chris + katie


craziest night ever // 7-3-16


This wedding was nuts. For all of the right reasons, of course!

As someone who has filmed many traditional weddings (traditional in the Southern Wedding sense), I was incredibly excited to experience tradition from another culture. These traditions I'm writing about today, are involved with an Arab wedding

The change of pace started when the bride walked into her living room. Immediately, 50+ family members and friends started dancing, yelling, and just flat out having a great time...two hours before the ceremony mind you. This middle eastern tradition is a pre-ceremony party to celebrate the bride leaving the family and uniting with her groom. As you can see in the video, the men of the family escort the bride out of the household and towards her new life. I couldn't have had a bigger smile. I was blown away at how amazing this event was. One other thing to point out is the fact that you might notice the women of the family, clapping and chanting. This was the women singing an Arabic song called the Luluish song. Hearing dozens of women shouting and chanting together was easily one of the best parts of what they called, The Gathering.

I thought that event was pretty intense, but I was told I hadn't seen anything yet. My goodness, were they correct.

This will easily be one of my favorite stories I tell.

As the bride and groom enter the reception, a traditional wedding either goes, right into dinner, or the first dances.

But, as I said before, this wasn't tradition I was familiar with. When Katie and Chris came into the reception, the entire room rushed the dance floor and immediately started going nuts. Yelling, chanting, dancing, shouting, drumming, hoisting people on shoulders - it was a perfect chaos. This celebration is called Zaffa. It's meant to simply just celebrate the new couple as the reception begins. This lasted 40 minutes, and it became even more surreal when guys started to literally "make it rain" hundreds of dollar bills! 

The look on my face must have been priceless, but please remind yourself, I was having a blast. 

After dinner, and the traditional weddings events, the dancing continued and easily lasted all of three hours. I have never been to a wedding where the dance floor was filled with that many people, and for that long. 

I loved having this experience.

I urge everyone to go out and experience something that doesn't seem traditional to you.

You just might be surprised at how boring "normal" can be.

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