It was a whole season ago I last posted on this blog. A lot has happened since, but I won’t summarize that on this post. This post is about the wedding of my brother in law, Sewar and his newly wedded wife, Leyla. First some info on the wedding
Bride & groom: Sewar & Leyla
Date: 18th of september, 2012
Venue: Club Kastalia, Alanya, Turkey
Hair & makeup: Kodal, Alanya
Wedding gown: Mori Lee from Arous
Groom´s attire: Information not available as of this moment
Just to clarify, I was not the official photographer on this wedding. They hired a wedding photographer and videographer with full service. Nevertheless I brought all my equipment in my trusty Think Tank security v2, except for the portable studio lights and modifiers. And even though I was just a guest photographing, I spent a lot of the evening behind the camera anyway. Bear in mind that this is not what would go down on a typical assignment as an official photographer. There were many challenges here that I wouldn’t encounter as the wedding photographer, such as:
- Walking in high heels and short, fitting dress. In the end, I had to kick off the shoes and go barefoot :)
- Not having the lenses I usually switch to on me. Usually I would be carrying my Shootsac on my shoulder with three extra lens, batteries and memory cards. Needless to say, the Shootsac wasn’t appropriate for my outfit. So there was a lot of running back and forth to the table to get new lenses.
- Not having an assistant to carry the main bag from place to place. My husband usually have that role, but he was kind of busy looking after our little boy. I am glad though that Kent Are, also a photographer, was so nice to help me out during the short portrait session.
- Not having my second photographer.
- Due to a mix of traditions, we weren’t able to shoot while it was light. Such a shame because the place was so nice in natural light and I scouted the place based on daylight photography, but I found out about it on the same day as the wedding. My style is also leaning towards natural light photography.
- I had to look after our little boy too.
- The time before the wedding, I was busy fixing myself and had little time to focus on the photo part.
- Not being the official photographer, I had to give way for those who were. So sometimes they would be in the frame or the videolight would suddenly come full force.
For the record though, I didn’t hold back and did the best out of the given circumstances.The bride and groom was happy with the result and that is the most important thing.
It was fun though to do something different. This was my first time to photograph an outdoor wedding. The beams of spotlights everywhere made it hard to dodge the flare, but most of the time it added character to the pictures. The light setup also made for good backlighting.
The wedding was held at Club Kastalia where majority of the guests was staying. I loved the bougainvillea scattered along the resort and the bungalows looked like greek houses. The facility had a waterpark for the small ones on one end and the beach on the other. In between there were other pools as well. I am going to make another post on the rest of vacation where I can tell more about the resort.
The bride along with me and some other girls from the families had hair and make up done at Kodal salon downtown. They were highly skilled and quick, but we were so many of us, so there were some waiting and we used more time than expected. Poor Leyla had a panick in the end and ended up all teary eyed. I think it was a mix of stressing for time as well as the fact that she was a bride had begun sinking in. Leyla chose smoky eyes and a Brigitte Bardot like hairdo with a tiara and veil.
:::Getting the bride:::
Before the sun went down, we were able to photograph a little in the light. This is my brother in law, Beyar and his beautiful family (Vara is not in the pictures, he was behind their camera). The two boys are actually twins.
Tradition is for the groom’s family to pick up the bride at her home (or hotel room in this case). A litttle twist than what I am used to is that the bride stays in the room till negotiation for a symbolical amount is reached. The negotiations got a little hot and we were running late, but in the end we got the bride. If you ask me, neither the amount offered nor the amount claimed comes close to Leyla’s worth, but hey this was all part of the fun.
I got to go in just for a brief time in the room to photograph. As part of the groom’s family, I wasn’t actually allowed to be there, so the bridal pictorial went so fast and I got stressed from everyone wanting me out, lol. And also the room was a bit limited in space and fixtures. So it was unfortunate that I wasn’t able to catch more picture of the beautiful bride.
At this time, the darkness was already starting to settle and people were ready to party, eat and dance.
Sewar was on the bridge waiting. Leyla went on a path behind the groom and ended up facing him in the outdoor aisle. Enya was playing in the background and the guests were touched by the whole ceremony.
The groom was obviosuly touched at the whole moment and had to look down on occasion.Behind him is his best man, Jørgen.
Sewar read his vows to Leyla in norwegian and kurdish.
Then they exchanged rings.
Then it was Leyla’s turn to read her vows in norwegian and then turkish.
The rest of the night was filled with speeches (I especially loved the groom’s speech, cute and touching), a lot of danicing and festive music, as well as the usual cake cutting and bridal dance. The bride had a change of outfit later that evening. A shorter dress also from the salon, Arous. It was fun and it was a shame it ended early, but as we entered the hotel room that night, we were so relieved to see the bed.