Wedding of the Week

Golden City Magic in India, Captured by Danelle Bohane [Rf Wedding of the Week]

September 14, 2016

By RF Staff

India is one of those bucket-list wedding destination for photographers, but for this four-day series of celebrations, captured by Danelle Bohane (a 30 Rising Star in 2015), this wasn't a destination wedding; the couple had grown up in India. And for Bohane, this subtle alteration in technicality made all the difference.


All photos © Danelle Bohane

"Along with their family and friends, Nicole and Jordan hosted us so well in India," Bohane says, "and we had the most magical time there being a part of the whole wedding experience, rather than feeling like we were just a service. The bond that we created with people and the memories we made will be treasured for life."

After flying in from New Zealand to Delhi, Bohane spent a few days sightseeing while she recovered from jet lag, then headed to the wedding festivities in Jaisalmer, a former medieval trading center in the western Indian state of Rajasthan; it's known as the "Golden City," with the gorgeous sunsets, sandstone architecture and intricately carved temples, you can see why. Bohane captured it beautifully.

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Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III (x2)
Lenses: Canon 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.2, 135mm f/2
Lighting: Canon speed lights (x2)

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