We wanted to share a beautiful wedding video teaser from Sheena & Tom’s wedding! This was such an amazing and fun wedding to be part of. Their getting ready at the Westin Phoenix Downtown and the wedding at the Phoenix Art Museum!
An amazing Dream Sequence we filmed for one of our couples during their E-Shoot session in Flagstaff Arizona! Sheena & Tom are really cool couple, successful lawyers from Phoenix, Arizona. They exactly knew the style of shoot that they wanted and we planned accordingly. They both love outdoors and the beautiful Flagstaff so we decided to head up to Flagstaff for both their E-Shoot and Dream Sequence video. Being a nature lover they wanted part of the shoot with the bicycles which they had rented a day before. Even though Phoenix weather was hot, the weather in Flagstaff was perfect 75 degrees for their shoot. Hope you enjoy both their dream sequence video and their E-Shoot pictures as much as we enjoyed capturing them!
We are very excited and looking forward to capturing their wedding this coming weekend at the beautiful Arizona Art Museum!
We are very excited to share a small highlight of Nicole & Raj’s wedding we recently filmed in sunny Arizona! A beautiful Hindu Ceremony of Nicole & Raj took place at the historic and most gorgeous Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. This fusion wedding was nothing short of an extraordinary events that started from getting ready to a grand Baraat, with a beautiful Hindu Ceremony, to an extravagant reception, ending the night with dance to the beats of hindi, punjabi, and american music.
Hope you enjoy their highlight video as much as we enjoyed capturing it!
We are excited to share Ashley & Mirag’s elegant and grand wedding we had the pleasure of capturing this past summer in Tucson, Arizona! A Bollywood inspired wedding theme! From pre-wedding events to the wedding day and reception, decoration, food, music everything was unique and beautifully planned. The wedding festivities started with the mehndi ceremony which took place at Ashley’s parents house in Tucson, AZ. It was a beautiful setup with jhula (swing) flowers and candles. Beautiful mehndi design by Purvi Galiya. Day 2: Sangeet night with a Moroccan theme. It was a fun filled sangeet with lots of singing and dancing to the beat of dhol from the very talented Jupji Sing of Dholi JupmasterG along with the DJ’s of Wicked Entertainment.
Ashley’s dad who owns an airplane hanger for private jets had transformed the space into a gorgeous sangeet venue and the entire setup was breathtaking. The Sangeet in the middle of June, and with the Arizona 100+ degree heat the space had to suitable for guest to be comfortable to enjoy the sangeet night so Ashley’s dad got custom designed air conditioners so it would be a comfortable space for their guest. Everyone had a blast!
Day 3: The wedding day started early morning with getting ready at the resort tucked in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Marana, Arizona at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort. We could see the excitement in both Ashely and Mirag’s eyes that they were looking forward to this day for a long time. They both looked stunning and their love for each other was flowing in the air. From walking down the aisle to tying the knot every single step was memorable experience. The beautiful glass manadap was especially designed for their wedding by Deepika Bhalla of US TO YOU RENTALS.
The celebration continued with a grand reception in a beautiful transformed room with silk curtains throughout the banquet hall, gorgeous pink orchids, countless candles, and beautiful lighting. The place looked amazing! DJ’s by Wicked Entertainment kept the dance floor filled with guest with their high energy hindi and bhangra music. Everyone had a great time celebrating Ashley & Mirag’s wedding!
The entire 3 days of wedding events was designed and coordinated by the very talented Suzanne Taussig of Suzanne Taussig Wedding and Event Design!
I asked Ashely and Mirag to briefly describe the journey they both share from when they met to their wedding day. Here is something from them:
Mirag and I met out one night in the fall of 2009. I remember Mirag telling me the silliest jokes all night. I thought to myself “who is this crazy guy”? As corny as his jokes were, something about him stuck and I ended up agreeing to his request for dinner a couple of weeks later. We had a great first date and after dinner ended up walking around D.C. talking for hours. Three years later Mirag and I were walking around the Lincoln Memorial. All of a sudden he got down on one knee and proposed. I was so surprised – I just burst out crying. Since that beautiful fall night four years ago we have shared amazing experiences together. From new jobs to new cities it has been one incredible ride and we are so excited for the next chapter of our lives.
What an awesome place to do an E-Shoot where the couple met for the first time! That’s the story of Ashley & Mirag that started at the GWU Train Station in Washington, DC. I was thrilled when the couple asked me to capture their E-Shoot and wanted me to fly out to DC.
I hope you enjoy their pictures from the shoot as much as I enjoyed capturing them. They both are such a cool couple and it was so much fun working with them and capturing the memories for them cherish a lifetime.
We are anxiously waiting for their wedding this coming weekend in Tucson, Arizona!
A destination dream wedding of Sonya & Ankit on board Carnival Elation Cruise Ship from New Orleans to Cozumel Mexico!
The 5 day journey started from New Orleans with 300 of their closest family and friends to enjoy extravagant wedding events on board the cruise ship. All the pre-wedding and wedding events took place on the ship before reaching Cozumel Mexico 2 days after we departed. Both of them looked so amazing that all the eyes were on them and it seemed as they were the star of the ship with everyone stopping them to take a picture and were mesmerized by their beautiful wedding outfit.
On day 3 we reached the port in Cozumel, and I must say the view was breathtaking! Blue skies, crystal clear water, warm breeze, and just the perfect temperature to jump in the water and enjoy the day at the beach. We took a taxi to a more private beach location so we can get some great shots of Sonya and Ankit.
Day 4 was their beautiful reception. We had so much fun capturing there pre-reception pictures throughout the ship. There was lots of dancing and fun performance by family and friends.
Day 5 we headed back to New Orleans after an amazing wedding festivities!
Both Sonia and I had an amazing time capturing their wedding events along with enjoying the perks of being on the cruise ship. We will cherish these memories for a long time.
We would like to share a beautiful love story of Sonya & Ankit in their own words:
In July of 2012, the beginning of our love story consisted of messaging back and forth while I was in England visiting family for three weeks. It was a little strange and difficult, but I found myself frantically searching for Wi-Fi, waiting for his texts and trying to hide my smiles as I read them. He seemed to feel the same way considering he would message me back all night even though he was out of data for the month.
The more we talked, the more we liked each other and the more we wanted to meet in person. Probably the scariest part about finally taking the relationship from digital to real time was the connection. Would it be awkward when we were talking, face-to-face? What if he/she was too tall, too short, fat, skinny, too loud or too quiet? What if he/she didn’t like what they see? We let our nervousness grow for a month, only to find that we were the same individuals standing in front of each other as we were when we sent all those sweet messages. As we quickly won over each other’s hearts and our family & closest friends, we knew we had found exactly what we were looking for all along.
We continue to grow together and learn a little something new about each other everyday. Our marriage and our life keeps us laughing, constantly busy, and always working towards our “happily-ever-after”.
From our first meeting, to our wedding day, to present day, it has never been simple or easy. But, it has always been worth it and will always be our version of perfect.
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!
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:
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
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.
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!
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:
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!
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!
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.