Celebrating faith in ceremony

In May this year I was very honoured to stand alongside Perth Imam Mirsel Kozica for Elma and Evren's wedding.  I often say to couples that choosing a civil ceremony doesn't necessarily mean the absence of religion.  In fact, some couples choose a civil ceremony because one is religious and the other is not, or they are from very diverse religious backgrounds.  In Elma and Evren's case, they were raised Muslim but felt that a civil ceremony was what they both wanted.  In planning their ceremony and talking about family and tradition, we discussed the idea of Elma's father reading from the Quran.  What we ended up with though was something so much more...

I was delighted when I was approached about working with Imam Mirsel of the Bosnian Islamic Society of Perth.  Absolutely!  We emailed back and forth and teleconferenced one evening and then it was the day of the wedding...

Elma was walked up the aisle by her mother and father to stand hand in hand with Evren and after a short introduction, I asked the parents of the bride and groom to stand and give their blessings.  Imam Mirsel then conducted the first part of the ceremony according to Islamic tradition, explaining for the benefit of non-Muslim guests the significance of marriage in Islam.  He asked Elma and Evren to confirm their commitment to each other, read from the Quran, lead everyone in prayer (and boy did he have an amazing singing voice) and presented Elma and Evren with their own copy of the Quran.  We then continued with the celebrant authority (which I am required to say as an authorised celebrant), vows and rings as per a typical 'Western' wedding.

Being able to honour Elma and Evren's Muslim faith in their wedding meant a lot to them and their family.  The day was captured beautifully by Kerri Mackintosh Photography and I thank Kerri for the use of these images.