Welcome to The Wedding Travelers!

We are rob & lauren: two professional photographers who love weddings and travel. This is where all of those things come together for us. Within these pages we hope you discover and sense our deep love for the cultures that we encounter and experience. Our biggest hope is that you come away from this site with a great understanding, respect and love for them and their ways. Enjoy!

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An Wonderful Email I'd Like To Share Sunday
Edmonton, AB, Canada

We got this email a little while ago, and I really wanted to share it here. Since returning home we've gotten wrapped up in our wedding business, and haven't been able to work on the Wedding Travelers very much. But Tara sent us this email that really reminded us of the power and importance of what we're doing. Since we're still so new to photography we often don't realise how much of an impact our work can have on people, and it was really wonderful of Tara to write and tell us how she felt about our photos. 

 

Anyway, thank you so much to Tara for her email. We will be working a lot more on this website to try and share all that we have learned.

 

Here's the email (posted with Tara's permission, of course :)

 

"Hi Lauren and Rob,

 

OK, I had a fellow photographer tell me about your site yesterday. I am of Indian origin though have grown up in the US. I'm just getting started in the wedding photography world and was telling this photographer that I want a logo that kind of shows my background with a little Indian twist, but something less cliche. Anyway she mentioned you guys and your cute little elephant logo, so I just looked up your site. 

 

Breathtaking. Inspiring. Amazing. I find that a lot of photogs that shoot Indian/Hindu/South Asian weddings in general, are good at capturing color, but sometimes not so great at capturing the little nuances of the ceremony and the traditions. I understand this because its hard to understand the significance of every little moment if you don't know the culture well and have seen the many traditions a few times. I am floored by your ability to capture this moments and the way you have absorbed yourself into especially Indian culture.

 

I would be honored to meet you at some point in life and I am just _SO_ inspired by your work because I would love to do the same kind of thing but probably am too scared! If you ever had a photog workshop or tips or anything or even needed someone to carry your bags, I would be there in a second, because I would be so so so so so happy to just chat with you about your experiences, I'm so curious as to what you have learned simply by traveling (not even getting to the photography!).

 

Anyway, Seriously I have so much respect for you, and thank you. Thank you for describing and detailing my culture's traditions so well and capturing the heart of it. I'm sitting here so welled up with emotion from looking at your pictures and so happy to see photography that has so well illustrated so many traditions beloved to me. Someday when I get married, you have shot right to the top of my list of possible photographers.

 

Regards,

Tara"

 

And I wanted to share a few photos that show some more of the beauty of India.

 

Three beautiful children that loved to smile at our camera from the seat behind us on a bus ride to Jaisalmer.

 children, jaisalmer, india

 

Details from a Jain temple just outside of Jaisalmer.

jain temple, jaisalmer, india 

jain temple, jaisalmer, india 

 

A incredible alleyway in Jodhpur.

 alleyway, jodhpur, india

And an early evening shot of the main clocktower in Jodhpur.

clocktower, jodhpur, india 

 

That's all for now. Picking out and editing those photos has made me deeply, deeply miss India right now.  

 

Lauren  

 

 

  

Category: Check this out!

Tags: architecture, carving, children, india, jainism, jaisalmer, jodhpur, photography, portrait, street life, sunset, temple, travel

Starving for more photos? Friday
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Are some of you out there dying to see more from the weddings and portrait sessions we did while in India and Vietnam? Well, we finally managed to get through all the photos and put some up on our website. So if you head on over to www.robandlauren.ca, click on "weddings" and then go into the "photos" gallery you will see a ton of listing in our "international flavour" section! Lots of previously unseen photos in there, so go and check it out!

 

To whet your appetite, here are some previously unseen photos from India.

 

indian wedding photography 

indian wedding photography 

indian wedding photography 

indian wedding photography 

indian wedding photography 

indian wedding photography 

Enjoy!

 

Lauren :) 

Category: Weddings

Tags: aarti, assam, destination wedding, flowers, hinduism, india, indian wedding photography, jalandhar, photography, portrait, punjab, sikhism, travel, weddings

Learning is never over... Thursday
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Hopefully I'll be getting a full post up really soon about this new wedding we shot a while ago. But for now a quick little note about how the learning process is never over when you are dealing with Indian weddings. 

 

As our recent bride was from South India (Andhra Pradesh) her traditions were totally different from anything we had ever seen.

 

Generally the chura (bridal bracelets) we see are red, plastic, and numerous, traditional especially of the North, Punjabi brides.

 

indian wedding photography 

 And yet with this recent wedding, the chura were green, glass, and were only a few in number.

 

indian wedding photography 

It's one of the most wonderful and baffling things about Indian weddings. No matter how much you think you know, and how many times you have seen things done one way, there is always the chance that you will be thrown a curve ball, and see something totally different and totally new.

 

Our biggest tip is just to be open, ready for anything, and shoot EVERYTHING!

 

Cheers, and we'll be back with more soon!

 

Lauren :) 

 

Category: Weddings

Tags: chura, india, indian wedding photography, weddings

A Video To Tide You Over Tuesday
Mayan Riveria, Mexico

Since we are still plugging away at the South Indian photos and the Mexican photos, we are just going to give you a fun little video to check out. Coming to you straight from the Mayan Riveria in Mexico, on tandem bike, it's Rob and Lauren!

 

 

Category: Adventures

Tags: destination wedding, el dorado royale, mayan riviera, mexico

Hola from Mexico! Monday
Riveria Maya, Mexico

Hey everyone!

Right now I'm writing from the worlds most annyoing keyboard, straight from the Mayan Riveria, Mexico! You know those keyboards where all the punctuation keys are in the wrong spots and you just feel like smashing it on the ground, except the hotel would charge you something like $200 USD to replace it? Well that's what we got going on here, so I will keep it short.

The internets here is apparently a precious commodity, and as such is charged at insane rates, so unfortunately we won't be on as often as we'd like. Due to this, any emails from us will take a lot longer than usual, so we hope that you guys who have sent us a hello or an inquiry are cool to just sit tight until we are able to get back to you. We really really appreciate your patience and understanding, and will give you two extra bonus points for it!

Other than that things here are good. We are safe, sound, and only slightly sunburned (yes, after only one day). But we are having a ton of fun, and can't wait for our wedding to take place on Thursday. Expect some really awesome shots. Until then, we will take in an extra dose of sun and surf for you all!

 

Cheers, and huge Mexican heapings of love,

Lauren and Rob

Category: Adventures