Sobia + Ayaz: Oslo, Norway

Back in August and quite last minute, I flew to Norway to photograph a three day Pakistani wedding. I’d never attended an Asian wedding before, let alone shot one, so I was pleased to be working alongside an experienced cinematographer, Ghazi, who explained everything as we went. From Manchester airport, we flew to Copenhagen then onto Oslo, where the groom Ayaz picked us up and took us to our hotel.

Over the next three days – the Mehndi, the Baraat, and the Walima – I photographed preparations, processions, and dances. I was introduced to dozens of family members, and taxi’d about by brothers, uncles and cousins. There were a TON of formal shots, and countless traditions I learnt about along the way. That everyone was speaking Norwegian, Urdu or Pakistani was not a suprise, but it did make things harder for me to understand. Yet across cultures, languages and countries, some things are the same at all weddings: the dresses are fabulous, the kids run wild, and the dance floor gets packed. Families come together, and a sense of unity, joy and love fill the atmosphere.

Congratulations to Sobia + Ayaz! Thanks for having me as part of your day! And thanks to Ghazi for his endless patience with my never-ending questions..! Check out some of my favourite shots from the three days below.

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