smita is a very close and dear friend whom i’ve know since childhood. in fact, we were born in the same hospital in staten island, ny exactly one week apart! so i was thrilled when i heard the news that smita was getting married and honored that she asked me to photograph her wedding.
smita works for food for the hungry an organization which implements transformational development programs in impoverished communities around the world. her work has taken her from mexico to the philippines and points in-between. a few years ago, her work took her to santo domingo in the dominican republic. it was while working here that she met johel, an english teacher, and she soon decided to call santo domingo home.
smita and johel had a christian-hindu wedding which took place at the beautiful barceló capella beach resort in juan doilio, d.r. it was a beach wedding and the first i had ever attended or shot. everything was arranged and set up beautfully, and you couldn’t have asked for a better day. ok, it was crazy hot and i’m still amazed at how comfortable johel looked in a black tux! however, the temperature had no dulling effect on the excitement and enjoyment of the day!