Since I seem to begin every post proclaiming how much I love things, it is with great pleasure that I begin this new post declaring my eternal and undying love for this wedding. I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Ghoncheh and Jason at the end of June at the Maji Boutique Hotel in Diani Beach (can I get enough of Diani? NO. I SIMPLY CANNOT). The beautiful, clear blue sky that matches so perfectly with the beautiful, clear blue sea; the white sand, the gentle breeze… *sigh* Before even arriving in Diani, I was beyond excited to be part of this wedding because of the amazing mix of cultural elements that the couple planned to include in their day. Ghoncheh is persian and Jason is Korean but both are Americans living and working in Kenya. Can you get any more perfectly eclectic? (The answer, I discovered, is no).
Ghoncheh and Jason were brilliant to hire wedding designer and planner, Salima Bertoglio (another wonderfully awesome woman conspicuously covered in tattoos not unlike myself). The details in the set up and decor were absolutely gorgeous and everything worked perfectly together. The simple white chairs, the gauzy peach fabric adorned with a single calla lily, the signposts, the twinkling lights – all in complete harmony with the beach backdrop.
There is so much love in this wedding. There were so many perfect moments of thoughtfulness and caring. There was so much emotion in the expressions on everyone’s faces, in the words everyone chose to say about the couple and the words the couple chose to say (and sing) to one another. There was genuine feeling and consideration, not to mention amazing displays of talent (Jason, the groom… I don’t even know what to say… This man not only rocked the guitar and sang beautifully to Ghoncheh, making all the ladies swoon, but he later busted out a perfect Gangnam Style on the dance floor, forcing Louis and I to privately declare him to be a triple-threat and the total package). Ghoncheh and Jason were perfect. Everything was perfect. I LOVE EVERYTHING.
I can say so much about this wedding but – let’s be honest here – I love showing the photos more than I love writing the words. So please ENJOY! I hope I managed to capture even a little bit of the enormous beauty that this day held.
I want to thank my wonderful second shooter, Louis Nderi, for some of these gorgeous photos!