hiba and sajid: nikah and mehndi

i've been so blessed that with every wedding i've shot, there is some aspect of the event so memorable that it's sure to stay with me forever. and what i'll always remember about hiba and sajid's wedding - aside from the warmth and kindness of the families involved - is the love, energy, thoughtfulness, talent and creativity that hiba's friends and family poured forth in putting together such a joyful celebration. their love for hiba - and now for sajid, too - just shone so bright in everything they did - from the heartfelt speeches, to the random "awkward turtles," to the most unique and hilarious dance performance i've ever seen at a mehndi (see below for illustration)... all of it spoke to the place that this beautiful bride holds in their hearts.as always, it was such an honor to be welcomed into this. hiba and sajid, who were engaged earlier this year, held their nikah (vows ceremony) and mehndi on a gorgeous, clear-skied evening at the belmont country club in ashburn, close to her family's home. the nikah was held outdoors in the picturesque front lawn, overlooking white-fenced golfing greens, and the mehndi indoors. the decor for the mehndi and reception was done by the amazingly talented prabha bhambri - i loved the bright, soft colors she chose, and the unique standing paisleys made just for hiba's mehndi stage. much more to come, with hiba and sajid's wedding reception, held the next evening, and the walima reception - which will be this weekend! can't wait to see you all again in north carolina!