Wedding Venue Search: How to Find the Perfect Location

Wedding venueHow to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue Location

When it comes to selecting a wedding venue, there are a few key ways to ensure that you are selecting the right one for you and your wedding. As a major factor in the wedding planning process, it is important to be one hundred percent confident in your wedding venue selection. Here at Saiaf Films, we have visited countless wedding venues- seriously, we have seen all types! Therefore, we would like to share our tips for selecting the best wedding venue to fit your needs and make your wedding day the best it can be.

Ask yourself, what type of wedding venue are you looking for?


Most brides know what type of wedding venue they want, right off the bat. There are plenty of options to choose from, so it is important to consider all types. Traditional venues such as a hotel or a country wedding house are increasingly popular in the wedding scene– being that they are well rehearsed with weddings and offer appealing set packages.

However, if non-traditional is more your style, you can also choose from a range of unique venues including museums, art galleries, garden houses, a quaint restaurant, or even a grand theatre. It may seem like a little bit more work for a non-traditional venue, but there really are some great and unique hidden gems out there that can be worth the extra effort. You may also notice a little bit more flexibility with scheduling, decor, and costs compared to the most popular wedding venues.

Decide, what do you want from your wedding venue?

Before selecting your wedding venue, think about what your priorities are for your venue and what exactly you need it to offer. Make a list of all the important points you need your venue to include. That way, when browsing through your options, you can check off what has what and whether or not it offers everything you need. Important questions you can consider include: how many guests can it hold? Are you able to have the ceremony and reception there? How does the pricing work? Is catering in house, or can you select your own vendor? Is there outdoor space?

Visit the finalists.

After researching and deciding which ones most suit your needs, gather your list and visit those venues in person. No doubt, this can be a very time consuming process- but it is a key aspect to ensuring you are selecting the best wedding venuewedding venue for your big day. While touring the wedding venues, pay attention to all the details. Even the hard to notice details, such as electrical sockets for your music, band or DJ to set-up. Don’t be afraid to ask the venue director if things can be adjusted to suit your needs better. It’s better to know their flexibility ahead of time before finding out when it’s too late.
Although it can be difficult, do not commit right away! Before you sign any agreements, ask to see a breakdown of all the costs to fully understand what is included. Don’t be afraid to ask what happens if you choose to cancel. Knowing all angles of your wedding venue agreement is key to a peaceful and non-stressful wedding planning process.

As this is a crucial piece to your wedding process, it is important to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. Don’t settle and make sure your head rules your heart to save yourself the stress of selecting an inadequate wedding venue. Choosing your wedding venue will be one of the most rewarding and exciting aspects of planning your wedding, so make sure you take the time and do it right!

Wedding Spotlight: Michelle and Steve’s Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Spotlight: Michelle and Steve’s Scottsdale Wedding 

What is one of the best compliments to receive as a wedding IMG_3771photographer? Well, to be hired by another photographer of course! That is exactly what the lovely Michelle did when planning her and Steve’s Scottsdale wedding. Michelle is a talented Arizona photographer and we were honored that she chose our team to cover her gorgeous outdoor wedding in Scottsdale, AZ. Michelle and Steve had their initial save the date photo shoot with us at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale. When they saw the vibrant and lively photos that our team had captured, the couple elected for us to shoot their wedding photos as well.

Wedding Photoshoot

As a lively couple with contagious energy and personality, Michelle and Steve planned a beautiful 60’s styled wedding that suited them perfectly. They chose a color palette consisting of a vibrant yellow and soft gray that complimented the two perfectly. The IMG_3732-Edittwo hues stood out exceptionally well in every wedding photograph that our team captured. Steve committed to the theme thoroughly by growing out his 60’s worthy sideburns. We even had the pleasure of working with their two gorgeous children. Each wore vests that matched the yellow accent color and suited them exceptionally. Our team of wedding photographers focused on the memorable moments between the adorable family. With the excitement of the day, they were all laughing and smiling infectiously. These moments are surreal to us and we truly cherish those types of photographs.

