Destination PreWedding Paris | How To

Destination PreWedding Paris | How To

Looking for something unique for you wedding to stand out from the crowd? Have you considered a prewedding photo shoot in Paris? The City of Lights is the perfect weekend getaway with direct flights from New York City, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and more! Having your wedding portraits taken in Paris the perfect way to spend a long weekend, taking in the Paris sights and shopping, while having a unique way to remember your wedding. Let’s look at just how easy it is to plan your Destination PreWedding Paris Photoshoot and make it into a weekend getaway to remember for the rest of your life!

If you’re a regular blog reader for wedding photography you can check out the pretty pictures, and I will write up a separate “travel” blog post from my 2 week trip to Europe this year before wedding season really kicks off here in New York and the East Coast! -Zac

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation at Lourve 2016

PreWedding Paris Photo Vacation 2016

Planning Your PreWedding Photo Trip to Paris

Paris? Where would YOU rather spend your weekend? First, let’s plan our weekend timeline! Speaking of time, the difference from Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) to Paris is +6 hours (UTC +1), with most of the flights being overnight red eye flights. Taking off from New York’s JFK airport at 11:00 pm means landing around Noon in Paris; 6 hour flight + 6 hour time difference. Try to grab that nap during the flight so you arrive fresh on day 1 and can make the most of your long weekend! If you are visiting Paris from the US, it’s even more beneficial on the return flight as you “gain” 6 hours, meaning you will land back in the US at almost the same time of day that you left Paris, perfect for getting caught up and rested and back in another timezone with minimal jet lag.

Eiffel Tower between buildings PreWedding Paris Photo Vacation 2016

While I prefer flying Delta myself for my domestic wedding photography in the USA, Europe has a great network of low cost carriers that operate the New York – London route and from other major US hubs. Norwegian, for example, is a low cost carrier with a fleet of new 787 Dreamliners, and you can find round trip flights from $600 from New York City. I flew into Paris-Orly (ORY) airport, which is slightly less convenient than flying into the larger Charles de Gaulle Airport, but an Uber from Orly airport was easy to get, and only a few Euro more than the cost of train tickets to use the subway to get from Orly into the tourist locations of Paris.

As France’s largest airport and an important international hub, you can find easy access to Paris from anywhere in the world.

Direct flights to Paris, France are available from:

New York-JFK via Air France, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Norwegian Air Shuttle
Shanghai-Pudong via Air France, Air China, and China Eastern Airlines
Beijing via Air France and Air China
Hong Kong via Air France and Cathay Pacific
Taipei-Taoyuan via EVA Air

Landing at Paris Orly Airport

Charles de Gaulle or Orly? Which airport in Paris is better, and what is the difference?

A large portion of this will depend on the airline and your destination location , as larger international US carriers like Delta or United will generally fly into CDG, however Air France will use both airports (beginning June 6, 2016 service resumes at ORLY to JFK) and is a code share partner with Delta so you may end up on either depending on the flight. Generally international flights, including those from Air France, will land at Paris’ largest international airport which is Charles de Gaulle.

Coming from China, Charles de Gaulle airport is served by China Eastern Airlines connecting Kunming and Shanghai, China South Airlines out of Guangzhou, and Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong. Air China will also fly direct to Paris CDG from Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai-Pudong.

Charles de Gaulle is served by the RER overland train, which makes it an attractive choice for a first time visitor to Paris. You can easily get to the center of Paris from CDG airport taking the metro, and a taxi or Uber will be easily found waiting for you. It is about 40 minutes by Taxi from Paris CDG to Arrondissements 1-4 which is the central distract of Paris where attractions such as the Musee du Lourve are located.

Schedule for a weekend PreWedding photo shoot in Paris:

  • Thursday depart 11:00 pm Red Eye from New York-JFK Airport
  • Friday arrive Paris 10:00 am
  • Friday spend half the day orienting yourself with the city, seeing some sights, and doing some shopping.
  • Saturday – photo shoot day! Enjoy your morning grabbing espresso and croissants at a nearby cafe.
  • Saturday Afternoon – meet after lunch to start make-up and hair preparations
  • 3pm Head to first location, River Seine
  • 4pm depart Seine, head to square
  • 6pm head to next location, Eiffel Tower
  • 8pm Sunset at Eiffel Tower
  • 10pm After dark at Musee du Lourve and nearby cobble streets
  • Sunday, final shopping before heading to airport for your evening flight after lunch.
  • Sunday 4pm flight, arrive back in New York at 8pm thanks to the time difference. Make sure you grab a quick nap during the flight and head to bed early to be fresh for work on Monday!

