Jeanin and Emek: Henna Celebration

A week before Jeanine and Emeks wedding I received the sweetest e-mail from the couple inviting me to their (!) henna celebration. I have NO CLUE what that is and asked if it was ok to bring my camera. They said sure but to make sure I didn’t work too much and enjoyed the food and party (gotta love these two, and their food <3). Well I went and photographed probably EVERYTHING.

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Did I mention food? Everything was delish. And I have no clue what most of it was :D

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I know what this is. NUTELLA ROLLS.

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The couple had to dance A LOT.

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After the first dance tons of people joined in.

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They really had a lot of fun! It was quite hard to catch them together as they were not close to eachother much!

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Emek’s mom being fabulous. I asked her later about the party and men being there (I learned that Henna celebrations usually are female only) and she said ‘well, this is 2014!’. How cool!

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Also. Gorgeous Jeanin!

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It’s ok to just stand and clap too (thank heavens I didn’t really see myself and my Nikon do my moves..)

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The longer the party lasted the more instruments popped up. This guy had the biggest drum just like POOF. DRUM.

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Ehm yeah so tons of photos. I mean come on. How cool is this?

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Emek! Has moves! Aw yeah!

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He had to get down on his knees a lot! I think it’s part of the tradition. If you can elaborate this for me feel free :)

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Did I talk about the CUTEST little church ever in Dordrecht this all took place in? Cause wow. I had no idea this would be behind that wooden old door!

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After a LOT of dancing hugs were permitted :)

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More dancing ensued, this time with everyone in the room (including this supercute little angel).

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Jeanin suddenly disappeared for a bit and reappeared in this stunnig dress. Red tiaras and little pieces of fabric (?) were handed out as she made her entrance.

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The candles were carried around the couple by every close friend and relative in the room. This time girls only though!

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And also peeking took place ;)

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A friend carrying the tray with candles and henna.

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And Emeks mother (and aunt? right?) placed the henna in their hands.

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I asked the couple later on what everything meant but they didn’t know everything either :)

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They had a blast either way :D

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So they had to wear glovelike bags for a while.

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Jeanin got flowers!

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And all the guests got a little bag of henna too. Here’s mine!

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And now for more dancing!!

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As you can see Emek ditched his henna gloves quit fast ;)

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I had such a great time photographing this loving party!

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Oh and this I knew! It’s so interesting to see! I can’t even draw a stick figure.

Wow. What al beautiful celebration of togetherness and love. I’m honored to have been there, as I am to have been a part of their wedding day which I promise to blog about soon!

Thank you Emek and Jeanin!

ps sorry.. i realize this is a poor source for learning about anything Henna related.. ;)

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