In our vast journey of weddings, highlighting various types of people and families we get to work together with, Bahram and Donya are two genuine souls we had the great privilege of knowing.
Upon a dear friend’s reference, Bahram and Donya had stumbled upon our work in Arla Productions, and had decided to trust us to document their wedding day. Taking place in the Emerald Reception Centre in the suburb of Thomastown, Victoria, our team was ready to witness a captivating night.
Earlier in the afternoon, our main photographer and director, Louis and Michelle, had set out to visit Bahram and Donya as they were getting prepared.
Donya’s dress was a craftwork of fine sequin and lace, while Bahram stood outside, on the bonnet of his automobile. The car appeared vintage, with its leather seats and old-fashioned gears. A white ribbon was stretched right across its hood towards both sides – quite a statement wedding car, which finely reflected both Bahram and Donya’s noteworthy style and taste.
The photoshoot had been successful, if we do say so ourselves. Bahram’s genuineness and Donya’s kind sense of humility, allowed our team to collaborate seamlessly and give them a wonderful time. Exploring the R.J. Hamer Arboretum in Olinda, along with two of Donya and Bahram’s best friends, we danced, we ventured, and even popped bottles of champagne.
It was truly a day of pure joy for Bahram and Donya. Even mid-photoshoot, it was like the couple were falling back in love again. They would tease each other, and gaze at each other like there’s no other home. The way they danced, and laughed their hearts out, including with other people around them, just gave us a glimpse on how long-standing, and enduring, their love is for one another.
Truth be told, entering the venue, our team was excited, but also uncertain on what to expect. We had worked in many weddings before, but Bahram and Donya’s was truly quite a spectacle. The night turned out to be quite a celebration for their family and friends. As one enters through a foyer adorned with a flower bouquet and a modern chandelier, the double doors that followed led to a wide, spacious ballroom.
The bridal party table had already been exquisitely decorated. A table of fruits and bite-sized pastries occupied one end of it, while at the center, their peach-coloured wedding cake was adorned with roses made of icing. Candles dotted the surroundings of the ballroom, while the tables also each had its own touch of lights and jewels.
The couple entered the scene with family and friends already waiting for their arrival. They clapped, cheered, shouted in celebration, and the energy was unlike anything our team had ever encountered. As the couple reached the center of the room, their entrance was adorned with two bright fountains of sparks, marking their journey to forever.
As it was our first time working in a Middle Eastern wedding, it was so intriguing witnessing the many traditions our team had never come across before. One of the most key elements of the wedding was that there was a lot of celebratory dancing. I later learned in similar cultures, this was called the dabke, a tradition where the couple and guests would together dance and stomp together to the rhythm, forming a circle around the dance floor. In the group dances, they waved handkerchiefs in the air, they would break apart from one group to merge into another. And at the moment, oh boy, the room just came alive.
Colourful night lights, smoke machines, a blasting DJ, fire sparks, and guests all gathered together, Bahram and Donya wasted no time in making the wedding as spectacular as possible. We watched as they danced together to one of their most special songs. We watched when their loved ones began to join them, holding one another, arms interlocked as they circled around the dance floor, moving to the beat, and their feet hopping and thumping almost perfectly in sync. Some of them sang to the music too. Other dances included the knife dance, which was performed very elegantly, as well as the Baba Karam dance, commonly found in most Persian weddings, which was no less exquisite. Our team was overwhelmed by how dynamic the evening was.
Bahram and Donya really pulled it off. We couldn’t be more honoured to get to know them personally, spend the day with them, and take part in what was an unforgettable night. It was truly one of the most liveliest weddings we’ve attended, with an energy that would truly live in our minds for a very long time.
We wish them both a happy, lasting journey together, for they both deserve the absolute best this life may offer. Cheers to Bahram and Donya!