March 25, 2013 / Indian Wedding, Muslim Wedding, Wedding
Sydney Australia Destination Indian Wedding | Natasha & Karim's Mehndi in Parramatta
What is the right superlative to describe this wedding? I always feel a bit guilty writing in the blog about a wedding and gushing over it too much, because I’m genuinely excited about EVERY wedding that I have the opportunity to photograph! Shooting a destination wedding in another country is kind of special though, and having an amazing couple like Natasha and Karim makes it even more so! I had met Natasha a few times here in Atlanta before the wedding and before she headed over to Australia herself, but Karim was already over there at that point I think. So, my jet lagged first meeting on January 1st was his introduction to me =). This was also my first trip to Sydney and Australia, and hopefully not my last Sydney Australia destination Indian wedding!
If you are following along on this blog, or if you’ve arrived to this specific post via Google, be sure to check out Natasha & Karim’s other wedding day events here:
Natasha & Karim’s Mehndi at home in Parramatta, NSW
Natasha & Karim’s Pre-Wedding Photos at Parramatta City Park
Natasha & Karim’s Civil Ceremony & Pithi Ceremony at Parra Villa Function Lounge
Nikkah at the Sydney Australia Jamatkhana and Reception at Parra Villa Function Lounge
Reception in Sydney Harbour and Photo Shoot at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay
Satada Luncheon in Parramatta
Backing up a bit, Betty and I photographed and did videography for S & A’s Valima in Houston on December 29th, the following day (30th) I flew from Houston to Los Angeles and connected on to Sydney, Australia via an overnight flight with Virgin Australia. The good thing was that the flight was only about 1/3 full for a 14 hour flight, the bad thing was with the time zone differences we would take off from Los Angeles late on the 30th and arrive early morning on January 1st, celebrating New Year’s Eve in the air. The photo above from out of my window is my view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks – the stars – somewhere over the Pacific Ocean at 30,000 feet.
It was a bit of a travel marathon to fly from one side of the world to the other, going from Winter in the US to Summer in Australia, landing on New Year’s Day at 6:00 AM in Sydney, heading into city of Parramatta, and then heading out again that evening to photograph the first day’s wedding event that night, the Mehndi! Luckily for me a Mehndi party at home is generally a bit of a low key affair, celebrating with close friends and family as the henna is applied to the bride and to the other ladies in attendance.
I will be adding more posts to this long chain of Sydney Australia Destination Indian Wedding photos soon! With six days worth of events, this will be broken up slightly to give each day’s event plenty of attention =). Check back soon!