In October, I was honored to photograph the Silver Spring wedding of Amina and Brad. What I didn't tell you is that, as a salute to Amina's Pakistani heritage, the couple hosted a pre-wedding party for close friends and family, called a mehndi. I've never before experienced anything like it, but I loved every minute!
The party boasted traditional Pakistani food, a henna artist, and a bridal seating area under a canopy, with a cot, blankets, pillows, drums, and candles. The best part, though, was watching the groom partake in a traditional Pakistani pre-wedding game. It goes like this: The bride's cousins steal the groom's shoes, and he must purchase them back using money he collects (ie: begs for) from party guests. The look on Brad's face in a few of the photos is absolutely priceless!