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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 



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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Rebecca & David’s wedding celebration, Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Rebecca and David brought their newborn daughter, 2-month-old Adelaide, with them to Brooklyn City Hall to get married the day before their wedding celebration at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.  Though the price seems to have gone up from $25 to $35 for a marriage license it definitely ranks as the most low-cost wedding ceremony I can think of.

David is a coffee guy and works for Intelligentsia.  The couple literally met over coffee in Seattle since Rebecca’s company was doing pr for a coffee company David worked for.  For their wedding not only did they have the wonderful food (check out the petite cocktail burgers!) at Blue Hill for their small, intimate celebration they had 3 world barista champions as guests and ended the night with a fun coffee service.

Everything was a lush and beautiful green for the celebration.  If you haven’t been to Blue Hill at Stone Barns it’s a working farm open to visitors.  Much of the incredible food comes from the farm itself. They raise chickens, cows, sheep and turkeys.  The lambs were just 3 weeks old. It’s a wonderful place to visit and, of course, a great place for a wedding celebration.

Chhandasi and Amil, Melville, New York

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’ve never actually tried to explain what happens in an Indian wedding on this blog since I’ve grown up with them, but whenever I talk to friends who aren’t Indian I realize that many of the rituals could probably use some explanation. Each part of India has slightly different rituals or ways of performing the same rituals which is what makes photographing Indian wedding so interesting.

I remember that at one wedding the non-Indian groomsmen didn’t realize they were supposed to let the bridesmaids steal the groom’s shoes. One groomsman was holding onto them for dear life until a bridesmaid explained he was only supposed to put up token resistance so later on the groom could buy back his shoes from the bridesmaids.

There’s almost always a horse (though sometimes an elephant) with or without a carriage for the bharat. This is a procession of the groom’s family, traditionally, to the bride’s residence. Here it’s often once around the wedding venue and plenty of dancing by the groom’s family. As the photos below show getting put on someone’s shoulders can get a little  tricky, but Amil took the whole thing in stride. I’m guessing he was much more comfortable, though, in the horse-drawn carriage.


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