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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Random Photo Sampler Platter Saturday
Edmonton, AB, Canada

I was looking through the archives for some shots for our new blog (coming soon!) and saw some photos I wanted to post here. I was thinking of going back through the whole trip and posting shots from each place. Who would be interested in that? Leave a comment if you want that!

 

For now here are those awesome photos:

 

 A traveler on the streets of Jaisalmer.

travel photography 

 

And another local from the streets. 

travel photography 

 From the Qutab Minar in Delhi.

travel photography 

 The Lotus Temple in Delhi.

lotus temple, delhi 

 Hanging jootis in Calcutta

Hanging jootis in Calcutta 

 

 Buddha sculpture from the temple at Krabhi, Thailand.buddha, thailand

 

An awesome rhino from Kaziranga. 

rhino, kaziranga 

Our boatman from Varanasi. 

varanasi 

 

Hope you enjoyed that little hodge-podge, but I'll keep things a bit more organized as I keep posting!

 

Also, I have gotten a couple emails regarding the Hindu Wedding article, and how it's not finished. Oops! I'll definitely try to get that finished up soon for you all!

 

Cheers,

Lauren :) 

Category: Adventures

Tags: architecture, bahai, buddha, calcutta, carving, delhi, fort, india, indian one horned rhino, jaisalmer, kaziranga, krabi, landscape, lotus temple, photography, qutb minar, safari, temple, thailand, travel, varanasi

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

Megha & Chakshu | Portrait Session II Wednesday
Lodi Gardens, Delhi, India


Yes, there is more of these two gorgeous kids! I can just sense you all hopping up and down with excitement!

So for our famous Taj session Megha and Chakshu wore their outfits from their reception. And for an Indian wedding there are two very important sets of clothing. It was only fair that we do a session with both outfits! So Megha and Chakshu went through another grueling round of beautifying themselves and we all hopping into the car and drove into New Delhi. We went to the gorgeous Lodi Gardensto take some shots in their amazing clothes. Here’s what we got.

Megha is super easy to make laugh, which bodes well for us since we can easily get great fun shots like this.

lodi gardens, delhi, india

Throwing in a little mystery ☺

lodi gardens, delhi, india

The setting was just amazing, although we still weren’t without big hordes of on-lookers. In India it is not considered rude, as it is in Canada, to simply stand and stare. So it was tough to handle, but once again these two did a flat out fantastic job.

lodi gardes, delhi, india

I seriously think Chakshu could have a future as a model. He just poses and smiles so easily.
lodi gardens, delhi, india

lodi gardens, delhi, india

And Megha does a bang-up job as well. One day we’ll have to take modeling lesssons from them!

lodi gardens, delhi, india

And together they are just fab.

lodi gardens, delhi, india


lodi gardens, delhi, india

It was like our dream photo location. Great light, and great architecture, we could have spent all day there!

lodi gardens, delhi, india

lodi gardens, delhi, india

Now here is a neat one. Rob was trying out a technique he liked, and I think the result is just awesome!

indian weddings, india

Megha’s chura looked great against her bright pink lengha (a lengha is a ornate skirt, that is worn with a top, and a very elaborate scarf. The whole outfit is unbelievably heavy. Honestly you would not believe it. Serious.

indian weddings, india

And then we got a little dramatic.

indian weddings, india

indian weddings, india


indian weddings, india

A great close-up of Chakshu holding on to his stole.
indian weddings, india

indian weddings, india

indian weddings, india

indian weddings, india


indian weddings, india

indian weddings, india


indian weddings, india

So there you have it, the second portrait session, and one that we enjoyed just as much as the Taj session! As fun as Taj was, it was really fast paced and stressful, so it was nice to take it a bit easier with these two, and find some relatively secluded places. And Megha and Chakshu haven’t even seen these photos yet, so we really hope they enjoyed them!

Category: Weddings

Tags: architecture, carving, delhi, india, lodi gardens, photography, portrait, travel, weddings

Delhi! After A Huge Delay! Saturday
Delhi, India

Holy smokes guys, we're so sorry about this huge delay! When we headed off to Delhi we thought that we would have no problem finding internet, but as it turns out nothing in India turns out as expected :) We were staying in Gurgaon, which is a suburb, and thus not at all geared towards travelers with laptops. So we went for a loooooong time without any connection to the outside world. i guess people started to even get worried about us! So once again, huge apologies for the wait. But once you see what we've been up to, I think you're all going to forgive us right away!!!! Anyway, we're going to start off here with a few pictures left over from Jaisalmer, and from a day around Delhi. Then on Monday, March 17th tune in for some INSANE photos that you aren't even going to believe. Trust me, we're so excited to share these with you guys!!!

 

Let's get to the photos now!

