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Oh my goodness – where to begin with this one…

I first met Shafeena and Derek when they travelled from Seattle to London and commissioned me for their engagement shoot – I knew they were planning a wedding in Thailand, but guessed they’d find another photographer and that the few fairly awesome hours we spent together in London, dodgy the rain and trying to find the best pint of craft beer in a fairly average pub, would be it. So I was ridiculously excited to receive the email asking if I would consider going to Thailand to shoot their Phuket wedding.

Taking place over 2 days, with a Sangeet on the first night, a nod to Shafeena’s Ismaili heritage, and the wedding ceremony itself on the second day; so it seemed to make sense to split this magical wedding into two posts.

The day began as Shafeena had her mehndi on the balcony; friends came and went as wonderfully intricate henna patterns were painted onto Shafeena’s hands. Later in the day, they and all their guests donned their Indian outfits for the festivities. The evening was a mix of ceremony and celebration – the Piti where family and guests came to bless the couple, or Derek’s own version where he got doused with all manner of crazy Thai ingredients – fish sauce anyone?

And, OMG, do these guys know how to dance? The wild dancefloor antics make most English weddings seem pretty demure. Everyone partied up a storm in the Indigo Pearl’s Jomon Pavillion. But without further ado, here’s some shots from the day.

Day two is served up tomorrow.


The whole shebang was planned and co-ordinated by Jeanette At Luxury Events Phuket


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