Actually, the first time I have photographed Sinem and Can was 6 months before their wedding. They initially contacted me for their engagement party at Rixos Pera Istanbul. At that time, their wedding date was not set yet. Here are some photos, first from their engagement party, and their Beykoz Shoe Factory wedding below.
Engagement party at Rixos Pera Istanbul
Sinem and Can chose a vintage theme for the Rixos Pera Istanbul engagement ceremony and party. To me, Sinem’s attention to detail during the planning of this event was was an indication how beautiful their Beykoz Shoe Factory wedding would be.
Zeynep Ertürer, the owner of Yalı Organizasyon, was in charge of planning at both the engagement and the wedding. She did a great job at both events.
There were so many great details at the engagement dinner. What I liked the most was the framed prints of old family photos hanging on the wall. That gesture was well appreciated by many of the guests. It was probably one of the most meaningful decoration I have seen at an event like this.
Wedding at Beykoz Shoe Factory
Now, that wedding was a masterpiece. The theme was Yesilcam, a name used for old Turkish cinema. What could be more appropriate for a wedding in a venue which is used as movie set for many productions. And Zeynep’s Yalı Organizasyon made everyone believe they were at the premiere of a movie.
I always say that the wedding are for brides only. Here are two photos to proove that. First is Sinem’s line up of wedding shoes. In the months leading to the wedding, she collected the shoes that she liked as candidated to wear for her wedding. And she brought them all with her to the getting ready room. The groom’s ONE pair was sitting humbly on the other side of the room.
And the sign on the bed. Of all the lovely details at the wedding, the only thing missing was Can’s towel.
Almost all the couples that get married at Beykoz Shoe Factory have at least one photo in front of the eye mural, or at the wine cellar. But Sinem and Can picked me because I insist not duplicating photos that are too common. So we found this less-visited, but still lovely section of the huge premises.
The accessories well reflected the old Turkish cinema theme. And I loved the way they used one of my photographs from the engagement session as the poster of their movie.
Instead of a boring slideshow of old photographs, the couple actually played in their own short film, shot by VJ Weddings, to be displayed before the ceremony. The movie was named Sevmek Zamanı (The Time to Love), and told their story from when they met, up until the wedding, in a humorous way. The actors were Sinem, Can, and their actual friends, who were also their bridal party.
After the movie was displayed, first the friends who acted in the movie, then the couple, entered the venue, on a red carpet, just like they would do at the preimere of a movie.
It was an amazing night at Beykoz Shoe Factory. Thanks to all that made it possible. My photographs from this wedding were also published at Cosmopolitan Bride Turkey.