5 Months Later...I'm Back!

You're probably wondering where I've been the past 5 months!! Well, I can't say a whole lot, other than moving and adapting to a new culture totally takes a toll on all parts of life. My life has never been this busy. Ever. (and that's saying a lot for those who know me)

I am currently trying to get back in the swing of things--and this first starts with a photography project! Sadly, I wasn't able to completely finish my project last year (52 {Interesting} Photos a Year). :( With all the transition I couldn't keep up towards the end. However, for this year I really have this desire to do a photo project on "The Kingdom of God". Sounds complicated, eh? I'm a little nervous about it--but I think it's worth a try!

One thing I have been pondering on lately is my vision. The previous post states that I want to have a vision change, that's why I joined The International Guild of Peacemakers. Peace between cultures/nations is important to me. Showing the beauty of people and cultures has always been a priority of mine (hence the name, "Transparent Life Photography"--authenticity is key). I am currently working through what that vision is for me. It will preview here soon,  I hope. :)

Since I haven't posted anything the last 5 months, here are a couple pictures from a wedding I went to recently. I hope to be posting more regularly from now on, so be looking out for new posts, ideas and some photos for my "Kingdom of God" photography project!

This is a picture of the baarat coming (the groom side of the family). Basically the men come first into the wedding tent, everyone eats together and they do different traditions.

This is a picture of the baarat coming (the groom side of the family). Basically the men come first into the wedding tent, everyone eats together and they do different traditions.

The mother of the bride is now praying a blessing over her new son-in-law.

The mother of the bride is now praying a blessing over her new son-in-law.

The mother also gives some money, which was hidden inside of some fruit. I didn't catch the significance of the fruit. :) It was interesting watching though!

The mother also gives some money, which was hidden inside of some fruit. I didn't catch the significance of the fruit. :) It was interesting watching though!

After the mother's blessing, the bride's sister comes with milk in a decorated cup, to give to the groom and his family.

After the mother's blessing, the bride's sister comes with milk in a decorated cup, to give to the groom and his family.

The groom and his family will then take turns drinking the milk.

The groom and his family will then take turns drinking the milk.

After the festivities with the baarat, we walked over to the salon where the bride was getting ready. For a Christian wedding, the bride first wears a wedding gown similar to what they wear in western countries. 

After the festivities with the baarat, we walked over to the salon where the bride was getting ready. For a Christian wedding, the bride first wears a wedding gown similar to what they wear in western countries. 

Then the bride and groom are united in a room together, where the pastor gives a message, goes through the wedding vows, rings and then pronounces them man and wife. Instead of the traditional "kiss" at the end, the groom will lift up the veil of the bride to look at her for the first time. Most of these couples never see their future spouse until the day of their wedding.

Then the bride and groom are united in a room together, where the pastor gives a message, goes through the wedding vows, rings and then pronounces them man and wife. Instead of the traditional "kiss" at the end, the groom will lift up the veil of the bride to look at her for the first time. Most of these couples never see their future spouse until the day of their wedding.

After the contract is signed and they cut the cake--it's party time! :) Everyone is very happy!

After the contract is signed and they cut the cake--it's party time! :) Everyone is very happy!

After the ceremony, the bride is dressed up in a traditional wedding dress--the lehenga. It's covered with beading, handiwork and stitching. Also, if you notice, the bride is not smiling--she's supposed to look like that. If she smiles it actually makes her family look bad, like she's happy to leave them. She is supposed to be a shy bride. She did well.

After the ceremony, the bride is dressed up in a traditional wedding dress--the lehenga. It's covered with beading, handiwork and stitching. Also, if you notice, the bride is not smiling--she's supposed to look like that. If she smiles it actually makes her family look bad, like she's happy to leave them. She is supposed to be a shy bride. She did well.

After the pictures and sweets to seal the deal further, the bride and her new husband get into their decorated car, and they go to the groom's home, normally where the groom's parent's live. 

After the pictures and sweets to seal the deal further, the bride and her new husband get into their decorated car, and they go to the groom's home, normally where the groom's parent's live. 

Hope you enjoyed! 

-Ashley