The couple selected a few perfect props for their wedding photographs, which really enhanced the beauty of these particular photos. In some, Michelle adorned a vibrant and eye-catching umbrella that matched Steve’s tie perfectly. In others, the couple held up unique signs that not only fit their theme, but also carried phrases or expressions that fit each photo. With a great selection of photo props and a vibrant green landscape, Michelle and Steve’s wedding photos were memorable to say the least!

Even their wedding night was a testament to the love this beautiful couple had for one another. Their wonderful family and friends made the night

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even better by tearing up the dance floor- all night long! This particular evening resembled a gorgeous and lively night in the 60’s. Our team was so lucky to be a part of this memorable event. Thank you so much for choosing Saiaf Films to capture your Scottsdale wedding, Michelle and Steve. We wish you and your beautiful family and wonderful and meaningful future together.

Team Member Spotlight: Nina Paz

Here at Saiaf Films, we really cherish the team we have built. We are proud to offer our clients the opportunity to work with a wedding photography team that not only works well together, but genuinely appreciates their field of work. Each Team Member Spotlight will showcase one of our amazing wedding photographers. We had each of them answer a few select questions that will help our wonderful clients get and idea of just how passionate our crew really IMG_3932-Edit1is. In this week’s Team Member Spotlight, we are proud to feature Nina Paz.

To start, what is one of your favorite shots from Saiaf Films? (Pictured Left)

I remember walking into the office for my interview to work at Saiaf Films and that photo just captured my attention right off the bat! It still does! The cool tones and the way it was edited is literally perfection to me! The moment in itself is also priceless! Husband and wife, leaning in to whisper inside jokes or commentary about the wedding is probably the cutest thing ever.

What is your favorite moment or tradition at weddings?

Well, there are a couple of traditions that I love. From the process of getting ready to the first dance- it’s all a lot of fun! But, I truly believe the best moment is seeing the groom’s reaction to his lovely bride walking towards him. It’s the most genuine and truest moment you’ll ever experience- not only as a photographer, but as a human being as well. Also, I really like getting myself a slice of cake at the end of the night!

Favorite wedding location/venue?

The Farm at South Mountain. It is little and perfectly quaint. There are bulb lights that hang every where and there is nothing but green grass, trees and flowers every which way you turn! Not only is it a photographer’s playground, but it is such a romantic area for the wedding couple.

Any suggestions for couples on how to look amazing and feel comfortable in their photographs?

  1. Get a massage a day before the wedding.
  2. Except the fact that one way or another, your wedding may somehow get off schedule. Accepting this ahead of time will ensure that you’ll never be stressed or disappointed about timing.
  3. Wear sensible shoes! (This goes to the groom as well!)
  4. Focus on your spouse! Have fun: IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY!

Those are my four rules. The less worried you are about everything else, the more your personality and happiness will shine through your photos.

How has witnessing so many weddings impacted your life/outlook?

Oh my! Well it has made me a pretty detail oriented photographer. On a personal level, being in this field has also made me a hopeless romantic; even more so than I already was! Seeing so many couples that truly love each other is not only comforting, but also gives me a sense of faith in humanity. 🙂

Any advice for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?

Look for a photographer that fits you and your spouse’s personality. If you don’t feel like you and your photographer could hang out on any given weekend, I say keep searching. I only say this because you need to be ONE HUND-O PERCENT COMFORTABLE on your big day. If you feel that friendship connection with your photographer, odds are they won’t take your special day lightly! Your photos will be amazing because you were around a photographer that matched your personality and they made you feel good and confident in yourself.

What’s your favorite reaction from a client when you deliver their images?

After we take a photo during the shoot- and it’s like REALLY good- we show the couple and they just look at each other and they’re just speechless!

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Oh man, this is usually a really difficult question! I’m always torn between invisibility, telekinesis or teleportation. But, as of right now, I’d like to be able to eat as much pasta as I want without gaining a pound. I think that’s a really cool, practical superpower! 🙂Saiaf Films Team

How about another Saiaf Films favorite photo? (Pictured Right)

Yaqeen and Mohammad; I had the pleasure of shooting with Saiaf on this wedding and not only were the couple the coolest couple I think I’ve met so far, but they were also the most elegant in my eyes. In particular, I love this shot because of the moment you get from it. His and her expression is just so genuine and adorable. It falls back down to the connection of the couple showing itself in the photo along with their personality. Her coyness and him just trying to look her in the eyes. It’s just LOVE.

