This is my first entry of 2021 and what a better way to start than by writing about Nas and Wadia’s wedding that happened on 26 December 2020. I’ve known Nas for years, we were whisky locker neighbors at Bascule. I recently met Wadia, and what a great couple they make!
In October Nas had a planned an engagement surprise picnic where a few close friends were invited to share Nas and Wadia’s engagement surprise. The picnic was on the lawns of Liewenhof, the residence of the Premiere of the Western Cape, Alan Winde. What an amazing venue, and we had such great weather too. Nas had asked me to if I would bring my camera along and take a couple of pictures for him. After seeing the images, Nas asked me if I would document their wedding day in Decemerb. I couldn’t say no!
Due to COVID restrictions the wedding was to be a small intimate wedding for close friends and family in Nas’ garden. A Bedouin tent was stretched out over the garden and Wadia had asked on of her chef friends, Ashraf, if he would do the catering. Instead of a formal sit-down meal, Wadia and Nas decided on a boegie braai as Wadia called it, casual yet so elegantly done.
The guests were able to enjoy themselves outside in the garden while the formal ceremony took place. This was my first Muslim wedding I had been to and photographed.
The ceremony took about 40 minutes attended by the men only. In Muslim tradition the bride doesn’t need to attend, she can send two witnesses. Wadia decided she wanted to attend.
After the main ceremony a dowry was exchanged and the marriage certificate signed and witnessed. Nas surprised Wadia with his late mother’s wedding ring which was unexpected and a great surprise.