Mayuri and Yash had a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Durban botanical gardens. It wasn't meant to be a tented garden wedding but a week before the wedding it rained, almost every day. I was looking forward to this wedding especially because we hadn't shot an outdoor wedding for quite some time and I didn't know when (if ever) we would actually get a chance again to shoot a wedding in the botanical gardens. I love the botanical gardens as a wedding venue however I don’t understand why photographers insist on using it for the couples shoots as there are so many other beautiful places to shoot in Durban like the beach (if one is really stumped for a location). So as you can imagine we didn't do our shoot at the botanical gardens. We actually got a chance to shoot inside of Moses Mabhida Stadium, it was pure luck and had a lot to do with Mitesh’s amazing people skills. I am now convinced he can get us into any location. We also shot at the famous cable cars on Durban's beachfront. I'm sure many people will have the same childhood memory I had of riding in these. It was scary to be honest, and as a kid I never realized how high it actually goes. I managed to put my fear aside and get some amazing shots of Mayuri and Yash, and I even managed to not fall out of the car.
Planning a wedding can never be an easy task. I think no matter how simple or elaborate it is, the planning is still difficult. I can only imagine how much planning went into Trusha and Mitesh’s wedding. Everything was planned to the Tee. Bhagwan’s were the caterers and co-ordinates of this wedding. And if you have ever been to a wedding with Bhagwan’s you would know that the food and the wedding would be one of a kind. Trusha and Mitesh had huge wedding in Alberton Civic Center the hall was impeccably decorated as when I walked in I barely recognized it. If I had a tip for brides it would be this quote "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." this quote is simply perfect as all the service providers from sound, décor to catering were professionals and her wedding went of beautifully without any hitches or complications. Couples often hire people who are not professionals in this line of work and trying to get people to fix someone else’s mess works out far more expensive in the long run. When it comes to weddings most thing are irreparable.
When I look at these shoots, I can hardly believe we did this. Mits and I have come a long way in the past 4years and it’s thanks to all my couples. Without their confidence in our ideas we wouldn't have seen some of the most beautiful places. If you've ever seen spring blossoms you'll agree with me when I say it takes your breath away. I must admit timing these flowers all the way from Johannesburg was not fun. I'm a perfectionist and once I have an idea in my head it very difficult to let go of the idea. How beautiful would a small intimate wedding would look in between these isles of trees? Looking at these photos now I almost forget that it was about 10degrees that day. The 3 of us were warm but Sheetal braved the cold in this beautiful outfit. Their Indian wedding took place in summer place Johannesburg around March this year, we managed to shoot them in the wedding outfit but not the reception outfit hence we decided to do another shoot. There colour of her reception lehenga was so bright and vibrant, she looked beautiful in any location you put her in. I was quite chuffed that the mountains turn purple in franschhoek at sunset, it matched here outfit perfectly! If you missed there beautiful garden wedding on our blog click here
How I wish I was back in in Phuket. This was a styled destination wedding shoot we worked on with (probably that most amazing makeup artist in Phuket) Lisa Allen. If you are getting married in Phuket, then I really recommend you use Lisa, her work is flawless, professional and she uses high end make up which means that you won’t have to worry about your make up the entire day. It was a perfect afternoon in Rawai Phuket. We shot on the most beautiful beach in Phuket the water was so clear and blue that it looked like one of those holiday brochures, which always seem to perfect to be real. After the beach shoot we headed into a forest looking set up. From the car it looked as perfect as the beach but it was only until I got out of the car did I regret it. It was literally a mosquito heaven- we all kept smacking ourselves like crazy people to get them off. Our model(Emma) was fantastic, she was so well composed and made it look effortless to be there.
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Shoot anything in India is always such a pleasure especially with Destination Indian wedding photography being our line of work. Every corner and ally presents a new photo opportunity. It really is a photographer dream. The gateway of India is a popular landmark in India. I remember it faintly from a family trip we took to India 8years ago. Faintly, because we were moody
teenagers at the time who refused to get out of the car and only saw it through a car window in between a sleep. Thou times have changed since then and even thou sleeping is still my absolute favourite pass time, I tend to see far more of the places I visit and now hate being hotel bound.
Visiting India presents its own challenges but visiting India during monsoon season presents an entirely different set of challenges. For this shoot monsoon season is probably the best time to shoot at the Gateway. Rainy weather means that it won’t be as crowed, partially cloudy skies take the focus of all the people in the background and the best thing of all, we get awesome reflections. This was a fun afternoon shoot with lots on puddles and soaked Shoes. Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to like us on Facebook
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