Our love documentary
We started out as colleagues. After our previous relationships ended, we began spending more time together, and discovered that we could talk for hours on end about topics we both liked. I’m a designer by profession, so I wanted to tell a story with our pre-wedding photoshoot, just like the documentaries you’d watch on television. I’ve always been interested in elements of religious culture, so for our pre-wedding photoshoot, we decided on Nepal, a rich, vibrant place that had everything I loved.
Our shoot was met with many a challenge in this foreign land. I was dressed in a black backless down, and our photographer had just selected a spot with a good angle. Unknowingly, we’d attracted a small crowd of spectators, and some began gesturing wildly and hurling insults, forbidding us from getting close to the holy tower. Undeterred, the photographer continued his search for another spot. They say that the gods always have better plans for those who are earnest, and true enough, we met a group of monks (lama) from China, who guided us to the top of the tower. Surrounded by the breathtaking splendour of the land, we got our perfect shot.
In another photograph, we’re sitting by the boulders on a cliff. The photographer noticed that one of the rocks resembled a male reproductive organ, and joked, “You might just be blessed with a child!” Not even two weeks upon returning home in early April, I was indeed pregnant! At the end of the month, the world was shocked by news of the Nepal earthquake. The tower where we’d taken their pre-wedding photographs had also collapsed, making our experience in Nepal all the more precious. Finding hope after tragedy allows us to appreciate our loved ones more, so that we can re-emerge stronger than ever.