Archive: ‘Weddings’



Nisha & Malik I Indian Wedding I James Chapel and the Refectory of Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

A theological seminary for an Indian wedding is so very New York City…a dash of this and a little bit of that in the giant melting pot of a city. I loved that Nisha felt comfortable enough in her first email to me to go into detail about her and Malik’s story. I immediately felt a connection and knew it would be a great fit for us to work together. I’d just worked on a photo reportage on the Gulf Coast for the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina for CBS News before meeting both of them in person for the first time for their engagement session. Since Malik was from the great city of New Orleans we had much to connect on besides wedding details. Nisha’s great big smile and the joy that was always so evident were key ingredients to this lovely wedding.

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Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Carlyle On The Green I Part 4

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Don’t know how Radhika did it, but she continued to be full of energy and look beautiful 14 hours into her wedding day at the start of our second portrait session. She took it all in stride as well when her reception dress went temporarily AWOL throwing off the schedule. Luckily, the families took my advice to pad their schedule with extra time in case of problems! We went from beach venue to golf course at Carlyle On The Green in Old Bethpage. Late afternoon summer light is such a great time for portraits and the golf course provided a beautiful setting (while paying attention to stay out of the way of flying golf balls and golfers!). I love the red foliage on the side of the first portrait. No swan ice sculpture for this couple. The airplane sculpture was in honor of Arpit’s love of flying.

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Venue: Carlyle on the Green 

Decorator: Aakriti

Caterer: Bukhara Grill 

Cake: Dortoni Bakery 

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal

Hair: Architia Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Land’s End I Part 3

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Land’s End in Sayville is a lovely venue for a wedding. It’s always fun to photograph a new place. It was a beautiful clear blue sky day when I first saw the place in late afternoon light. I hadn’t realized the Fire Island ferries go past there all day long and it was fun to watch the boats. Indian weddings rarely take place on beaches simply because it’s not the easiest thing to accommodate 300 plus guests. It was a very hot July 4th holiday weekend out on Long Island. Family and friends took cover under sunny yellow parasols at the auspicious wedding hour (determined by the priest) of noon to enjoy the ceremony and got the added bonus of a flyby…a surprise from the bride’s father for the couple.

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Venue: Land’s End, Sayville, NY

Caterer: Bukhara Grill 

Decorator: Aakriti

Videographer: Devindra Ramdehal

Hair: Archita Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

 

Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Land’s End I Baraat I Part 2

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

An early morning baraat with great light. Arpit looked great on top of that horse and the super serious horse handler was impressive as well. I felt like I was in India.

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Venue: Land’s End, Sayville, NY

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal

Decorator: Aakriti

Caterer: Bukhara Grill

 

Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Long Island I Part 1

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending the long July 4th weekend photographing a three-day Indian wedding with a bride with the same name as me. I don’t think I’ve ever met Indians who could party and dance quite as much as these two families and their friends. They had the Bollywood dancing down for sure (see the reception post to come). They definitely needed energy and stamina. ‘Rise and Shine’ was the perfect message for a bride who got up at 4am to start her hair and makeup for her 18-hour wedding day and after dancing non-stop with all her wedding guests till midnight.  There were so many great moments that it made sense to show the images from this wedding in several blog posts. Radhika’s family had a special ceremony at their home in Holbrook to greet the bride before her wedding…an emotional time for the close-knit family and a sweet Indian tradition that ritualizes the daughter leaving her family home to start her new life.

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Getting Ready Venue: Hyatt, Hauppauge, Long Island

Hair: Archita Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal 

 

 

Radhika & Arpit I Mendhi

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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Three Cheers for Equality!!!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court declared The Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional today! So excited for all those who have waited a long time for marriage equality.

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Nadia & Dave I Round Hill House I Hudson Valley

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

You know a wedding that starts with firemen and a blind-folded groom with beer in hand is going to be a good one! I just couldn’t resist posting these and I know Dave in particular will appreciate them.

 

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Katherine and Burkett I The Metropolitan Building

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Katherine and Burkett didn’t want to gamble with our iffy New York Spring weather and chose a wonderful indoor venue in Long Island City, The Metropolitan Building. It’s a fantastic location for any kind of photo shoot because it has great light and lots of cool rooms and props to work with. I wanted to post a few of the portraits from their wedding. I’ll put together a longer post on their wedding day soon. Stay tuned.

 

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Venue: The Metropolitan Building 

Ruchira and Raghav I Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Ruchira and Raghav had a beautiful, elegant Spring wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As Indian weddings go it was ‘small’. Small being a very relative word since most Indian weddings I photograph have a minimum of 300 guests. They couldn’t have asked for a better setting.

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Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Decorator: Elegant Affairs

Hair: Nikki Avanzino

Makeup: Elizabeth Black

 

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