Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens is by far my favorite wedding venue to work out of. I’ve been a recommended vendor with them for a few years now. So, I’m fully familiar with their six ceremony sites and four reception halls. However, my favorite feature of theirs is the indoor Mediterranian Garden. It is a multi-room year-round greenhouse. I make a point of incorporating it into my couple’s wedding day each time. It doesn’t matter if the weather is beautiful, rainy, or freezing cold. This location is perfect every time. It also changes with each season, with autumn weddings like this being my favorite.
This particular couple only had their portrait session at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Their Muslim Wedding Ceremony was in a private mosque and their reception was at The Grand Olympia. The morning started off as the groom brought his family to the bride’s home to request her hand in marriage. This act is common in many cultures. In fact, Eastern Europeans like Serbians, Macedonians, Ukrainians, and Russians all have a tradition where the groom collects his bride. They offer money and gifts in exchange for her. Similarly, Chinese weddings do the same with their door games. The idea is for the groom to prove his worthiness in the hopes that the bride will agree. Obviously, in modern times, this agreement is made well in advance so the act is more tradition than high stakes.
After this ritual, the family disappeared for the Muslim Ceremony. As the mosque was more conservative, photography was not allowed inside. So my second shooter and I met up with the family later that day at the Royal Botanical Gardens for their portrait session.
However, the grand finale of this wedding was at The Grand Olympia. They had professional dancers and musicians. There was lots of dancing. Lots of personalized speeches. They even had a knife dance for the cake cutting. Lots of beautiful details and memories to look back on. I’m so thrilled about how these photos came out. Hopefully, you enjoy them as much as I do.