It was not what you would call a beach wedding in Goa, but we did make it to the beach of course! Right after the church wedding – which was my first Roman Catholic wedding, believe it or not – and before the reception at the Taj Exotica in south Goa. Jeannine wanted pictures on the beach at sunset and as much as I am not the beach-and-sunset-type wedding photographer, I would have done it and tried my best to avoid the kitsch, but I didn’t have to! Lucky for me, and for Kevin and Jeannine I hope, you can’t really see the sunset in Goa at this time of the year and the beach was gray and windy. Kevin had to struggle with the veil flowing in the wind and I simply love the results of that photo shoot!

Goa Catholic community

The Goa Catholics are an ethno-religious community of Roman Catholics and their descendants from the state of Goa, located on the west coast of India. They are Konkani people and speak the Konkani language. Portuguese seafarers arrived in Goa in 1510, and Catholic missionary activities soon followed, as Pope Nicholas V had enacted the Papal bull Romanus Pontifex in 1455, which granted the patronage of the propagation of the Christian faith in Asia.

A Roman Catholic Wedding in Goa

But lets stay with the wedding in Goa. The day started at the Casa dos Colaรงos, an old Portuguese villa in Margao where the bride’s parents live. I saw pictures of this house when Jeannine first wrote to me and knew there would be some fantastic photo opportunities there. The house is more than 150 years old and was only renovated a couple of years ago. What an amazing place. As if this was not enough, the wedding ceremony took place at the small chapel of Nossa Senhora on top of the hill overlooking the entire town. An absolutely lovely set up. “I now pronounce you man and wife” was as beautiful as I imagined it would be.

We ran to the beach right after the church ceremony and Jeannine was quick taking her shoes off. I think Kevin would not have minded getting in the water wearing his suit if it wasn’t for the reception that was coming up. We were on the beach at the Taj Exotica and didn’t have to go very far to meet the guests for an early evening cocktail and reception, but we would have no time to change out of the wet cloths so we had to skip it. Beach wedding or not, it was simply amazing.

Sephi Bergerson is a wedding photographer based in Goa and available for destination weddings worldwide

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    • Just imagine what I could have done in Tanzania! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • As always splendid work. you really capture the romance in a wedding so well. I am sure every time the couple fights all they have to do is watch these captured moments and I am sure all bad will be forgiven.

    these are moments which should fill up a photo book.

    • Thank you Kapil. Some of them might actually find themselves in the book! cheers

  • Sephi!!!! These are spectacular!!! I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos! We are heading back home from the honeymoon tomorrow evening. Will be in Chicago on monday. Thank you for capturing our special day!!!

    • It was my pleasure Jeannine ๐Ÿ™‚ will courier the DVD early next week.

  • Sephi:What fabulous pictures of our Jeannine and Kevin’s wedding in Goa……….kudos! The colours are so vibrant.My mother-in-law (the lady with a fan) is absolutely thrilled with her photograph.Thank you for a great job.All the best – Filipe A.Colaco.

    • Thank you Filipe. There are many, many more ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure your mother in law, and not only her, will be very happy ๐Ÿ™‚ It was indeed a great wedding.

  • Our daytime wedding reception was held in a restaurant right on the beach. Late into the day the photographer came to me to ask if there was anything else as he was about to head off. I asked him if he could do a few shots on the beach. The day had started out sunny but now was cloudy. We nipped out the front and shot a few windy frames. They are my favourites of the day. All the blue grey tones of the sea and sky and the movement in the fabric of my dress and veil – gorgeous. Just like yours! Well done.

    • It is the unexpected that creates the best photo opportunities ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks you so much for sharing. Jeannine looks so happy as does everyone else. Can’t wait for her to return to work, yes work. So so sorry I could not attend.


  • If I didn’t love Goa already, I love it even more now. Beautiful! I would love to see more shots on the beach! They are magical!

    • Thanks for your comment. I agree with you, the beach session was amazing but in this limited format there is only enough room for a few shots of each part of the wedding. Believe me, there are many more images I would have loved to share here but it would make this post very, very long ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers

  • Ever since we met and talked briefly at the Groom’s parents’ evening gathering, I have been looking forward to seeing the results of your photographic efforts at Kevin and Jeannine’s wedding. I’m literally blown away! The initial portrait of Jeannine’s grandmother is extraordinary – and those that follow are wonderful as well. The shots at the beach are priceless. We’ll never forget the evening reception, either, and you’ve managed to capture something of the joy of the occasion (and the frenzy on the dance floor). Heidi and I look forward to seeing more next time we get together with the bride and groom in Chicago.

    Lee (and Heidi) Makela

    • Thanks for this comment Lee. The reception was indeed lots of fun and there are hundreds of pictures, including many of yours and Heidi ๐Ÿ™‚ it was a fantastic wedding.

  • Sephi, the “Fotowala” threw me out for a second because I when first saw you with the camera in the church and knew at once that you were no “Fotowala”. the photos are awesome and I have seen quite a few wedding photos!! I love the ones on the beach with the wind and the veil.

    Cedric Siqueira

    • Hahaha, still just a man with a camera though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Sir…i juts saw this today….first of all thanks a lot for giving me opportunity to be part of this shoot….and just love the images as usual,,,and i love the dance this time…Jeannine father and mother images is just out of the world and ceremony is outstanding…..


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