Rustic Destination Pre-Wedding Shoot

Harpreet & Rupinder


A rustic pre-wedding shoot that is fresh, honest and timeless. Inspired by their heritage and culture, Australian-based Harpreet and Rupinder travelled all the way to the Punjab countryside for a fun and memorable shoot that beautifully celebrates their bond.

The lush greenery dotted with yellow mustard flowers, along with a farm tractor and a motorbike for props, made for a playful and vibrant backdrop for the couple’s shoot. Ludhiana-based Mehar Photography captured the stunning springtime rural landscape with beautiful natural shots of the couple in their traditional folk Punjabi attire.

We loved the authenticity and joy that this couple brought to their pre-wedding shoot; choosing to celebrate their love, just as they are. The bride-to-be let us in on some details about how it all came together.

About The Couple

How did we meet?

We met through a very good friend of mine (who happened to be a mutual friend). Rupinder is based in Melbourne, whilst I’m based in Brisbane so we would be getting into a long-distance relationship for it to work. At first, I didn’t know where it would lead, but all I knew is that I wanted to take that leap of faith. And here we are – about to get married!

How we are as a couple?

We are fun, we love to eat and explore. Most importantly, we make each other laugh. Long-distance relationships have a stigma around them in that they are very hard and not manageable. We somehow managed though, and I think this definitely solidified our relationship in terms of trust and mutual respect. As they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder!

How he proposed?

It very much took me by surprise! We had organized an Indian engagement function with our close family and friends and had agreed that there would be no crazy proposals – maybe just a ‘getting down on one knee’ on the night. A few days before our engagement party, Rupinder told me to drive to a particular place in Brisbane (he had been researching the best places to propose in Brisbane). When I got there, he got down on one knee and proposed.

What marriage means to us?

Marriage is definitely important to both of us. It is the next step in our relationship and an unbreakable bond between the two of us. Marriage is the sharing of yourself and your soul with the person whom you trust the most. It also means that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, traveling and seeing the world together.

The Details


We knew that we wanted a pre-wedding shoot but could not seem to come up with a unique idea. I then thought to myself – we were going to India together! Why not take advantage of the beautiful landscape of the country and at the same time, incorporate our heritage into our photos? It was springtime in India, and the weather was so beautiful.

THEME: We wanted to showcase the ‘folk’ Punjabi culture. This is the reason why I chose to wear a phulkari suit and Rupinder chose a traditional kurta pajama.

LOCATION: The location was Rupinder’s pind (village) in Batala near Amritsar. I knew that I wanted it to be an authentic backdrop and that is exactly what we got.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I had come across Mehar Photography on Instagram and was mesmerized by their photos. I loved how they captured the authenticity of Punjabi culture in India’s beautiful surroundings. I knew that I wanted them to capture our pre-wedding shoot.

HIGHLIGHTS: The highlight was definitely being able to have the motorbike and the tractor incorporated into the shoot. We had a lot of fun!

The Look

OUTFITS: I bought my outfit from Ronak Bazaar in Jalandhar, Punjab. I was inspired by traditional Punjabi folk wear and that is exactly what my outfit turned out to be. Rupinder’s outfit was made by a tailor in India.

SHOES: Both our shoes were purchased from a bazaar in Patiala.

JEWELLERY: My earrings and bangles were from Patiala. As I was only wearing two accessories, I wanted my earrings to be big and stand out.

HAIR & MAKEUP: I did my own makeup for the shoot, as I wanted to be myself. I didn’t want anything too heavy, so I went for a natural makeup look. As for my hair, I had it out and kept it simple.

Tips for Pre-Wedding Shoot

1. Don’t overcomplicate it. Keep it simple – that always works best.

2. Do something that is important for you both, something that is a shared connection. Looking back at your pictures, you want them to represent you as a couple.

3. Most importantly, have fun and try and make it as natural as possible! The more you try to pose for the photos, the more force they look. Try to make each other laugh.

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