Zeynep and Burak knew eachother since mid-school. As years passed by, their friendship slowly turned into love. Zeynep was a cabin crew in a major airline, so she traveled a lot. And Burak had an assignment in Africa for a period of time for business. All those times spent apart helped keep their love fresh and strong.
Zeynep had a very close relationship with her loving mother and relatives. You should have seen how those loved ones worked to help Zeynep during the preperations at home.
Near the end of the preperations, friends started to show up to see the bride, which made her home a more fun place to be.
But it was almost time for the bride to leave home. At that time, Zeynep could not stop hugging her mom and crying.
When Burak arrived, Zeynep was wiping away her tears.
A religious ceremony was held to satisfy the Turkish wedding traditions…
…which caused some fun moments, like modern looking women trying to cover their heads 🙂
There was another Turkish wedding tradition waiting outside. There was a drum-and-horn duo playing loud. So there was dancing and singing on the street.
Burak’s grandmother would not be able to make it to the ceremony or the reception, because of her age and health. So we all stopped by at her apartment to receive her good wishes.
I was prepared to witness some very emotional moments there. But instead, it turned out to be a fun time, especially after the groom’s pants gave in while bending down to kiss her hand. So the bridal party spent some time with the grandma, except Burak, who had to wait in the next room while his trousers were getting fixed.
Even we had that delay, we were in time for the ceremony.
During the ceremony, Zeynep’s mom was going through many emotions. In her face there was pride, joy, sadness, all at once. Seeing her like that made me emotional as well. While photographing her soul, I was actually hiding my tears behind the camera.
After the ceremony, we went to Elite World Hotel for the reception. Burak was so hungry by that time, so he hardly talked while waiting for the room service to bring their meal.
There was too much fun at the reception as well. Just look at the wedding photographs at Istanbul Elite World Hotel ballroom below to see for yourself.
Burak was a real fan of Star Wars. He was even dreaming of a Star Wars theme for the weeding. This did not happen, but his friends had a surprise for him.