Pyramids, old markets and camels: a dream wedding in Cairo!

There is nothing more amazing than shooting a destination wedding on a location you have dreamed about all your life.

When Deena and Nawaf contacted me from Philly, I could never imagine I would be the one chosen to shoot their wedding in Cairo.

Both of them had a connection with Egypt and it felt just natural to organize the whole wedding at Deena’s uncle’s gardens in the outskirts of Cairo. Not an easy task to fulfill from the US, but in a matter of weeks, everything was ready to go.

My second shooter and I flew in three days before the wedding from Stockholm and we had the chance of getting to know this wonderful couple better when we shoot their couple shoots on the day they got legally married.

We spend the day in Cairo’s market place, in Old Town, as well as by the Great Pyramids, at sunset.

In Egypt, getting legally married is not the most important part of the wedding. What really matters is the religious blessing given by an Egyptian priest and the Zaffa, the famous Egyptian musical-dancing procession followed by lots of good food and dancing, dancing, dancing, all night long!

Too many wonderful pictures to be posted in only one post, so I’ve divided the four days we spent together into many smaller posts. To see them all, please visit the links given under the pictures!

Couple Shooting by the Great Pyramids:

Their religious ceremony as well as the ZAFFA:

Couple Shots in Cairo’s old town after the legal ceremony:

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:29 pm

What an amazing wedding and amazing photos!!! Cairo — such a new and diverse location for a destination wedding. Thanks so much for sharing these images, Julia.

Aaron Howe Imagery - July 26, 2010 - 12:25 am

Inspirational and beautiful, Juliana. I just checked out your profile and your website. You are an amazing photographer.

andy wood - July 29, 2010 - 2:27 pm

That is so cool. Love the pictures. Never would have thought of shooting there. Opens the mind up to the possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

Mario Caldeira - July 30, 2010 - 8:27 am

Nice Work!!!

Michael Howe - August 3, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Really enjoyed these images. Thanks for sharing.

Mariquita - August 4, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Oh, so very romantic. I am loving the emotion in these photos. I feel like I know this couple intimately after viewing just this short series. Like a novel in pictures. Beautiful.

Bernadette Kashuba - August 8, 2010 - 7:47 pm

Cairo is amazing … due to your exceptional photos! Thanks!

Paula Lukas - August 12, 2010 - 3:57 am

What a beautiful wedding story.

Beverly Canalab - August 12, 2010 - 4:08 am

OMG — amazing photo shoot. I want so much to be them — so romantic. You displayed and cpatured so much romance in the photots. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Summers - August 13, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Just loved the brilliant ring shot amongst the terrain. Fabulous technique.

Joey Falsetti - August 18, 2010 - 5:27 am

I was captivated by your ninth photo — black and white on one side merged with color on the other — very nice.

WraphanitiarI - August 19, 2010 - 5:05 pm

Very Interesting!
Thank You

Jacqui Jagt - August 23, 2010 - 7:34 am

The first shot looks like something from out of a fairy tale — the couple walking towards the pyramids at sunset. Lovely.

Candice Springgay - August 24, 2010 - 1:17 pm

I have never visited Cairo … and thank you so much for sharing such beautiful photos and culture of the pyramids and old town.

Shauna Dallamsphum - August 26, 2010 - 4:58 pm

My very favorite is the last photo — not only the natural joy on the bride and groom’s faces — but the amazing cultural background.

Isobelle Thornborough - September 3, 2010 - 4:51 am

Thoroughly enjoyed these wedding photos in Cairo. Wonderful background and joyful bride and groom.

Tahany Dwaik - December 7, 2010 - 4:23 pm


My engagement’s party will be in 29/1 and i wish you could be my photographer but i need to know the total cost because i’m work on budget (the party will be in orabi and it will be from 3 till 10 but i’ll need you from the morning )


Wilma Cornelisse - December 7, 2010 - 11:04 pm

Absolutely amazing photography of both the wedding and the location. You inspire me!

JJ - March 16, 2012 - 3:07 am


I am traveling to cairo next month. And I wish to have some picture taken around the city for one day during my stay.

Do you provide such photography services? how much is it?

Thank you!


Alexei+Marina=just married

My latest couple was a young couple from New York of U.S.In fact Marina is Greek but live also in N.Y almost  a decade.They are both musicians and they decide to married in Greece in Thessaloniki.We had couple shots in preparation and after that we went to some popular locations of Thessaloniki for shooting before the ceremony. and the reception.

