Sehr and Iltifat’s Shaadi at the Omni Park West

After the crazy, fun-filled, action packed mehndi the night before (check it out here if you haven’t already seen it!), Sehr and Iltifat (and Hugo and I) somehow got ourselves up from the late night before, to start preparing for what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day and a gorgeous wedding.  The shaadi is the bride’s reception and was held in Dallas at the Omni Park West, which has quickly turned into one of my favorite venues to shoot at in Dallas, you will see why later. 🙂  Saturday night was a much more formal affair, complete with a stunning bridal lengha worn by Sehr, grand entrances, heartfelt speeches and one of my favorite traditions, the rice games!  Sehr and Iltifat also held their nikkah ceremony at the reception as well.  It was a beautiful night and we had so much fun with Sehr and Iltifat, and their amazing families.  Now on to the photos…

Look at this hair!! Maitee did an AMAZING job on Sehr’s hair. I looooooved it!

Finishing touches by the uber-talented Rosa Moreno…

While I was with Sehr, Hugo was with Iltifat and his family as they got ready. Here are some of his shots…

The nikkah began with Sehr’s portion first…

Now on to Iltifat’s portion of the ceremony…

Signing his life away to his beautiful bride Sehr ;)….

Waiting on Sehr to make her entrance…

The infamous pink milk…the bride and groom drink first then pass it around to any single people that want to get married, apparently it works because I am shooting a wedding this coming weekend from a “pink milk drinking” friend of my bride from last summer that drank the milk and is getting married Friday! 😉

The rukhsati, one the most beautiful and emotional parts of a traditonal Pakistani wedding.  It always gets to me, especially as I am editing the photos from a rukhsati.  So much tenderness and love.  It symbolizes the bride leaving her family to join the groom and become part of his family, I think Sehr held it together pretty well. 🙂

So this is something I have started suggesting to my couples because it worked out so well with these two and continues to do so…having a mini bride and groom portrait session at the very end of the night.  A lot of times things run behind schedule and sometimes that means that we have to shorten the bride and groom’s portrait sessions, which is fine by me, we can get some great portraits in under 5 minutes! 😉 So these are just in addition to the ones that have already been taken, but often time they have a completely different feel to them.  Sehr and Iltifat had an amazing suite at the Omni with some beautiuful views so we took advantage of it.  Since we do these sessions at the end of the night, the stress of the day just seems to melt away, with the realization that, for the most part, the big day is over and it is just the couple’s chance to enjoy each other’s company.  It is a great opportunity to get some relaxed, beautiful and dramatic portraits and it only takes about 15 minutes. W0rth every minute.  Trust me.

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Paul Von Rieter - August 25, 2010 - 6:39 pm

WOW! that is really all I can come up with… traditional Pakistani weddings always amaze me. You did a wonderful job at capturing all of the different events and all of the emotion portrayed… beautiful.

Thomas Lester - August 25, 2010 - 7:58 pm

Fantastic! I can hear the music! Love it.

Kristen Honeycutt - August 26, 2010 - 5:55 am

OH my gosh, HOW FUN!

Cliff - August 26, 2010 - 9:05 am

You’re soo sooo sooo good at documenting these type of events Lynette. The henna and makeup was awesome from this Shaadi.

Amanda Basteen - August 26, 2010 - 11:13 am

Great job! The shoe shot is awesome and the details and emotions are amazing!

Heather - September 4, 2010 - 3:14 pm

I just LOVE the way you process your black and white photographs!!

Steve Elmer - September 7, 2010 - 7:39 am

So many photos! I really enjoy ya Off Camera Lighting Lynette, such emotion and detail 🙂

ane - October 20, 2010 - 1:32 pm

amazing photography n a perfect wedding!

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