I had the honour of being the unofficial back-up photographer for a wedding last weekend.
It was no easy task fighting my way through the crowd to get a good shot, jostling my way through the uncountable point-and-shoot digital cameras and camera phones of relatives and guests, to the amusement (I surmise) of the two official photographers. [Note to self: Do NOT wear high heels to a wedding when you are lugging around heavy photographic gear!] Now I understand why most wedding photographers are men — one needs stamina to last the entire wedding, strength and endurance to carry around all that gear, and thick skin in order to be where you need to be to get the perfect shot.
Here is a shot of the king and queen for the day, taken just after the akad nikah (wedding solemnisation):
In the next few days, over several instalments, I shall be writing about the intricacies of Malay weddings, as I’ve always found them so fascinating. I hope that you’ll all enjoy sharing the experience with me.
Selamat Pengantin Baru, Muja and Nela! May God bless your marriage and give you offspring that will be the comfort of your eyes. But delay the offspring part, okay? Make sure you get your degrees first ;)