nasheed & chris - dc wedding photography
it's been a minute since i blogged, y'all! okay, more like nine months. i hope to catch up with the last couple years of weddings here this summer! i'm starting with my most recent wedding - one of the most memorable i have ever been a part of! i met nasheed first at her brother's wedding over six years ago in gettsyburg; she contacted me back in 2015 when she and chris began planning their own wedding. between our pre-wedding shoot last fall at theodore roosevelt island, the holud (traditional bangladeshi pre-wedding event) at the josephine butler parks center with portraits at meridian hill park, and the wedding at the national museum of women in the arts with a first look at freedom plaza, portraits at the zero mile marker with views of the white house, at the washington monument and on pennsylvania avenue with views of the capitol building, there are very few DC landmarks that we missed! the theme threaded through the whole weekend, from the "Hamilton" song performed at the holud to the "Hamilton" playbill wedding program; the Washington Nationals' "racing presidents" mascots at the wedding, the protest signs made especially for wedding day portraits and the vow to "make america great again" in their ceremony itself.nasheed and chris included many other personal elements that made their wedding weekend unforgettable - the "circle of life" performance at the holud with a *very* unwilling tiny simba; the "parade of babies" to the song "prince ali," and the "beauty and the beast" look of their reception outfits all paid homage to favorite disney movie references; their ceremony and reception included elements of their diverse heritage - the exchanging of flower garlands is typical of south asian ceremonies, and the breaking of the glass and the horah dance draw from the jewish part of chris' heritage. but the endless laughs and memorable moments throughout - from special holud skits by friends, to the ceremony reading from the book of mormon (the musical!), the ceremony reference to the hunger games ("may the odds be ever in their favor!"), the light-up concert bracelet favors and the incredible performance into the night by cover band go go gadjet - all of this just comes straight from chris and nasheed, their love for each other and their family and friends, which ultimately made this wedding unforgettable. cheers, guys, for letting me be a part of all this! and endless praise for katie wannen from the plannery whose impeccable planning and incredible team made all of this go off beautifully without a hitch, as well as for photographer tim riddick for joining me on this adventure. nasheed's look on the holud and wedding days was managed by swati and reeti of styles by swati and her gorgeous mehndi was done by henna ink by rehma.