5 Ways Wow Your Guests At Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour Tips & Ideas


cocktail hourAlthough the Cocktail Hour may not be a highlight in your wedding planning details, it can actually be one of the guest’s favorite moments of the wedding! Not only does it kick-start the wedding event, but everyone always enjoys the time sipping drinks and tasting gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Trust us when we say, we have attended countless wedding Cocktail Hours- and they are always a lively and exciting preview of how the rest of the evening will unfold. Consider the mood for your wedding and feel free to tailor these tips to best suit the ambiance you desire. Here are our tips for jazzing up your Cocktail Hour and starting the party right!

1. DIY Food & Drink Stations

It’s no secret, people like to interact at these types of events. So what’s a great way to get them involved and talking to one another? Food and drink stations! It’s a little known fact that groups of people migrate to food and drink areas. Whether you choose to have one central food and drink station, or you elect to have a few scattered throughout the area, these spots are guaranteed to draw in a crowd and enhance the mingling. Perhaps there could be an area for guests to create their own beverages with a collection of cocktail mixes or drink additions. Or add in a self serve hor d’oeuvres buffet with a collection of bite sized appetizers. These additions are great to ensure your guests are happy and satiated before the ceremony begins.

2. Music for the Mingle

Nothing quite sets the mood like a solid soundtrack during a Cocktail Hour. Choose a selection of tunes that reflect your personal style, but won’t be too obnoxious to the newly arriving guests. It’s a good idea to keep it soft, that way your guests have the opportunity to mingle without having to yell over the music. Soft, but decently upbeat music will set the tone while enhancing the ambiance.

3. Signature Drinks

Perhaps you and your beloved have a special favorite drink? Why not choose a signature drink for the night? It could be a specially designed cocktail in honor of your wedding day. Get creative and make it interesting by adding fresh fruit juices or a homemade syrup. You can even take it one step further by selecting a food coloring that matches your wedding decor. Compliment it further by having that particular drink served in a special glass that can double as a wedding keepsake for your guest.

4. Don’t forget the Cold Brews or Champagne

Old fashioned cocktails are great, but we all know a certain someone or a group of someones that prefers a cold brewski or a glass of champagne. For the brews, consider a selection of imported, lights, darks and even local microbrews- Not to mention, the bottles look great with multiple custom brands. Why not jazz up your champagne selection with a tasty addition, such as fruity puree blends, candied hibiscus, or even pop rocks! Enhance the idea even more by adding a beer or champagne “testing area” that allows your guests to try various types and flavors. Consider keeping these areas separate from the “cocktail” areas as it will decrease the chances of wait time to grab a drink.

5. Presentation

A great detail that shouldn’t be overlooked is the presentation of your Cocktail Hour. The setup and flow can really set the tone for your evening. Therefore, it is important to make it intriguing. Whether you choose to have a separate theme, or you stick with the style of your already decorated venue, consider adding a few special touches with unique decorations or hors d’oeuvres layouts. To keep your Cocktail Hour area clean and organized, it is a good idea to have your hors d’oeuvres perfectly portioned and bite size.That way, you cut down on plate and utensil usage keeping the area free of excess trash.

Here at Saiaf Films, we know how amazing each and every moment at a wedding can be. Cocktail Hour can be one of those amazing and memorable moments. By keeping it simple and adding in some flare, a perfectly executed Cocktail Hour can really set the tone for a wonderful, eventful, and memorable wedding event.

