It’s easy to see why New Yorkers Monica and Shail chose Jamaica as the backdrop for their gorgeous destination wedding celebration. Of all the Caribbean islands, its one of the most beautiful and inviting, a perfect way to describe this loving couple and their families. When Monica and Shail decided to leave their city lives behind, gather family and friends, and embark on a destination wedding adventure to Jamaica, we were honored to take part and commemorate the festivities in very unique and cinematic ways.
Held at Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Monica and Shail’s destination wedding was the perfect hybrid of a traditional Indian wedding with a lush, island paradise. From the bright, tropical color palette, to the groom’s baraat by motorboat, to the giving of the coconut picked straight from a local palm, to the wedding ceremony on the beach, even their priest, an Indian pandit, was a local of Jamaica. Perhaps none of these elements celebrated both the island destination and the traditions of a Hindu wedding more appropriately then the couple's traditional jai malas, or wedding garlands. Made from the beautiful, local tropical flowers that pepper the Jamaican landscape, these jai mala garlands gave Monica and Shail a poignant way to welcome each other and their newly joined families, one of the first and most integral traditions to begin a Hindu wedding. Documenting the creation of Monica and Shail’s jai malas with local flowers gave us the opportunity to showcase the blending of location with tradition that their wedding did so well.
Venue: Half Moon halfmoon.rockresorts.com
Planning: Working Brides workingbrides.com
Makeup & Styling: Style by Susmita stylebysusmita.com
Photography: Keith Cephus keithcephus.com
DJ: Suhel Jagtiani djsuhel.com
Shot with Canon HDSLRs & EOS L-Series lenses
Additional gear furnished by KesslerCrane.com, Glidecam.com & Cinevate.com