This was the second St Ignatius Church wedding I’ve photographed and the second Sri Lankan wedding.
Their ceremony at the church was beautiful. I still remember when those church doors opened for Navi to walk down the aisle. Himath’s expression when he first saw his bride come down that isle was beautiful.
I’m so happy that we were able to get that shot when he see’s her for the first time.
The ceremony was a Roman Catholic wedding at St Ignatius Church and not the traditional Sri Lankan Ceremonies which you can learn about here.
Their St Ignatius ceremony that followed was sweet. There were a lot of heartfelt moments along with laughter as you can see below.
Himath and Navi are genuinely always laughing and I got a lot of great moments between them. The church is very beautiful with high ceilings and stain glassed windows. We’ve photographed Roman and Amanda’s wedding here a couple of years prior to this one and it’s always a pleasure.
Right after the ceremony we did some portraits outside the church. It was a cloudy day with sprinkles of rain
St Ignatius Church wedding
After the wedding ceremony at St Ignatius we did some portraits outside the church and then at the Legislature building. We created some really cool shots with them and the bridal party that they really loved.
Sri Lankan weddings are very similar to other Indian Weddings in terms of culture although performed a bit different in some cases. There’s the lighting of the oil lamps which signifies the joining of two families. Fire, water, and earth have always played a huge role in Hindu wedding ceremonies so I saw some familiarities with that.
There were also a traditional drummer and dancers guiding Himath and Navi during their entrance to the reception which is also very common in Indian weddings.
The reception at the Fort Garry Grand Ballroom was so much fun with all the entertainment they had. The shoe game always brings out laughs and the kissing game was very unique. Instead of clinking glasses, they had couples perform a dance routine on the dance floor ending off in a kiss. Himath and Navi had to follow these routines out on the dance floor.
St Ignatius Church wedding
I remember the cake cutting where Navi started to feed Himath’s father first instead of her new husband. Everyone bursted out in laughter including Navi.
A group dance performancers led by Navi took the dance floor right after speeches. Dressed in traditional clothing the dancers spun and moved in harmony across the dance floor. At the end of the female dance performances Himath joined in and danced his butt off.
Thanks again for trusting me to capture your amazing day! Enjoy these highlights : )
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