This bridal session was born out of our time spent in Nepal. We wanted people to be able to experience Nepal through the different elements of the session. We had a spread of spices that are found throughout Nepal and used in many of their cuisines. Bits of copper and brass can be seen with those elements, which were found and purchased in the streets of Kathmandu. Marigolds were central to the shoot, as you can see marigolds on any given street in Nepal. We loved seeing them draped over the bride who is wearing a stunning Carol Hannah dress that seemed to sparkle in the Nepali sunlight.
The earthquake that occurred on April 25, 2015 in Nepal has shaken all of us. So many of the beautiful places we visited, and historical landmarks that we marveled at, are now piles of rubble. As far as we can tell, though, our loved ones and the people at the organizations we volunteered at, are all safe. Some of them have lost homes, but they have escaped the earthquake without injury. For that we are thankful.
While we typically only feature southeastern Virginia wedding content, I think we can all agree that showcasing the beauty of a culture shattered by one devastating event and how we are helping locally here in Hampton Roads and Richmond is the major exception. It's going to take a very long time to rebuild-- as we have seen here in the States after catastrophic disasters. So after seeing these breathtaking captures in photo and film, please find how you can help right here in Virginia below. Every little bit counts. Virginia is for lovers, and we've got some big love to give!
HOW TO HELP LOCALLYThere are amazing local Hampton Roads and southeastern Virginia organizations doing their part in helping the Nepal community.
ASIAN INDIANS OF HAMPTON ROADS and HAMPTON ROADS NEPALESE COMMUNITY (HRNC)
Nepal Disaster Relief Program Fundraising Event
June 5, 2015
For more info: www.aihr.org
GREATER RICHMOND VIRGINIA NEPALESE COMMUNITY
Ongoing Events and Updates
For more info: Facebook
Operation Blessing International (OBI) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. Based in Virginia Beach and vetted by Charity Navigator, they are in Nepal helping with clean water efforts as well as many other relief missions.
HOW TO HELP GLOBALLY3SEAMS
Local in Nepal, 3Seams is a non-profit organization that employs women rescued from sex trafficking and other devastating situations and helps give them a purpose and motivation to stay out of that cycle through jewelry/accesories/handbags designing. They are on the ground right now physically in Nepal and helping with overseeing donations for food and medicine for those directly in need.
Highly rated by Charity Navigator, Global Giving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. All donations to this Nepal fund will support earthquake recovery and relief efforts. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.
Tiny Hands is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the church in the developing world to help the poor overcome poverty. It is committed to finding the greatest injustices in the world, and working towards relieving them however possible, particularly serving orphans, street children, and the victims of the sex-trafficking industry.
Photography: Nina & Wes Photography // Cinematography: Colletta Films // Event Design and Styling: Abany Bauer // Floral Design: Type A Society // Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah // Jewelry: Mickey Lynn // Hair & Makeup: Heather Smith // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Shoot Location: The Fort Resort