I don’t think I could ever thank Rachael and Dan enough for the experience they gave both me and my wife Ellen when they asked me to photograph their wedding at Kahanda Kanda in Sri Lanka. Not only has Sri Lanka swiftly become my favourite country but I feel we’ve made friends for life! We were both made to feel so welcome whenever we spent time with them – thank you so much guys – you’re bloody legends.
Where do I start! Kahanda Kanda is a beautiful venue. In their own words – ‘Set amidst the palm fringed jungle and tea plantations of southern Sri Lanka, Kahanda Kanda is a hidden gem where culture, wellness and luxury combine.’ I couldn’t agree more! The staff, much like everywhere we stayed during our trip of Sri Lanka, couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. I think thats a trait that is deeply embedded in Sri Lankan culture.
The food is amazing everywhere and Rachael and Dan’s wedding day was certainly no exception!! I could eat Sri Lankan curry everyday. It’s right up there with my favourite (Italian, in case you were wondering!). I’m yet to try and recreate any of the amazing dishes we ate out there, but its on my list of things to do.
Sri Lanka Wedding Photographer
The weather in Sri Lanka can be a little hit or miss in July, as its technically the inter-monsoon season. We had a tiny bit of rain for about 5 minutes as everyone was getting ready but it didn’t affect the day in anyway whatsoever. One thing for sure it was HOT. And not just hot. It was super humid!! I don’t think I’ve ever been so sweaty in my life, but its got to be a sign of working hard, right?!
I think as usual I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. Sit back, relax, and take a look at some of my favourites from an amazing day below…
For the photographers; everything was shot using Fuji x-Pro2′s and a combination of the 16mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm prime lenses. Any questions about anything please don’t hesitate to ask.
Rachael + Dan have kindly supplied me with the finer details of their wedding:
Venue: Kahanda Kanda Hotel, outside of Galle, Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka www.kahandakanda.com
Wedding Styling/Planning: We did all wedding planning, with assistance from the venue for the local logistics and suppliers
Flowers: Local florist arranged by the venue for the bouquets and ceremony arrangements including the Poruwa. Table and large arrangements in the dining room and lounge were by the venue using flowers from the gardens
Wedding Dress: Kula Tsurdiu, Nottingham. Local dress maker who uses Nottingham lace www.kulatsurdiu.co.uk
Wedding Rings, Earrings and Jewellery: Wedding rings, engagement ring and all bridal jewellery – Carolyn Codd, Nottingham. Family jeweller who designed and made both wedding rings and engagement ring www.carolyncodd.com Brides necklace is a family heirloom
Bridesmaids Dresses: Claudie Pierlot. Bridesmaid necklaces were a thank you gift from Rachael designed and made by Emma Hender Jewellery, Nottingham (@emma_hender)
Wedding Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo www.ferragamo.com
Grooms Outfit: Paul Smith www.paulsmith.com
Grooms Tie: No tie for the groom. Best Men Ties and Socks – Paul Smith
Grooms Shoes: Barker www.barker-shoes.co.uk
Grooms Watch/Cufflinks/Jewellery: Grooms watch is IWC Portugieser (brides gift was vintage IWC watch) www.iwc.com
Stationary: Wedding breakfast place settings were made and organised by the venue using foliage from the garden.
Hair: Salon Bonitha, arranged by venue (just incase anyone else desperately wants ringlets)
Makeup: Salon Bonitha arranged by venue
Band: Magic Box Mixup – https://www.facebook.com/MagicBoxMixup/
Anything else that might be useful?!: Doughnut tower was from Skinny Toms Bakery – www.facebook.com/skinytoms/ Cake topper was from Saudi Arabia (we think it deserves special mention ????). We toasted with Camel Valley Cornwall – www.camelvalley.com to steady the pre-ceremony nerves!!!