This was a particularly busy day for me – after shooting the civil ceremony for Annabel and Dan in Guildford, I then had to make my way up to London for Sarah and Mohammed’s celebrations!
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Photo and video shoot in London
Sarah and Mohammed had booked me in for a combined photo and video package at the Hilton Hotel in London Paddington. I’m used to starting my day with bridal parties getting ready, so it was nice to arrive with all my video cameras and audio feeds already kindly set up by my assistant!
I started by taking a few quick snaps of the room and the guests arriving before the bride and groom made their entrance. They entered the room to the sound of traditional Arabic drummers, who certainly knew how to get a crowd going – everybody was on their feet, dancing and cheering loudly!
Traditional Arabic wedding photography
It was great to be a part of so many longstanding traditions with Sarah and Mohammed’s families. The highlight of the evening had to be the sword dance – I thought I’d seen it all as a wedding photographer, but this was a first for me! All of this contributed to the incredible party atmosphere and was a joy to photograph.
Later on, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as siblings and parents gave their speeches, followed by an emotional tribute to all the guests from the newlyweds. The first dance was definitely one of my more memorable shoots too! After the dance, a young niece was asked: “Do you think Mohammed is a good dancer?” She said no and, when asked who Sarah should dance with, answered: “Michael Jackson!” To everybody’s surprise, out came a Michael Jackson impersonator who gave an incredible performance of two of his hits.
Dance floor videography
There was more than enough entertainment to go around – there was a sweet cart with crepes, pancakes and ice cream, so every sweet tooth was satisfied! Thankfully the guests were able to burn off all the sugar on the dance floor, where moves range from traditional Arabic dance to circular dances around the newlyweds and even people being thrown in the air!
Sarah and Mohammed’s party atmosphere was absolutely unforgettable. One of the things I love about being a wedding photographer is getting to rub shoulders with people from so many different cultures, all of whom celebrate their union in so many personal, unique ways. I can’t wait to photograph many more!
If you’d like yours to be the next big party atmosphere I’m photographing, please get in touch via my contact page.