As an editor for a wedding photography magazine, I see a lot of white gowns, black tuxes and muted color palettes—and while beautiful—sometimes I’m internally screaming for a wedding that’s going to rip the lid off the traditional.
This Indian wedding, photographed by Austin, TX-based wedding and boudoir photographer Lindsey Thorne, does the trick with bright reds, purples and saris for days.
Bride and groom Holly and Zach met at the University of Texas in the theater program. “They are 100% genuine, and they have one of the best groups of friends I’ve ever seen,” says Thorne of the couple. “This is day two of their three-day wedding celebration, so by the time my team and I were finished, we were a part of the family.” To capture the event, Thorne used Canon 5D Mark IIs, all prime lenses (including 135, 50, 24, 85 and 35), LP 160s, Canon 580s and video lights for off-camera flash, “and I always have my Undfind bag on me while shooting,” she says.
As for the reception, Thorne says that Zach played the ukulele and sang a version of Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’ to Holly because Zach’s last name is Ullah, so together Holly Ullah sounds like Hallelujah. “He changed the words to tell the story of how they met, it was adorable and everyone in the room was in tears,” says the photographer.
Along with Thorne, Karen Seifert was the second shooter and Michele Cape assisted.