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Anmol + Priya - 4 days of color and love!

Anmol and Priya were recently married in a joyful celebration filled with family, friends, food, fun, and LOTS of color. Priya was born here in California and Anmol was born in India. He had made a trip into Sacramento with some friends from college and was hanging out at a club. He tried to get Priya’s number but she said no. Anmol persisted and Priya gave in, and the rest is simply history. They were married last month and we covered four days of their wedding extravaganza. It starts with their Sangeet which included some hindu ceremonies and a lot of singing and dancing, followed by the Mehndi ceremony a few days later. Check out Priya’s henna….there is a golden gate bridge and the Disney castle. It is pretty cool as it is where she lives, and where Anmol proposed to her. Next was the Sikh wedding ceremony. Anmol’s family is Hindu, but in these modern times both families embrace each other’s cultures to celebrate the love of Anmol and Priya. The last day, their reception was the final party and goodbye as these two started their journey as a married couple. There were a lot of tears, a lot of color, maybe a horse, and a whole lot of fun. Thank you Anmol and Priya for allowing us to capture your beautiful wedding!

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After the families met it was time for a short breakfast before the ceremony. This was perfect as everyone was getting ready by at least 6am for this beautiful ceremony that was about to take place!Indian Wedding Sacramento 088 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 089 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 090 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 091 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 092 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 094 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 225 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 096 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 099 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 101 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 102 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 104 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 105 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 106 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 107 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 108 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 109 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 110 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 114 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 115 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 116 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 117 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 118 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 121 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 123 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 124 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 125 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 127 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 128 photo

The last ceremony of the day is where Anmol and his family picks up Priya to take her back to their house. It is the last ceremony of the day and is filled with more symbolism and emotion for me to describe to you in a few words. It still brings me to tears seeing these images and knowing that one chapter was ending and another starting, and this ceremony was to define the pages turning.Indian Wedding Sacramento 129 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 130 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 135 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 133 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 136 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 138 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 139 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 141 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 142 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 143 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 144 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 145 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 147 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 149 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 150 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 151 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 155 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 157 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 158 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 160 photoIndian Wedding Sacramento 161 photo

The last and final day was their reception! We met up a couple miles from their venue for a couple photos real quick. I am not going to lie that each day I was thrilled to see their different wedding attire!  Also…Anmol and no beard again…he looked great and it was a fun surprise as he grew it out for the ceremony.

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Even Lisa and I got dressed up for the reception too, and a guest really wanted a photo with us.

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Lam + Nica - love, tears, and rain!

Nica and Lam are married! These two I honestly can not say enough about. Their wedding at Kirgin Cellars was filled with tears of joy, rain from the sky, laughter from friends and family, excitement from their almost three year old, endless merriment from their daughter’s best friend and bridesmaids daughter, and honestly so much more. These two help define the ideal of what family means to me. Lam is a husband devoted to not just provide love and support, but to intrinsically search for ways to surprise and delight his wife in an ever evolving relationship. Nica is a wife who not only nurtures a relationship of tenderness for both Lam and  Zooey but she has created a household built on the foundation of devotion and intimacy for themselves. Their love is special, not that all love isn’t. There is a care that goes beyond the everyday and mundane that pushes each other. They work together at the same hospital, they raise a child together, and spend more time with each other than most couples. It is a relationship that at the very core I understand well what it is like to have a professional life and family life together. You spend so many of your waking moments supporting and understanding each other as you have similar jobs, and of course the same goals for the future of your family. These are just some of the elements that created the village of support Nica and Lam have. It is why emotion was not driven slowly to the forefront of their wedding but instead landed with an air of certainty that it was ok to share how each other felt. They both wore their feelings not just on their sleeves, but on their faces, and with their hearts in way allowed their friends and family to share in that same experience. I too, while holding a camera, had a couple tears roll down my cheek as I watched Lam choke up as he read his vows. Thank you so much for showing Lisa and I how you love those around you. It is love like this that not only inspires us to capture intimate stories but emboldens the need to constantly evolve in our own marriage. We grow watching our couples grow. Thank you. Thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us at Kirgin Cellars in Gilroy.

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What is it that you want to remember from your wedding day? For Eric and Mandy, they wanted to remember that they had fun, and that they enjoyed a fun brunch with the people that mean everything to them. They wanted a day that was simply filled with love from their village. The foundation they wanted to create with each other was one founded in love from their family and friends. I have not seen two people be so goofy at their own wedding, but that says a lot for someone that on the first day of their honeymoon is at a cat cafe in South Korea. Eric and Mandy steal our hearts when it comes to goofy sweethearts. They had decided that a Sunday brunch was perfect. Who doesn’t love unlimited mimosas and lots of sweet and savory. Sure there was cake, but the dessert bar opened during brunch…it was heaven! Would you like some bread pudding or a slice or cake with your prime rib and eggs benedict…why not? Their wedding at Grand Island Mansion was perfect for them. It ended it laughs and hugs…which is exactly how it started. Thank you so much for inviting us to capture your love story and sharing yourselves with us. Your friends and family are amazing and your brunch wedding at Grand Island Mansion was PERFECT!

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In a place like NYC a bus stop is a place that can tell a lot of stories. This bus stop helps to tell this simple love story. A boy and girl decided to meet after finding each other online, Yogesh working on his PHD, and Mohana working on her MD, both Indian, one born here in the US, the other born in India, finding each other in this massive city. It was at this stop Yogesh would wait with Mohana on late nights to make sure she was safely headed to her house in the Bronx. It was here so many days of fun and laughter would start and end. It is funny to think about that sign, and a corner can mean the beginning and end to so many amazing memories. We were even lucky enough to be standing there right as their bus pulled up. I would say we were lucky that day, it was the only sunny day in NY that week, Lisa and I had only been seeing rain, and welcomed this perfect day. I had actually never been to New York before this. Mohana and Yogesh are getting married just outside Sacramento, but have spent their entire relationship on the east coast. Having a session near my home would of never made sense, if we wanted to create photographs that told their story. Instead they had me fly out to tell their love story. We started at their bus stop, took a walk through Central Park(which was only two short blocks from the bus stop) and ended with sunset overlooking Manhattan. You tell me if these two are in love…Just look at the way they make each other smile. Especially Mohana, her laugh is infectious, I understand why Yogesh fell for her. Thank you again for believing in what we do Mohana and Yogesh, seeing your love, in the city that means so much to you was a perfect way to spend this afternoon. Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement 001 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 002 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 003 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 004 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 005 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 007 photoaBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 008 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 009 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 010 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 011 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 012 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 014 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 015 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 016 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 018 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 019 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 020 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 021 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 022 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 023 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 025 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 026 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 027 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 029 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 030 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 031 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 032 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 034 photoBrooklyn Bridge Park engagement 035 photo

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