Welcome to the Alefiya's blog!

Alefiya Akbarally is an award-winning Sri Lankan born photographer living in Houston, Texas.

With a passion for Fashion and Editorial photography, she has now combined both areas to influence her Wedding photography portfolio.

She would love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her at info@alefiya.com.

Archive for 'Bridal Portraits'

Firstly, my warmest congratulations to Colin and Olenka who wed this past weekend at St. Anne’s Church, followed by a fabulous reception at the Petroleum Club in Houston organized by Occasio Productions.

Before I get to sharing their fab wedding pictures, I’ve been dying to share some images from her Bridal Session photographed at the one & only Chateau Cocomar.  Olenka looked fabulous, straight out of a bridal fashion spread in her Lazaro gown.  The soft pink chiffon Ball Gown with ruffles and beadwork belt looked perfect with Chateau Cocomar as the setting.  A combination worthy of a Princess!  A shout out to Sherry and Lorena at the Chateau for looking after us!

 



This post is long over due.   I had the incredible pleasure of meeting Sheena’s mum first, Vijay.  She knew that we would be a good fit for her daughter and son-in-law Jon.  Shortly, after I met with Sheena, as she lives out of state.  We got along instantly.  We both share a love for old Bollywood hits.  Sheena especially loves Helen.  Over the course of two fun-filled weekends in November we captured some amazing memories celebrating Sheena and Jon’s new life together as Mr. & Mrs. Fitzsimmons.

Yesterday I was thoroughly touched when Sheena wrote this on my FaceBook wall “I just want to thank you Alefiya Akbarally for taking such magnificient shots and being so professional and friendly.  It really made my wedding celebration easier knowing you were behind the camera!” It’s times like this when you really do know that you have made the right choice in career.  

I also had the honor of working with some of Houston’s best wedding professionals, including the dynamic Therese Cole-Hubbs of Electric Karma.

Assisted by the beautiful Leslie Cervantez.

Planning & Wedding Coordinator – Electric Karma International/ Therese Cole -Hubbs |  Venue – Omni Westside | Decor – Decor One  | DJ – Indo Raja | Make up – Shilpa Koshy |  Videography – Tall Productions  | Catering – Bombay Brasserie |  Cake – Make Yummy

 

 

Been dying to share my recent shoot for Best of Houston 2012 with designer Jonathan Blake.  We photographed his jaw dropping red gown with 700 handmade roses at Chateau Cocomar for the January Issue of Houston Magazine.  For more on Jonathan Blake and the Best of Houston 2012, pick up the January issue of Houston Magazine.

A sneak peak at my gorgeous bride Sheena from yesterdays wedding ceremony.  Looking forward to the Reception tonight!

I was introduced to Jennifer and Rishi, through Pam Sparks at En vogue Events.  We literally “clicked” from the first meeting. Jennifer a classic southern beauty (my Nephew Imran insisted she looked liked Taylor Swift) and Rishi a charming Scotch connoisseur with his off beat humor.  I mentioned to Jennifer that its ALWAYS helps to have a great location for a photo shoot.  I believe it takes the images to another level – artistically and emotionally.  Needless to say, Jennifer and Rishi aced the requested with the help of Pam, who had recently toured the newly refurbished Julia Ideson Library in Downtown, Houston.  It was a photographers dream.  Beautiful wooden details, breathtaking colors, wide open spaces,  gorgeous defused natural light and of course a stunning couple.  This is the first part of a three perhaps four 🙂 part Engagement Session.

Emmie won the Engagement & Bridal package at the Houston Brides “Evening of Modern Luxury Show”.  She is getting married this weekend in Napa Valley and wanted to take some pictures of her and Elliot before they officially tie-the-knot.  She wanted a mix of Bridal & Engagement pictures done.  So we roamed the streets of Riveroaks, dropped in at the fabulous Epicure Cafe and finished up for the iconic Houston views from Sabine Street.  I wish them the very best for this weekend.

Come visit Weddings by Alefiya | Photography at the Omni Hotel on Thursday, the 22nd of March at 6:30pm.

A stunning wedding with an awesome family who welcomed me as one of their own.  Thanks to Shawn Rushing of En Vogue Events, Memorable Events, Hotel Zaza and of course the beautiful couple Shuchi & Ari for making our evening so much work!

Denise & Kenneth, Hotel Zaza, Houston, Texas.

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