Wedding Spotlight: Anum and Asim’s Wedding Videography

Wedding Spotlight: Anum and Asim’s Wedding Videography

When we first met with Anum and her mother,  they were in the midst of planning Anum and Asim’s extravagant three day Muslim-Indian wedding. We were pleased with their humility and loved their personalities right away. They expressed their desire to have an extremely elegant wedding video captured by our company. Anum was very specific in describing the things that would make her and Asim’s wedding videography re-watchable time and time again. Knowing how important this was to her, our team took special care in guiding her to choosing a wedding video package that would make her vision a reality.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Anum and Asim had a lavishly elegant wedding in luxurious Scottsdale, Arizona. When we first arrived to their venue, we were amazed as we entered the wedding hall. The breathtaking wedding hall was decorated beautifully. Mesmerizing glass centerpieces and floral arrangements were perfectly placed throughout, creating a gorgeous and surreal ambiance. While at the wedding, the Saiaf Films team focused on special details in the wedding decor, wedding favors and the dress design. Additionally, we paid special attention to the traditional Indian wedding dances that took place at the mehndi. With such wonderful friends and family, our team had the opportunity to capture key memorable moments that Anum and Asim will cherish forever.

Wedding Videography

The wedding videography from this night was magical! We could not be more pleased with Anum and Asim for being such lovely people. Their wedding designer was second to none and made our job look easy compared to what she was capable of! With all the beautiful and dynamic footage that we captured, the rest of the magic happened in our editing room.

For Anum and Asim’s special wedding story, we wanted the combination of Indian wedding traditions with Muslim wedding traditions to be as beautiful as the day we filmed it. To do so, our wedding video editor began by creating a wedding montage for the newlyweds. Then, the montage is synced to perfectly selected music and takes the viewer through the wedding as if they were reliving these special moments all over again. A wedding montage is ideal for sharing on social media sites providing relatives and friends the opportunity to enjoy the wedding if they were unable to attend.

Once complete, Anum and Asim were presented with a custom made wedding DVD case with their one of a kind wedding videography showcasing the true essence of their wedding night. Our team thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of working with this beautiful couple and creating wedding videography to last them a lifetime. Congratulations Anum and Asim. We hope you cherish your wedding memories for years to come!

What is the Best Wedding Photography Package for You?

Wedding Photography and Videography Packages

  Planning your wedding will be one of the most exciting events you have ever planned. At Saiaf Films, we understand and have seen everything that goes into planning a wedding. In fact, we have the pleasure of being the ones who get to film it all. Therefore, we appreciate the time and effort that gets put into planning one. As professional wedding photographers and videographers, it is our goal to do what we can to make your planning process easier and more efficient in any way we can manage.IMG_0811 That is why we offer the convenience of multiple wedding photography packages, videography packages and an array of a la carte services that can be tailored to fit your specific wedding day needs. Our package pricing can be found on our pricing page, but here- we are going to break down our packages just a little bit to give you a better idea of your wedding photography options.

Photography Packages

Our wedding photography packages are flexible and offer an impressive selection of options. We offer three separate types of photo packages. Each package includes our innovative and memory enhancing Aerial Drone Photography service. Our wedding photography packages are as follows:

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  • 1 photographer (up to 8 hours)
  • 1 to 2 locations
  • 500 fully edited photos on CD & DVD
  • Aerial Drone Photography
  • Premium DVD case
  • 1 premium photo album with 50 pages
  • Copyrights provided

Silver Photo Package

  • 1 photographer (8 to 10 hours)
  • 1 to 3 locations
  • 700 fully edited photos on CD & DVD
  • Aerial Drone Photography
  • Premium DVD case
  • Online photo gallery
  • 1 hour engagement photo shoot with 50 photos (optional)
  • 1 premium photo album with 65 pages
  • Copyrights provided

Gold Photo Package

  • 2 photographers (8 to 12 hours)
  • 1 to 5 locations
  • 900 fully edited photos on CD & DVD
  • Aerial Drone Photography
  • Premium DVD case
  • Online photo gallery
  • 1.5 hour engagement photo shoot with 75 photos (optional)
  • 1 premium photo album with 85 Pages
  • Copyrights provided

Videography Packages

At Saiaf Films, our team cherishes having the ability to capture your wedding day memories on film. We are proud to offer high-end and flexible wedding videography packages that create long lasting and unforgettable video footage of your special event. We offer three separate wedding videography packages that are as follows:

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  • 1 cinematographer (up to 8 hours)
  • 2 professional HD cameras
  • 1 to 2 locations
  • Feature film 60-90 minutes
  • Menus & chapters
  • Premium DVD case
  • 3 DVDs

