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Destination Wedding: Bangalore, India – Jan & Saags – Part I

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or if you know me at all, you’ll know that I love me a destination shoot. Working abroad brings together all the things I enjoy most in life – the chance to travel and experience different cultures, and the job that I love.
So I was pretty much jumping for joy when, fairly last minute, Jan and Saags asked me to come out to India to shoot their epic wedding. They’d found me through one of their friends (thanks Julie!) who had already booked me to photograph her wedding later this year. In fact, Jan and Saags’ wedding was so epic that for the first time ever I’m splitting it down into not one, not two – but three blog posts!

I flew through the night to get to Bangalore, and arrived at an ungodly hour of the morning before collapsing at the Clarks Exotica Hotel, which was where the wedding was going to take place. Before crashing I met up with my trusty second shooter Marianne, who by brilliant luck was already in India for work and agreed to pop over and help me out.

One crucial thing to understand about this wedding is that Jan and Saags had told me that it was going to be pretty low key. Nothing elaborate, etc etc. Well, I don’t know what they think of as elaborate, but it’s safe to say that this was not a low key wedding in any sense of the phrase! The first day was supposed to be an evening reception and party, before the ceremony the following day (they do things a little bit back to front in India). I was told that Jan and Saags would simply be meeting up before walking into the venue…

…Instead, Jan and her bridesmaid (already sporting incredible henna tattoos), donned sumptuous dresses and then climbed into a horse drawn carriage with Saags. The carriage processed down the street, accompanied by drummers, dancers and musicians as well as hundreds of guests and well wishers. And because the mood clearly wasn’t celebratory enough, some of Jan’s uncles decided to set off some (illegal) fireworks on the way as well!

Which leads me to another glorious thing about Indian weddings – the colours. Over dinner we were treated to traditional dances before the floor was opened up for a boogie. The colours swirling around the dancefloor were absolutely stunning. I almost wished it could have gone on for longer, except that we all headed to bed at a decent hour in preparation for a 5am start the next day.

Tune in tomorrow to check out the photos from Jan and Saags’ wedding ceremony, which was held in an ancient temple – yes, it is just as awesome as it sounds…

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More adventures soon,
Alex 😀

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