Vraja-Gopal and Gopi Kumari’s Indian Wedding Photography at ISKCON Temple
Vraja and Gopi celebrated their Vedic Wedding with a traditional Fire Yagna (Fire sacrifice) at the Beautiful ISKCON Alachua temple this weekend and we were there to capture the fun by photographing their wedding!
Vraja was a childhood friend of my husbands, so it was extra special to be able to photography his and Gopi’s wedding!
Vraja and Gopi had two weddings- They had a traditional western wedding (white gown and suit) last year and their formal religious wedding at the temple joined by close friends and family. The mandap was decorated beautifully with red and orange roses wich complimented their bright outfits and was a nice contrast to the abundant greenery. The temple is Situated on a tranquil, rural 127-acre property in Alachua and the mandap was placed in a rustic, outdoorsy area of the property surrounded by mature trees. Ragunath officiated the Yagna beautifully as he always does! It was nice to connect with some old friends and to make new ones. Favorite moment: Special appearance by Their spiritual Master HH Radhanath Swami!
Here is their sneak peek.
Chaitanya and Poonam’s Indian Wedding Photography in Atlanta ISKCON
I had the honor of photographing Chaitanya and Poonam’s Indian (Vedic) wedding Photography last month in Atlanta ISKCON Temple. Photographing Vedic weddings are my favorite thing to do! They are always saturated with devotion, faith, family and friendship. Indian weddings are a feast for the eyes and soul (and stomach :). The beautiful couple tied the knot (literally) at the ISKCON Temple of Atlanta. They had a mandalp built just outside the temple guest house and was surrounded by mature trees and decorated with colorful Yellow, Pink, Fuchsia and Orange flowers along with religious paraphernalia. They brought their family deities along for the wedding all the way from NJ. Their home deities had a major role in the wedding functions which made the wedding even more special.
The reception took place in a large clear tent and decorated with a vintage twist.
We sneaked off to downtown Atlanta for some elegant formals, which was totally worth it!
Funny moment: The park we initially decided to take formals in was apparently booked for a 420 festival! we decided to walk around and found some even better spots to capture pictures.
I also had the honor of having Christopher from Chris Helm Photography as my second shooter.
I’m beyond excited to share this sneak peek!
Posted on Apr 18, 2017
Posted in Weddings
Vintage Maitland Art Center Wedding and Lake Side Reception Hall Wedding
I’m super lucky to get to work with the sweetest and down to earth couples.
Nicole and Saheed were definitely one of them. I had a blast capturing their intimate wedding at Maitland Art Center earlier this year followed by a reception at the Lake Side Reception Hall. The venue was blooming with pink and fuchsia flowers which made the artsy venue even more beautiful. Their wedding was a purple themed classic wedding with a touch of vintage. I loved Nicoles Gown which was beautifully form fitting and hugged her curves in all the right places.
The Wedding day
The couple got ready at the grand bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando. We did a first look on the pool deck of the hotel before heading to the wedding venue. Saheed could not stop laughing and looking at his gorgeous bride the entire time. We then headed to maitland art center where their ceremony was innitiated by a family friend. The Reception took place lakeside at the Lake Side Reception hall which is located close to downtown Orlando. They ended the night with a Lantern Release Ceremony!
I don’t think there could have been a more perfect day! Congratulations to the beautiful couple on their life-long journey together.
What to wear to your Engagement Session
Scheduling your engagement session is exciting, but figuring out what to wear can be a bit confusing and a tedious process. Bellow are some of my top tips on what to wear during your engagement session.
1. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful AND Confident.
Try to wear something that highlights your best assets and flatters any flaws (which we all have!).
If you love your legs, wear a nice cocktail dress with heels. If you don’t like your arms, wear something with a bit of arm coverage. The point is, you don’t want to be tugging and pulling your clothing during your session. Wearing something that makes you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful is key to beautiful pictures.
2. Dress up
Wear clothing that is a bit more festive then you normally would wear. After all, the engagement session is a celebration of you two! I always suggest to bring two outfits- one semi casual, and a more formal one.
Think jeans, heels and a nice blouse for your first outfit with your second outfit being more dressy / formal such as a strapless cocktail dress or a long flowing maxi dress. For him, pick a nice pair of jeans/ slacks with loafers or casual dress shoes with two button down variations. A bow tie / tie is optional.
3. Color coordinate, but don’t match.
I always suggest complimentary colors, not matching colors. Wear a color scheme that is complimentary such as Navy and Red, or Peach and Beige. I suggest bringing a lighter colored outfit and a darker outfit for variety. I don’t suggest matching colors as it might look too “Family portrait-y”. I just created my own word!
4. less is more!
Over cluttered outfits or overly trendy outfits might look great today, but might not look amazing 5 years from now. Less is always more! Here are some great dress options:
1. Modern City chic
1 Dress: $128, Banana Republic
2. Dress: $89, Lulu’s
3. Boho Love
3. Dress: $89, Lulu’s
4. Fun and Festive
Dress: $190, Revolve
5. Gold Beauty
Dress: $232, Revolve
5. Stay away from large patterns as they can look dated and unfattering in pictures. Smaller patterns are ok, but solid colors are better. Luxe textures such as lace is a much better option.