Melbourne photographer Jonas Peterson has shot weddings in some of the most idyllic parts of the world but his recent assignment to Masai Mara in Kenya has blown some of the most romantic locations off the top of his impressive list.
The destination wedding photographer, originally from Sweden but has called Australia home for the past decade, has travelled to at least 300 jobs around the globe but nothing could have prepared him for the magic of the African savanna.
'Some places stay with you forever. When Nina and her Sebastian asked me to shoot their wedding in Masai Mara in Kenya, I didn't know this land would touch me so deeply,' Peterson said.
'It sung to me in a way I didn't know possible, found new chords and played on strings I didn't know I had inside me.'
The romantic mood was further enhanced by the dark storm rolling in which made for the perfect backdrop
Nina, a wildlife photographer, has had a close connection to the Masai Mara after spending a couple of months a year in Kenya following one pride of lions for a project about the world's last wild lions.
But it did not rain on the parade as the bridal party and guests made it uncover just five minutes before the brooding skies opened up
The traditional Masai Mara elements incorporated into the wedding added to the emotion on the day.
'It was very interesting to see how these cultures came together - it was beautiful and made it all the more powerful,' Peterson said.
The mood was further enhanced by the storm rolling in which made for the perfect backdrop - but it did not rain on the parade as the bridal party and guests made it uncover just five minutes before the sky opened up.
The wedding was held during the migration of wildebeest from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in the neighbouring country of Kenya.
'There animals everywhere which caused a bit of a problem. We needed to have guards at the wedding so animals such as lions didn't wander in,' Peterson said.
'It was like the Garden of Eden with thousands, and probably even millions, of animals as far as the eye can see.'
Source: Daily Mail