Lens: Sony e-mount 16mm f2.8 with fisheye adapter
Camera: NEX-7, ISO1600, f7.1, 1/60, raw
Today we shot the second day of the Pakistani wedding. Today it was the Nikka, the official Islamic wedding ceremony, the heart of the event. With respect to yesterday, it was much more dynamic, and I feel we’ve got some solid “reportage style” photography.
While Claudia went to follow the bride’s preparation, I was drove to the groom’s house. The place was filled with family and friends, all getting ready, emotional, and happy. The women and the girls all wore traditional clothes, while some of the boys were in suits. The house was impregnated with the smell of the sweets (there were plenty of them, and they were delicious).
When the whole family was finally gathered in the living room, the groom’s father said a long and profound islamic prayer. I couldn’t understand a single word, and yet I was struck by the vibrant emotion that spread in the room. The groom’s uncle gave me permission to take some shots during the prayer, so I really worked hard trying to capture the solemnity of the situation.
Then we left the house. The groom sat in a car with other men, the barat. At their arrival, the groom and his procession got stopped from entering the venue, a ballroom, by bride’s family and friend girls. This is the time at which this shot was taken. I didn’t get what exactly happened, apparently the bride’s side symbolically “asked for money” to let the groom’s side in. Sure enough groom and his barat had to wait for quite a long time in the car. They eventually got in and the beautiful Nikka took place.