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Angie Chand and Kun Yu were married in a traditional Hindu Wedding Ceremony at the Mercer Island Community Center, and just after the end of the Hindu wedding ceremony, everybody went outside for this large group wedding portrait.

Here is a link to the previous post with their Indian wedding pictures and here is a link to the web gallery with all of Angie and Kun’s wedding pictures.

Indian Wedding on Mercer Island of Angie and Kun

On June 25th Angie Chand and Kun Yu were married in a traditional Hindu Wedding Ceremony at the Mercer Island Community Center. I love the colorful beauty of Indian weddings. Final edit is always difficult.
Here is a link to the web gallery with all of Angie and Kun’s wedding pictures.
Thanks my wife Jana for being my second photographer once again. We got a good number of great pictures. Here are some of my favorite highlights from their day.

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Here is a link to the web gallery with all of Angie and Kun’s wedding pictures.

Below is a slide show with a more complete set of wedding photographs from Angie and Kun’s wedding.  Click on toggle thumbnails to hide them; to start just click on the right arrow on the image.

 

Indian wedding ceremony in Palo Alto of Aparna and Eli

On the last weekend of May Eli Sugarman and Aparna Sridhar were married twice. First on Friday, was the Indian Hindu wedding ceremony in Palo Alto. Above they are tossing rice at each other to begin their ceremony. Surrounded by family and friends in an outdoor setting in the hills above the Stamford campus the ceremony was beautiful and joyful.  In another post I will follow up with some pictures of their San Francisco wedding on the day after this ceremony.

Here is a link to the web gallery with all of  Aparna and Eli’s  wedding pictures from the day.

Here is a selection of some of my favorite highlights of their day. At the bottom is a slideshow of a more complete set of images of their wedding.

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Here is a link to the web gallery with all of Aparna and Eli’s  wedding pictures

Below is a slide show with the complete set of wedding photography highlights from Aparna and Eli’s Indian wedding.  Click on toggle thumbnails to hide them; to start just click on the right arrow on the image.

 


 Namita Singh and Gauhar Junnarkar were married in a traditional Indian Hindu wedding ceremony at  The Golf Club at Newcastle. The weather was splendid and the light was grand. The Golf Club has a great white tent where the wedding ceremony took place and it was amazingly decorated with numerous flowers. After the ceremony we went outside with all of the family members for a wedding panorama with the western sky in the background. The towers of the city of Seattle kind of look like a castle in the distance give it a certain look that makes it this is one of my favorite panoramas. Click here Wedding Photography at The Golf Club at Newcastle to see the rest of the pictures of their wedding from a previous post.


I have been photographing weddings professionally since 1997 and have seen hundreds of weddings in that time. Traditional American weddings are great to photograph and I have seen them evolve over the years as people see fit to define how they want to arrange their wedding. Some strictly follow tradition and many feel free to improvise. There is something very special about traditional Indian weddings.  No other culture has such elaborate rituals and ceremonies lasting days and such festive garments all of which make photographing them a radical departure from American weddings.   In October I had the pleasure along with Monica Frisell to photograph the wedding of  Namita Singh and Gauhar Junnarkar. Their wedding was a traditional Indian Hindu wedding with three days of festivities starting on Thursday with the Mehndi ceremony, one of the most important pre-wedding rituals especially for the bride. It was a fun and festive ritual, at Namita’s home with family and friends with the women wearing vivid colors. There was a a professional henna artist applying the mehndi to Namita and some of the other women as well. The designs are fascinating and the really good henna artists hide the name of the groom in the intricacies of the design.

Friday night the celebration of  Namita and Gauhar’s wedding continued at the Bainbridge Island Community Center with more dancing and feasting.

 The Golf Club at Newcastle.The weather was splendid and the light was grand. The Golf Club has a great white tent where the wedding ceremony took place and it was amazingly decorated with numerous flowers.

Before people began to arrive, Namita and Gauhar  and I went around the grounds and made some pictures with the beautiful scenery in the  background. The views from Newcastle are wonderful if the weather is clear and it was slightly hazy, but still very nice that day. In the traditional Indian manner, Gauhar mounted a horse ( if an elephant is not available) and with members of his family traveled around the grounds of Newcastle accompanied by music and drumming and dancing.  They finally arrived at the entrance of the Clubhouse and were formally greeted by Namita’s family. Then they all proceed to enter the tent for the ceremony.  Gauhar and the priests Mr Dilip Bhatt and Pandit Mahesh Shastriji entered along with almost everyone except the bride. The Hindu ceremony was performed according to Vedic traditions in the Sanskrit language. It was a relatively long ceremony made up of 16 different rituals. After the Hindu ceremony there was a cocktail hour on the terrace and then a formal dinner inside the main ballroom.

Here are some of the highlights of their wedding festivities beginning with the Mehndi and on through the end of the festivities on Saturday night.

Here is a link to Namita and Gauhar’s  previous post of their The Golf Club at Newcastle Wedding. I would like to give a shout out to videographer Aaron Horton of  Aaron Horton Productions who was a pleasure to work with. A real professional to work with. Would like to see his film with it is done. Finally hats offf to Erik Franklin and his staff at The Golf Club at Newcastle. They operate a really first class venue. One of the finest.

Below is a mini-slide show with a larger selection of wedding pictures from Namita and Gauhar’s wedding . Click on “toggle images” at top right to hide the thumbnails; to start just click on the right arrow on the image.