When Vishnuka first contacted me about the possibility of shooting her and Ruban’s wedding in India, I was overjoyed. I had first fallen in love with India on a trip I took a little over three years ago and have since been looking for an excuse to go back. Hindu weddings are so colourful – a photographer’s dream.
The auspicious date that was picked for the wedding was May 19th. May in Canada is a lovely time for a wedding but May is the hottest time of the year in Chennai. I don’t think I truly understood just how hot it would be. The books say 38 – 40 °C (100 – 104 °F) for May. This sounds hot but add some intense sunshine and 100% humidity and you get HAWT! I spent 2 and a half weeks traveling around Kerala and Tamil Nadu which were equally as hot with my friend Debra before the wedding (more on that in another post). Every day was sunny except for 5 minutes of rain one day. That was, until the day of the wedding when Cyclone Laila decided to swing into Chennai! When we came down to the lobby of our hotel at 1:30 am to meet Vishnuka’s dad it was pouring. In fact, pouring doesn’t begin to describe how hard it was raining. The wind and rain were so strong that the front doors to the hotel were being blown open and the only thing that was stopping the lobby from getting completely flooded was the doorman who was standing on the inside holding the doors shut with all his might. Yes, you did read the time correctly a few lines back. The ceremony started at 6 am so she started getting ready at 2 am. I could go on for hours about this wedding but I know you are here for the pictures.Vishnuka, you are stunning!There is something about the photo below that I absolutely love. This is the procession on the way to the temple. The sun was just beginning to rise and the rain was kind enough to back off for a few minutes.Part way through the ceremony Vishnuka changed into her red wedding sari. I love Ruban’s expression as he caught a first glimpse of his beautiful bride.Have a look at the rain in the background of this next picture.Thank you both so much for inviting me to be a part of your amazing wedding. Your love is so beautiful! xo