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Peter and Haritha: A South East Asian Wedding Celebration
February 24, 2011 - Weddings
We recently had the great honor of photographing Peter & Haritha's three-day traditional Hindu wedding celebration.
What a marvelous feast for the senses! As a photographer you jump for joy when you are surrounded by acres of vibrant colored silks, handmade jewelry, intricate delicate webs of mehndi and the joy inherent in a wedding day. As you can imagine we have thousands of images to sort through before sharing their full wedding gallery online. The ceremony was held on the main stage of the historic Hippodrome Theatre, followed by a reception at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where Haritha is a curator.
Not to mention a lovely team of experts to help light, decorate and coordinate, like Melissa at Masterpiece Weddings and Keith Watson Productions.
I also plan on making a future post about the names and meanings of the various elements of the ceremony to share with our readers the beautiful symbolism of the South East Asian wedding customs.
So in the meantime, please enjoy these lovely images from their ceremonies.
Matt & Krystal
Mehndi Party with the Gals
The Wedding Day Arrives
These Stuart Weitzman red and gold pumps are smokin!
One of my favorite shots of the day! I love the subtle beauty of the body language.
Peter and Haritha have their first moment alone on their wedding day.
On to the Hippdrome!
Haritha teases Peter by pulling away slightly while he reaches to place the garland of flowers around her neck.
A loving look from dad as the ceremony comes to a close
Blessings from guests
On to the Party!
Gosia and Ali, so wonderful as always!
Guests in the Butterfly room.
Dinner under the Dinosaur
Haritha trained with accompanist, Ali, to sing a song to her new husband as a gift. It was wonderful!
Wedding Consultant & Planner Extraordinaire: Melissa DiStefano of Masterpiece Weddings
Mehndi & Eidurukola Ceremony Venue: UF Hilton
Wedding Venue: Hippodrome State Theatre
Mandap, Lighting & Reception Decor: Keith Watson Productions
Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Hair: Graceful Strands
Makeup: Cliff Weir at Your Wedding Makeup
Henna Artists: Naza Design
Catering: Amrit Palace
Cake Artist: Dream Day Cakes
Live Cocktail Music: Gosia & Ali
Reception DJ: Jarad of Gnys Entertainment
Reception Venue: Florida Museum of Natural History on UF Campus
Cinematographers: Platinum Digital Video
Lighting Assistant and Second Photographer: Shannon Whitaker Thanks so much Shannon!
tags: Wedding, Bride, Groom, Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, Hippodrome, Hindu Wedding, South East Asian Wedding Photography, Indian Wedding Photography, Gainesville Wedding, Masterpiece Weddings
Long Lasting Love: a Valentine's Day contest
February 14, 2011 - News
A few times a year we decide to throw caution to the wind and have a spontaneous contest!
One of those days is today...
We are offering a complementary portrait session and 16x20 print to the couple with the best long-lasting love story! This means if you've been married 50 years or more, you are eligible.
It also means you can nominate your parents, grandparents or friends with a beautiful long-lasting love.
Please send your stories & photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on February the 16th!
The winner will be announced this Friday afternoon. No cash value, session offer expires on August 16th. Available only in the Gainesville, Fl or Denver, CO area.
and Matt's mom and dad:
Miss Squires is Getting Married
February 9, 2011 - Engagements
Brittany is just a tiny little bundle of energy and laughter! She is a full-time kindergarden teacher and is just bonkers for her fiance Mike. And he is tall, dark and handsome of course... did I mention tall... because he is TALL.
As a shorty myself it was so fun to photograph a couple that reminds me so much of Matt and myself. I too am the firecracker in the house and only about "5' nuthin" while Matt is the easy-going 6'2" fella that keeps me grounded and smiling.
So when I saw them hug and Brittany snuggle up against his chest, just the right height to hear his heartbeat and feel his arms wrap around you I simply had to smile and make a few images. I know that place, it's one of my favorite places in the whole world to be.
Here is to many-many years tucked in to that place together. I look forward to photographing your wedding day at Jolie soon!
I call this one... Brittany & Mike: unleaded
Love those heels girl!
tags: engagement, portrait, Gainesville, couple, engagement portraits, e session, school, teacher, downtown, Hippodrome, apples