Warm, humid, and the perfect getaway mid wedding season. Let’s stroll through the beautiful resort of NOW Sapphire Riviera Maya. Starting the series off with the Haldi ceremony that happened on the day before the wedding.
During the ceremony haldi is applied on the bride and the groom’s body before their wedding. The yellow colour of turmeric is considered very auspicious in the Indian traditions. In the past when beauty parlors didnt exist, Indians had their own natural beauty secrets by applying Haldi on the bride and groom’s faces. Haldi is known to have properties that gives the skin an extra glow. Turmeric also has natural antiseptic and medicinal qualities. It helps to clear the skin of blemishes. Along with being an exfoliant, upon washing the haldi off, it symbolized a cleanse.
Friends and family took this concept another step and had fun applying it to Bhamini and Rohit’s face. You can see how excited everyone was to dump the couple in the clear blue waters. It was all fun and games. Stay tuned for the other parts of the series. Enjoy!
For those that don’t know people watching is one of my favorite hobbies. I love to get to a location earlier to scout and occasionally, people watch. The meatpacking district is one of the rare places where it is not only interesting, but entertaining; filled with alluring and vibrant people, I could kick back and people watch all day long.
From the corner of my eye, I noticed a well dressed man escort a woman in a distinct red dress from a cab. I thought to myself, “man, I would love to photograph them!” and then Bhamini noticed me and we made eye contact and waived. Well, this is going to be fun!
I knew from the moment I met them and we discussed plans for their destination wedding, there was going to be some spunk and style to their wardrobe, and I was not disappointed. We started at a local bar to wind down a bit and then hit The Highline. Watch the sexiness and charisma ooze out of these two! Enjoy!
How amazing it is to meet people like Jaunita and Cecil; I knew from the initial phone call to meeting them on a beautiful day in Soho this was going to be a fun couple to work with. After all, they wanted their session to start at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. A cool quaint location that brings you back to a time before iPads, Kindles and social media. A place for readers, and lover of books and in this case a couple in love. The idea was to not lose the intimacy of the place while also engaging the textures and context of all the books.
Upon settling into a corner and enjoying a light snack, we used one of the cool staircases and set up one of my favorite engagement photos: Bookstore Romance (See above). Mission accomplished!
Let’s take a walk through the streets of Soho, which is always filled with bustling shoppers and pedestrians and play with weird things we find and light ad shadow. Cecil and Jaunita were game to try anything and everything; resulting in some really unique imagery to define this power couple. Eventually, we got to this cute little nook hidden away in the heart of Soho, the Washington Mews. If you’ve never been to, I highly recommend you check it out to explore a bit of history and culture remaining in an ever populating and progressively modern city.
With the wedding being a couple of weeks away, here’s a sneak peek into the couple that is Jaunita and Cecil. Enjoy!
I knew this was going to be the start of something great when Sam and Avanti showed up with cookies in hand to greet me. Chocolate chip, macadamia, and M&Ms…say no more; you’ve won me over. We explored the grounds of Fort Tyron park in a casual chic outfit where the mustard yellow and the subtle blues complimented the earthy tones of the park so beautifully.
We followed up with a late afternoon stroll through The High Line in the meatpacking district where the grudge and textures that gives this place so much character juxtaposed a more bollywood influenced outfit.
We stumbled upon some homemade Paletas which were a cool refreshment to an otherwise hot and humid day. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend you try the Mint Basil flavor! We walked away with some of my favorite images of the year and I’m excited to share a few below! Thanks for the company and most importantly for the cookies. Chocolate cures EVERYTHING! :). Looking forward to vibrant colors and fun ideas in store for their wedding this September!