Photo by Vincent
Keep on rocking you Baby
Photography by Vincent Ribon & assistant Alfredo
From the start Daniela and Mazen’s wedding fascinated and excited me in it’s particlarly. I knew it was going to be different of any other wedding I had shot, but I had no idea…
A true church ceremony in the caribbean might not be that common. Yet it was not just like any other church wedding. For the first time in my life, I witnessed husband and wife beeing crowned. This following the Maronite wedding ceremony called “the mistery of crowning”.
Maronites, Catholics of near eastern origin grewn out of the ancient Aramaic Antiochan, have their roots in Syria and later spread to Lebanon, homecountry of Mazen, where maronites live as a catholic minority next to a moslim majority.
The Mystery of crowning, reflects the mystical wedding that eternally unifies Jesus and the Church. Crowning signifies the beginning or establishment of a new kingdom which is based on mutual love. The meaning of the crowning derives from the meaning of Baptism. When we are baptized we are incorporated into the kingdom of God and raised to the dignity God’s children. Spouses to be, therefore, are crowned with a mission to build a little Christian kingdom, their home and family. They will minister to them with the dignity of a“king” and “queen”. They will increase God’s kingdom with new members, fruit of their love, by begetting and educating their children according to the will of the Heavenly King.
Daniela and Mazen did not want their wedding to be so formal and councisely choose for something different. From the preparation at the Hard Rock hotel with it’s particular ambience, through the unique ceremony and a party, dressed up with electrical colours, complete with belly dancers (a surprise and gift for Mazen from his red-hot wife); And Telefunka themselves for a Funky note to get the party started. Event coordinator Solen had a full team at work to coordinate the event as Mazen’s Lebanon roots, together with Daniela’s latin flavor indeed created an electric mix, the whole flavoured with Rock ‘n Roll!
Photo by Alfredo
Photo by Vincent
The party couldn’t keep Daniela ans Mazen from an (early) wake up for their trash the dress photoshoot the next day. To start such sessions I like to begin in the more intimate atmosphere of a cenote and go to the beach afterwards, where the sun, such as the energy get high!