Iowa Wedding Photographer | Sarah & Waqar

Last week I shot my first ever Muslim wedding.  This was one a little unique in that it was partly a Christian ceremony and partly a Muslim ceremony.  Nothing about this wedding was traditional.  There was no first kiss, no dancing, no wedding party, just two very different families coming together and sharing in one another’s beliefs and customs.  It took place over 2 days.  The 1st day was the 2 ceremonies and the 2nd day was the reception located at Raccoon River Lodge in West Des Moines.  This wedding won’t quite look like a lot of the weddings I shoot, we didn’t really have many formal portraits (other than private family portraits).   I just photographed the emotion and the union.  It was also my first time trying out Indian food and it was great!  My mouth burned a little, but luckily they gave me cucumbers to sooth my mouth.  It definitely tasted wonderful and will be something I take my husband to try as he is a spicy food lover as well.  It was all a new and fun experience for me!

Sarah and Waqar thank you for trusting me in photographing your two big days, I wish you both all the best in the future!



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  • Wow, absolutely beautiful work! I love that it is two weddings in one!

  • Love the colours, cracking bridal portraits, great job 🙂

  • What an incredible wedding – the detail and colours are absolutely fantastic. What an absolutely marvelous couple! Love these Amanda.

  • Beautiful bridal portraits!

  • oh amanda, these are so lovely!! some really beautiful moments of emotion captured here – her smile is so sweet 🙂 and they look so genuinely happy together. also the kid shots are awesome throughout – no surprise coming from you 🙂 gorgeous colors! you can really feel the mood in the two different ceremonies.

  • I am a sucker for the Muslim traditional dresses! You did a great job capturing the beauty of traditions and the love between the couple! Great work!

  • Love love the colors!

  • Really well done, you have caught all the aspects of this multicultural wedding really well, and come away with some stunning images.

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