Getting to Paro, Bhutan is no easy feat. The country has but one airline, which only flies out of a select few destinations in Asia. Only 8 pilots in the world are trained and certified to take off or land there, and the weather conditions have to be just right – a tricky thing to predict at an elevation of 7300 feet. As we swerved through the mountains and prepared to (hopefully) land safely, I turned to Daniel and said, “You just know that a place that’s this hard to get to is going to be good!” As it turns out, this proclamation would prove to be quite the understatement.
Irene and Jimmy chose to have their wedding in Bhutan after falling in love with the place on a previous trip. They wanted their guests to experience the stunning landscapes and unique culture for themselves, so they planned a 3-day affair to show off the best of what the region has to offer. From the traditional performances upon our arrival, to the farewell hike up to an ancient fortress (for which all guests donned cultural dress), Irene and Jimmy ensured that their guests got the full Bhutanese experience.
The greatest highlight for us, not just of this trip but possibly of our entire careers as wedding photographers, was the monk’s blessing.The city’s 1300 year old local temple receives very few visitors, and those visitors must abide by a strict no photos rule. Much to our delight, they graciously waived this rule for us and allowed us to photograph the blessing of Irene and Jimmy’s marriage. What our cameras could not capture was the sound of the monks’ instruments and chants – a sound which gave both Daniel and I goosebumps and tears in our eyes.
Irene and Jimmy, thank you for choosing us to document this special event and special place for you. It was truly the experience of a lifetime.
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