Washington, DC Indian Wedding | Multicultural Wedding Photographer | Tejen + Vashruti

 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details

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!

 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Indian Wedding Bangles

I loved Tejen and Vishruti's first look...she was more excited than I've ever seen a bride!

 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details

After the first look we celebrated the Baraat...did I mention how much I LOVE horses?!?!

 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details | Baraat horse
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details | Baraat ceremony
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details | Baraat ceremony
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details | Baraat ceremony

The ceremony was beautiful and lasted for hours...seeing all the traditions they shared was eye opening and so much fun.

 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding with Red and Gold details

After the ceremony and a break to change, the reception began...and it was a beauty!

 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details
 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details

Congratulations, Tejen and Vashruti!

 Washington, DC, Indian Wedding Reception with Purple, Blue, and Crystal details

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.