This San Francisco Family portrait session stars my former wedding clients, Tu and Tobias, with their new daughter, Liv. How lucky I am that I get to follow the story of my couples, as they start their families! Although they now live in Washington D.C., they came to San Francisco for their portraits where Tu’s family still lives. Liv is absolutely gorgeous, curious and engaged in the world. She looked quite chic in a simple checkered knee-length dress with retro Converse sneakers. Her modern short hair-do was coiffed to the side, punctuated with a classic bow. She later donned a lovely gold crown…well, duh! To see more of this couple’s story, see their San Francisco engagement session here and fairytale Outdoor Art Club wedding, in Mill Valley, here.
This Indian wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay was an extraordinary celebration of joy, affection, beauty and family. We were especially excited that the couple invested in a Nightingale Wedding Film (below) to capture all the beauty of this day. Raj-Ann and Pavan started the event off right with the Friday night celebration called a Sanjeet. This welcome party heightens the excitement of wedding festivities, with song, food and hours of dancing. The Sangeet is a time for celebrating, singing, dancing and joking. It can include some good-natured ribbing of the couple’s soon-to-be in-laws and it’s also a perfect time for wedding guests to meet and get to know each other. Traditional Indian instruments, like a dholki (a two-sided drum), are often used in the ceremony as well. The morning of the wedding, the male guests were treated to professional turban tying. The yards of fabric was a rich berry, imported directly from India for the occasion. Next came the baraat. The baraat is a bridegroom’s wedding procession in North India and Pakistan.In North Indian communities, it is customary for the bridegroom to travel to the wedding venue (often the bride‘s house) on a mare, accompanied by his family members.This baraat included a white horse and a fabulous view along the Pacific Coast. The groom and his horse are covered in finery and do not usually take part in the dancing and singing; that is left to the “baraatis” or people accompanying the procession. The groom usually carries a sword. The term baraati is also more generically used to describe any invitee from the groom’s side. Traditionally, baraatis are attended to as guests of the bride’s family. The baraat, accompanied by the rhythm of the dhol, reaches the meeting point, where the elders of both the families meet. The Sikh ceremony then took place in the grand ballroom, with an elaborate canopy. The musicians sang low and rhythmically while the couple completed their wedding rituals. Before the reception, Raj-Ann changed into a gorgeous aqua gown. Their portraits took place on the stunning grounds of the property and local beach. The reception was epic thanks to Anaise Events. Congratulations to Raj-Ann and Pavan on your new life together.
Venue: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay Event producer: Anaise Events Hair/Make-up: Laenka by Myrium Bridal Gown: Varun and Nidhika Reception Gown: Gaurav Gupta Live music and DJ: DJ Wicked Cake: Studio Cake
Indian wedding at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay