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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.

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It’s been a long time since my last post, but there’s a good reason for that.  I gave birth to a precious baby girl Iman 3 months back.  We feel truly blessed.

After about a 6 month break from work, it was really lovely to photograph Nishy & David’s wedding last weekend.   This is a sneak peak of their Sangeet and their wedding pictures will soon follow.  Nishy and David are one of the sweetest couples I have had the pleasure of working with.  I got to know Nishy and her parents well throughout the last year, and they truly made me feel like a part of the family and not their wedding photographer.  This is priceless.  Her father would check up on whether I had a chance to eat at every event, which was just so sweet!
I was excited when I found out that David had a Lankan connection,  in fact his mother was born down the road from my home in Colombo.  His cousin and I went to the same school in Sri Lanka.  Wow, small world heh?
David is a perfect gentleman, kind and laid back.  Nishy, well where do I begin.  Effortlessly beautiful, is one way to describe her.  She lights any room, with her perfect smile and pure happy energy.  I told my husband, that you just cant help but feel happy when you are around her.  What a gift!  Needless to say, David and Nishy are in for a fabulous life together, filled with lots of love, happiness and adventure.  Thank you for including me on your special day and I wish you both a terrific life ahead.

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!

 

 

My gorgeous couple were featured in the Houston Wedding Blog by Weddings in Houston Magazine.  Read more about the wedding and the fabulous vendors at http://houstonweddingblog.com/2013/10/modern-silver-and-fuchsia-persian-lebanese-american-wedding-from-weddings-by-alefiya/.

 

 



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 fun and very different engagement session for Uju and Nnamdi in Galveston.  Fighting the hot summer sun, we waited till early evening to start shooting.  Discovered some beautiful locations thanks to the lovely and talented Kara Mullins from Artsea Productions.  Discovered the newly developed Beachtown which just begs for a romantic escape.  Congrats to the gorgeous and super fun couple!

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

Come see us on Sunday 1-5 pm!  Very excited to be a part of this years Weddings in Houston “I Do Soiree” at the Hotel Zaza.  Love, love shooting at this venue.  Please get in touch with Weddings in Houston  if you would like to attend.

 

Had a bit of an Elliot Erwitt moment with their cutie Phillis.

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.


Xiomarra and Mike got married at The Gardens Houston on the 16th of June 2012.  Loved the thought they had put into all the detail.   Really enjoyed photographing the children, who just loved to be in front of the camera.  The music by DJ’s Unlimited was phenomenal, it reminded me of my time in Colombo. Thank you to Laurel Hanz for joining me on the day.

When I met Xiomarra for the first time, I knew she would be a gem to photograph.  Gorgeous flowing hair, striking eyes, and a soft and luring smile.  She told me that she would love to do a Boudoir type engagement session coupled with a few nice outdoorsy shots.  So on a relaxed Sunday afternoon, soaking in Houston’s  hot summer, we enjoyed a few hours of photographing in her home town in Manvel and then headed to the Historic old town of League City.  Looking forward to shooting her wedding next week. Congratulations Xiomarra & Mike!

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.

Just joined Getmarried.com have a look and please pass it on!

http://www.getmarried.com/local-wedding-vendors/Houston_East_Texas/Photographers/weddings-by-alefiya/

It was my second shoot with Crystal & Carlos before there wedding. Had a fun filled day first at the Cockrell Butterfly Center and then at one of the few remaining drive-in Cinema’s in Texas.

For more on this shoot and others please visit www.weddingsbyalefiya.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alefiya-Akbarally-Photography/118214744895126.

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