Day 2 of Deepika & Dhiraj’s Indian Wedding begins on the morning of, with friends and relatives participating in the rituals of the Pooja. Despite celebrating well into early morning hours, the energy and excitement of the room was palpable. Things we didn’t expect:
1. Our own crew showing no signs of slowing down.
2. How much caffeine played a part in that.
3. The groom leaving the hall minus a few items of clothing!
The wedding ceremony was nothing short of magical. Deepika & Dhiraj, resembling a Queen & King in their finery, held the collective attention of the crowd as the sun set against the backdrop of the majestic Indian Ocean.
The final takeaway for us was that in shooting an Indian Wedding everyone is family; wedding guests that aren’t related to the couple and even us! The genuine warmth and exuberance with which we were treated will not be forgotten. Come, take a journey with us through the final day of this celebration that we will surely keep coming back to.
Wedding Planner: The Banquet Company | Videographer: Chapter 2 | Venue: Jie Jie by Jetwing | Mua: Dil Sapukotanage | Second shooters: Mahinth, Lalith, Ravishan
An Indian wedding is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The loud and finely-dressed crowds, non-stop music and energy, flashes of diamond nose-studs, beautifully manicured henna-coloured hands, heavily worked and perfumed saris create a heady and romantic atmosphere. The ease with which tradition is paired with glamour and festivity always makes the Indian wedding a delightful challenge for the photographer as rituals and celebrations stretch into multiple days, and warm, dusky evenings quicken into a thrilling nights.
I was thrilled to be able cover Deepika & Dhiraj’s wedding after we had met them for a pre-wedding shoot in Dubai last September. Capably assisted by Hemant and his brilliant Banquet Company team, we were a part of two whirlwind days at Jetwing’s Jie Jie Beach in Panadura.
A few highlights from Day 1: a combined Mehndi & Sangeet. ‘Mehndi’ is an ancient henna-based temporary body art used to design intricate patterns for the bride and women of the ceremony. Mehndis at weddings are typically a celebratory festival with bright colours and much dancing. Sangeet which translates to ‘singing together’ is an time for joyous music and celebration. Oh, and did we mention there’s dancing?!
Wedding Planner: The Banquet Company | Videographer: Chapter 2 | Venue: Jie Jie by Jetwing
I met Laura & Adel for the first time in Colombo while they were planning their wedding and was at complete ease within a few minutes of talking to them. Laura’s infectious smile and ability to light up any room she walks into a room belies her meticulous attention to detail that allowed them to plan, what proved to be a truly epic wedding, on their own. Adel’s disarming charm and calmness was the perfect compliment.
When shooting intimate destination weddings like this, you can’t help but feel like a guest or one of the family. IF Villa and Kahanda Kanda proved a stunning backdrop and we can’t say that we didn’t find ourselves prey to the infectious beat of the music & celebration – with any luck not being captured by our videographers, Siyak Seenu!
Here is but a glimpse into two whirlwind days of two kindred spirits celebrating their union with their loved ones – and how perfect these two are for each other; Adel , the rock and Laura, the roll.
Destination Wedding : Emma & Ashwel
Venue: Induruwa | Wedding Planner: Magical Moments | Second Shooter: RM Photography
Emma & Ash had a small and intimate destination wedding on the beaches of Induruwa, Sri Lanka.
Take a visual journey through this beautiful, carefree celebration of love, family and friends.
Wedding Planner: Magical Moments | Venue: Mirissa
We wanted to take a break from our typical blog post for Eva & Tobi’s Destination Wedding.
Here are the most memorable moments of their beautiful day set to some of our favourite music.
Videography: Siyak Seenu | Venue: The Blue Water Resort | Saree: IBride by Indi
Sudanthi & Neraj’s Poruwa Wedding at the Blue Water Resort in Wadduwa was a magical affair, even affording us the chance to get one of our favourite images of the couple sharing a private moment under a canvas of stars. Spend some time to look at our collection of wonderful images from this lovely wedding.
Niomi & Morgan – Poruwa Destination Wedding at the Taj Vivanta, in Bentota, Sri Lanka. Featuring guest shooter, Mahinth Rajkumar.
Venue: Taj Vivanta, Bentota, Sri Lanka | Wedding Planner: Magical Moments
A short, but fun-filled wedding reception at the Water’s Edge Hotel in Colombo, complete with a fantastic home and much merrymaking. I enjoyed shooting for Kanishka and Vincent as they gave me and my second shooter free reign on covering the day and being creative. Featuring the work of guest photographer, Mahinth Rajkumar.
Shot by RM Photo for Geeshan Bandara.
Vageesha & Anudeepan’s ceremony was one of laughter, colour and combining the traditional with the modern. Take a look at a few images from our documentary coverage of this Hindu Wedding in Negombo, Sri Lanka.