Baku Travel Blog› entry 37 of 119 › view all entries
August 26th, 2007 – by: mickeyd302
My friend met me at the Baku Soviet subway station on the wedding day. I was told to avoid the subway as several years ago it was subject to Armenian terrorism. The subway is actually very nice and clean and is probably the most affordable way to make it around Baku, aside from using your feet. A pass of 20 rides is only 1 manat.
On our way from Baku Soviet, a family of four sat across from us.
We eventually made it to rendezvous point. After about 40 minute wait and a quick lunch of lemuchen (spelling?), we meet with the groom and we were off to pick up the bride. It turned out the groom and the driver were from Naxcivan, my former home of a year.
While I went to several wedding parties in Naxcivan, I was never privy to the traditional ceremonies before the parties. There is a procession of cars, each honking its horn constantly as it drives to its destination. Up arriving at the bride's residency, everyone exit their vehicles. A small band playing traditional Azeri music starts performing. The bride and her family await for the groom in their living room. It was a little crowded in the small living room with families, friends, the videographer and me the photographer all jostling for space.
After everyone got settled, the traditions begin. I am not for sure the significance of each act, but it was different.
After getting the family out of the room, I took some shots of the bride and groom. Before living the living room, a young girl and boy carry lit candles in front of the couple as they exit to their car.
We went from the bride’s home to park and got more shots of the couple with their families. Afterwards, we were off to the party. I will say that the drive to the restaurant was very exciting and scary.
When we made it to the restaurant, I was able to wait inside, but the couple waited in their car until the place filled up. As it got fuller, the couple departed their vehicle. Upon entering, some young girls dressed as cherubs toss flowers and follow the couple into the room.
There was no exchanging of vows, merely someone speaking as the bride and groom and witnesses signed a paper making them officially married. Rings were exchanged and the groom kissed the bride on her hand.
Part of the wedding party is each group and family get their picture taken with the couple. Luckily, I did not have to take those. There are photographers who pay the establishment to take them. Traditional Azeri music is always played at weddings, along with much Azeri dancing and eating and drinking.
Afterwards, I made it home and downloaded close to 500 photos onto my computer. Some were awful and out of focus, but many of them were not too bad. The great thing that I love about owning a Mac is it comes with iPhoto and it makes correcting some of my not too good photos into something better. I spent about three hours editing some photos and deleting others. Not a bad night.
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