A Glimpse of Turkey-Part 2

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After waiting (agonizingly, mind you), our transport FINALLY arrived. After loading the luggage and settling in the window seat (It’s essential I always get the window seat), the ratty old car sprang into action and immediately started buzzing by other cars with a speed I did not imagine it could go with. Fearing for my family and my life, I wondered if the “vehicle” would just collapse. Maybe the window seat wasn’t such a good idea after all. It finally stopped at our hotel and I never got out of a vehicle faster. Thanking the Lord, I took in the sight that lay before my eyes.

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The first thing that caught my attention was the street that stretched before me, going on and on. One whole side of the street was laden with fruit stalls. And what a sight it was. Fruits of all kinds graced the stalls and their color was nothing short of vibrant. Imagine one whole side of the street covered with green, red, yellow, orange, maroon and brown, vibrant at the start and fading away as the street stretched on.

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The other side of the street didn’t disappoint either. It was just as beautiful but in a totally different way. Now, it might be my hunger speaking, but it was honestly beautiful! Maybe it was the way that the restaurants that lined the whole street weren’t your average restaurants. They were small and quaint, with seating done outside on the street, with very adorable wooden benches and table, and equally beautiful umbrellas casting a much needed cool shade over the seating area. A chalkboard was placed right next to the entrance, displaying today’s special. The whole look was completed with the waist-high wooden fence with vines enfolding it like garden snakes, wrapping the whole restaurant in a giant hug.

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The aromas of different Turkish delicacies went through my nose and straight to my heart, and I just knew at that moment that I would fall in love with Turkish food and fall in love I did. Our stomach took control after that making the whole checking in the hotel and freshening up process ten times faster. With a giddy smile on our faces, we made our way to one of the restaurants on the street and sat down going through the menu, excited to finally experience authentic Turkish food.

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A Glimpse of Turkey- Part 1

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It was on August 4th, 2014, that I got my first glimpse at the shore of turkey. Despite my groggy state and red eyes that begged me to give them a rest, courtesy of the 5-hour flight from Dubai, I couldn’t help but stare at the vast expanse of the Mediterranean through the plane window. The sun had just come up an hour ago, and the sunlight hit the ocean at just the right angle to give the illusion of diamonds floating in the water. To say I was flabbergasted by the beauty of it would be an understatement.

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Having grown up near the sea for the majority of my life had made me love the oceans, sea, beaches, lake, you name it and I’m pretty sure I would be in love with that water body. So just imagine my state when my eyes laid upon nothing but water as I stared out the window. I could see small ships resembling raisins from such a height. I kept on watching as the ships became denser and the variety increased as well. And finally, I could see the coast of Istanbul and nothing- not even the wailing baby-could have me take my eyes off such a majestic sight.

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Fast forward 2 hours and I’m standing outside the airport with my family, the sun beating down on us with such a ferocity that had me thinking if it had some personal issues with us. I guess you could only appreciate the sun when you’re sitting in a comfortable seat, in a cold environment with a blanket wrapped around you, looking out of the plane and thanking the sun for make it look like barrels of diamond exploded in the sea.

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 Too bad I couldn’t glare back at the sun. I don’t think my corneas would have appreciated it. Anyway, squinting my eyes and assessing the view before me, the very first thing that I noticed was the diversity. Of course, standing in front of an international airport of the world’s most 2nd visited country will make you notice that. But the diversity I noticed was not among the crowds of people rushing past me. No, it was the taxi drivers that caught my eye. I could see people of all skin tones, speaking different versions of Arabic, I saw Chinese, I saw Americans and some South Asians here and there too. Being a big fan of diversity, I felt a smile gracing my lips.

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Coolest Wedding Venues

So it seems the wedding season has not yet ended and if you are getting married any time soon, then this post is for you.

Weddings have become rather glamorous over the years and photoshoots are now a work of art to be treasured for life. So it’s not just about the best make up, dress and photographer, the venue plays a vital role in how the pictures finally turn out to be.

Here, we list down 5 Coolest Wedding Venues in Karachi that will help you and your photographer get the best shots of your special day. Please note we have not been paid by any of these places for this post.

Grand Marquee (Sharah e Faisal) 

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The Venue (Rashid Minhas Road) 

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Sadabahar Banquet

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Tulips

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Maham Banquet 

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* Please note that these pictures have been provided by a lovely photographer, Rabbiah Asif Paracha. You can contact her via her Facebook page.

 

 

 

How to: Choosing the Perfect Photographer for your Wedding

A wedding day is the most memorable but challenging day in one’s life where couples want everything to be perfect. You will surely want to capture the soothing bond of togetherness on your wedding day to make your memories last till eternity. Therefore, finding the right photographer for your wedding is of crucial importance who must be capable of giving striking aesthetics to your wedding album.

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Here we have compiled some key areas of consideration while choosing a photographer for your wedding.

1. A GLANCE AT PORTFOLIO OF DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHERS:
As you search for the finest photographers in the marketplace, do cast an eye on their portfolios as it will greatly help you to determine what type of photography you are really looking for your big day.

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Look for the following key features while demonstrating a portfolio:

STYLE: Determine the various styles of photographers they typically work in. The styles range from fine art photography to illustrative or photojournalistic photography. I personally recommend going for a professional Fine Art photography as it best suits our traditional weddings.

QUALITY OF THE PRINTS: Next, demonstrate the quality of the prints with an open eye as most probably they are going to use the same print quality for you.

LIGHTING & COMPOSITON: Pay special attention to the quality of lighting & composition in the pictures. It can either be dark, moody, bright or an infusion of natural light. Also, make sure 1the subjects are captured with their genuine emotions & not like those caught in headlights.

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2. MEETING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN PERSON
After shortlisting your photographers’ list, now it’s the time to interview them in person & get to know about their personalities. For instance, if your chosen photographer turns out to be a short-tempered or rude, he/she can ruin your mood to a great extent for your special day. I strongly recommend you to listen to your gut feelings while judging a photographer, if he/she seems polite, cooperative & listen to you more than he speaks then surely it would be the best compatibility for both.

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3. LOOK FOR PROFESSIONALISM & PRICING:
Lastly, look for more professionalism at an affordable price. An ideal photographer will shadow your every move & will capture the relaxed smile of your guests. Don’t forget to ask them about their standard rates & the discounts they offer.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOU DECISON!

* Because we love detailing just as much as the lovely photographer whose work is featured here. Sahrish Zakia has been very kind and has allowed is to use her pictures. If you like her work just as much as we do, please contact her via her Facebook page.

You may also like to read our post Why you need a female professional photographer for your wedding?