The Mesmerizing Story of Hamed and Maryem
What makes a picture worth a thousand words? Personally, I think it is all about the timing. Weddings are a celebration of love and it is the special moments between the couple captured on film that makes all the difference.
Maryam and Hamed, a couple I could not speak more highly of because during my years as a Toronto-based wedding photographer, I haven’t met a couple as kind, loving, and humble as these two. I often reminisce about how gorgeous their wedding was and how great it was to be the one to preserve their special moments.
I reached the venue on the mentioned time and was escorted to the groom’s room. Hamed, in a stunning tuxedo, stood there with a couple of his gray-suited groomsmen surrounding him helping him with his bow tie. Greeted into the group like I was one of the bros, I instantly felt at ease. This was a fun loving bunch I thought. After photographing the behind-the-scenes for the groom, I proceeded to meet with the bride.
Amidst a bevy of pastel pink adorned beauties, I searched for the woman of the hour. My eyes then met with the kind of ethereal beauty they talk about in movies. Donned in a classic white strapless gown detailed with intricate embellishments, Maryam looked over her shoulder to meet me with the utmost warmth and kindness.
She was truly a sight for sore eyes. I don’t know what it was about this couple but it seemed like I had known them for ages. After photographing Maryam we headed to the pre-wedding photo shoot.
The three parties proceeded to a beautiful old farm right outside the city for the shoot. As the two lovebirds laid eyes on one another for the first time, I was a goner. I could genuinely feel the love in the air. Hamed and Maryam looked into each other’s eyes and smiled in awe of one another. I felt lucky to have captured such a precious moment shared between two people who are just so much in love.
Once we were done with the classic shots it was time to head to the venue for the ceremony at Paramount Banquet Hall, Toronto. Hamed and Maryam’s wedding was all about keeping the tradition alive.
The two had decided to venture on this journey taking the traditional route: surrounded by family and friends who cherished them and the love that they share.
For the main ceremony, in Persian culture, the sofreh aghd is a traditional spread needed for a ceremony. On the spread, each item is meant to represent various symbolic elements and blessings as the couple starts this new journey together as husband and wife.
Fortunate enough for me, I was able to get really up close and managed to capture the spread in its true intricate glory. Once the ceremony was over, it was time to get the party started. Food, drinks, and a whole lot of dancing; Persians know how to throw a party. Perhaps the highlight of it all however was how Hamed and Maryam’s wedding was a true representation of them as a couple and reflected the love they share.