I feel like I'm especially lucky in that I get a to experience lot of destination weddings. And since my clients are so cool and different, they're always planning celebrations at the most unique spots, not just your standard tropical resort.
I love exploring quirky new places I've never been before, and Vikram and Maya's wedding was a dream in this regard! I traveled to New Hope, PA, an hour and a bit outside of NYC, to photograph their awesome Hindu wedding. Here are some favorites - a lot of 'em! I'll split this up into a couple of posts!
The evening before the wedding, the couple's families held a Maiyan ceremony. Lots of singing and dancing!
This next photo by Mathew is pretty crazy - a result of dragging the shutter and having more than one flash go off during the exposure. Really freaking neat!
Vikram looks kinda intense here!
Then, the next day, the wedding!
While assembling this shot, the sun came out to catch the rings in the most perfect way!
It was kind of like that the whole day - perfect! It rained, but only for like ten minutes while the bride and groom were changing clothes. The rain cut the heat a little and made it more comfortable for everyone (and isn't rain on a wedding day said to be good luck?!)
The "first look" - when Vikram saw the gorgeous Maya for the first time in her wedding lengha.
Mathew's shot next!
Now for the wedding processional - the groom drives up to the ceremony in a white BMW (maybe a modern interpretation of the white horse, but less poo to clean up after!!) His family dances, sings and celebrates as they lead him to his bride!
Maya and Vikram are divided by a sheet at the end of the aisle so they can't see each other...
The sheet is lifted, at which point there's a little battle as to who gets to throw the garland around the other's neck first!!! (I'm not sure this is a tradition as such, but I see this garland battle at a lot of Hindu weddings, and it always makes for the cutest photos! I call it "The War of the Roses" - haha! Clever, clever, I know!)
Photo below by Mathew!
More photos to come soon!