Sukaina & Mustafa, Arab Wedding at Davenport Green, Cheshire

I know many of you have been waiting to see some photographs from Sukaina and Mustafa’s Barn wedding, well here they finally are, lots of fun filled images with unforgettable moments – this wedding is most definitely a memorable one.

A surprisingly beautiful day for October with skies still bright enough for a summer style wedding, Sukaina and Mustafa had pre prepared many surprises for their guests, who had no idea about the Owl who was to deliver the rings to Mustafa, the moment when they would release a pair of beautiful doves or the entertaining bird show after their Ceremony. Most amusing was the number of guests, including the Groom who at one stage seemed to duck, dive and dodge the birds in flight! With the opportunity to hold some of the birds, the brother of the Groom decided that his bird was officially ‘6angir’ (moody) ‘It was shouting in my face yeah!’

The story of how Sukaina and Mustafa met is an absolutely fascinating one and took precedence in the Groom’s speech. Many of you will know that Speeches are my favourite part of a wedding, and for a Groom’s speech, Mustafa almost had me in tears but had his Bride in smiles.

The funny thing is, his Dad, brother Ahmed and close buddies Bashar and Jaafar also had great heartfelt speeches and managed to (as they always seemed to) break into football chants! So the images you see of what looks like the boys shouting through their speeches are actually the boys saying ‘Oh when the Reds go marching in…’ and an Italian chant, when someone scores, the guy on the mic shouts out their first name, Then the crowd shout out the surname, ‘Mustafffffaaaaa’….’Nizar’…. then ‘Sukaina’…. ‘Haider’…. And it just gets quicker and quicker with lots of cutlery banging, definitely a way to get the crowd going!

The wedding was definitely not missing a party as the groom and his friends took it in turns tossing each other in the air at great heights including the Groom’s Dad who was gripping his rosary beads with dear life, to Ahmed who was getting tickled whilst 10 feet in the air.

Mustafa and Sukaina left the venue in style as a Syrian wedding band drummed and sang for them- creating a wonderful intimate atmosphere.

The night still wasn’t over as family and friends followed the newly weds in their cars on a traditional (and wild) Iraqi drive (Zeffah) to the Bride and Groom’s hotel entrance. The Groom’s aim, ‘to stop traffic’ on the M56 and the inner roads into Manchester, so much so that the traffic showed up on Google Maps as a huge red line! All the cars you see in the images are all part of the wedding party. Shooting the crazy guests from the back of the Bridal Bentley Convertible I was able to capture the exhilarating Drive included stop-offs at red traffic lights for the groom and his friends leap out of the car for a quick dance and drum roll.

An extremely beautiful wedding with an amazing couple, who shared such an intimate event with so much love and affection to every single one of their guests.

Thanks so much Sukaina and Mustafa for having me, I’m so happy you wanted me to join you on your special day, and I truly hope you are as blissfully happy as you were on your big day xxx


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