Silver Video Package

  • 1 cinematographer (8 to 10 hours)
  • 2 professional HD cameras
  • Cinema-style film-making
  • 1 to 3 locations
  • Wireless mics & audio recorders
  • Feature film 60-120 minutes
  • Wedding montage 3-6 minutes
  • Premium DVD case
  • 3 DVDs/Blu-Rays

Gold Video package

  • 2 cinematographers (8 to 12 hours)
  • 3 professional HD cameras
  • Cinema-style film-making
  • 1 to 5 locations
  • 1 camera crane (available in some states)
  • Aerial drone helicopter shots
  • Wireless mics & audio recorders
  • Feature film 60-180 minutes
  • Wedding highlight film 7-12 minutes
  • Premium DVD case
  • 5 DVDs/Blu-Rays

À la carte

After years in the wedding industry, our team appreciate and understand the need for variety. We know that not every wedding event is the same, nor are the wedding photography needs. Therefore, we provide our clients with the opportunity to tailor their wedding package to fit their specific needs. Our A la carte options allow the opportunity to add additional services or options to your wedding photography and videography packages. Here’s what we have to offer:IMG_4040

  • 2 HD video cameras- Minimum of 8 hours required ($300/hr)
  • 1 HD video camera- Minimum of 8 hours required ($200/hr)
  • 1 photographer- minimum of 6 hours required ($200/hr)
  • Female Photographer/Editor Request ($350)
  • Additional locations ($150/location)
  • Additional enhanced photos ($3/photo)
  • RAW photos ($500)
  • RAW video ($400)
  • Camera crane ($450)
  • Family & friend interviews ($150)
  • Montage ($300)
  • Wedding highlights film ($450)
  • Additional 10 minutes of film footage ($150)
  • Additional 30 minutes of film footage ($300)
  • Travel 30 minutes away from Arizona Office ($550/per crew member)
  • Same-day edit
  • 3 minute montage ($380)
  • 5 minute montage ($480)IMG_0864
  • 7 to 12 minute montage ($600)
  • On-site photo printing for guests ($750)
  • Standard DVD case ($50)
  • Standard Blu-Ray case ($75)
  • Premium leather DVD case ($80)
  • Hand-made DVD case ($195)
  • USB presentation book ($230)
  • Aerial helicopter shots ($350)
  • Engagement photo shoot
    • 60 minutes with 50 enhanced photos ($250)
    • 90 minutes with 75 enhanced photos ($350)
  • On-site bride & groom montage / baby video ($350)
  • Wireless mics & audio recorders ($250)
  • Additional edits ($50/hr)
  • Standard album
    -50 pages ($280)IMG_4056
  • Premium album
    -50 pages ($480)
    -65 pages ($580)
  • The Deluxe album
    -30 pages ($580)
    -40 pages ($680)
    -50 pages ($730)
    -60 pages ($780)
  • Cosmos album
    -30 pages ($680)
    -40 pages ($780)
  • The Lustro album
    -30 pages ($780)
    -40 pages ($880)
    -50 pages ($980)
    -60 pages ($1080)

Not quite sure what will work best for you and your wedding day? No problem! We are here to guidewedding photography you in selecting the best wedding photography and videography package to fit your needs. Contact our team of professionals today and we will have you on your way to selecting your wedding photography and videography package in no time!

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5 Great Chicago Wedding Venues

Chicago weddingAt Saiaf Films, our team has the advantage of traveling to any state our clients contact us from. Recently, we covered a beautiful Chicago wedding. Not only did we fall in love with the gorgeous scenery that Chicago offers, we also discovered the dynamic amount of Chicago wedding venues. From fabulous parks to elegant hotels, Chicago offers an enormous amount of world-class venue options. It was nearly impossible to narrow the list down to five, but here are our top picks for the best Chicago wedding venues.

Crystal Garden: Navy Pier
As a one-acre breathtaking botanical garden, the Crystal Garden is adorned with fountains, vibrant palm trees and luscious greenery. With sparkling lights and gorgeous views of the Chicago city skyline, Dock Street and Lake Michigan- your wedding photographers will have an enormous amount of footage. It thrives beneath an arched ceiling that offers the perfect amount of sunlight during a wedding ceremony. The best part- there is no rental fee to enjoy the Crystal Garden’s unique features. Instead, it only requires a food and beverage minimum.