Thanks Marina and Alexei for your co-operation and i hope we can get also some images at N.Y in the near future.LOL.

stacy - July 19, 2010 - 12:36 pm

nice work!!! great angles

Martin Tavares - July 20, 2010 - 9:24 am

What a beautiful and perfect place for a destination wedding! You will probably have many couples interested in arranging their wedding in Greece. I just love the photos, especially the one of the bride and groom walking along the pier as the sun was setting.

Nik Pekridis - July 20, 2010 - 9:31 am

It’s not as beautyfull as the islands but yes…its prety nice i think.

Andreas Feusi - July 21, 2010 - 10:49 am

Beautiful place for a wedding. Nice details and great photos with sunset.

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:31 pm

Beautiful images! You really have a style that captures the full emotions.

Aaron Howe Imagery - July 26, 2010 - 12:27 am

I am captivated with your second last photo … on the dock … with the bride and groom … with the sun setting. The colors that your captured are breath taking.

Nik Pekridis - July 26, 2010 - 1:03 am

Andrea and Jeremy thanks a lot for your comments.
Aaron…new lightroom 3 and a litlle of viveza2 and voila.

Mario Caldeira - July 30, 2010 - 8:28 am


Cynthia Blackstone - August 3, 2010 - 5:21 pm

Love the first photo of the shoes. What fun!

Nik Pekridis - August 4, 2010 - 12:29 am

thanks a lot Cynthia

Jonny Wedding Photographer Leeds - August 5, 2010 - 8:05 am

The quality of this wedding photography is just amazing. I am so inspired and can’t wait for the weekend for my next shoot now my head is filled with so many ideas.

Nik Pekridis - August 5, 2010 - 11:15 am

thank you all for your nice comments.Hey Jonny hope i am gonna see you next Jan in swpp convension.I have my own masterclass there.

Bethany Paris - August 8, 2010 - 7:48 pm

Makes me want to get married all over again — in Greece. Beautiful, beautiful photos!

Nik Pekridis - August 9, 2010 - 12:20 am

Just pick up the dates and we can make re-wedding day…thanks Bethany

Paula Lukas - August 12, 2010 - 3:59 am

Wow …. wonderful photo shoot .. enjoyed every pic!

Carmela Harry - August 12, 2010 - 4:03 am

My favorite place .. so much more favorite by looking at your inspirational images. Thanks so much!!

Shauna Dallamsphum - August 12, 2010 - 4:11 am

Really LOVE Photo#8 — beautiful and fun! Way to go!

Nik Pekridis - August 12, 2010 - 4:53 am

thanks Shauna

Nik Pekridis - August 12, 2010 - 8:37 am

i am start to feel…shy? !!thank you all

Jennifer Summers - August 13, 2010 - 2:57 pm

I could not help but comment on the photo with the green lighting of the bride and groom facing each other. Brilliant!

Julis McIntyre Photos - August 18, 2010 - 5:29 am

Nice work — my fav is the 2nd last picture — the sky was so spectacular.

Belinda Mango - August 23, 2010 - 7:36 am

Oh my … #8 is the best … with such vivid and amazing colors.

Candice Springgay - August 24, 2010 - 1:18 pm

I am certainly enjoying all the culture and locations from around the world. These photos in Greece are magnificent.

Shauna Dallamsphum - August 27, 2010 - 1:22 am

You know … I cannot even pick one favorite. Just loved all of your photos … and can hardly wait until your next blog.

Nik Pekridis - August 27, 2010 - 1:33 am

thank you all for your comments…i would love to make a destination wedding in Us.

Teresa Beklamy - September 3, 2010 - 4:54 am

I’m becoming of fan of your work. This is the third wedding I have enjoyed viewing. Again, very beautiful.

Nik Pekridis - September 3, 2010 - 5:00 am

thanks a lot Teresa for your comments.

with Nick Ghionis in Corfu

Mary Fabian - July 13, 2010 - 6:29 pm

What an absolute fairy tale wedding! Your photographs are beautiful! Congratulations!

Laurie Ryan - July 13, 2010 - 6:54 pm

Wow … I just love the photo of the bride going up the stairs — so, so gorgeous. I am loving your blog … and can hardly wait to see more. Where did this wedding take place?

Mary Lou Meyers - July 13, 2010 - 7:23 pm

I agree with both Mary and Laurie – splendid imagery!

