Yale and Onur are a couple from New York and have a very cute baby together. They chose Istanbul, where Onur’s family was living, to get married. They preferred Bosphorus Palace Hotel, in other words Debreli Ismail Pasha Yalisi which is one of the most beautiful buildings of Beylerbeyi. You can read the whole story of “Wedding Photographer Istanbul Bosphorus Palace” at the bottom of the page…
The Story of the Palace
The word Yali is often confused with residence. In order for a “yali” to become a mansion in the Ottoman Empire, it must locate immediate at the waterside. In other words, the seaside mansions are called “yali”. Since the Ottoman architecture is based on wood, unfortunately, many mansions stretching right and left in the Bosphorus have disappeared today, due to fire or decay. Debreli Ismail Pasha Mansion, built in 1876, was completely burned in 1983. Then, between 1993-1996, it was reconstructed in accordance with the original based on existing photos and survey projects and started to serve as a hotel.
This is a 12 room boutique hotel. Each room is nostalgically furnished in the Ottoman mansion concept and is quite impressive. Most furniture is covered with 18-carat gold. Especially the giant chandelier hanging down from the middle staircase and stairwell looks great.
Yale and Onur came to the mansion with a classic car suitable for the atmosphere of this place. Together with relatives, we started the preparatory shooting in the bridal room with a unique Bosphorus view. My friend Gokhan taking the videos was also with me. It was also worth seeing Yale’s preparation and communication with her baby throughout the day. Onur was being prepared right across from the room with balcony overlooking the mansion’s garden. The fact that the two rooms are so close together is a great advantage for us. Often, we can photo shoot both the bride and groom.
After the preparation, we took lots of photo shoots in the wonderful garden of the mansion at the edge of the Bosphorus and inside the building. It is full of surprise funds and lights, especially for the building. Each time, while shooting here, you can discover something new. Afterwards we again took the family shootings in front of the stairs and started to wait for the evening.
Then the wedding, dinner and party started, which would continue from 20:00 until 24:00.
During the ceremony, both Yale and Onur were unable to keep their tears. One of the most beautiful moments of the night was the wonderful traditional dances performed by relatives of Onur, who were originally from Abhazya.
I congratulate dear Yale and Onur again. With health and happiness.
Wedding Photographer Istanbul Bosphorus Palace by Ufuk Sarisen