Millennium Park: The Loop
With five amazing venues to choose from, Millennium Park is a great option for your Chicago wedding. Whether you are having a small gathering or a grand event, Millennium Park offers drawdropping views of the Chicago cityscape creating the perfect wedding photo backdrop. With a steel and glass ceiling, the architecture alone is visually appealing. It is conveniently located near downtown Chicago making it an ideal spot for a city based Chicago wedding.12193471_953609231377764_6631357526672727275_n

The Westin Chicago: North Shore
Looking for the perfect combination of elegance and downtown style? The Westin Chicago North Shore offers that and more. With four ballrooms providing room for 50 to 1200 guests, The Westin Chicago is chock full of event space, leaving you plenty of room to plan the perfect Chicago wedding.

The Firehouse Chicago: Edgewater
Looking for a unique Chicago wedding venue location? Firehouse Chicago may just be what you are seeking. With a historic silver and tin ceiling, an original fire pole and antique lighting- the Firehouse Chicago is an intimate and wonderful option for a Chicago wedding. Even though it was built over a century ago, the Firehouse Chicago offers an array of green-minded wedding options for those who prefer a greener approach to their wedding event.

Pinstripes Northbrook: Northbrook
Perhaps you prefer your Chicago wedding venue to be incredibly fun-filled and exciting? If so, Pinstripes Northbrook may just be the best choice. Adorning a year-round patio and a delicious and high-end Italian-American bistro, Pinstripes Northbrook offers a variety of options that can be tailored to fit your needs accordingly. It also provides banquet rooms capable of housing 20-600 guests, bowling lanes and even bocce courts. For a fun, fully customizable Chicago wedding venue, Pinstripes Northbrook is a great choice!

So if a Chicago wedding is in your future, these great spots are an excellent choice for great views and breathtaking scenery for the perfect wedding day. Keep an eye out for our wonderful collection of Chicago weddings that our Saiaf Films team has had the pleasure of photographing.

Posing for Your Wedding Photos

So your big day arrives. Your makeup is perfect, and your hair is wonderfully in place. You look beautiful in your dress as you are on your way to taking your wedding portraits. But wait- you have no idea how to pose or what to do when you are finally in front of the camera. Don’t worry, our team at Saiaf Films has an extensive amount of experience as wedding photographers. Here, we share our wedding photoshoottips and ideas to help calm your nerves about camera time on your wedding day!

Your Wedding Portraits

It’s okay to be nervous!
It’s one of the most important days of your life. You are more than entitled to be a little nervous. In fact, it’s expected! Instead of forcing yourself to smile the entire time- because you think you have to in front of the camera- just be yourself. Our wedding photographers love catching those key moments when you are being real. Whether your face is anxious as you wait to marry your beloved, or your eyes well up during a conversation with a loved one- those key, real, and moving moments are the best type to capture on film. So relax, don’t stress, enjoy your day and smile when you feel the need. Otherwise, raw emotions create gorgeous photos.

Aim to Flatter
When posing for formal photos, angles are key. A great idea for posing in your wedding photos is to stand at an angle. When it comes to taking the photos, remember: Take a deep breath, exhale, and then tilt your chin downwards while turning your gaze up. This helps to accentuate the great contours of your face. If you are choosing to pose with your bouquet, clutch it IMG_0295-Editloosely with one hand, then allow the other to hand to hang naturally by your side. This gives a more relaxed and natural look.

The Bride & Groom

Get moving!
And no- we don’t mean dancing! (At least not yet.) When taking your wedding portraits together, consider taking a walk. Take one another’s hand and take a short stroll. Why? The momentum makes for amazing wedding photos! When you are walking, your dress is flowing, your hair is blowing and the movement alone creates a wonderful energy. Plus, it gives you a chance to breathe a little bit and realign your thoughts with your beloved.
Express your love.
Although it may feel awkward at first knowing you are being photographed, it is important to show your love. Kiss one another, hold each other’s hand- let your love show through. If it helps, ask your wedding photographer for a little bit of alone time beforehand. That may help to calm the nerves a bit and get in the mode of acting naturally. Keep in mind, it is your wedding day. You are about to marry the person of your dreams. Express that passion with each other as it creates dynamically wonderful wedding photos.

