On November 5, 2011 Illgar and Nigar promised each other the rest of their lives. I have no idea what was said at the short ceremony, but I could feel the love and excitement in the room, not only from the bride and groom but from family and friends who were witness to their covenant. To the bride and groom, I pray you have a long and happy marriage centered on the One who brought you together and modeled for us Perfect Love.
My friend Nina and I were delighted to be able to capture some precious images of the bride, her bridesmaids, family and finally the bride and groom together. An Azeri wedding is a bit different from what I am used to. The Groom goes to the house of the bride with his family and friends and a musical band to find his bride and marry her, then they ride off in a caravan of honking cars (for which everyone in the city stops to let by like a funeral procession only happier) toward the reception site. There were other photographers and videographers at the reception so we did not go, but I hear they are always full of food, drink, and merry times! Few people are at the ceremony but wedding receptions here are HUGE (and from what I hear you pay to get in, takes the burden off the brides parents?) So, now you know what little I know after being a part of an Azeri wedding...Here are some of my favorite shots I took from the day.
I can't say anything about this senior session or the beautiful girl in it with out crying, so just enjoy this last-minute Senior session...some of the last moments I shared with my sister Olivia (normally my photo side-kick) and sister Lindy who stood in as my helper for this shoot.
These sweet ladies are two of my sisters closest friends and I am thankful she has such wonderful friends! I love Amy and Sarah and was so thrilled to be able to do one last photo session for them (until they are engaged and married that is ;) or ya know, maybe one just for fun in a few years) I always have fun with these two and much preferred to be hanging out with them taking pictures for their Senior ad rather than doing all the last minute stuff I had to do two days before leaving the country!!
Glad you two liked the pictures. Can't wait for the next chance I get to capture your beauty on digital film!
I'm a Doyle by blood but no relation to this lovely family (that we know of) however, they are a part of my family as fellow believers and members of our home church. I was so pleased to be able to fit in a family session with the Doyle's before leaving the states. This family has been so generous toward Brian and I and we are so thankful for them. The youngest three LOVE being in front of the camera, and although they'd rather be making goofy faces they always gave me a smile, and eventually big brother warmed up too (that's right Adam, you smile you are get called out!) It was a great session and I was happy to hear they liked, no LOVED their photos. This is why I take photos after all, to give you individualized, framable, full of personality memories....