I’ve known Atif since I was a teenager (yes many moons ago!) but only got to know him better over the last 18 months and all I can say is he is a real gentleman- always the first to lend a helping hand and his calm, composed approach even in the most testing of times is admirable.
I’ve experienced this first hand when even during my own personal tragedies Atif made sure I was ok and told me to keep a level head- some acts of kindness I will remember for the rest of my life.
So it gives me great pleasure to have been asked to document his Mendhi & Walima to Jay- a smiley, bubbly personality who’s friendly nature makes her the perfect soulmate to Atif: you have to just look at them together once to appreciate they were made for each other!
When I first met them together last winter I knew immediately how I wanted to photograph them- the chemistry was great and their trust in my vision was humbling!
The mendhi function was at Newcastle Falcons Club where we all boogied the night away in true geordie fashion- one of the most relaxed mendhi’s I’ve photographed!
The Walima took place at the gorgeous Ramside Hall in Durham- the grounds were amazing however due to true British weather the rain meant moving the shoot indoor but boy did we have a blast! As usual Atif looked sharp in his grey suit but Jay simply GLOWED in her stunning Lengha!!
On both days I was joined by Leeds based Jad from Innov8 Films who covered the videography who was very fun to work with- we shared a few comedy moments & a (couple) of DELICIOUS cupcakes by the Little Elephant Cake Company!
I may be updating the blog post in July so be sure to come back but for now enjoy the previews!