Neil & Ulrika

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“In preparation for takeoff, please ensure that your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright and stowed positions, your seat belts are securely fastened and all your carry-on items are securely stowed. The NO SMOKING sign will remain illuminated for the duration of the flight and smoking is prohibited throughout the cabin and in the lavatories. All lavatories are equipped with smoke detection systems. Thank you for your attention. We will be airborne shortly.”

I took a deep breath and mentally counted my camera equipment for the 10th time. Ben squeezed my hand and ensured me we had everything, as wheels started rolling and our plane took of for India, yes I said INDIA.

We were on our way to shoot one of my close friend’s brother’s wedding on Palolem beach in Goa, India.

It was so unreal, Anelle and myself have been teased by Neil and Bruce (the tall guy in the wedding party) through most of our high school days and here I was about to shoot his wedding with the most genuine and bubbly lady you have ever met.

India was hot, full of colour, friendly people and random cows tanning on the beaches (Now before you gasp, I’m not calling anybody names I am talking about real cows: as in the animal). Standing in one spot I could barely process everything around me, I remember thinking you truly do not have to be a photographer to take amazing pictures here you can just point your camera in any direction and it would be a fascinating photo.

Before Neil & Ulrika asked us to shoot their wedding I’ve never even heard about the place Goa, imagine my surprise when I did a Google search on the place and found one of my South African Wedding photographer inspiration, Jacki Bruniquel shot a wedding in the exact same place (on a side note, Jax thanks for inspiring me, you can see her work at Jacki Bruniquel Art and Photography )

Once in Goa, we kicked off our shoes the moment we got there and never saw it again for the whole week, all the walkways are covered with beach sand, talk about ultimate freedom. It was also no coincidence that when I stood before the wedding spot and looked up at the sign name it said “Sundowners”. The sun+going+down = amazing, and I think it was these details that stole Neil and Ulrika’s hearts.

This wedding took loads of planning, getting 60 people in India, helping to build the accommodation before everybody arrives, getting things across at high tide, transforming a remote spot into a venue…… well actually just getting everybody through customs was a job on its own. High five to Neil & Ulrika for all the hard work.

What an honor and experience, thanks to everybody there for playing along and being such wonderful people that I just want to go back next year on a big holiday with all of you.

These 2 jetsetters have the most wonderful story of all their travels and I hope to feature their whole story in their own words on this blog someday.

Last but not least in any way or form, thanks to my husband Ben for taking of work, running around with equipment, entertaining people, taking fab photos and just being there! Love Ya

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4 Comments

  1. soup.io

    May 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Je vais terminer de regarder tout cela ce soir

  2. Ce post est rempli de conseils

  3. brenda

    January 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    We have had such a wonderful trip down memory lane. YOUr photos are magnificent. Well done
    Neil and Brenda Di and Barry Cheryl and Blaize

  4. Lerika

    January 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Asemrowend Mooi Chene!

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