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Nabila & Navid: Married! | Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace

The groom came in on a horse. Just wanted to let that one sink in, because it was just the start of the awesomeness of Nabila and Navid's Bangladeshi wedding at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace. The outrageously talented Ayesha Ahmad had me along to second shoot their very beautiful Muslim ceremony. I got to see all kinds of traditions (always a special treat for me) and shoot this incredibly awesome groom-comes-in-on-a-horse thing. I'm going to suggest it to all my grooms - definitely a way to make an impression! wedding photographer Amber Wilkie groom groom on a horse triptych black and white photo of groom on horse groom dances on a horse father of the groom dances bengali groom surrounded by crowd This hotel is right by the big tourist mall on the Baltimore harbor and so there were tons of tourists around, a bunch just standing staring at Navid and the procession. You don't see this every day! bengali groom comes in on a horse little girl watches groom on horse This was by far the biggest wedding I have ever photographed. I asked Ayesha to estimate how many guests there were and her answer was 600! Nabila and Navid's families really know how to throw a party! renaissance baltimore harborplace grand ballroom And they've got pretty sweet decorating skills as well. Each table had beautiful purple and blue mini peacocks on little branches. reception details with blue peacocks When it was time for the ceremony to start, Navid's friends and family had to negotiate for the bride, who was represented by her brother. His starting price was $5 million - a fair sum for the beautiful Nabila. I thought it was interesting that Navid wasn't allowed to participate in this part - maybe he would have agreed to pay too much! holding the gate - negotiations for bride veiled bride walks to stage with parents The first time the groom sees his bride is through a brand new mirror (you know, by tradition - these folks are pretty seriously in love). groom looks at bride for first time in mirror groom removes bride wedding vows bridesmaid puts on jewelry father of bride hugs brother groom and bride hug family members bride puts necklace on groom grandmother at ceremony imam gives a sermon More peacock details and a beautiful brown, purple and blue wedding cupcake display. These were really tasty cupcakes, too! wedding cake and peacock detail This was so fun. The first food the couple eats after getting married is from each others' hands - they're not allowed to use utensils. bride and groom feeding each other bride looks up at father giving speech maid of honor gives a speech hugging after speeches at wedding ceremony guest laughing at speeches little girl at the ceremony bridesmaid holds orchid bouquet sister of the bride speaks at the reception guests making faces for the camera Just before they left to go up to their bridal suite, Nabila and Navid shared a very intense and emotional moment with their parents. black and white prayer photo What a great night! Thank you to Nabila, Navid and Ayesha for introducing me to a whole new set of marriage traditions. Congratulations you two!

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