Capturing the Beauty and Elegance of a Burmese Muslim Wedding

April 26, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a Burmese Muslim wedding at the Upland Event Center.  It was such a beautiful and unique event which included a two-day celebration called “Nikha” prior to the reception the following day.  

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During this celebration, the couple is donned with traditional Burmese & Muslim clothing and, following the teachings of the Quran, this clothing symbolizes that the couple is each other’s protector and comforter.  This custom symbolizes that they are meant for each other. The Quran states: “And among His signs is this, that he created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your hearts.”  Family and the creation of a family is one of the most important values in the Musliim culture. According to the teachings, the family is “meant to be productive and constructive, helping and encouraging one another to be good and righteous, and competing with one another in good works.”

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The Nikha was also performed during the couple’s two-day event.  Traditionally, the Nikha ceremony includes a signing of the marriage contract.  Following this tradition, the Groom proposes to the Bride in front of at least two male witnesses using specific language and phrases called the meher.  Both Bride and Groom show their willingness to enter into marriage with each other stating “qabul”, translating from the Arabic language as “I accept”.  After this, both parties sign the marriage contract making the marriage legal in accordance with civil and religious law. The custom concludes with the Bride and Groom sharing a piece of sweet fruit, often a date.

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After the celebration concludes, on the third day, a reception is held.  This particular reception took place at the Upland Event Center which holds 100-250 guests and includes a wedding coordinator to help the party plan a stress-free event that they will remember for the rest of their lives.  One feature that stood out to me as a photographer was a cute little location just across the street that provided the perfect location for shots of the Bridal Party. It seemed almost like the set of a movie. It was my honor to capture this unique and beautiful celebration of love.  

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If you are planning your wedding or special event, and are interested in viewing the Upland Event Center, please visit http://www.uplandeventscenter.com/ .  George Swar Photography in Garden Grove specializes in both photography and videography for your special day.  Find more information about us at https://www.gswar.com/ .  

 

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