 

Camo-puppies from Jaisalmer! These little guys were just totally zonked out, snoozing in the middle of the hot day. They didn’t even budge when I took their photo, they were too busy sleeping!

puppies, jaisalmer, india

Our friend Philippe found a fantastic spot to watch the sunset at the train station in Jaisalmer. You can see a couple of trains there, and on the horizon is the fort!

sunset, jaisalmer, india

And a close up of the silhouette of the fort.

sunset, jaisalmer fort, india

We took a nighttime stroll up into the fort to take some shots. This is a really neat one Rob took, complete with a couple of ghosts!

jaisalmer fort, india

And one of some textiles still hanging out for sale

textiles, jaisalmer fort, india

It was so crazy, there were tons of these little piglets running around our hotel

pigs, jaisalmer, india

A neat scene near our hotel

street scene, jaisalmer, india

And a shot of the fort. They call Jaisalmer the Golden City because everything is made out of this fantastic gold sandstone. The fort itself is as well, and was built way back in 1156. Unfortunately, because of tourism and increased population there are actually huge problems with the water destroying the fort. It's very sad, because I don't think this place is going to last too much longer. I'm really glad we got to see it at least once.

jaisalmer fort, india

A very strange sign…..
street sign, jaisalmer, india

And a neat old door, complete with a Ganesh above it.
ganesh door, jaisalmer, india

“What’s that you’re using there? Is that a 50mm?”

cow, jaisalmer, india

As we were leaving Jaisalmer we stumbled across the famous Palace on Wheels! It was stopped at the station for a while, and it looked amazing! Too bad it’s incredibly expensive, otherwise I’m sure we would have hopped on right away

palace on wheel, india

And then we got to Delhi! Yay! We checked out Qutb Minar, a huge tower built back in 1193.

qutb minar, delhi, india

Some of the incredible carvings on the tower.

carvings on qutb minar, delhi, india

Who are these attractive people? Not just some randoms we saw, no no. These are our flients (friends/clients), Megha and Chakshu! And you’re going to be seeing much much more of them very soon…..

qutb minar, delhi, india

Wild parrots! Amazing! I can’t get over the wildlife here in India. You see monkeys all the time, and now some incredible parrots.

wild parrots, delhi, india

Some great columns

qutb minar, delhi, india

Then we went to see the Lotus Temple. It is a Bahai temple, and is open to people of all faiths. The design is very similar to the Opera House in Sydney, except this is a closed lotus, and that one is open!

lotus temple, delhi, india

It is such a beautiful structure

lotus temple, delhi, india

This day was really a tour of some of the great sights of Delhi! This is the India Gate, which is different from the Gateway of India in Bombay…
india gate, delhi, india

Cool!

india gate, delhi, india

Some jewelry on sale around the Gate

jewelry, delhi, india

And then it was lunchtime. One fantastic thing about hanging out with locals in India is that they know the great places to eat, and what to order. We made our way to a South Indian restaurant, and Chakshu and Megha took care of ordering. There was this crazy pizza type thing.

food, delhi, india

And a dosa! Dosa, dosa, dosa, dosa! I love that word! And I love the dish. I think I polished off half of one all by myself. It was so fantastic. It was like a huge crispy pancake with curry potatoes and onions inside. Then you would dip it in this sambar sauce and yum. I hope I can find some in Edmonton…
dosa, delhi, india

And these are idlis. They were like rice patties that you would let soak in the sauce. Fantastic.

idli, delhi, india

So there’s a bit of Delhi. Now I’ll let you all wonder what we have up our sleeves and then check back in on Monday to see it! I know you’re going to love it ☺


 

Category: Adventures

Tags: architecture, bahai, carving, cow, delhi, dogs, food, fort, ganesh, india, india gate, jaisalmer, lotus temple, photography, qutb minar, street life, sunset, travel

Majestic Meherangarh Monday
Jodhpur, India

After seeing the fort for so long from our hotel, we were more than ready to get out there and see it up close. A quick tuk tuk ride and there we were, standing at the foot of the massive structure. First we were met by this wonderful camel! We named him Cameron.

camel, jodhpur, india

Then we walked into the fort. Along the way we came across a sign pointing out some holes in the walls that were created by canon balls. I thought it was so great that this pigeon was just hanging out in one of the canon ball holes. I’m dedicating this picture to my sister and her boyfriend, both of whom work as “pigeon whisperers” back home in Edmonton.
pigeon in canon ball hole, jodhpur, india

I love this shot of a woman walking along, with her sari blowing in the wind.

women with sari, jodhpur, india

And Rob, doing what he does
rob, jodhpur, india

These guys took their gates seriously

gate, jodhpur, india

This was probably the first time we saw such beautiful flowers in India

flowers, jodhpur, india

And some really fantastic trees

trees, jodhpur, india

The architecture in and around the fort was unbelievable. You remember that I said Jodhpur was one of the most visually interesting places we have ever been? This is definitely one of the main reasons!

doorways, jodhpur, india

We found a pretty sweet spot to get some shots of the Old City
lauren, jodhpur, india

And this is what I was doing up there! I absolutely love the blue houses.

blue houses, jodhpur, india

Here’s a quick video to give you a sense of where we were standing



And us with the blue houses in the background!

rob and lauren, jodhpur, india

Inside of the fort were some jaw dropping rooms. Those maharajas really had a sense of style! Although I believe this room was decorated using golf leaf, glue and cow urine….
palace, jodhpur, india

