Colourful & Fun Wedding Photography in Nepal | Pokhara
Welcome to Shalu and Amir’s colourful and fun wedding photography in Nepal. One late night in March I received a message from Amir, excitedly telling me about his marriage in Nepal. During our chat, I asked if he’d like me to be his wedding photographer in Nepal since I was already visiting Nepal at that time too.
I was joined by several of my friends, from Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, and Romania. The first part of the trip was spent sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley, and one of the hills, where, on a clear day, Mount Everest and the majestic Himalayas are visible during the sunrise.
Top of the World; Nepal
“Nepal combines Himalayan views, golden temples, charming hill villages and jungle wildlife watching to offer one of the world’s great travel destinations” ~ Lonely Planet
8 of the 10 world’s highest mountains are in Nepal. The Nepali word for Mount Everest is “Sagarmatha”, meaning “Forehead of the Sky”.
The flag is the ONLY national flag in the world that isn’t a rectangle or square
Momo, a type of dumpling, is one of the most popular foods for any Nepali
Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha is located in the south of the country
Some of the top attractions include visiting;
Boudhanath Stupa, one of the sacred Buddhist stupas in the world.
Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey temple, where the monkeys roam freely
Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred temple for Hindus. Funerals take place along the River Bagmati, and it is considered to be holy if a Nepali is cremated there.
The Kathmandu Valley is actually made up of 3 cities, previously Kingdoms. There is Kathmandu itself, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each has a Durbar Square. If you are pushed for time, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is definitely the one to visit.
Go trekking. Taking a bus to Pokhara and doing the Annapurna Base Camp, and the majestic views, especially sunrise at Poon Hill.
Alternatively, trek to Everest Base Camp, and get up close and personal with the world’s highest peak
You can check out other things to do in Nepal, here.
Fearless Photographers in Nepal
A few days before the wedding, Amir informed me there had been a death in the family, and the wedding was postponed for two weeks.
A few days before the new wedding day, Corina, Matt, Denise and I made our way to Pokhara on a bus. It’s not the most comfortable of rides, but the views are amazing and definitely a must-do when visiting Nepal. It was during this bus ride to Pokhara that I realised the 4 of us belonged Fearless Photographers, an amazing community of some of the most talented photographers in the world.
The day before the wedding, Corina and Matt made their way to Waling, a little village about an hours drive south of Pokhara, where Amir was getting ready.
Denise and I stayed in Pokhara as Shalu was getting ready here and the wedding was taking place near the famous Bindabasini Temple.
Rather than talking about the wedding, please take a peek below!
When I look back at my wedding in Nepal, all I used to remember was chaos and panic; up until the moment we received the photos.
But once we got our hands on the images it made me realise it wasn’t all bad and horror; there were moments of banters and laughs, two families adjoined and turned into one big and happier family.
There was only love and excitement all around. The moments they managed to capture really makes apprehend the fact that it’s the little things that actually matters.
Thank you Corina, Matt, Denise and Dai for your hard work and creativity. We loved all the photos.
Shalu & Amir
What can I say about Nepal?
I’ve never been to a place with such warm people, kind smiles and incredible hospitality.
From the big, bustling cities full of shops, temples, and monkeys to the small villages where you feel close to people and nature.
I loved it all.
Photographing a wedding there only made the experience even more magical, as we got to be involved in such a wonderful day full of overwhelming emotions and so many traditions.
The day before the wedding Matt and I spent some time with Amir’s family in a village two hours away from Pokhara, where we witnessed how the whole family came together to help with wedding preparations. We had mint tea, roti and we listened to stories about the places we’ve seen.
We felt like family.
The next day the wedding was like an explosion of colours, music, and emotion. It was humbling to be a part of such a personal intense day, full of amazing traditions.
Can’t wait to go back to Nepal. I know Matt and I won’t be able to stay away from this magical place for long.
Since spending 2 months in Nepal in 2009 the country has held a special place in my heart.
Amongst the stunning landscapes, welcoming faces (the Nepalise are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met), the music and chaos in the cities, there’s a kind of calmness to my time there. To get the chance to go back after 10 years was very exciting; especially as this time I’d be sharing it with my fellow partner in crime Corina and some awesome photographers.
Shooting a wedding in Nepal was such an amazingly rich way to experience more of their culture. The day was filled with colour, music, smells and loads of emotion and beauty. It felt like an attack on the senses at first, but when you slowed down there was so much to see and so many beautiful/awesome stories to capture. We were welcomed in like one of the family and within an hour donned with ceremonial flowers around our necks and red powder on our foreheads (see photo below). Thanks Soven for inviting us to share in this awesome experience!
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I enjoy shooting weddings and working across the world, to create beautiful and natural wedding photos. The wedding photography in Nepal for Shalu and Amir’s wedding was so much and I can’t wait to photograph more weddings in Nepal.
Here are my favourite photos from Shalu & Amir’s Wedding Photography in Pokhara & Waling;