In May, we photographed a small wedding near the centre of Solihull. Faiza and H’ssein booked us only a couple of months ahead of their date and had chosen to have their legal civil service at Solihull Register Office, with a relaxed marquee garden party and religious service later in the day.
This was a shorter day for us than usual, starting shortly before the service and concluding just before the main meal began. Following the register office service we took the couple off to nearby Brueton Park for their main photo session.
The reception was held at H’ssein’s father’s house on the outskirts of Solihull town centre. A marquee had been set up ready for the evening meal, but first came the Islamic ceremony, held inside the house. The men and women each have their own service, so we were able to cover both at the same time. While the groom’s service is quite short and simple, the one for the bride is far more involved, with many traditional elements to capture. We’d not seen an Islamic service before but we were made to feel very welcome and it was a real pleasure to be able to capture the proceedings.
Although we were there to work, the level of hospitality we received made us feel more like guests. At one point we got told to stop taking photos and to come and eat! Lovely people and a great wedding to photograph. A big thank you to Faiza and H’ssein not only for booking us, but for for being such lovely people to work with.
Here’s a few photos from the day…