One, two, three SHOOOOOT! Jasmeen & Hieran weren’t talking to me – they were instructing their friends on the dancefloor to shoot their tequilas with them. This was at their Mehndi night at Swahili Beach Resort in Diani, Kenya a couple of weeks ago. Fast forward an hour and some of Hieran’s mates have taken over the DJ booth, the girls are having a few more shots, Hieran’s dad has all of a sudden got a henna tattoo on his upper cheek (Mike Tyson style) and Jasmeen’s dad is laughing away coerced into new and daring dance moves! Suddenly everyone is chest bumping each other in jubilation celebrating the union of an amazing couple! It was a stunning setting on the beach under the palm trees with a cool breeze blowing inwards and due to the high tide, the soothing sound of the Indian Ocean provided a melodious ambient soundtrack.
Jasmeen & Hieran first contacted me over a year ago and since that time, we’ve been working together as they shared their vision of their perfect wedding. I knew they were a fun couple and wanted the wedding to showcase the love around them, rather than the materialistic show that a lot of weddings turn into these days. Last month, I was fortunate enough to meet them in London and at that point, my assumptions about them were confirmed. They were an extremely humble couple with a lot of respect for each other, and they valued their relationships with their friends and family above everything else. Now, I was even more excited to be shooting their wedding in Diani.
To kick things off, they had a very colourful and messy pithi ceremony where they were annihilated by their friends who showed no mercy whatsoever. There was pithi paste, holi colour, baking flour and beach sand amongst other things that were used as weaponry. Luckily for them, there was an outdoor shower just round the corner. The wedding itself was a beautiful intimate one with just 35 guests (very rare for an Indian wedding!). They got ready in adjacent rooms and despite the fact that they had a shared balcony, they were both adamant that they would resist seeing each other till the altar. The amazing collaboration between the violinist and the dhol player were a fitting sonic addition to Hieran’s entrance. A fight over the groom’s shoes and a (fairly) short ceremony later, they were Mr. & Mrs! Scott the violinist again entertained everyone at the evening Reception in his usual style. Some hilarious speeches exposing Hieran in his youth, lots of delicious food and a copious amount of drinks later, all the guests hit the dancefloor pretty hard. A beautiful day ending in a beautiful way!
Jasmeen & Hieran, thank you for all the love that you and your friends and family showed me. I appreciate it. Enjoy the memories, and one love!