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Mississippi & Tennessee Gujarati Hindu Wedding Photographer: Jessica + Jignesh Reception: Part 4 of 4

The Reception: Reception took place at the Gujarati Cultural Association of Nashville, Tennessee.

Party Time!!! Reception is where Bride and Groom had their grand entrance and first dance, welcome speech and toasts by the family members and friends, cake cutting, endless dancing and loads of fun! There were amazing performances by all the family members and the Bride and Groom! This reception was truly a treat! Thanks again to the entire family from Sameer Soorma Photography, we are honored to be part of this Grand wedding!

Here are images we enjoyed capturing and we are sure you will enjoy them too!

Thanks again for visiting our blog!


Mississippi & Tennessee Gujarati Hindu Wedding Photographer: Jessica + Jignesh Wedding: Part 3 of 4

The Wedding day!

Sweet scent of fresh, warm summer air. It was an early start and a long 7 hour journey from Jackson, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee where the wedding and Reception would take place. 7 buses were ready to get the entire Jaan (Baraat) on board to Nashville, Tennessee . Excitement was in the air, everyone was so happy . Getting that many people in the 7 buses was not an easy task but with a great planning from the groom’s side all 600 people got on board. Bus engines were on and everyone was seated comfortably and we started the journey at the crack of dawn roughly around 4:30 in the morning. Everyone was having a great time! We made one stop at the Swami Narayan Mandir for about an hour then back on the road to Nashville. By the way we were in bus # 5, the bus packed with entertainment and we must say it was an absolute fun 7 hour ride that we didn’t even realize how quickly we reached our destination Marriott Highland Ridge in Nashville, Tennessee.

The forecast for that day was all day rain and we were hoping and praying for the rain to stop during the baraat procession so Jignesh the groom could have his grand entrance into the baraat very elegantly in a Helicopter. Believe it or not our prayer were heard and we were blessed with 15 min. of no rain and it endedup up being an amazing baraat procession with grooms family and friends dancing to the beat of the dhols along with Jignesh’s grand entrance in a helicopter. He was greeted by his Sister and brother-in-law and their 2 lovely kids in a colorful ricksha with a ride and to the ceremony hall, the rain gods blessed the families with light showers as Jaan (Baraat) reached the Wedding hall. Wow! it was an amazing sight.

We are very excited to share the story from the Bride and the groom about the journey of their love story:

Our Story

The best marriages involve three people: The husband, The wife, and God

A set of text messages that changed their lives forever…

Jignesh: Hey this is Jignesh

Jessica back home studying for her finals receives Jignesh’s text. Surprised
to see Jignesh’s text, Jessica gathered some courage and sent a text message

Jessica: Hey! What’s up?

Jignesh breathed a sigh of relief to receive a text in return…

In a spur of a moment a courageous text by Jignesh is where it all began

Texting soon turned into phone conversations

As time went on Jignesh wanted to meet Jessica so he tried to figure out
ways to meet Jessica without getting rejected by her. On April 2nd, 2012
opportunity struck his doorstep. Kentucky was going to play Kansas in the
NCAA championship title game. Jignesh decided to come up with a friendly bet
in a round about way. Jignesh was rooting for Kentucky as he knew Kentucky
would get the win, while Jessica was rooting for Kansas.

Jignesh: Since we’re rooting for opposing teams I have an idea. How about we
make a friendly bet if you’re down?

Jessica: Sure, why not. What’s the bet?

Jignesh: hmm I was thinking if Kansas wins I stop eating meat for a week,
which you know is quite a big challenge for me, BUT…if Kentucky wins I
come out to see you.

Jessica: That sounds good to me…considering it’s a win, win situation for

Jignesh: Okay cool, then it’s on.

Sure enough Kentucky won…at this point Jignesh called Jessica

Jignesh: Check your email

Jessica: You gotta be kidding me, you already booked your ticket for next
week without checking in with me??


Jignesh arrived in Portland April 12th, 2012

As expected both Jignesh and Jessica were super nervous and anxious not
knowing if they’d click in person. Jessica picked Jignesh up from the
airport and they both headed towards their hotel in Downtown Portland.
Jessica was so nervous she missed an exit. Jignesh noticed that Jessica was
panicking, and thus offered to drive. At this point Jessica thought it was
best to hand over the wheel and from then on Jignesh took over.

People who know Jignesh know that he’s very particular about what he wants
and how he wants things done. Jignesh had planned the entire weekend out for
the both of them, which was a total surprise for Jessica.

Jignesh took Jessica to watch Ovo-Cirque du Soleil show that evening.
Followed by tickets to the Blazers vs. Mavericks game the next day.
Everything just seemed so natural and perfect. It was as if they had met for
the 100th time rather than the first. To sum it up…it was really love at
first sight.

On April 13th, 2012 while driving to the airport Jignesh looked Jessica in
the eyes and asked her, are you ready to tell our parents about us, and for
this to turn from sane to insane in a matter of months? Without any doubt in
mind Jessica nodded yes! As you all know the rest is history.


Mississippi & Tennessee Gujarati Hindu Wedding Photographer: Jessica + Jignesh Pithi: Part 1 of 4

This is a long overdue post, but one that is definitely worth the wait. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing and grand this out of state Gujarati wedding was. Sonia and I are delighted and honored to share this beautiful journey of Jessica & Jignesh’s colorful wedding with dazzlingly decor and full of traditional rituals. Their wedding was a unique combination of Class and Elegance which made it a sheer delight. Wedding included many ceremonies and so many beautiful memories which is hard to cover in just one post, so we have decided to divide the post into 4 parts so you can enjoy all of their events.

