Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to photography for my great friend and fantastic videographer Bo. He asked me to photography a relative of his.
Albanian weddings are very different from an American wedding. There is a separate reception just for the bride and her family and friends.
The bride wears a beautiful gown but will not be actually getting married until July 5th where the wedding will take place in Albania.
I take must of the portraits before the reception then the bride is lead to into the reception area by one of her brothers and another family member. Once at the reception she dances traditional Albanian dance and then by custom she is to remain standing at the head table for most of the reception. She sits down just for a while to eat. The groom does come to the reception, in my case his family is composed of just his two sisters.
Except for some more traditional dancing the groom does not interact with the bride.
After the reception just the bride and groom and myself went to the park for some portraits we had fun.
Because the groom only speaks Albanian I needed to use plenty of had gestures.
Take a look at the photos for a small glimpse into an Albanian wedding