ALIYA & RAJEN’S JANE AND INDIAN WEDDING IN DUBAI – 4 DAYS FROM THE DESERT TO THE BURJ KHALIFA
Pithi Ceremony & Mehndi Party at Burj Residences
I have seen a lot when it comes to weddings, but Aliya and Rajen topped it all with their magnificent wedding in Dubai. 4 days of wonder, every day a very different scenery full of new tastes, colors and surprises. This extraordinary wedding voyage started at the famous Smiley center, where a lovely creative session was photographed and filmed in a beautiful authentic surrounding. A not-a-bit-less beautiful Aston Martin was the wedding limo taking them back home, which made my day when it came to find cool angles filled with extraordinary design. Rajen went trough an interesting ritual here, friends and family put all good things on his head, like eggs, butter, chocolates and colorful paints to give them abundance in their long life together.
Jain Blessings & Sangeet in Bab Al Shams
Next day started far out of Dubai in the desert. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is a place that takes you back in time to the Islamic Golden Age, to a tale from One Thousand and One Nights. Sand dunes all around this little oasis as far as the eyes can see. Inside, you find a little village full of wonders from the Middle East, amazing colors, architecture and stylish design. The ceremony took place amongst the sand dunes with the setting sun as the background filled with splendid dresses, holy moves and strong emotions – it was a moment to capture for real. Great show with dozens of camels and horses, superstar entrance of the bride and a superb photo session with the friends made the night unforgettable.
Wedding Ceremony in the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
Fast forward a couple of hundred years, next day we find ourselves in the highest building of the world. Burj Khalifa and the Armani Hotel opens its doors for the extraordinary wedding celebration of Aliya & Rajen. The guest list is full of international celebrities, the view on one side is the magical Dubai Fountain providing us with the coolest backdrop I’ve ever seen. And the Burj Khalifa on the other with its 828m lean body – made me get on my knees every time I wanted to compose somebody to one picture with the tower. A night of miracles and happenings not for the faint hearted, at one point during the night I found my team deep in the hotel water fountain. Guests with behavioral problems (according to the security who took us out of the fountain) were pouring extra dry Pierlant Blanc de Blancs champagne all over the participants, Rajen on top of a complice in his cool wedding suit, our team of 4 visual artist on the bottom with state of the art cameras and good friends shouting in ecstasy as a full bottle of this tasty drink is literally blown up. I never enjoyed this much licking my lens, this champagne is really the real thing.
We finished the night with the surprisingly strong Sanjay doing a few one hand push ups (again in the water fountain), which raised suddenly the excitement level amongst the guests hyping from the side and brought them also into the fountain. From this point, we kindof migrated the party from the Armani Hotel ball room to the waterside,- I recorded some unforgettable dance moves here, check the picturesque love story bellow.
Yuan at the Atlantis, The Palm
Last day, the 10th of April. We thought we have seen it all, but our lovely couple had more surprises and this day showed two more faces of Dubai. The palm, and its crown diamond the magnificent Atlantis is the direction on the invitation – when reaching the hotel ask the concierge for Yuan. For those unlucky, who have no idea who or what is Yuan: its an award winning Chinese restaurant with a contemporary twist. A quite big twist though, the music is new-age Chinese disco and the food is from out of this world. An orgy of tastes and flavors, rather a spiritual journey than eating. The hardest decision was to figure out whether to film or to eat those beautiful creations. Did both in this sequence and emerged in the contemporary style of the place, recorded great speeches and big hugs in a magnificent surrounding.
Party Boat at Dubai MarinaLeaving the fresh breeze of the Palm is something you try to avoid, except if your next destination is the Dubai Marina. The first time I heard of it tried not to go, who wants to see boats.. Well, this place is like Manhattan, just double the height and density and put it on water filled with spaceship style mega yachts. On the waterside, Michelin star restaurants side by side with luxury brands and top hotels. You feel on the top of the world cruising this bay on a huge yacht filled with music and lights, quite surreal and amazing the same time.
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