They say that watching a movie without sound is a great experience for a photographer, because it forces you to focus on the visual. Our Turkish language skills are limited at best :), so we found ourselves testing this theory at Zeynep and Onur’s wedding.
Once you’ve shot enough weddings, you begin to trust your instincts. You learn to anticipate, you know how things happen because you’ve done it so many times before. You have a general idea of when the ceremony begins and ends. This was simply not the case with Zeynep and Onur’s wedding. Not understanding a single word of what was spoken meant we had to rely exclusively on visual cues. You can’t let your focus slip because everything you were accustomed to is simply not there. And we absolutely loved it. We relived the adrenaline rush of shooting our first weddings all over again.
Zeynep and Onur are beautiful, young, funny, energetic people with a great love for their family, traveling and food. Onur is a chef at one of Istanbul’s high end traditional restaurants and our shared love for spices and pickles sealed the deal, although Zeynep’s sheer determination and drive brought us together in the first place.
True to themselves, they wanted an intimate wedding to celebrate their love in a beautiful setting. And they nailed it: Buyukada is an amazing island on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus and choosing an off season date was perfect to highlight the peace and quiet of this natural paradise. We loved many things about Buyukada, but our favourite was the no-car policy on the island.
Before the wedding, when we talked about what is important to them, we were impressed by how warmly they spoke of their families and how much their niece Ada meant to them. “I don’t care if I look ugly”, Zeynep told us, “I want it to be real. We just want to have fun! We don’t want any romantic posings”.
Zeynep looked beautiful and radiant throughout the day and I hope our photos showed her happiness. We still did a couple of posed photos, since we all climbed the hill to St George’s Monastery on top of the island, but I hope the sucuk and beers we had there make up for the “posing pain”.
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