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Camera: Nick & Neha’s Wedding

I was honored to photograph this wedding. I’ve known the bride since early high school, and we have managed to maintain our friendship over the years. Her family is wonderful, and as I’ve come to know Nick and his family, I knew this wedding would be a memorable party. It did not disappoint: these people know how to host a wedding. I wish Nick & Neha all the best in their journey together!

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First look:

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Post-ceremony party in the limo:

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Bride, Groom, and Maid of Honor:

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Like I said, party animals:

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Camera: Mehndi

My dear friend, Neha, had her Mehndi back in June, and I’m finally getting around to posting it here. Mehndi is an ancient tradition in the Middle East and India. Gorgeous, intricate designs are “painted” onto flesh using cones of henna. It’s also a festive celebration of the bride and the women of her family & friends who have helped guide her through life. If you are ever invited to attend this beautiful tradition, you must do so!

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Neha receiving a blessing as her mama looks on…

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The bride’s Mehndi is always incredibly intricate.

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Here is my beautiful Mehndi!

 

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Camera: Wedding Bread

My cousin gets married today. A tradition among the Macedonians is the wedding bread dance.┬áMy Baba put great care into making Samantha’s wedding bread from scratch, and I was fortunate enough to photograph the baking session:

Weighing out the dough…

Rolling out the ropes…

The ropes are braided…

Then nestled in a round pan, and set to rise…

The risen bread is brushed with egg-wash and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

And now: everybody dance! This will give you some idea of what the experience is:

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Wednesday of Ashes

First entrance into ancient duomo

of breath-taking enormity

Black and white pillars reach to heaven

Fog settles

from familiar incense

Massive crowd of sinners and saints

steeped in tradition

Priests chant

a sermon in lyrical tongue

Repentance, forgiveness

long line for Lent

Kneeling before a priest

receiving my blessing

and a dusting of ashes

In this new place,

this medieval town,

I am part of something greater

A new life

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