 

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Where to Stay in Paris for your PreWedding Paris Photo Shoot & How to Get Around

Much like staying in major cities like New York, Hong Kong, or Beijing, getting around via the subway, the Paris Metro, is quick and convenient. Taxis are ubiquitous, and if you remember the news about Uber in Paris, Uber is still a convenient way to grab a ride at your convenience and from the comfort of the app. If your French is not as good as it used to be in High School, the Uber app is super convenient with being able to enter a destination from the comfort of Google Maps, with none of the language barrier.

Champs Elysee PreWedding Paris Photo Vacation 2016

Knowing how to get around is also a factor of where to stay while you are in Paris for your PreWedding photo shoot. The Paris metro area is large to be sure, and you don’t want to be out in the further Arrondissements (neighborhoods) and spending an hour each way commuting. In addition to choosing a nice hotel, consider proximity to locations you want to be for the weekend, such as the Lourve and Champs Elysees, and also distance to the nearest Metro or RER train station.

Some recommended Arrondissements (areas) for staying in Paris are:

Arrondissement 1-4 – Close to Lourve

Arrondissement 5-6 – Latin Quarter

Arrondissement 7 – Eiffel Tower

Arrondissement 8 – Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe

 

Population Density Map of Paris 2012

Map via Wikipedia (By Paris 16 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38412578)

 

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Photo Shoot Locations for your PreWedding in Paris

In a city as photogenic as Paris, the only problem is limiting your Paris PreWedding photo location selection to fit in one day!

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Tour Eiffel – Eiffel Tower. Located on the river Seine in 7th Arr. everyone knows this iconic Paris landmark

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

How about underneath the Eiffel Tower at night, or from the nearby Palais de Chaillot which allows you a higher perspective:

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Parisian gardens are definitely a thing, and Le Jardin du Luxembourg has smashing views

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Luxembourg Gardens near the Latin Quarter and Notre Dame

Luxembourg Gardens PreWedding Paris Photo Vacation 2016

While the Lourve gets all the attention for it’s stunning exterior architecture and the Mona Lisa, the nearby Musee d’Orsay contains stunning artwork and a truly photogenic clock upstairs:

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Musee d’Orsay across the River Seine from the Lourve

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

The Pantheon will make you consider exactly which part of Europe you are in this weekend for your PreWedding Paris Photo Shoot. Located in the Latin Quarter area on the Left Bank

Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Arc de Triomphe –  Iconic Paris landmark along the bustling Champs-Elysees and all of it’s shopping destinations!

Lourve PreWedding Paris Photo Vacation 2016

The Lourve and surrounding Palais du Lourve is breathtaking, and a stunning way to end your weekend in Paris.

Lourve Paris PreWedding Photo Vacation 2016

Hopefully this post has inspired you with just how easy it is to getaway to Paris for a long weekend from anywhere in the world, and what a great option Paris can be for your PreWedding photo shoot! If you would like to start planning your own PreWedding Paris photo vacation just send me an email or use the contact form on the website! Bon voyage!

Youth Soccer Kickoff 2016 | Miles’ First Practice of the Season!

While some of the posts here on the blog are all about enhancing that SEO with Google… this post is just showing off Miles and some family life. Please don’t hurt my rankings Google for New York Wedding Photographer!

Long Island Childrens Soccer 2016

This past weekend was the kickoff event here in Hicksville on Long Island for the 2016 Youth Soccer season! Miles had a great time after a little rocky start to his practice, he eventually had a lot of fun out on the soccer field with the other kids!

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All of the kids did great and we had perfect weather last weekend as Spring finally arrives in New York! Mid-60s in the sun at Noon is perfect kids running around weather!

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Fearless Award Winning Photographer | Collection 30

Fearless Photographers Collection 30 Award

Direct link (or click on the screen shot above): http://www.fearlessphotographers.com/best-wedding-photography-galleries.cfm?galleryPicID=7004

Another quick shameless self-promotion post here on the blog! The most recent collection of awards on Fearless Photographers went live a few weeks ago while we were traveling in Paris and London, and I figured I should write up a quick post on my own blog for those readers who may not follow Fearless.

