OMG , what a wedding… !! I love Indian weddings in Bali because they tend to be so colorful and come with a lot of interesting and enchanting ‘cultural baggage’. What made this wedding stand out was: The Light! And this very light has yielded some of the most beautiful wedding photographs I had ever had the opportunity to take. More on this further down in this post.
Though the wedding of Maneekaa and Steve was certainly Indian in flavor – only 2-3 persons at that wedding were actually from India. The bride was Malaysian and the groom an American.
This wedding is also a magnificent example how one and the same event can be perceived completely different , depending on one’s perspective. Let me explain. The couple wanted to have a small, intimate outdoor wedding up in a beautiful setting somewhere in Ubud.
The following setup was prepared for them. Exactly what the couple had hoped for:
However, the gods had something else in mind… About 5 minutes prior to when the bride was supposed to enter the venue it started to rain and it rained really, really heavily. It was clear that this was not just a shower that would pass quickly and so the entire wedding had to be moved indoors. For the bride and groom this was a big disappointment, whereas from a photographers’ perspective it was a real blessing. Why ? The light – the light – the light !! The room where the ceremony was held had on two sides floor-to-ceiling windows, which provided for magnificent light for that event and set the stage for what was to become some of my most cherished wedding photographs: beautiful dresses, an enchanting ceremony and this magnificent direct light. See for yourself:
The reception’s highlight was a splendid performance of Balinese Legong dancers. Here are a few photographs of that part of this superb wedding:
And it continued in a separate room, where the cake cutting took place and the couple and their guests danced cheerfully into the night.
I hope those photographs will help the bride and the groom to overcome some of their disappointment over the weather conditions.
As always I’d be most happy to provide advice to any couple seeking to have a similar wedding or who have detailed questions about this wedding. Just drop me an email.
‘Yours – Dominik