Alexander Manning - July 13, 2010 - 7:28 pm

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing more of your photographs.

Nik Pekridis - July 13, 2010 - 11:58 pm

Its in Corfu,ionion sea in Greek and the place its Achillion the palace of princess Sissy of Austria.

Erick Danzer - July 14, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Nik, these images are amazing! The setting is glorious.

Nik Pekridis - July 20, 2010 - 12:11 am

Thanks a lot Erick.

Robyn Riddell - July 20, 2010 - 9:49 am

Ditto — beautiful work!

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:32 pm

All I can say is absolutely beautiful!! I love your first image (and all the rest as well).

Derek Massiah - July 26, 2010 - 12:28 am

Loved all your imagery … and your first image is #1 in my eyes.

Nik Pekridis - July 26, 2010 - 11:09 am

thanks Derek.

Nik Pekridis - July 26, 2010 - 11:10 am

thanks Jeremy.

Cynthia Blackstone - August 3, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Fantastic images!

Mariquita - August 4, 2010 - 12:20 pm

Wow. Such an amazing capturing of the incredible color … the staircase shot belongs in a museum I think.

Teresa Beklamy - August 12, 2010 - 4:13 am

Hi Ho to Mariquita — but I love Photo #4 the best! Nik, all of your images are amazing … and every bride must be so so delighted with the work of art that you produce! Wow!

Nik Pekridis - August 12, 2010 - 8:36 am

thank you all !!!It makes me feel very proud.

Barbara Jansen - August 13, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Love your first photo — the dramatic angles and lighting.

Julis McIntyre Photos - August 18, 2010 - 5:30 am

Such rich and vibrant colors.

Khachatur Hovhannisyan - August 18, 2010 - 8:01 pm

Its really beautiful pictures!! Bravo!

Belinda Mango - August 23, 2010 - 7:37 am

So very regal and rich. Beautiful photos. That staircase is magnificent.

Miranda Isber - August 24, 2010 - 1:20 pm

Outstanding photographs!

Corfu Hotels - February 6, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Really wonderful. Without words… Great

Waterford, Ireland – Real Wedding by Shane O’Neill

Wedding Photographer: Shane O’Neill – Aspect Photography
Ceremony Location: Holy Cross Church, Tramore, Co Waterford
Reception Location: Waterford Castle
Wedding Date: April 2010
Client Names: Jade & Thomas

Real Wedding Description: Shot on location at the spectacular Holy Cross Church in Tramore and the luxurious Island of Waterford Castle – the typical Irish weather could not spoil Jade & Thomas’ day.

Laurie Smith - July 13, 2010 - 6:33 pm

Stunning photographs! Makes me want to get married in Ireland!

Maia Chase - July 13, 2010 - 6:58 pm

I agree with Laurie. You are a top of the line artist — the angles, the lighting. Simply beautiful!

Alexander Manning - July 13, 2010 - 7:26 pm

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing more of your

J.D. Smith Photography - July 20, 2010 - 9:32 am

I find your images very inspiring and look forward to seeing more.

Cat - July 25, 2010 - 10:02 am

Beautiful! Love the sleepy ring bearer in the armchair and the couple in shadow framed in the arch.

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:34 pm

Fantastic imagery … all of them!

Paul Cunningham - July 26, 2010 - 12:32 am

Dramatic imagery of the cathedral!

Shane O'Neill - Aspect Photography - July 26, 2010 - 5:07 am

many thanks to everyone for the kind comments!

Mary Fabian - August 3, 2010 - 5:25 pm

Very nice work!

Jacqui Jagt - August 8, 2010 - 7:54 pm

Love the church photos the most … what a gorgeous church. Ireland is naturally beautiful … and you sure know how to capture that. Thanks, Shane.

Marcella Abbotsford - August 12, 2010 - 4:17 am

Don’t you just love the uniquess of us all? Different from all the rest … what I really see is how you captured every single emotion a bride can feel in one day (and there are so, so many emotions). Yup .. you got them all. And, to me, that is the very essence of a phenonemal photographer.

Anna Romano - August 13, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Oh how natural Photo 9 is — that was definitely not a posed picture. You captured her joy beautifully.

Dorothy Isber Photos - August 23, 2010 - 7:42 am

Marvellous series … I too admire how your captured such bold and dramatic shots of the church.

