Jen and Hari’s wedding at Templetree Leisure started before the sun rose. I woke up at 5:00 feeling surprisingly alert. When I got to the venue it was still dark and quiet. Jen was calm, even as the many preparations for her hair, makeup, and saree began. Jen and Hari’s planners, Lakshmi and Betsy, kept us happy with little plates of poori and chutneys for breakfast. Destination wedding photography is so cool, because it’s a chance to experience new places, customs, and meet new people. (Also–you might remember Jen and Hari from their engagement shoot in New York!).
I loved photographing their marriage rituals. Shooting barefoot and being able to get in close is something I wish I could do more often at weddings (although the soles of my feet did get a little cooked).
After an afternoon break, there was dancing outside at night. Everyone could just hang out, eat a little, and wander off on their own if they wanted to.
I’m so thankful that I got the chance to get to know Jen and Hari, and that they trusted me to join them on this adventure for their destination wedding photography. Planning a wedding can be stressful even when you’re getting married nearby, so the fact that they made such an effort to plan theirs in India says a lot about how important their family and friends are to them.
Special thank-you to them, to their families who made me feel very welcome, and to Lakshmi and Betsy for being incredible and kind beyond even just the wedding preparations (helping me find a saree, for starters!)
Venue: Templetree Leisure // Hair & Makeup: Kulsum Parvez // Event planning and styling: Dreamweaver Weddings // Mehendi Artists: Shubh Muhurat Mehendi Arts // Jen’s Jewelry: Mortantra // DJ: Deejay Haron