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Indian Palace Engagement Session

Indian Palace Engagement Session

The region we were in for this shoot is called Rajasthan. It's a part of the country that is most famous for camels and brightly colored women in the desert. And then there's Udaipur - the city of lakes - a desert oasis full of palaces, restaurants right on the water, narrow streets and sunset boat rides. I had never been here before and was so blown away by how beautiful and unique it was compared to anywhere else I had been in India.

I met up with Sydney + Dexter at one of the palaces you could stay in and we bonded over experiencing India for the first time, something I have never been able to do with any other couple before.  It's experiences like this - tying my love for photography and travel with such a huge part of my past - that make me feel something I've never felt before.

Michiko + Daniel

Michiko + Daniel

Not even sure where to start with this wedding because it was truly an unforgettable experience.  Michiko + Daniel live in Dubai and brought a handful to friends over to Fukuoka, Japan (where Michiko used to live) to celebrate their wedding with their closest family + friends. We met them a few days earlier to hang out, get to know each other, take a few photos in this incredible tucked away Japanese garden in the middle of the city, and of course eat ramen.  I knew right away that they were some of the most kind hearted people and I felt so honored to be the one to capture their special day.

The night before their wedding everyone went out to a pop up food stall to hang out, drink sake, and eat some of the craziest food like snail, whale, sea urchin, cow tongue, octopus, to just name a few. It was quite the experience and we felt so included + welcomed as part of the family. It was a complete cultural immersion to say the least and Rich and I fell so in love with this country and all of it's people.  

On the wedding day, Michiko is from Japan and Daniel is from the UK so there was a bit of infusion from both cultures in their day.  They said their vows out on the lawn next to the ocean with a view of the city in the distance, and then changed into traditional Japanese kimono's for the first reception.  Their families came together to break open a barrel of sake from the bride's hometown and served it to every guest in appreciation of their friendship and love.  Then they headed indoors for a second reception with more incredible food + danced to gangnam style like no other wedding party I've seen.  

Emily + Brian

Emily + Brian

Last month, Rich and I had the opportunity to explore Utah a little bit in-between a few dreamy desert shoots.  There were so many places that took our breath away.