This fort was built around 1800, I believe, and is just a photographer’s playground

fort, jodhpur, india

And here’s the photographer!

rob, jodhpur, india

fort, jodhpur, india

fort, jodhpur, india

This was an old palanquin. We think that some of our brides should get ones like this for their doli ceremonies! This thing was easily much taller than both Rob and myself.

palanquin, jodhpur, india

One of the guards having a cup of chai

man with chai, jodhpur, india

Two guys showing off a length of fabric that is used to tie a turban. Can you believe the length of that?

turban fabric, jodhpur, india

And one final shot of Cameron. As we left the fort he was having a little snack, and was so cute to watch as he just munched away.

camel, jodhpur, india

And that’s Jodhpur. Highly, highly recommended. Approved by The Wedding Travelers. Whatever you want to say, it’s cool. Next we're off to Jaisalmer, which we hope will be just as visually stunning.

Category: Adventures

Tags: architecture, camel, carving, chai, flowers, india, jodhpur, photography, portrait, wildlife

The Ajanta Caves Wednesday
Ajanta (and Jalgaon), India

Hey friends!

So first off I want to give a big thank you for all the wonderful comments on the last post. There’s always an element of uncertainty when you post some rather negative thoughts about a place like India, which is shrouded in such mystery for so many people, but I’m glad to see that while you all now understand the down sides of this country, you too are seeing all the beauty that we are. And I’ll give a quick note to let you know that the whole country is not as dirty and hectic as Calcutta and Varanasi. I’ll be posting about Mumbai soon, which we both loved, and we just got into Jodhpur today and this city is simply magical. But let’s hop all the way back to Ajanta shall we?

So after we hung out in Varanasi for a while, we caught a train to Jalgaon. It’s a little transit town that serves almost solely as a jumping off point for a trip to the Ajanta caves. Our first night there we were off to the train station (a 2 min walk from our hotel) to reserve our ticket onwards. There are many ticket booths in the station, and we found the one designated for foreigners. We were quite surprised at who we shared the booth with…and I’m not talking about the Senior Citizens…

train station, jalgaon


I’m not sure if any of you have heard of the Ajanta caves, but they are kind of a big deal. After a long and jarring bus ride on a local bus we made it to the caves. We were greeted with this sign that we both found hilarious

ajanta caves, india

But then it was time to get serious, because these caves are serious business. A World Heritage site, they consist of 30 Buddhist caves carved into the face of a horse-shoe shaped gorge. Here’s a shot to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

ajanta caves, india

A walk along the path will take you past each of the caves and so getting around was merely a matter of walking, stopping to take off your shoes, checking out the cave, and then moving along. And it was a blissful refuge from the very hot sun to duck into a cool and dark cave every few minutes. But these were much more than simply places for shade. Don’t get me wrong. The carvings inside were absolutely astounding, I can’t believe that this place isn’t better known! We’ve been to Greece and have seen a lot of the ancient sites there, but nothing even came close to this. So many of the caves had a incredible Buddha carving at the back.
ajanta caves, india

This particular cave was really great. The giant Buddha was guarded by these other figures (his followers, I believe) and with the lighting and the atmosphere we completely felt like we were in an Indiana Jones film.

ajanta caves, india

The carvings on the wall were amazing, and each cave had such different details than the others

ajanta caves, india

ajanta caves, india

Isn’t this incredible? The entire wall was completely filled with these carvings right out of the wall.

ajanta caves, india

As we were taking a break we took a couple of “glamour shots” of each other. Rob really likes this one of me looking like a really cool photographer (you are probably wondering where I got those really cool pants! They are from Bangkok, and are really nifty)
ajanta caves, india

Rob giving us his model pose
ajanta caves, india

And another of me

ajanta caves, india

But I bet you just want to see the caves right? Well even the ceilings were spectacularly decorated

ajanta caves, india

And entrances were amazing as well

ajanta caves, india

Really, how many adjectives and superlatives can I find to describe these things?

ajanta caves, india

A really wonderful reclining Buddha

ajanta caves, india

ajanta caves, india

(insert adjective of your choice here)

ajanta caves, india

We also took a little video to give you a good idea of the magnitude of these caves. I apologize once more for my tired and sweaty demeanor. Rob seems to always bring the camera out when I’m absolutely exhausted from the heat!



And what’s crazier than a troupe of monkeys who just hung out in the trees right beside the walkway?

monkeys, ajanta caves, india

So there you have the Ajanta caves. We bused back to Jalgaon (though in retrospect we should have continued on to Aurangabad to see the Ellora caves, allegedly just as spectacular….for all those travelers out there, there’s a tip! We already have quite the list of places to visit next time we come to India, since a short two months is really not even near long enough). Then onto another train, and the next stop was Mumbai! And that will be coming up next :)

 

P.S. I just updated the Maps section of the site, under the Info heading, in case you guys are curious to see what our route has been. I can't believe how much ground we've covered in two months! 

 

 

Category: Adventures

Tags: ajanta, buddha, buddhism, bus trip, carving, india, photography, statue, temple, travel