love doesn't always go to plan
Sama and Hussein wanted to marry surrounded by family and friends, they dreamed of their grandparent's smiling faces, dancing with cousins and parents, and the cheering of those dearest to them as they walked up the aisle as man and wife.
Covid-19 put paid to that dream, with much of their family overseas, they had the option of a small ceremony and starting their life together, or waiting for the unknown. Love doesn't wait. So, with the important people who could gather, and a livestream feed to those who couldn't make it, Sama's sister transformed her loungeroom, created a feast and they set out to celebrate with smiles and joy in their hearts.
Selina from Sleeved Mumma accompanied me as makeup artist and second photographer ( I had the thrill of styling Sama's hair for her), and due to the restrictions, the celebrant was the only non family member in attendance. To say that we were both honoured is an understatement.
One of the things I love most about weddings are the details, this is where the couple's personality shines through, and this was ABSOLUTELY the case here. Sama's heritage is Persian, so they followed many of the details including a Sofreh Aghd, or table near the couple for the ceremony, filled with items that have traditional significance. Although they were legally married by an Australian Celebrant, this day would be considered a Namzhadi or engagement in the Persian tradition.
Other traditional touches on the Sofreh table included a mirror, which signifies eternity, two candlesticks that signify light, nuts, and eggs for fertility, and coins for wealth and prosperity. My favourite touch was in the ceremony itself, when a cloth of unity was held over the couple, and a cousin (it's ALWAYS female) rubbed two sugar cones over the heads of the lovers, so that their marriage may be filled with sweetness. Incense is traditionally swirled around the bride before the bridal party dances (yes DANCES) up the aisle, and the tender moment between Sama and her father as he performed this gift of love for her made my heart catch in my throat.
The golden touch
After such a beautiful and meaningful ceremony, featuring lovely golden touches, Selina and I took the newlyweds to a nearby nature reserve for some sunset style photos, mother nature smiled her very best golden light down upon them.