Who are Fearless Photographers and why does this matter you may ask? From the website:

THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR COUPLES WHO TRULY LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHERS is a unique photography directory of the world’s best wedding photographers who are not afraid to push the limits of professional wedding photography to surprise you with extraordinary wedding photos of your wedding day.
WHAT IS A “FEARLESS AWARD”?
Every three months, a curated competition is open for submissions from our members. Of these submissions, less than 3% are selected by a panel of curators as “Fearless Awards” – photographs that excel in redefining wedding photography. These awards are added to the photographers’ portfolio pages and are used to determine their rankings.

While it’s nice to get published on wedding blogs to show off how great you are at taking photos of cakes and centerpieces, Fearless is all about how daring and bold of a photographer you are to truly capture the human side of weddings. I hope you the readers will notice that in my work, that it’s not just nice details and epic portraits, but also the real life heartfelt moments that happen during each and every wedding that tell the true story about two people in love and two families coming together.

Read more on the Fearless Photographers website here and be prepared to be amazed from some of the best wedding photographers in the world, whom I can now count as my peers with this award in Collection 30 (though one of my photographs was selected as one of the Best Fearless Photographers Wedding Photos of 2015, not to brag…) :)

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Atlanta Goat Farm Engagement Session | Rahika & Kishan

Atlanta Goat Farm Engagement Session | Radhika & Kishan

This super fun Atlanta Goat Farm engagement session took place at the end of last year and I’m so excited for the upcoming Indian Wedding of Rahika and Kishan this year in 2016! The day started off pretty gloomy with sprinkling rain throughout our session but these two super models made the most of the damp conditions and seriously rocked their engagement session. Atlanta’s Goat Farm Art center is the perfect venue for a Southern-inspired engagement session in the Westside of Atlanta.

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Radhika and Kishan love dancing and wanted to incorporate some of their moves into the shoot, and I was more than happy to accommodate! We moved from the central part of the Goat Farm to one of the nearby empty squares and captured some great moments for their Indian engagement session.

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For our last “location” for this Atlanta Goat Farm engagement session we found a cool wall with vines to add some color and pop to the session which was still pretty wet from all of the rain in the Atlanta area all day!

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With all of the rain in Atlanta we had plenty of puddles to dodge throughout the day to keep Radhika’s dress from getting too wet, but I wanted to incorporate the wetness into this Atlanta Goat Farm engagement session.

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For our second location and to end this Atlanta Indian wedding engagement session we headed to Piedmont Park which was equally soaking wet! It was another challenge to find DRY places and equally photographically cool places this evening in Piedmont but we made it happen! Radhika and Kishan continued the theme of rocking their engagement session in their second outfit!

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The clouds parted ever so slightly at sunset and we got a little pop of color at least after such a grey day! This Atlanta Goat Farm Engagement Session & Piedmont Park sunset shoot was so much fun, I can’t wait for their 2016 Atlanta Indian Wedding! You can read more about the Atlanta Goat Farm on their facebook page here!

Ismaili Indian Wedding Crowne Plaza Ravinia | Ambreen & Altaf

Ismaili Indian Wedding Crowne Plaza Ravinia Atlanta & Occassions Atlanta

More Summer weddings hitting here on the blog and I don’t mind it one bit! These Winter months are a bit of a downtime for me but 2016’s Summer wedding season is starting up very very soon! Ambreen & Altaf’s fantastic Ismaili wedding took place in the Summer and was a spectacular three day event! From the mehndi night at home to the Pithi/Sangeet night at Occasions, and finally the big day the Nikkah and reception at Atlanta’s Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel! This Ismaili Indian wedding Crowne Plaza Ravinia Atlanta weekend started out at Altaf’s house for a great gathering of friends and family for Mehndi night.

Mehndi Night

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It’s not a party until the cops show up, right?? That will tell you how awesome this wedding was, turn down for what?!?!

Pre-Wedding Photo Session at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta

Before the Pithi/Garba night event on Day 2 of this Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding we headed over to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta for a quick photo session with the beautiful bride and groom!

