endearing to see Shaziya and Shoaeb together in their element.