Last week I was asked to photograph a Dolki Ceremony for a Pakistani Friend. I had no idea what that was except that it was connected to her daughter’s wedding. I knew this was part of Hina’s Moslem traditions and I was a little concerned with making sure I was appropriately behaved: -) I’ve worked with Hina for many years and I know she is a sweet and gentle lady, so I was perfectly comfortable with her friends and family.
Hina told me that I would really enjoy taking pictures at this property. She said it was a “large pretty house” that belonged to friends of hers. She was right! I loved the property . . . well see for yourself.
Wait, there’s more. That was just the front of the house.
In the Pakaistani custom, there are several traditional ceremonies that take place leading up to and finalizing the wedding process. Dolki or Dholki is one of those. Dolki is a popular ceremony of singing traditional wedding & popular songs accompanied by two or three percussion instruments Dolki being the main. The girl is officially treated as a bride (dulhan). She wears the traditional Pakistani yellow outfit. Her brothers, sisters, and cousins bring her (bride) in the dholki party. You can read more here: http://www.hilalplaza.com/pakistani-wedding-customs/
I was in Albuquerque when Hina’s daughter’s engagement party was held, so Daiana photographed that event. As always, Daiana’s pictures were lovely. The engagement party was held at the Columbia restaurant and the guest were entertained by Flamenco Dancers. I was invited by Hina to photograph the Dholki party and to attend the Mehendi Henna Party the next day at Ruth Eckerd Hall. I had a great time photographing this event by myself. I usually ask Daiana to accompany me as a second shooter for large events. But I must say that doing an event like this alone was a great experience.
This party was so well-organized, and such a happy event. The host and hostess were so sweet and very accommodating. They let me have access to almost every corner of their home for photos. All the guest were welcoming and cooperative, the location was gorgeous, the food was wonderful, the music was lively and made me want to dance. The Dholki decorations were colorful, stylish, and festively set a happy mood for the day. It was sweet to watch the different groupings of family and friends interact with each other. Children running and playing, men conversing, and the woman walking around in their elegant dresses. They greeted each other with hugs and kisses and everyone looked striking in their beautiful traditional outfits. The women’s outfits were especially rich in color and a fine contrast to the western influenced accessories worn.
All the women looked beautiful, I want to know who does their eyebrows, because they all had perfectly coiffed eyebrows, stunningly accentuated eyes, and fabulously perfect smiles. I became ill the next day and had to miss the henna party. I so regret not being there to experience that.