Sitting in a cafe in Cairns on Sunday morning, bleary-eyed from the night before and ears still ringing, we wondered to ourselves if the last three days were actually a dream. We have shot a lot of weddings, none of them anything like Ravneet and Nathan’s. One of the few lines in English in their ceremony was about how they are two people but their souls are the same, and this couldn’t be more true of Rav and Nathan. From our first meeting at their engagement shoot (which turned into us hanging out and having cocktails) we adored them, and felt so lucky to be the ones by their side for this wedding adventure.
The music was loud, the food was abundant, homes full of colourful saris and the warm scent of chai on the stove. We covered almost 30 hours of wedding formalities in 3 days, wearing a well-worn path along the Bruce Highway between Innisfail, Gordonvale and Cairns City. We learnt very quickly from Rav and Nathan’s kind relatives who took two confused and slightly daunted Aussie photographers under their wings, sharing their culture with us and giving us all the insider info on the significance of each ceremony. Together we ate and danced and celebrated… and none of us slept much!
We feel so incredibly fortunate to have been welcomed in by not only beautiful Rav and Nathan (who we adore, have we mentioned how much we adore them?!), but their families, and to have witnessed so much emotion, joy, colour, spirituality and tradition against a backdrop that is unmistakably Far North Queensland. The volume of images we recorded is… immense! This is just a quick peek at what we saw and recorded in our days together.
Day One: Nathan’s Blessing
Day One: Ravneet’s Maiyan (Tumeric Ceremony)
Day One: Nathan’s (slightly more violent) Maiyan (Tumeric Ceremony) and Sangeet (ie. crazy pre-wedding dance party)
Day Two: Ravneet’s Blessing Ceremony and Choora (Bangles dipped in Milk)
Day Three: The Wedding!
Day Three: Post wedding, Nathan has to bargain his way into the house and Ravneet leaves her Family Home to begin life as part of Nathan’s Family
Then we did portraits!
Ravneet and Nathan’s Dream Team:
Hanging Foliage: JAM Productions
Florist: Florist Gardens
Makeup: Makeup By Ellen
Hair: Inner Goddess Hair
Nathan’s Suit: George & King
Ravneet’s Outfits all Purchased in India
Entertainment: Jaskurn Gosal