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.
Did I mention food? Everything was delish. And I have no clue what most of it was :D
I know what this is. NUTELLA ROLLS.
The couple had to dance A LOT.
After the first dance tons of people joined in.
They really had a lot of fun! It was quite hard to catch them together as they were not close to eachother much!
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!
Also. Gorgeous Jeanin!
It’s ok to just stand and clap too (thank heavens I didn’t really see myself and my Nikon do my moves..)
The longer the party lasted the more instruments popped up. This guy had the biggest drum just like POOF. DRUM.
Ehm yeah so tons of photos. I mean come on. How cool is this?
Emek! Has moves! Aw yeah!
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 :)
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!
After a LOT of dancing hugs were permitted :)
More dancing ensued, this time with everyone in the room (including this supercute little angel).
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.
The candles were carried around the couple by every close friend and relative in the room. This time girls only though!
And also peeking took place ;)
A friend carrying the tray with candles and henna.
And Emeks mother (and aunt? right?) placed the henna in their hands.
I asked the couple later on what everything meant but they didn’t know everything either :)
They had a blast either way :D
So they had to wear glovelike bags for a while.
Jeanin got flowers!
And all the guests got a little bag of henna too. Here’s mine!
And now for more dancing!!
As you can see Emek ditched his henna gloves quit fast ;)
I had such a great time photographing this loving party!
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.. ;)