A Nepali Wedding: Getting ready

Monday, August 26


There are some moments that take you by complete surprise, and this was one of them. 
We had been living in Nepal for a month, 
when I got an email out of the blue from a couple planning on getting married in Kathmandu. 
The groom was Nepali and the bride was Canadian. 
They had found my blog {oh internet, you amaze me!}, 
and were emphatic with excitement that I shoot their wedding.

I was beside myself! 
Yes, I love photography and feel alive when I'm capturing beauty through my lens. 
But a wedding? 
I had previously only done one wedding 
which was a favor to one of my neighbors. And that was a pretty casual affair. 
But this? This was like the real deal. 
This full on cross-cultural wedding at a gorgeous venue in Thamel seemed a bit out of my league. 
But they said they had prayed about it, and felt as though God was leading them to me!

I felt so honored and humbled!
so I said yes.

I met Shona and Santosh at their pre-wedding shoot in Patan Durbar Square!
We had so much fun and connected instantly! We felt like old friends:) 

But their wedding...ohhh goodness. 
It was probably one of the most beautiful events i've ever been too. 
Not just gorgeous in the sense that it was at a lovely venue, but was just dripping with love,
and saturated in the Holy Spirit. 
They had a full on worship session for half an hour, 
and I literally could not  contain myself and had to sing along!

I think you'll see how much love just radiates from this couple by their pictures!!!
There were SO many pictures to choose from, but today I thought i'd share the "getting ready pictures" 

Enjoy!
love Katie 
 
{their wedding verse...a pearl of great price}
 
{a last embrace from her sweet parents} 

{this intimate moment left me in tears...a mother singing to her daughter. seriously precious}

 I can't wait to share more of this wedding with you later this week! 
Thank you Shona and Santosh for the gift of being able to be a part of your special day! 

love Katie 
and ps-
The lovely Catherine of the blog FEST did a little Q&A with me about Nepal.
Head on over there to read the interview! 

38 comments :

  1. You did such a great job photographing Katie!

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  2. that is so loveley :D great shot :) loved the embrace photo :)

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  3. Katie, these are so beautiful! What a gorgeous wedding!! Looking forward to seeing more.: )

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  4. Beautiful photographs! I especially love the emphasis on the hands. I think you can capture the essence of a person just with their hands.

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  5. Every single detail is just breathtaking, and you did such a wonderful job capturing the beauty. What a blessing to be a part of their day :)

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  6. What amazing photos! You did awesome, girl! I love how God works in such mysterious ways.

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  7. Wow, these photos are incredible! I can't wait to see more! :)

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  8. What an INSANELY beautiful bride. You captured her SO well.

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  9. Beautiful!!! I think they made an excellent choice of wedding photographer! I don't think these photos could be any more lovely.

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  10. These are beautiful photos, Katie!

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  11. Wow, what gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous bride and wedding! You really have a gift, Katie!

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  12. Wow what an honor that they wanted you to capture their day! These photos are absolutely gorgeous, and she makes a beautiful bride!

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  13. SO beautiful!! well done my friend!!! xoxoxo

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  14. Gorgeous bride and gorgeous photography. I love the one of her feet with henna.

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  15. Seriously? These are amazing! YOU have a great eye and caught such special moments!! Good job girl. What an honor to be able to capture this!

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  16. Katie! These are absolutely beautiful and stunning and gorgeous, oh my goodness! You are such a gifted photographer. And what a pretty bride! :)

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  17. These photos are absolutely stunning! Love how you captures the beautiful little details and the intimate moments! WOW!!! I can't wait to see more!

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  18. oh my goodness girl, you did such a fantastic job! i LOVE these photos! i can't wait to see the rest! i would love to be able to experience something like this

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  19. What an amazing opportunity!! Beautiful pictures, Katie :) I can't wait to see more!

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  20. this pictures are absolutely magnificent

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  21. what an amazing opportunity for you and holy cow!! those pictures are Beautiful!! I want to see more!

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  22. Wow, this was absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to see more pictures!

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  23. Wow, what a beautiful wedding.

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  24. What a beautiful wedding! I would love to see more.
    http://liveitinerantly.com

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  25. You did an awesome job Katie! Love the photos and can't wait to see more!

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  26. Wow!! LOVE the photos girl!! And I love her hand art :) Love ya!

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  27. Gorgeous pictures looks like a wonderful wedding!

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  28. this is beautiful my friend! I am so thankful I was able to follow along with your life as you journeyed here in Nepal. This ceremony is absolutely amazing! God is good! :) are you back in America now? (I hope I am not really bad at catching up and you have already mentioned that a million times or something) LOVE YOU!!! :)

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  29. Beautiful work, Katie....but then you had beautiful subjects to work with!

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  30. These shots are beautiful! That is wonderful that you were able to photograph their wedding and it seems like you did a great job. The bride looked gorgeous! May God be the center of their marriage always!
    +Victoria+

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  31. Oh these are so very gorgeous!!

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  32. I know I already said this, but what a cool opportunity! Wow. I bet you're so glad you got to do this before you left Nepal.

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  33. FINALLY got the chance to view these. They are so so beautiful Katie. A job well done! :)

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  34. These photos are gorgeous, and the bride is so pretty. You seem like a pro when it comes to photographing these pictures btw! I love every single one of these pictures.

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  35. Wow...So beautiful. You did a great job.
    Keep it up Katie.

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