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Have fun!
This is an EXTREMELY important tip to remember. Having fun while taking your wedding party photos can create memorable and exciting photos. If you are naturally having fun, that energy will show itself in the photos your wedding photographers capture. Laugh, be quirky, and be yourselves. Of course, uniform pictures look exquisite, but fun and carefree pictures convey the energy and excitement of your special day. So relax, and tell your bridal party to do the same.

Furniture or props
Utilizing surrounding furniture or props can also create an interesting and original dynamic to your wedding photos. With the use of furniture or a seating area of some sort, you can vary the height of the group. This can look more appealing than everyone standing in a standard lineup. If there are props available, use them! Adding them in can change up the vibe of the wedding photos a bit creating memorable photos to last a lifetime!

Remember, this is one of the best days of your life! Capturing it on film in your wedding photos will help those memories last forever. Here at Saiaf Films, we want to help you create those memorable wedding photos. If you need more tips or ideas to enhance your wedding photos, contact our team today!

Wedding Spotlight: Ahmed and Sara’s Muslim Wedding

Muslim Wedding at the Cedars in Phoenix, AZ

  Ahmed and Sara are some of the most tender and compassionate Muslim Weddinghuman beings our team has encountered. As a Muslim couple from Iraq, it was their goal to have a very family oriented wedding. After seeing our website, they called us from out of state and recruited our team of wedding photographers to capture their special day on film. With friends and family flying in from all over the world, the beautiful couple expressed how important it was to have their guests included in the wedding portraits. Per their request, we tailored the photos to fit their wishes and captured an amazing amount of moments with their family and friends.

Pre-Ceremony Photo Shoot
Before their wedding at The Cedars in Phoenix, AZ, our team of wedding photographers took photos of Ahmed and Sara at a local industrial park. With tall glass buildings Muslim Weddingand luscious green grass at the forefront, this park created the perfect backdrop for breathtaking wedding portraits. With such a photogenic couple surrounded by beautiful scenery, we shot over 200 photos in the hour that we were at the park! When Sara looked through some of the pictures, she was in awe of our creative composition. One of our favorite photos from the pre- Muslim wedding shoot was captured right as the sun was setting behind Ahmed and Sara. This silhouetted image has become an iconic photo at the Saiaf Films studio- and is a favorite among all who see it.

Ceremony & Reception
When we arrived at The Cedars, the decor was breathtaking! With gorgeous candlelights radiating from the wedding hall, the room was adorned with wedding bouquets of white and purple flowers. There were tall crystal vases as centerpieces and an elegant ivory cake with delicate purple designs. Ahmed and Sara’s 120 person Iraqi Muslim wedding was an intimate gathering of loved ones. As promised, our focus for this night was to get an ample amount of photos with the Muslim wedding couple and their visitors who traveled from around the world.

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The night was full of dancing and excitement as the couple and their family and friends had the time of their life. At dinner time, we were so humbled when Ahmed and his sister served us food before they sat down to eat. This was one of the kindest and most memorable gestures that we’ve ever received at a wedding. It truly demonstrated how thoughtful and kind hearted Ahmed, Sara and their family are. After a delicious dinner, the reception commenced with more energetic dancing to traditional Muslim wedding music and fun as the families enjoyed each other’s company.

Our Favorite Moment
At Saiaf Films, we cherish memorable moments. One of our favorite moments from this event happened later in the evening. On the dance floor, a song played that held a lot of meaning to Sara and her mother. They looked at each other, with tears in their eyes and gave one another the warmest and most sincerest of hugs. In our hearts we knew that this was symbolic of an old life ending, while a new one begins. At weddings, our team puts an enormous amount of focus on getting the best footage and always being one step ahead to get the best shot. Yet, it is moments like these that stop us in our tracks. They remind us that family is everything and that we should hold them close no matter how far away they are! Thank you Ahmed and Sara for sharing your special day with us.


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