I love returning to the beautiful Grand Palladium Jamaica for destination weddings. Having photographed a few wonderful events there, it is familiar territory, yet I discover new corners every time and I see it with fresh eyes.
I was, therefore, delighted when Anjali and Sam connected with me back in the winter and told me everything about their Indian and white wedding celebrations they were planning for this summer in Jamaica. It all sounded incredible! But of course, being there with them and their extraordinary entourage (joining in from the US and the UK) was a different story. One that kept me greatly entertained and inspired.
Capturing their rich and colourful events was a joy in the moment and, through the blog you are now reading, I have the best opportunity to tell their story the way it unfolded over the two days spent together.
Anjali and Sam live in Los Angeles and have successful careers in the film industry. With movie sets being their second nature, their attention to detail reflected in the way their events were organized. At times it felt as if I was watching a thrilling Bollywood movie, with music and dances which made me want to jump on the dance floor!
Their pre-wedding party on Grand Palladium’s Las Brisas Beach was such a great opportunity for me to get a feel for the group’s vibe. The Indian dinner was superb, everyone in attendance received their own Indian outfit for next day, the ladies enjoyed getting their Henna done, there were impressive choreographed dances and, last but not least, lanterns were released into the warm night’s sky guarded by a shining moon.
Next day debuted with Sam’s Baraat (the horse lover in me was thrilled to photograph Sam astride a gracious white mare), followed by an intricate Hindu ceremony and the white wedding on the beach later, at sunset.
I hope the image collection you are about to go through will make you smile and share in the exuberance I have experienced.
Dear Anjali and Sam, it was such a pleasure meeting you and spending some unforgettable hours together. Congratulations and may you live in great joy and abundance.
I would like to mention a wonderful group of people whose talents contributed to a couple of brilliant days of celebrations:
Indian ceremony decor: Grand Palladium Jamaica
Indian ceremony flowers: Helen G Events
Hindu Priest (Kingston, Jamaica): Pandit Lyle Nathan-Sharma
Grand Palladium Jamaica wedding planners: Loraine Yapp & Neetu Vaswani
Grand Palladium Jamaica Indian chef: Mr. Sable
Reception decor and cake: Helen G Events
Bride’s white dress: Allure Bridals
Bride’s hair: Helen R Evans
Henna artist (Kingston, Jamaica): Kiran and S Mehndi
Morning after: groom’s Baraat, followed by the Hindu ceremony on Grand Palladium’s Lady Hamilton side.
Anjali and Sam’s rich Hindu celebrations were followed by their white wedding on the beach at sunset. Enjoy!