Bianca and Ziad were married a few months ago in a quiet little ceremony at a Mosque in the Twin Cities, and they celebrated their union in a not so quiet reception in Lake Elmo, MN last Friday. They toasted the end of August, and the beginning of their forever. They laughed and loved and smiled and breathed deep, joyous breaths. They gazed into each others eyes, often times transfixed by what they were experiencing, and so overcome with love that laughter couldn’t help but escape their lips, echoing soflty in the warm summer wind. They watched as doves flew into the sunset – their white bodies disappearing into the blanketed sunlit sky – and then another glance was stolen. Another “I love you” offered between them, unheard by all who wandered past, as no words were needed. Simply, a glance. And then they grasped each others hands and walked into the reception hall once more as the sound of Michael Jackson boomed and thumped and harmonized into the sounds of the night.
Bianca and Ziad floated effortlessly into their reception, the room filled to bursting with their closest friends and family, and they danced. They danced until their cheeks hurt from smiling and their feet were sore from the effort. And then they danced some more.
And so did I.
Special thanks to the gentleman who owns the Farm where we shot Bianca and Ziad’s portraits. Thank you for being so kind and gracious to a random girl who showed up out of nowhere on a warm, Friday afternoon. Thank you, once again, to A Fine Fete Events for creating and styling an amazing and lovely and completely raucous event. And finally, a huge, ginormous, super giant and special Thank You goes out to Bianca and Ziad, for trekking with me to said farm. And for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day. I love you both. Tons.
oh my wow. that is just stunning athena! those portraits are to die for and that couple is just BEAUTIFUL. my jaw is on the floor – fabulous.
You’re the best. Do not pass up this photographer. Fit her into your budget and forgo those extra flowers. She’s worth it and in the end, you will not only have amazing pictures of your wedding day, you will have also gained a sweet and true friend.
anna’s comment to you says the only thing that matters. what a testament to who you are for your clients, athena. (but ps — i have to say more. they released DOVES!!! the close-up of the horse’s hair. the groom waiting alone before his bride came to find him for the first look…those are extra beautiful.)
This couple and their love is beautiful!
And Athena? You. Have. Arrived.
Athena, these are breathtaking. The wall of windows, GORGEOUS. The doves! Such a beautiful love portrayed stunningly. I adore seeing YOUR heart come through the photos you take of someone’s special day. I agree with Kelsea. You’re coming into your own, quite nicely. XO.
That, my friend, is probably one of THE most beautiful collection of photos that I’ve seen from you…that says a lot being that ALL of your photos are superb…I found myself smiling from ear to ear with every new slide. And my god, what a beautiful couple, right?? Seriously! Bravo, Athena, Bravo! xoxo
WOW! The pic of the couple with the horse in the background needs to go in your portfolio. Well, then, so do all of these. It’s hard to find a favorite. I agree with all of your friend’s comments.
You are amazing and continue to improve with every shot.
I couldn’t be more proud of my baby girl!!
I could have not picked a better photographer! All of those little things I miss during the busy day you captured! You truly show the fun and love Ziad and I have for each other. I cannot be so thankful that Nadia told me about your gift…forever greatful. Love it! Bianca