Joanne Byrne - August 30, 2010 - 5:55 pm

Great selection of photographs

Vickie Dellick - September 23, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Beautifully thought out shots and poses. I love how the entire wedding party is captured and of course the ever-so-amazing look in the groom’s eyes when he’s finally married the girl of his dreams. You have really captured it all. Great work!

Santa Barbara Wedding Photography - October 30, 2010 - 5:47 am

What a clarity in the pics I had never seen before specially in black and white pics..Great job!
I like pics a lot..

Haven - April 23, 2011 - 10:16 pm

awesome photographs.Thanks ………

michaelbraganza - September 4, 2012 - 3:22 am

Really Friends it Beautiful Wedding photographer, I Like it.

Jeff Ascough Lens & Light Honor

The Lens & Light Honor is awarded to twelve photographers each year who are true leaders in the world of wedding photography. We look for photographers who produce stunning, modern, artistic imagery at the frontier of the field and for photographers who have achieved a rare level of success and recognition among brides, fellow photographers, and others in the wedding industry. We are proud to recognize Jeff Ascough with the Lens & Light Honor.


© Jeff Ascough


“One of the world’s greatest wedding photographers”

~ Canon Professional

“One of the ten best wedding photographers in the world”

~ American Photo

“A master at shooting by available light”

~ The Washington Post


Known the world over for his stunning documentary-style wedding photography and his work as a Canon Ambassador, Jeff Ascough works to elevate wedding photography to an art form. Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the work of James Nachtwey. Jeff’s unobtrusive approach yields honest, truthful and timeless images that serve as treasured memories for his brides.

For Jeff, a wedding is a sacred occasion – and the photographer’s role is to capture the unfolding events quietly, simply, without attracting attention. He challenges himself to create his award-winning wedding images by using available light almost exclusively. He shoots deliberately and carefully, crafting each image with incredible care. For Jeff, every picture should stand out. Every single photograph should be both aesthetically appealing and emotionally evocative.

With more than 20 years of wedding photography experience, Jeff has used this documentary storytelling approach to cover more than 1000 wedding assignments. His client roster boasts countless girls-next-door and plenty of celebrities including Kevin Pieterson and Jessica Taylor, Jill Halfpenny and Craig Conway and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien.


© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough


How did you get into wedding photography?

I was invited to join my parents fledgling photography business back in 1989. I was actually thinking about doing a degree in Psychology prior to that, but I found that photography was really what I wanted to do in life.

How would you describe your style?

In short I shoot documentary/street style images on a wedding day. My style is unobtrusive but faithful and true to the people and the events that surround the wedding day.

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

What cameras do you shoot with, what’s your favorite lens, and what’s your favorite accessory other than your cameras/lenses?

I currently shoot with two Canon EOS 1DMKIV cameras. My favourite lens will always be the 50mm f1.2L but I find myself shooting mainly with the 16-35 f2.8LII these days.

How important is post processing in your final images?

It is paramount to my style. With good post processing I can create the image that was in my mind’s eye when I pressed the shutter. For me, capturing the actual image is only the start of making a great picture.

Who or what inspires you to create great imagery?

I have always been inspired by the great documentary/street photographers of the 21st Century, and I guess I always will be. Cartier-Bresson is the biggest influence on my style, his love of composition and the ‘decisive moment’ are ingrained in my photographic soul.

Sebastiao Salgado and his use of light, and the way he has his images printed to bring drama to his pictures are important to me. I also like the way he sees a collection of pictures as being important in telling the story.

I enjoy the work of Gary Winogrand, Eugene Richards and James Nachtwey for their use of space and wide-angle lenses—something which I have noticed in my work over the past couple of years. Then there are legends like Don McCullin who continues to inspire and challenge me when it comes to taking pictures, not just at a wedding. I rarely look at other wedding photography—it just doesn’t interest me at all.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

For me it is all about trying to improve my work, season on season. I find actually shooting a wedding really easy and comfortable, as I’ve been doing it for so long now, but I always push and challenge myself to get better images. I still practice different shooting techniques away from the wedding, and I continue to train myself to become a better photographer.

What do you think are the most important trends in wedding photography today?

Honestly. I have no idea. I don’t tend to follow wedding photography.

If not a photographer, what would you want to be?

A criminal psychologist. Psychology is my other passion.




© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

© Jeff Ascough

Adrian Wood Photography - June 18, 2010 - 11:04 am

Jeffs work is an enormous inspiration to so many and I am huge fan. His eye for catching the perfect ,moment means he must be switched on all the time and no head in camera always up and at it. Great talent all round…. Thanks for posting these images…


Adrian Wood Photography - June 18, 2010 - 11:06 am

Great post all round …. Love Jeffs work and its a great inspiration to us all in the documentary wedding photography field.



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damien - June 23, 2010 - 8:10 am

I love Mr. Ascough’s work, and have for a long time now. Truly inspiring.

Andreas Feusi - June 24, 2010 - 8:07 am

Absolut fantastic work. I like the photo the couple’s dancing. Amazing shot.
I also like the toning.
Great blog post.

Mauro - June 25, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Hello Jeff. Iam Mauro from Brasil.
Shots from the hert,worderful your work.

Mariquita - June 27, 2010 - 9:12 pm

I am feeling so inspired. These pictures are so artistic and so very beautiful and it is impressive to me that Mr. Ascough works to shoot almost exclusively by the natural light. I feel inspired to work harder at using natural light sources. Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview.

vito ancona - July 2, 2010 - 2:34 am

hi Jeffs, real amazing works….lovely!

nice to meet you!

vito ancona


Will Pursell - July 6, 2010 - 8:24 pm

amazing images! very smart guy…

Enrico - July 7, 2010 - 3:49 am

Really beautiful work, particularly the black and white pictures. I like the candid style and the spontaneity of the shots.

Nobuyuki - July 11, 2010 - 12:35 am

Hello Jeff, your documentary style work always inspired me.
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Mary Fabian - July 13, 2010 - 6:38 pm

Jeff — I just love your work. I have been following it for years and am so glad to have found you on Best of Wedding Photography. Look forward to seeing more – awesome!

Marilyn Forrest - July 13, 2010 - 7:04 pm

These images are so magnificent … and I agree … you are like a magician with the natural light.

mark kidd - July 15, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Jeff you are not one of the best wedding photographers you are the best!!!! THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION !!!

John Lyons Weddings - July 16, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Congratulations Jeff. I absolutely love your work.

Maria José Ramos - July 19, 2010 - 10:22 am

Hi Jeff,

I would like to say that I love your work. I feel very inspired when I look at your shots. They’re amazing!

best regards from Italy

kowalski photography - July 20, 2010 - 7:41 am

What I like most about Jeff’s work is the impression of quiet and composure. I know how important it is to catch the right moment, and I know how it hurts to loose it. A beginning fotographer must always fight two things: pressure of time and feeling strain – both depending on each other. Jeff’s photos look like he has plenty of time to shoot them, like if it was not Jeff that catches and chases the moment, but the moment itself waiting for Jeff, who went somewhere for a long coffee break until he decides to catch it. I wish one day the time would obey me the same way. Brilliant!

allyson magda - July 20, 2010 - 4:10 pm

so inspiring!!! simply beautiful!

Haring Photography - July 21, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Thanks for sharing you approach to wedding for us!

Priscilla Haring - July 21, 2010 - 10:08 pm

I can’t get enough of the photograph with the gentleman in the church folding his hands in quiet contemplation. You are such an inspiration Jeff! Thanks! Priscilla

Lyndsay Crawford Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:36 pm

You truly are an amazing photographer … forget the top 500 .. you are in the top five!

Jacqui Jagt - August 8, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Beautiful and amazing, as usual. Love your work!

Annabelle Morris - August 12, 2010 - 4:21 am

Just a few words — magnificent and beautiful. Oh, and two more — spectacular and brilliant!

Michael J Dunham - September 21, 2010 - 3:28 pm

Great stuff, I love the use of natural light!

Samantha - October 2, 2010 - 12:57 am

Utterly inspiring photography, I love it all.

Eva Photo Studio - October 20, 2010 - 5:59 pm

OMG….I love the bride and groom barely visible with the spotlights shining down on them. All of these images are amazing and very inspiring!

Tim Hind - December 30, 2010 - 5:19 am

Jeffs work is truly inspirational, capturing unique and natural images with creative ease

Graham Wynne - July 30, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Inspiring stuff – I see he is just down the road from me too!

Larry Green - January 17, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Really enjoy the black and white!

Rares - January 22, 2012 - 3:32 am

Jeff = inspiration.

sergio - October 6, 2012 - 5:34 am

Voce é realmente um artista,cada click seu é uma obra de arte!
Obrigado !

Lafayette - January 30, 2013 - 3:50 am

Great photographer!