A Traditional Indian Wedding is a 3 day celebration,sometimes more. The colors are bold and loud, the smell of Indian spices in the air and the energy of 300+ guest.
The first evening is the Ganesh Pooja, usually at someones home for a more private setting. The couples, their bridal party and close relatives are usually the only ones to attend.
On our second day, we attended the bride’s Mehendi Party. She was joined by her girlfriends, and female family members. An artist drew intricate henna patterns on their hands,arms and feet, each one different and very detailed. She did all these by hand, it was beautiful.
Later that evening was the Sangeet, where the couples families are introduced.
The evening is filled with mingling, lavish treats, dancing, games and other performances. Everyone on the guest list joined the festivities.
And the third starts the Baraat, cocktail hour, the ceremony and reception. The baraat is the Big Bang that starts the wedding off in full swing. This takes place while the Bride is getting ready for the ceremony. Traditionally the groom will ride to the venue on a white horse, and all the close male relatives of the groom wear turbans as a symbol of honor. Unfortunately they weren’t able to locate a white horse for their wedding, so they settled for the next best thing.
A white Lamborghini. Genius.
After the grooms arrival, the procession begins. Close friends and family will lead the group, while beating Dhols. The Dhol is an Indian Drum. The grooms party forms dance circles around the groom and everyone sings and dances. They slowly make there way around, this sometimes taking longer than 20 minutes.
And after 3 days of nonstop celebration, the Ceremony is ready to begin. The decorations for this wedding were extravagant, and had beautiful details.
The priest, groom, bride and bride’s parents sit beneath a mandap, a canopy similar to a Jewish chuppah.
Lakeway Spa and Resort has a beautiful Venue, and being on the water is a nice perk. Thanks to the venue, perfect weather, friends and family this Indian Wedding was a huge success.
Capturing memories and telling stories, one wedding at a time.
Sarah and Cliff both share a love for adventure, the outdoors, hiking, and exploring. So of course it made perfect sense to venture out to Enchanted Rock for their adventure engagement.
For anyone who hasn’t taken the beautiful drive to Fredericksburg to visit Enchanted Rock, I suggest you do. There are plenty of activities to do for any outdoor enthusiast. The scenery is lovely, including a massive pink granite dome rising above everything. Enchanted Rock Park has 11 miles of trails, ranging from easy to extremely difficult.
As you can see the terrain isn’t a simple walk in the park, you get your exercise in for sure. Now imagine having to carry a 100 pounds of camera equipment and lights? Team Blue loves adventure, and don’t mind putting sweat and tears into your perfect adventure engagement session. We love the challenge!
The view’s are breath taking, and well worth the hike up. The sunsets are magical and full of color.
We love taking astro-portraits, and never miss a chance to do so. With the City miles and miles away, the sky is blanketed with bright stars.
Have an idea for your engagement session? We’d love to hear them!
How often do you hear about a swing dance wedding? I met Emily through the Lindy Hop scene dancing and photographing Lindy Hop events around the country. She teaches swing dancing (among other dance forms) all over the world. Peter too is a dancer. When they reached out to me to photograph their Mercury Hall wedding I was very excited, being a dancer myself. Their swing dance wedding brought back memories of my own. It was a beautiful wedding, memories were shared, new memories made, and everyone danced the night away.
Emily was glowing the entire day, bursting through the seams with excitement. It was contagious!
Mercury Hall is a beautiful venue, and it’s a short drive from downtown Austin. The grounds are small, but include a canopy of green live oak trees year around.
Celebratory toast were had,and stories were shared to start the evening off right. Celebrating not only the two getting married, but also their family and friends coming together.
This Swing dance wedding was epic, you felt like you were on set for some Hollywood movie. Emily and Peter had a live swing band and many of their guests were also swing dancers. Everyone knew what to do, nobody skipped a beat like it was choreographed. Mercury Hall’s hard wood floors made a perfect dance floor.
This wedding definitely went down in our record books. It was our first swing dancing wedding, and hopefully not our last. Emily and Peter, swinging into the next chapter of their lives, picture perfect wedding.
Jacob and Hillary’s wedding took us to a Private Family Ranch in Gainesville, TX. Gainesville is a smaller town North of Dallas. You could actually end up in Oklahoma if you managed to get lost, since it’s only 12 miles North of our final destination. We had the opportunity to spend 2 days with their friends and family while we captured the memories and festivities. The first evening was the Rehearsal Dinner, and was full of laughs and tasty BBQ. After putting ourselves in a food coma, we got plenty of rest for following big day. As we arrived to the Family Ranch, everyone was running around staying busy helping making the final touches and adding some Texas Charm.
The Family Ranch was beautiful. You could see the trees scattered around the countryside for miles. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.
When given the chance to get a “Birds eye view”, we didn’t’ hesitate. After a crash course on how to operate the Scissor Stand, I was ready to get airborne. I quickly got over my fear of heights, while being suspended in a metal bucket 30ft in the air.
Man’s best friend is an understatement. “Man’s Best Man” is the correct term, as you can clearly see here.
Both sides of the family put so much time and effort into making this wedding day unforgettable. Now it was time to celebrate all the hard work.