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Pithi/Sangeet/Garba Night

The second event is one of my always favorite events for any Indian wedding, Pithi night! The pithi event is always a ton of fun to photograph – maybe not so much fun for the groom if we’re doing an egg ceremony, lol! The evening Sangeet and Garba events are always one of my favorite events as I love the evening party! The dance performances and open dancing is a photographer’s dream to me – so many emotions and great candid moments for an Indian Wedding all night long!

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Ah the egg ceremony, poor Altaf! :)

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Nikkah & Reception

Day 3 was nonstop excitement! Nikkah in the morning at Atlanta’s Northeast Jamatkhana and then an evening reception for the Ismaili Indian Wedding Crowne Plaza Ravinia! Thanks to the Prime DJs team for keeping the energy and excitement up every night and especially during the night of the reception!

Ismaili Indian Wedding Crowne Plaza Ravinia Atlanta

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Atlanta Indian Wedding at Foxhall Resort | Anila & Hafeez Ismaili Wedding Photography

Atlanta Indian Wedding at Foxhall Resort Douglassville – Anila & Hafeez’s Pakistani Ismaili Wedding

More flashback Friday (or Saturday, or Sunday, or whenever you are reading this) action here on the ol’ FengLong Photography blog! This three day muslim wedding took place around Atlanta at Bethak Event Hall for the first days and the main Indian wedding at Foxhall Resort down in Douglasville,  a quick drive from Atlanta. This was an amazing Indian wedding weekend and we were so honored to be chosen as the photographer and videographer for Anila & Hafeez’s Ismaili Pakistani Muslim wedding! The weekend kicked off on Thursday with the Mehndi night at home with the close family and friends.

Mehndi Night

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Atlanta Ismaili Indian Wedding - Mehndi Night

Pithi Garba Sangeet Night

Day 2 of this wedding moved from the family houses to Bethak Event Hall in Atlanta. This is a fairly popular event hall just North of Atlanta great for holding mid-size events and in close proximity to places like the nearby Northeast Jamatkhana! Pithi night involved some of the smaller rituals for the family of the couple and is a part of a traditional Ismaili wedding. No egg ceremony this time, the groom got off easy :)

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Nikkah and Reception

The final day was the Nikkah event and reception! The morning started at Anila’s sister’s apartment near the Emory campus where she is a student in Midtown, Atlanta. Anh with Beauty by Anh provided Anila’s stunning bridal makeup for the day. We then all headed North to the Jamatkhana for the religious ceremony (Nikkah), before we all shuffled down to Douglasville for Khoba Khobi and then this Indian Wedding at Foxhall resort’s evening reception. Music and lighting for this Indian wedding reception was provided by Atlanta Indian wedding DJ, DJ Jaz.

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Thanks to all of the vendors that helped make this wedding weekend amazing!

Atlanta Makeup Arist Beauty by Anh
DJ/Lighting: DJ Jax – GTB Productions

Sony A7ii Wedding Photography Year-End Review

Sony A7ii Wedding Photography Year-End Review

This is probably (hopefully) the last Sony A7ii wedding photography review for this blog, yay! On the one hand, by the time I get around to writing a second blog post we will be using the Sony A7SII or Sony A7RII for wedding photography and videography, or I’ll be using whatever the next iteration of the standard model, the Sony A7III or whatever it will be called, when it comes out next! The second main reason that I’m writing this THIRD review of the Sony A7ii is that it seems google is ranking me highly for some keyword there and more people are reading this blog post than the ones about actual wedding photography and weddings that I’ve photographed :). Come on Sony Artisans of Imagery, don’t you want to add an Indian wedding photographer in New York to your roster and hook me up with some more lenses and cameras to really switch 100% to the Sony A7-series for wedding photos and wedding videos???

