One glorious day in April, we headed south towards Solihull for the lovely wedding of Maz & Shabana at Shabana’s local mosque and later to the stunning 12th century estate of Wroxall Abbey.
Our day began with the beautiful bride getting ready in one of the suites at Wroxall. We took to photographing the details and the final touches of Shabana’s make-up. The room was buzzing with excitement and people doing little jobs – packing bags, make-up touch ups -but once everyone was ready, we spent a little time in the lovely grounds taking a few portraits of the bride to be. Then, we left Wroxall Abbey to head to Shabana’s family home for a small ceremony with her closest family and friends.
There were emotional moments at this intimate part of the day but the strong sense of how much each family member meant to each other was lovely to see so strongly. After some photographs in the garden, we left for the mosque for the Nikkah ceremonies. Here is where we caught up with the dashing groom and his brothers who were ready and waiting!
Tobiah went with the groom into the men’s mosque and Laura into the ladies’. The ceremony featured readings, beautiful voices and little personal touches as people close to the couple speaking about their marriage. Particularly, Shabana’s very proud dad made a lovely speech just before the formalities of the Nikkah ceremony began. Afterwards, there were many congratulations in both sides of the mosque, it was a lovely atmosphere. Overwhelming hospitality is always shown to us at weddings which makes us love this job so much. It is customary for the members of the mosque to enjoy food together after the ceremony, men and women respectively. When Tobiah and Laura met up again after exiting the mosque, both had a bag of food after insistence from the lovely people catering for the event! It was delicious!
Bathed in late afternoon sun, the Mansion house was a looking extra beautiful. Shabana had wore a veil before entering the mosque and after. This was the first time Maz had seen her on their wedding day so it was a special moment between them that we captured in the stunning grounds of Wroxall before we took a few relaxed photographs of the newlyweds.
It was then time for the guests to enter the marquee. The decoration was provided by Dream Moments and the vintage blossom theme looked awesome. Shabana’s grand entrance certainly impressed, she was carried in by 4 members of her family on a golden throne chair, much to the surprise of everybody including Maz who was waiting for his bride on the stage with his brother and sister!
The rest of the evening included delicious food, group photographs and impromptu speeches by different guests which was a nice touch. After the most magnificent day the emotional ending to the wedding day, as the bride leaves with the groom, was a privilege to capture as everyone said their goodbyes.
A huge thank you to Maz & Shabana for choosing us to photograph your Wroxall Abbey wedding! Please enjoy the photos.