Leigh Anne & Lindsey were married yesterday at the beautiful St. Marks Cathedral on Capital Hill with their families and friends in attendance on a wonderful clear September day as summer continues to hold on in the region. After we made some family portraits at the Cathedral we all went off downtown to the fabulous Mayflower Park Hotel for their reception. It was a wonderful celebration of their marriage. Posted here now are a few preview shots since it will be a while before the rest of the wedding day images are finished. Here a some of my favorites from a wonderful wedding on a beautiful day.

Saturday August 14th arrived and Surbhi and Ganesh came to the The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel, just down Connecticut Avenue from the White House. Built in 1925, the Mayflower Hotel, is an architectural and social landmark in Washington, favored by many U.S. Presidents including Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman who lived there for the first 90 days of his presidential term.
Surbhi got her hair done in Virginia before heading to the hotel to get ready. Ganesh lucked out and got to move into the Presidential suite to get ready with his groomsmen.

As Surbhi continued getting ready, Ganesh and his family began the Barath or grand arrival ceremony. A pedicab had been lavishly decorated for the occasion taking the place of a more pedestrian white horse or elephant. Ganesh processed around the block preceded by durmmers and many dancers until arriving at the hotel entrance and being greeted by Surbhi’s family and the pundits or priests.

After the Barath ceremony, the main set of formal wedding ceremonies began with both sets of parents and the groom participating to start, and then the Surbhi arrived for the final set of ceremonies.

At the end of the night a Surbhi and Ganesh headed for their suite, a couple of Ganesh’s aunties tipped me off that their suite had been decorated for the wedding couple and I managed to get some photos of the bed before they entered the room.

Below is a mini-slide show with these and some more highlights from Ganesh and Surbhi’s Wedding Ceremony and Reception Pictures, check it out. Click on “Pictures” at top right to hide the thumbnails; to start just click on the right arrow on the image.

Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, specializes in photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations and is a Seattle wedding photographer who travels internationally to photograph weddings.

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Members of Ganesh’s extended family converged on the grounds of the Washington Monument for a family picture with the Lincoln Memorial in the background.

It has taken me a while to complete the editing of an usually large number of pictures I made over four days in Washington, DC photographing Ganesh and Surbhi‘s Indian wedding. They had a traditional Hindu ceremony at the Mayflower Hotel on Saturday but in the couple of days days leading up it there were the traditional Haldi and Mehendi ceremonies. Ganesh and Surbhi are about the nicest couple of people I have had the privilege to photograph in a long time. Some years back I had met Ganesh when I traveled to Bangalore to photograph his cousin’s  Eshwar wedding to Nafisa. So when I arrived in Washington and caught up with the family it was like old home week.
Because of the length of the ceremonies over 3 days I have decided to split the coverage into two blog entries and here are the highlights from the first few days the families were in Washington DC for the festive occasion. I will post some of them and at the bottom is a slide show with a longer set of images.

Below is a mini-slide show with these and some more highlights from Ganesh and Surbhi’s Haldi and Menhendi Ceremonies, check it out. Click on “Pictures” at top right to hide the thumbnails; to start just click on the right arrow on the image.

Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, specializes in photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations and is a Seattle wedding photographer.

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In August,  I spent four days in Washington, DC photographing Ganesh and Surbhi‘s Indian wedding. They had a traditional Hindu ceremony at the Mayflower Hotel and afterwards we had everyone, and I believe that there were about 300+ or so people in attendance, head over across the hall to the ballroom where the reception was to be held. The Mayflower has a magnificent old fashioned ballroom with a balcony overlooking it on all four sides and so I went up there and shot down on all of the guests to make this panorama.
I am still in the process of editing the more than 8,000 images from the four days of shooting but have reduced it down to a little less than half and I am still going strong. There were a lot of really great pictures that week and I will present them here within the week.

Seattle Photographer Daniel Sheehan, specializes in photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations and is also a Seattle wedding photographer.