Anywho, dreams of being sponsored aside, here are my year-end thoughts with using the Sony A7II! In addition to wedding photography, I’ve been using the Sony A72 for 90% of my casual and travel photography as well. From shots around New York City to taking the Sony A7II with us on our trip to China last Summer, this camera has seen some mileage! Some time in the Spring/Summer I also picked up the Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens and oh man, what a sweet lens that is! I kind of miss my old FE 35mm f/2.8 just for the compact-ness but since I acquired the 16-35mm f/4 OSS I didn’t really want too many lenses with overlapping focal lengths since this is my secondary kit, after all. But the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 is truly a dream lens, quick auto focus and a very natural focal length in the 50mm range make this a perfect all day lens, especially on wedding days! I still love the ultra wide look for random travel stuff but during a wedding the Sony A7II’s sensor can really shine when you open the 55mm up to 1.8. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves as I jump all over the place in this review, because first I wanted to share some of those travel/landscape photos I’ve taken over the year with the Sony A7ii and give some quick thoughts on editing after this quick photo section:

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New York City and Central Park from the Top of the Rock with the Sony A7ii and FE 16-35mm f/4 OSS

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Midtown Manhattan with the Sony A7II

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New York City with the Sony A7II and Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 OSS

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Grand Central Terminal

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“Looking Up” by Tom Friedman on Park Avenue, Manhattan

Sony A7ii Wedding Photography Review

Sony A7II Wedding Photography Editing

After a break from NYC photos with the A7ii, here’s my biggest advancement since my last review of the Sony A72 – finally getting the editing looking how I want it to in Lightroom! As a Canon shooter for wedding photography, I process thousands upon thousands of Canon RAW files every month, I feel like I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on just how to push around those pixels in Lightroom to get them to be how I want the final photo to look. Switching to Sony… those first few months were just rough. Applying the same initial mix I do for my Canon 5D Mark III to a Sony A7R or A7II RAW file just yields a totally different result. Through trial and error, and frankly just working with them long enough, I feel like I’m FINALLY understanding how the Sony RAWs react and can be manipulated in post. The other big “breakthrough” for me, for editing Sony A7II RAW files, was finding out that VSCO had included the Sony A7 series in one of it’s recent updates! Okay, this might have happened a while ago but I don’t really follow the news when VSCO releases a new preset bundle. As for most wedding photographers, I don’t just hit a file with the VSCO preset and call it a day, but it gives you a nice starting point to start manipulating the RAW data. Now that VSCO camera profiles were available, I started really just trying out all of the presets and seeing how they worked with the Sony files until I landed on something that can kinda sorta start looking like my beloved Canon RAW files. From the nice bokeh on these photos you can probably guess they were taken with the 55mm f/1.8 lens rather than the wide angle 16-35.

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And of course as with everything, my editing tastes will probably change another 6 months from now as well as I get even more into the files. Using the Sony A7ii wedding photography lately I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with editing, after a lot of frustration initially that I couldn’t just apply my standard import preset and be 90% of the way to a final wedding image.

 

The other editing style I’ve changed up a bit as well has been my travel and landscape photos. Going for a more Instagram-friendly edit I suppose you could say? Just something slightly different, as I play around with the Sony RAW files more and more. With a couple of thousand photos taken in China during the Summer of 2015, this was more practice with editing!

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Ok a lot of Shanghai photos, of course! The Sony A7II was a great travel camera for it’s compact size and still a full frame sensor. Hiking around the countryside in Xiamen and Wuyishan, it definitely saved my back by only having the lighter body in my backpack!

Back to Sony A7ii wedding  photography though! Here’s so more photos showing just how much I love the 55mm f/1.8 basically

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Lastly to round out this interview, which I know was supposed to be about using the A72 for weddings, here’s a testament to the rugged nature of this camera… Winter storm Jonas!

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We had to go out and play in the snow of course, as we got about 2 feet here on Long Island New York.

Overall, still loving the Sony A7II for both wedding and travel photography after a serious year of using it for both. I played with the A7Sii and A7Rii a few times at B&H and I’m still lusting after both of those cameras, as they seem to take the best parts of the A7 and expand on them with ISO and megapixels. My only complaint with the A7 (after seeing the A7S2) is the ISO performance, and that’s really only when shooting video indoors during wedding receptions. I usually throw the 16-35 on for videography and yeah f/4 with only DJ lights is a little bit too much for the A7 to handle, cranking it up to ISO 6400. Still though, for over $1000 less than the A7RII and A7SII, you can’t beat the value of the Sony A7II (link to B&H page, not an affiliate link).

So I think that’s about it, and you can read some more of my thoughts on my first 2 reviews of the Sony A7II: First impressions of the Sony A7 here and this second review after using it for the first time seriously during a full Indian wedding.

