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Images: Jessica Maida Photography | submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tomorrow is the 4th and I am currently up in NJ visiting with family and saying goodbye to the place I called a home from my freshman year of high school until now (so a LONG TIME people). My parents sold their house and we’ll be spending the weekend going through my old stuff, most of which I will want to keep, and all of which Andy will want to throw out ;) But I couldn’t leave you guys without some Friday inspiration & LINK LOVE to help get you to the weekend! Today’s wedding inspiration is a collection of bridal styled looks based on the life and culture of Nepali people. It was captured by photographer, Jessica Maida, at the Beyond Workshop hosted by Nina & Wes Photography.

The set closes with some lifestyle images that I thought were too mesmerizing not to include, though they have no wedding ties, they’re gorgeous images, worth seeing. Not to mention that Jessica took these photos just 3 weeks before earthquakes and aftershocks devastated this very place. Jessica’s insight to the images and time in Nepal are so inspiring to me, so please take the time to read the post if you can.

Happy Friday Romancers. Hope you all have a fabulous & safe 4th of July weekend.

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This past March, I spent 12 days between Kathmandu and Nagarkot attending their workshop and traveling myself and what I found was just amazing – in culture, traditions, people, practices, religion and above all, the soul and spirit of the country. Within 3 weeks of returning home Nepal was then devastated by 2 7.8 earthquakes and countless aftershocks, leaving it’s people and historic structures in shambles. I wanted to include several images from the lifestyle and street photography aspects of the workshop as well as my own time exploring due to the now damage of many of the structures, temples and even the event venue for the styleshoots and how some or all of them are likely changed or destroyed forever.

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During the workshop, it was a pleasure to learn not only more about film but to experience the Nepali inspired styleshoots that highlighted our 3 days spent at the Fort Resort in Nagarkot. With the Himalayas in clear view every morning and terra cotta pots lining the edges, this resort boasted not only immaculate views and backdrops for the styleshoots but a peace and calm around every corner. It was also during these 3 days that we enjoyed walks into town, experienced their Holi festival, and met some of the villagers that inhabit the only main road up the mountain and who would soon look at us even as familiar friends for the limited time.

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Once back in Kathmandu, we delved into the street photography and humanitarian work that was incorporated into the workshop. It was not only a humbling and renewing experience both personally and professionally, these experiences also presented an opportunity to be moved not only behind the camera but without it.

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If you are so inclined, a friendly reminder of the organizations that are helping in the aid and rebuilding of Nepal (bboth in structure and in its people):

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Jessica Maida Photography | Floral Designer: Abany Bauer – Styling & Flowers | Fashion Designer: Carol Hannah LLC | Cinema and Video: Colletta Films | Event Designer: Drops Of Honey Designs | Heirlooms and extras: FrouFrou Chic | Makeup Artist: Heather Smith Hair Stylist  | Jewelry: Mickey Lynn Jewelry | Dress Store: Shop Gossamer | Event Venue: The Fort Resort | Other: The Mrs Box | Event Planner: Type A Society | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

1 comment

  1. Thank you Bree for featuring this workshop experience and a look into the life of the Nepali people and country. It was such an inspiring trip and special thanks to Nina and Wes for opening the doors of Nepal for all of us that attended! And thanks for passing on the link resources for help – I know it is very appreciated. Jess

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