How do I put into words all the things that took place during Ashley & Garret’s Destination Wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica?
These guys are from Newfoundland, the most Eastern Province in Canada. Temperatures during the winter months can drop to -25°C. So put them on a Caribbean Island for a week with lots of sunshine, temperatures in the region of +30°C, the Caribbean Sea, some good Rum and in the company of 40 other cool and crazy Canadians and there is bound to be lots of fun. In all honesty, Ashley did warn me in advance “I don’t know if you’ve heard much about Newfoundlanders but there are a famous breed of people here in the western part of the world and I just know that the week is going to be riot!”
Ashley and Garret jumping off the cliff together at Rick’s Cafe in Negril the day after their wedding remains one of my favourite moments ever as a wedding photographer. Don’t worry Ash, I won’t tell anyone that you was scared to death about the whole process.
The wedding day itself took place on the 10 year anniversary to the day that they went on their first date. How cool is that?! And I swear their two kids Rae and GiGi are the cutest ever!
We still keep in touch, the odd text and FaceTime session here and there. We even spent two days doing touristy stuff this summer when they visited London. I guess it is safe to say that I have made some friends for life now, and it all began on the beautiful Island of Jamaica earlier this year.
YA MON! We had fun. Guys, thank you for having me as your Montego Bay Wedding Photographer. We have shared some great moments together so far, even that terrible movie (Mrs. Browns Boys) that Garret made us watch in the summer counts to it. See you guys in Canada at some point, I don’t know when that will be but you can bet on it that I will pay a visit one day.
These two incredible people got married and had me along to document and celebrate every single day of it with them, their families and friends. There were moments when I had to remind myself that I was actually there for work, as it was so easy to get caught up in all the fun and excitement that was happening around me.
The celebration of their love was spread out over 3 days. Yes, 3 full days of goodness – and every day offered something different.
Day 1 began with an intimate Blessing Ceremony at Rakhee’s parents home. Then an informal gathering / Mehndi Party at The Great Barn later that evening.
Day 2 was the real deal, the Hindu Wedding or as Rakhee puts it “The Big Fat Indian Wedding.” So many good things happened albeit at a very fast pace. As someone who is fascinated by culture, it was a joy to witness the events unfold.
Day 3 at Syon House was a more relaxed affair in comparison to the two previous days, the perfect way to round things off.
My favourite moment? Everything!
I mean how do you pick a favourite from moments such as Rakhee and Jack’s colourful faces by the end of the Blessing Ceremony. The immense dancing with sticks to bring the Mendhi ceremony to a close, or Jack riding along a busy London street on a horse – a horse which happened to be the secret wedding gift that Rakhee got for him. What about the fight for the rings, or watching planes fly over the conservatory at Syon House. And did I mention that I even got some Mehndi done on my arm?
I love you guys man, thank you for such an amazing cultural experience. I could so do it all over again!
Rakhee and Jack, I am glad to have met you and glad to have you as friends now. Keep Smiling
I Contemplated on blogging each day separately but I think one BIG post will do a better job at telling the whole story.
Happy Viewing, Hindu Wedding Photographer London.
Hindu Priest: Arjun Pandey
Bridal Mehndi: Pavan
Event Design: Enchanting Events
Videography: Ultimate Visuals Cinematography
Day 1 Venue: The Great Barn
Day 2 Venue: One Mayfair
Day 3: Syon House
Live Music: Body & Soul