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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 Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton
Indian Wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Indian Wedding Ritz-Carlton

Indian wedding at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

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Melanie and Matt’s Bohemian wedding at Stable Cafe was as colorful and unique as San Francisco itself. It is a gem of a location in a secluded courtyard with twisting vines and lush trees in a residential Mission District neighborhood. This allowed for the wedding and reception to be both an intimate and inviting experience.

They started their day by getting ready at Hotel Zetta in SOMA. Melanie surprised us all with a handmade Bohemian inspired halo for her hair. This put her look over the top into the epic category. The bouquet was an etherial arrangement, featuring peonies, which exuded Summer and brought a smile to everyone’s face.

We planned enough time for a first look in the lobby of the hotel. Matt’s reaction was priceless. We then headed to the Ferry Building for portraits with streetcars and the glorious views of the Bay. We then hit the Mission for images with the famous neighborhood murals. I love when couples want to have fun and play with the city!

The ceremony was officiated by two of their friends. It was Hindu inspired and had beautiful rituals that meant a great deal to the couple. I can honestly say that some of these details were unforgettable. The table in the back of the property was filled with lit pink tapered candles in brass holders. If you can believe it, Matt actually created the macrame altar piece and dream catchers. The combination of these delightful touches with the evening sky, twinkling lights and candles made for a romantic evening. Instead of cake, guests enjoyed artisan ice cream sandwiches. How fun…Congratulations to this lovely couple!

Venue: Stable Cafe Planning: Ruby & Rose Gown: Rue De Deine Boutique: Lovely Bride Hotel: Hotel Zetta Catering: LRE,   Floral Design: Mandolin Floral Hair/Make-up: Dreamcatcher Artistry  Entertainment:Ivy Hill Entertainment Ice Cream: Garden Creamery

Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding
Stable Cafe Wedding

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I couldn’t be more excited than to have my couple’s luxurious Merchant’s Exchange Club, Julia Morgan Ballroom wedding featured this month on Smashing the Glass! See the wonderful post HERE.

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding
Some highlights from the post: “Anyone who’s had the good fortune to have visited San Francisco will know that it’s one mighty city, and certainly worthy of having a whole wedding theme dedicated to it.

That’s exactly what brilliant couple Rachael, a pediatrician, and David, a scientist, did – their beautiful Jewish wedding was a total love letter to the Golden City, which is their hometown, and the beautiful backdrop to their romance.

We are all hearts for eyes over the amazing floristry, particularly the gorgeous and colorful bridal bouquet, and matching centerpieces and chuppah arrangements – simply stunning.

Family participation was integral to the celebration, with the wedding party comprised of family members, and special family heirloom jewelry worn by the bride. In fact, family played such a crucial role that all the guests were gifted one of the bride’s mom’s famous cookies, which sound absolutely delicious. We’ll wait for ours in the post!

We hope you’re as head over heels for the beautiful images by Nightingale Photography as we are, and that you enjoy Rachael’s wonderful, sparkling write up of her and David’s wedding day, particularly her anecdote about kiddush wine, which had us chuckling at our keyboards.”

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