Salma & Aleem – Calgary Ismaili Wedding


Ismaili weddings are always full of bright colours, amazing food, warm friendly people, and religious traditions that date back thousands of years. It’s creatively inspiring, and eye opening to say the least. When Salma and Aleem first got in touch with me and asked me to capture their Ismaili wedding this summer, I knew it would be a lot of fun. We met up earlier in the summer for their engagement session where I got a better feel for how they interacted with each other, their awesome sense of humour and playful nature. On their wedding day I found a couple spots I had always wanted to visit and shoot, and these two were more than game for anything I threw their way. The wedding ceremony took place next to the Bridgeland Community with the city skyline as the backdrop on a gorgeous sunny September day. Following the ceremony (Nikkah), we headed off to one more spot that had only been opened to the public earlier that week – lucky timing! Then on to the reception for food, music, dancing and the Sapatia. As I was editing their wedding day images I was reminded of how caring they are for each other, and the consideration they put into each element of their wedding week. I got to meet their extended families during the Puro & Pithi ceremonies the week of their wedding, and could see where their fun personalities came from. Of course it was no different with the group of friends that joined them in the wedding party – with a number of them flying in from Europe and Australia to be there. Such a treat to witness two amazing people come together in marriage and start the next chapter of their lives!
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