 

Destination Indian Ismaili Wedding in Cocoa Beach | Dilshad & Sabir

Destination Indian Ismaili Wedding in Cocoa Beach, FL

It is like a treasure hunt for me finding all of these old engagement sessions and Indian weddings in Atlanta and New York that were edited, delivered, Facebooked… but never blogged! This wedding wasn’t THAT long ago and it definitely was one of my favorite from the whole year! If you read my “Best of 2015” blog post with some of my favorite images from the year, you will remember a lot of these photos as this destination Indian Ismaili wedding was crazy awesome! Dilshad and Sabir’s destination Indian Ismaili wedding in Cocoa Beach, FL was the perfect way to kick off the new year, literally taking place on January 2nd for an epic Ismaili wedding that won’t be soon forgotten! Let’s jump straight into the action of Pithi / Sangeet / Garba night and then into the Nikkah and reception night here on the blog!

Pithi + Garba

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Nikkah + Reception

After an amazing day 2 with the Pithi ceremony and Sangeet/Garba night, we were ready for the grand event of this destination ismaili indian wedding in Cocoa Beach, Florida! Nikkah day began with getting ready in the hotel, before moving downstairs where the Nikkah ceremony took place.

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Click here to see the rest of the images from this destination Ismaili Indian wedding if you are reading this blog in the condensed view!

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Shai & D Engagement | Lake Lanier Stables & Emory | Atlanta Indian Wedding Photographer

Another oldie but goodie, here’s what I was talking about in my last blog post, another photo session at Lake Lanier Stables with the beautiful horses! This time it was for Shai & D’s Fusion Ismaili Hindu Indian Wedding’s engagement session. Well, after a photo session at Emory in Atlanta of course, which is what is up first here on the blog! First let’s look at the earlier engagement session at Emory University in Atlanta where Shai wore a traditional Pakistani outfit and D didn’t wear anything traditionally Indian, unless you consider a suit the universal standard for men :)

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

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Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

Back then, the new wheel near Centennial Olympic Park had just opened up so we did a quick silhouette there!

Atlanta Indian Pakistani Fusion Engagement Session at Emory

The second part of this engagement session was up at Lake Lanier Islands for a session at the stables with a horse! This was definitely a first for me having deal with such a huge “extra” in the engagement session! It’s not quite as easy as saying pose here, look there, when you have a giant animal with you! While we did have the horse’s trainer with us the entire time, it was definitely an experience!

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Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Everything looks so clam, until she starts wandering around on her own as horses will do :)

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

After we returned the horse we did a little more inside the barn at Lake Lanier Stables.

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

When your son casually decides to start playing with the props and photo bombs your engagement session!

Atlanta Indian Engagement Session at Lake Lanier Stables with Horse

Aaaaaand good night! Another late night, and up there by Lake Lanier at the horse stables it’s a little clearer skies than down in Atlanta, so we were able to get a few stars in the clear evening sky. It’s not a crazy Milky Way shot like I’ve done before (needs to be darker for that), but still a great photo for the couple during their engagement session for sure!

Be sure to click here to see their actual wedding photos and here for day 2! This blog post is just me “catching up” and finally posting something that I somehow never got up on the blog, even though it was on Facebook and everywhere else of course :)

Belle | Lake Lanier Portrait Session with Horse | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Here is a suuuuuper old session that I don’t think ever made the blog? It made the Facebook page once upon a time at least! I was going through some older hard drives looking for some sort of travel photo and came across this and figured hey, that’d be some nice fresh content for the blog! Beautiful girl + beautiful horse + beautiful location = beautiful photos! Thanks to our friend Belle for being the lovely dancing Chinese supermodel for this fun horse themed portrait photo session at Lake Lanier’s Horse stables! If you dig around the archives you’ll also find Shai & D’s Indian engagement session which we also did at the same horse stables out at Lake Lanier, which is just North of Atlanta! Aaaaand now that I’m typing this I don’t think I ever blogged their session either! Must have been a crazy travel month or busy with weddings, because these shoots all made the Facebook page but never the blog! Which just means more fresh older content coming soon to this blog! =)

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

Belle | Lake Lanier Horse Portrait Session | New York Destination Wedding Photographer

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