Last February I had the chance to visit India for the first time to photograph two weddings. I was already excited before going there because I had shoot Indian weddings in Greece and I knew how challenging but also enjoyable they are for a photographer. Priyanka and Dev’s wedding in Jodhpur was my second wedding in India in which I was fortunate to work with my good friend and excellent photographer, Nikos Gogas, whose shots of the same wedding can be found here
Jodhpur, where the wedding took place, is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan and a very popular tourist destination set in the barren landscape of the Thar Desert which features a multitude of temples, forts and palaces. Also known as “The Blue City” the old town is a wonderful maze of blue-colored houses painted with indigo, a natural dye, which provide a very photogenic backdrop for a wedding in Jodhpur. Besides, apart from the stunning architecture, the biggest advantage for a destination wedding in Jodhpur, even for couples coming from different parts of India, is the warm weather that remains the same all year round.
The couple lives in Singapore but since the groom studied in the London School of Economics, this was an international, lavish 3-day fête at the Gateway Hotel Jodhpur with many guests flying from the UK.The day before the wedding we visited Mehrangarh Fort for a photo session with the couple. A winding lane leads up the 125 metre high hill, on which the ancient fortress is built and features stunning views over the city.
Weddings in India are certainly very big celebrations filled with traditions and spirituality. I literally cannot wait to be back in a few days for the next wedding in India that will take place in Raipur and Hyderabad.