Being at a wedding where the couples’ culture is preserved is something very special. I think we all consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be Canadian and live in a country that fulfills every need we could possibly ask for. Somewhere on the top of things to be thankful for is living in a place that not only allows the freedom to carry on traditions, but encourages it. It’s a couples’ cultural traditions and rituals that play a huge part in the story of their wedding day.
For those of you who have ever attended an Arabic celebration, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about when I refer to the sound the women make. I’ll be honest, I had to Google it to even know what to call it *lol*, but “ululation” is an expression of a strong emotion and it is very common for it to happen at weddings.
Some of you might not know that I was born in Egypt. And while I can’t say I’m overly “traditional” when it comes to the customs of the motherland, I definitely have a soft spot in my heart when I see couples carrying on traditions that have been handed down over generations. While I was documenting Meriam and George’s beautiful wedding day, I’ll admit that I got goosebumps as the women in their families expressed joy and celebration for the marriage of this gorgeous couple. It brought me right back to my own *blink*, when I was 9 years old and attended my aunt’s wedding in Egypt.
Who knows..maybe one day, Meriam & George will be at their son or daughter’s wedding and they’ll hear a very familiar sound…..
Come back soon for more from their beautiful day.