Erica Camille is a destination-wedding photographer and travel blogger based in New York City and Thailand, specializing in LGBT weddings.
Harsh and Michelle's love story is sweetly classic: They fell in love while studying abroad. They met while salsa dancing in Melbourne, Australia, when Harsh was in film school. “At first, we were strictly dance partners,” explained Harsh. “But, well…the rest is history, as they say."
Though much smaller than a typical Indian wedding, as I’m sure Harsh and Michelle would agree, it was no tamer. The Neemrana Fort-Palace
, where the reception was held, is a stunning 15th-century fort converted to a five-star boutique hotel that sits just outside of Jaipur, India. Hands-down, it’s the most beautiful venue I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph. Simply getting from point A to point B — without getting lost in the maze of paths and nooks — was one of my biggest challenges of the weekend.
With a lively horse procession that lasted nearly an hour, and a ceremony in a space reminiscent of Roman times, it was an unforgettable evening under the gorgeous cityscape and skyscape. The next morning, we all ate a lovely breakfast, complete with wedding cake and speeches. After brunch, Harsh, Michelle, and I enjoyed wandering around the venue doing portraits before we departed back to Delhi. An emotional goodbye took place between Michelle and her father, who lives in Australia and rarely gets to see his daughter. “It was the first time I’ve seen him cry,” Michelle told me.
The couple not only invited me to document their special day, but they took me in as family, making my time in India quite special. We traveled to the Taj Mahal together, visited local markets and temples, ate at a food festival, and truly became friends. I hope you all enjoy this chronicle of their destination wedding.