Cardiff Castle Wedding with an Arab / Turkish Twist

With Sabaa & Omar

This Cardiff Castle wedding couldn’t have got anymore international. Sabaa’s family are from Yemen but live in Cardiff and Birmingham. Sabaa has been living in Dubai for a number of years. Omar is part Turkish’ and part American. Loved ones were flown in from all over the world for this beautiful evening.

Sonia has known Sabaa for years, so it was truly an honour to have been asked to photograph their winter wedding. The day started with Sabaa and Omar getting ready at The Exchange Hotel. As Sabaa wears hijab, we have only included images where she is veiled and nothing too intimate, due to their religious beliefs. Once they were both ready, Sabaa’s family blindfolded Omar for a ‘first look.’ Then Sabaa put her hijab on for them to head off for their celebrations.

We arrived at the venue before the guests to be able to take photographs in The Arab Room at Cardiff Castle. Sabaa & Omar then parted ways for their entrances. They had a live band to sing religious songs as Omar entered. Sabaa then arrived, with her guests watching her out of the windows of the grand building. After a sit down meal and some truly emotional speeches, it was time for a gathering in the basement with a traditional Arabic band.

The evening ended with sparklers and a Yemeni ‘zafaa,’ which is when family lead the happy couple to their hotel – beeping their horns in celebration. We had such a wonderful time photographing this special occasion for two wonderful families. It is so lovely to have beautiful celebrations during the cold winter months. The darker evenings come with their own charming atmosphere.

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Vendors:
Venue – Cardiff Castle
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Make Up – Shazia
Florist – Secret Garden
Band – Babylon


Sonia & Simon of S2 Images are husband and wife photography team. We photograph weddings nationally, having covered areas such as Cardiff, Warwickshire, the Cotswolds, Birmingham, the Midlands, Surrey and Hampshire. We enjoy combining our love for travel with wedding photography. If you are planning your wedding, we would love to know your plans! Please get in touch via our contact page if you are interested in our services be it national or worldwide. 

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