Last month we had the honor of shooting the wedding of Chris and Erin in Qatar. Destination wedding photography is always a real pleasure as it mixes our love of weddings, travel, photography and often adventure.
Erin had found us via google and we set up a Skype meeting, which is a fantastic way of getting to know each other when distance is an issue. I was immediately taken by how lovely this couple was and we talked like old friends. Erin told me how important photography was for them as a couple and also to their family, definitely our type of people!
We all met again the day before the wedding at the beautiful reception venue, The St Regis Doha. We were impressed how relaxed how they were and so obviously in love! The St Regis is a perfect venue for couples in Doha, with beautiful decor and a stunning pool and beach.
Wedding day started with some very relaxed ‘preparation’ photos with Erin, her lovely mum and bridesmaids. Her hair and makeup looked amazing and we took some lovely natural light images in the room. We then drove across town to the Church of the Epiphany where the service was held. Traffic can be a bit of an issue in Doha but Erin had taken the stress out of this by hiring a beautiful Rolls Royce for the occasion. Talk about arriving in style.
We arrived early at the church to get some images of Chris, his groomsmen and the all important rings! The guys were also very relaxed but I definitely had the sense that Chris could not wait to see his beautiful bride. When Erin arrived we had the chance to capture a really beautiful moment when the bride and groom shared a special prayer prior to the ceremony. With respect to tradition they couldn’t see each, other so Erin and Chris stood on opposite sides of the door and touchingly held hands. I love this photo.
The church service was very moving with two celebrants and a really special group of family and friends in attendance. The passion in both of their faces for God and each other was a privilege to witness and capture.
After the ceremony the wedding party drove to The Katara Cultural Village for some photos. This was fantastic opportunity to have some fun with Erin and Chris in the stunning area in and around the amphitheater. Erin and Chris choose to have many of these photos in Black and White which is a great way to accentuate the graphic elements of the dramatic backdrop. This was a really fun hour and we attracted quite a lot of attention from curious visitors.
We returned to the St Regis bang on time to meet the rest of the family for some fun group photos and then to the reception nearby. The reception was a really moving experience with the love and joy of Chris and Erins family and friends so tangible. Not to mention we got introduced to the ‘shoe game’ which is a hilarious insight into how the couple see themselves and their family.
As a photographer it is capturing these incredible moments of unscripted joy and love that makes mine the best job in the world. I would like to end by saying Erin and Chris are a truly genuine, warm loving couple and it was a privilege to be part of their celebration of love.