Back in the summer, one of my goals for the year ahead was to photograph an Indian wedding. I had no idea how this would even happen, since I didn't have any in my portfolio at the time and no leads on the way. Just one month later I was on my way to Washington, D.C., to photograph not just one but TWO Indian weddings in one weekend with Photographick Studios. It's crazy how things happen so quickly!
The first day was both beautiful and a shock to my system all at once. I was on my feet for about 20 hours starting at 5am and it was almost nonstop. Everything about an Indian wedding ceremony seemed different - it lasts for hours, people come in and out and are even talking during each event because it lasts so long. The bride switches outfits for the reception, and there are so many cultural differences between a 'normal' American wedding and one from a different culture.
By the end of the first long day, though, I was hooked. I fell in love with the Baraat, where the groom rides a horse or an elephant to the ceremony - a short ride that can take upwards of an hour or more! I loved the jewelry and the amazing dresses that both the bride and her guests wore. For Tejen and Vashruti, this special day at the Westfields Mariott in Washington, DC, was an affair to remember - and the partying continued well into the night. Get ready for some seriously beautiful details, a hilarious first look reaction, and one incredible couple!
I loved Tejen and Vishruti's first look...she was more excited than I've ever seen a bride!
After the first look we celebrated the Baraat...did I mention how much I LOVE horses?!?!
The ceremony was beautiful and lasted for hours...seeing all the traditions they shared was eye opening and so much fun.
After the ceremony and a break to change, the reception began...and it was a beauty!
Congratulations, Tejen and Vashruti!