It's been a couple of years since I photographed a wedding in South Africa. The quality of light here is just stunning, coupled with the incredible White Sands Hotel as a setting, it had everything a destination wedding could want. Priti and Amish are the most bubbly of couples with a cheeky streak that made photographing them an adventure.
The morning before day one of their wedding, we met up for half an hour to do a little E-shoot, a little get together in front of the camera to make Priti and Amish at ease, and within a minute of taking pictures, any nerves were totally gone, a relaxed and documentary approach to shooting does not involve 'posing', something they were totally in love with, the first few photographs in this collection are wonderful proof of this.
I simply adore the Asian culture, the energy and way of life, with weddings there is always a strong link between tradition, family values and a marvellous sense of joy in celebrating a union between two people, they are not afraid to show their emotions. Just the thought of Priti and Amish's Kenya wedding immediately puts a smile on my face. I cannot even type their names without sporting a huge grin. I see every wedding as an adventure, and this is the perfect, perfect example.
Take two amazing people so in love, White Sands is one of the best hotels along the white washed beaches of Mombasa, hundreds of guests, dancing, laughter and a real sense of living life with a smile on your face, it all simply adds up to the perfect recipe for why life can be so amazing.
A wedding over three days culminating in a sun drenched ceremony overlooking the ocean, each day a roller coaster of love, laughter and emotion. These two people and their amazing friends epitomise the word the word fun, and make my job as a story telling photographer a kick ass job. Priti and Amish, thank you.
This is a very small sample here, so grab a drink, pull up a chair and allow the gallery time to load, I promise you, you will end up grinning like me!
Neil's work is exceptional and well beyond our expectations. His eye and quiet approach really helped us feel comfortable and positive during the functions and ceremonies in between.
Neil is able to not only capture moments or a nice scenery/backdrop, but then give life and color and meaning to the images. Even now, the photography gives us a nostalgic feel and creates so many positive emotions while enhancing the best parts of every detail of our wedding. Our friends have remarked on how friendly you were, always with a smile and never got in the way of anything, just quietly blending into the background and capturing countless things we didn't even see ourselves.You are a gifted person who we were lucky to book, and in the end, Amish and I not only appreciate your work, but have a found a life-long friend in you. You are such a talented photographer and never once interrupted any part of our wedding, just captured amazing and stunning photographs of the events as they happened.Thanks again. We came, we saw, we conquered; in eternity our wedding will be remembered now the way we always wanted it to because of you, we cannot thank you enough!!
"Weddings are not just an ordinary event, but a very personal and emotional time when we celebrate the joining of two families, and more importantly two people. Its a time when families and friends who have not come together in a long time or making first time introductions, finally converge together to show support and enjoy the time under the sacred traditions of our Hindu culture.
Being a very special occasion, we wanted to have these memories captured to cherish forever. For our ceremonies, we found a lovely photographer in Neil. His work was exceptional and well beyond our expectations. His eye and gentle direction really helped us feel comfortable and positive during the functions and photo shoots in between.
Neil is able to not only capture moments or a nice scenery/backdrop, but then give life and color and meaning to the images. Even now, the photography gives us a nostalgic feel and creates so many positive emotions while enhancing the best parts of every scene.
You are a gifted person who we were lucky to get, and in the end, Amish and I not only appreciate your work, but have a found a life-long friend in you.
Thanks again. We came, we saw, we conquered; in eternity our wedding will be remembered now the way we always wanted it to because of you!
The magnificent hotel location: http://www.sarovahotels.com/whitesands-mombasa/
Hotel Reviews: White Sands Hotel
Thanks to Emirate for looking after my camera gear: Emirates Airlines
White Sands weddings: http://www.sarovahotels.com/whitesands-mombasa/weddings-honeymoon.html