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Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey wedding ceremony image of The Imam performing a Muslim ceremony for a couple

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey Elopement Photography | The Imam performs a Muslim wedding ceremony as the bride and groom listen

The Imam performs a Muslim wedding ceremony as the bride and groom listen

Maham and Farhan live in the USA, but because some of their relatives were in Pakistan, they picked Istanbul as the place in the middle to do their Muslim wedding.

The couple wanted to do the ceremony at the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Because it is uncommon to hold ceremonies in mosques in Istanbul, they just asked the Imam of the church for this favour, and he invited them for the ceremony on a Friday morning.

Unfortunately, the getting ready part for Maham and her parents took longer than expected. So they had to postpone the ceremony to the afternoon, after the huge Friday Pray.

When the group got to the mosque, the Imam welcomed them, and led them through hundreds of tourists to a disguised door, which opened to a flight of stairs to the mezzanine level. There, unseen by the crowds of tourist below, they held beautiful Muslim ceremony. 

Conrad Istanbul, Turkey wedding picture of The bride getting her make-up done

Conrad Istanbul, Turkey Elopement Photography | The bride getting her make-up done

The bride getting her make-up done, seen on the mirror that was placed in front of the window.

Conrad Istanbul wedding photo of The bride getting ready with two mirrors in the bathroom

Conrad Istanbul Elopement Image Before Ceremony | The bride with two mirrors in the bathroom

The bride fixes her hair with two mirrors in the bathroom.

Istanbul wedding image of The bride as she walks in to the church

Blue Mosque, Istanbul Elopement Ceremony Photography | The bride walks in to the church

The bride, her father, and her brother walk in to the church.

Blue Mosque Istanbul wedding photo of The exchange of rings at the Muslim ceremony

Blue Mosque of Istanbul Elopement Ceremony Picture from Turkey | The exchange of rings after the Muslim wedding

The exchange of rings after the Muslim wedding ceremony.

Istanbul wedding photo of The brother of the bride signing the marriage certificate

Istanbul Elopement Ceremony Image from Turkey | The brother of the bride signs the marriage documents

The brother of the bride signs the marriage documents as the handful of guests wait.

Istanbul wedding image of The bride in her traditional Pakistani wedding dress wiping away sweat after the ceremony

Istanbul Elopement Photography | The bride in her traditional Pakistani wedding dress

The bride in her traditional Pakistani wedding dress wiping her sweat in the humid summer day.