Beginning with the first ceremony, Pithi at Jignesh’s house in Jackson Mississippi:

Pithi is the paste that is applied to both groom and bride in their own respected homes during this ceremony. Pithi is a mixture of turmeric, chickpea flour, rose water and few other ingredients. It is applied to the face, hands and legs to prepare both the bride and groom for the holy matrimony. The immediate families are the ones that perform this ceremony. It is said that Pithi which is also called haldi has medicinal value. It’s considered to be excellent for the skin. After Jignesh’s Pithi ceremony everyone enjoyed good food and sang festive songs. We really had a great time capturing this ceremony.

Here are some of the images. Enjoy!


Mississippi & Tennessee Gujarati Hindu Wedding Photographer: Jessica + Jignesh Satak & Ganepat: Part 2 of 4

Ceremony of Ganepat and Satak took place at the Marriott Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi.

This ceremony starts with Ganesh Sthapan: an invitation to Lord Ganesh to be present at this occasion. His presence is believed to ensure the smooth running of the ceremonies and to remove any obstacles, bringing happiness and prosperity. The ceremony is often performed by the same priest who conducts the wedding, and involves the couple and their parents. However, the couple is not together – the ceremony is held same time at the respective residences of the bride and groom.
This follows the ceremony of Grah Shanti which is performed in presence of the parents and the Groom/bride along with relatives and friends. The priest will tie Meendhal to the right hand of the Groom/bride, symbolizing a sign of purity. Sthumbh – the pillar of gem – is also Groom/bride at the ceremony, expressing the sign of good luck and wealth.

The end of the Satak ceremony, the groom/birde mother’s brothers and sister-in-laws (the mamas and mamis) along with other relatives bring the Moshaal, the special wedding dresses – the Panetar for the bride and the wedding suit for the groom – together with clothing for the members of the family.

Here are some captured memories from groom’s side:


South Indian / Hindu: Arizona Wedding Photographer: Arizona Biltmore Hotel & Resort: Rashmi + Neil

We are excited to share Rashmi & Neil’s wedding at the gorgeous Arizona Biltmore Hotel & Resort in Phoenix Arizona.  It was such a pleasure working with them and their families.  The reason couples get married in Arizona is because of it’s sunny weather year around.  Where else would you get this beautiful of a weather in December.

Two years ago we had shot Rashmi’s sister Ramya’s wedding, and now we were given the opportunity to capture her and Neil’s wedding.  It’s the greatest feeling when our past clients see and appreciate our work.

It’s always an honor to work with the very talented wedding planner Suzanne Taussig.

Hope you enjoy their pictures!   




Punjabi / Filipino Bay Area California Wedding Photographer: Jagdeesh + David

A fusion Punjabi and Filipino Wedding we shot last year of Jagdeesh & David at the El Sobrante Gurdwara! They both are such fun loving couple along with their families that made us feel so welcomed. Their reception took place at the beautiful Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, CA. The highlight of the reception for us was the money dance which is a popular dace in the Filipino culture during weddings. Male guests pay to dance with the bride, and the female guests pay to dance with the groom. It was so much fun to watch.

Here are some shots from their 3 days of wedding events. Hope you guys enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed capturing them for the beautiful couple!

Thanks to my brother Sahil for shooting this wedding with me. We had an absolute fantastic time!


Pakistani / Afghani Bay Area Wedding Photographer: Rabia + Zeshan Mehndi Part 1 of 3

We are very excited to share Rabia & Zeshan’s Pakistani / Afghani wedding we had the pleasure of capturing in Newark, California. There are so many beautiful moments we want to share so we divided the pictures into 3 separate posts, one for each day of their events. The first post is of their Mehndi event, followed by their wedding (Nikah) and finally their reception (Valima). Rabia was gracious enough to share her and Zeshan’s journey from the time they met till their wedding day and we are honored to be able to share that with you. Their love story is so beautiful and I am sure you will agree with me. Here is their love story in her own words:

Zeshan and I met in an interesting way! Our dads were and are really good friends, and so we had got invited to his daughter’s wedding (Zeshan’s sister). My family ended up going and I happened to be really good friends with Zeshan’s cousins, yet I never knew of Zeshan at the time. As cliché and corny as it might sound, it was honestly a feeling of love at first sight for the both of us. I thought Zeshan was so handsome, seeing him in his Pakistani clothes (which I would typically hate) and I had asked his cousin (also my friend) about him. That same night, he had asked one of his cousins about me also, since we both didn’t know who the other one was but were attracted to each other. The night went on, and we would both awkwardly glimpse at each other throughout the night…I would think about Zeshan constantly after that day, it was odd since that has never happened to me before. To my surprise, a week or so later we had found a way to get in contact and from then on began to talk and eventually exchanged phone numbers. Over time, our relationship became so close I thought of Zeshan as my best friend. We were inseparable for nearly 8 months before we both confessed our feelings for one another. We fell in love and decided to talk to our parents. We had eventually gotten engaged and now… we’re married! It’s crazy how the most random situations bring two strangers together and cause them to be madly in love with each other. I love our story, and I feel so blessed to have met the man of my dreams.