I’m not joking when I say that today’s feature is one of the sweetest stories I’ve read in a long time! Filipe & Vera of Five Photography tell Joana and Ranjeev’s story beautifully…
“We are so used to hearing beautiful and fascinating love stories yet sometimes we forget that somewhere in the world there are people who cannot love freely, because they must respect and keep on traditions…”
Continued – “We had the privilege of being witnesses to and photographing a beautiful love story that goes against all odds and proves exactly that despite traditions, love is what matters. Love is always stronger! We always have to find a way to make love a winner. This was one of the reasons that left us completely enthusiastic about this photography session.
Ranjeev, an Indian from the beautiful Kerala region, fell in love by a Western girl, Joana from Portugal. At first, he knew it wouldn’t be easy to present his loved one and convince a traditional Indian family to accept a Western bride. Knowing that, their love remained a secret for some time.”
This year, Ranjeev got tired of hiding their love and decided to reverse the order of events… He carefully prepared a symbolic wedding ceremony (where he made himself the food for the wedding) and challenged us to help him organize everything in order to capture the magic of their love. The chosen venue was set in the romantic Sintra hills in Portugal, a place that reminded him of the green landscapes of his homeland in Kerala, India.”
“The main aim of this photo session was to show his bride to the family, to prove that the love between them is truthful, authentic, and enchanted in a way that his family would recognize it as well as recognizing her, Joana, as the bride that he has chosen for himself!
Their willingness to fight for their love shows that despite the distance and the traditions, the most important values are those of love, happiness and friendship. We later learned that our collaboration and photography helped Ranjeev’s family accept Joana!”
“Below is the same Mango Lassi recipe that Ranjeev used to make the drinks for this photo session with Joana – we hope that you use it too and raise a toast to celebrate the power of love!”
(Makes about 2 cups)
• 1 cup plain yogurt
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 cup chopped mango (peeled and stone removed)/ 4 tbsp of mango pulp
• 4 tsp sugar
• 4 or 5 Ice cubes
• Saffron (optional)
Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar, ice cubes and saffron into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, then pour into individual glasses and serve. Can sprinkle with a little saffron. Serve chilled.
Photography, Styling, & Direction: Five Photography // Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab // Makeup: Kavita Makeup // Floral Design: Vera Gonçalves of Five Photography // Stationery: Lauri Mäkinen // Couple: Joana Lucas & Ranjeev Padinjare Kuttikkode