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Priya + Arun | Wedding & Reception Holman Ranch

We are so excited to share this gorgeous wedding on the blog! This day was absolutely perfect! Ever since we did our engagement session with Priya and Arun we have been anxiously awaiting this day!

Priya and Arun chose the beautiful Holman Ranch in Carmel as their wedding venue. I love outdoor weddings and working in natural light brings out the best of my work. I am a beach boy and when couples pick a place like Carmel for their wedding, I am more excited to shoot such weddings.Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings. We also love this venue because of it’s charming gardens, rustic and stunning mountain views and serenity. Priya and Arun are an extraordinary couple. They are avid runners and  triathletes. Priya is crazy about dogs and they picked dogs as the theme for their wedding. They have a black labrador retriever dog who was present at the wedding to bless the happy couple.

Priya wore a beautiful traditional off-white and maroon Kanjeevaram Sari and traditional gold jewelry including Kamarband(gold waist jewelry)and Arun wore a white and maroon Sherwani. Lots of dancing, fun and dhol music led the Baraat to the ceremony venue. The Gujrathi wedding ceremony also called Vivah (Wedding) was performed, Arun and Priya faced each other, and the priest tied their garments (her saree and his dupatta) in a knot, symbolizing the sacred union. They put garlands on each other and exchanged  rings. Next they held hands together and prayed to God for his blessings. Samagree (Ingredients), consisting of crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar, rice, ghee (clarified butter), and twigs were offered to the sacred fire to seek God’s blessings for the couple. Next was the Mangal phera (circle around the sacred fire) Arun held Priya by  hand and both walked three times around the sacred fire. They offered prayers while the priest chanted Vedic hymns to Gods for prosperity, good fortune, and conjugal fidelity. They touched each others heart and prayed for the union of their hearts and minds. This ended the beautiful wedding ceremony with some great post wedding couple shots.

What was unique about this wedding was the reception was immediately after the wedding ceremony. Priya wore a beautiful gold, navy blue and maroon lehenga and Arun looked dapper in his navy blue suit with a bow tie for their reception. Their was lots of dancing, toasting for the happy couple, beautiful couple portrait shots in the stunning background and the night ended with the happy couple serving ice cream to all their guests from an ice cream truck.


Baraat Drummer – Deep Dholis

Baraat Horse –  Monterey Bay Equestrian Center

Catering – Turmeric Restaurant

Florals – Country Essences  Flowers

Wedding and Event Coordination – Every Last Detail

































Maybelle + Mandeep | Fairfield Sikh Wedding

We love to photograph multi-cultural weddings. Maybelle is filipino and Mandeep is Sikh,Punjabi. An interesting, fun fact, about Maybelle and Mandeep is that they first met skydiving in Monterey, CA.  Their sikh wedding ceremony was at the Fairfield, Gurdwara. Maybelle wore a beautiful fuschia punjabi suit and Mandeep wore the traditional Sherwani and jhooti(shoes). The Baraat procession was fun filled with lots of dancing and dhol music and Mandeep arrived in the traditional style on a white horse.  When the baraat arrived at the wedding venue, a ceremony known as the milni ( meeting or merger) was performed. The groom and bride’s parents and close relatives greet each other and exchange presents. The Varmala ritual was also performed, Maybelle and Mandeep exchanged flower garlands by putting it around each other’s neck.The Sikh marriage ceremony is also known as Anand Karaj meaning “blissful union”. Anand Karaj consists of the couple revolving around Guru Granth Sahibji four times as the Laava (Marriage Hymns) are being recited. Maybelle’s father placed one end of saffron-colored scarf in Mandeep’s hand, passing it over the shoulder and placing the other end in the her hand and the two took their vows. The Sikh ceremony ended with happy couple portrait shots in their varmalas(garlands).

Sikh Wedding Same Day Edit

Last week was a fun one! We spent five days with our lucky couple and photographed and filmed all their events including the Bride’s Mehndi night, the Bride and Groom’s respective Maiyan ceremonies, the Bride’s Choora ceremony, as well as, both their Sangeet nights! The fourth day was the wedding at the San Jose Gurudwara, followed by their reception on the final day at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA. This was the most expansive project we have ever tackled. With so many events over so many days, with a lot of team members covering these events, it was no easy task. I am so excited that we pulled it off and have this amazing same day edit to show for it!

Each night we had to back up our memory cards and encode the video files for editing. We had to play close attention to organization as multiple cameras were used at multiple events. Each night we would rough cut some of our selections but the real editing was basically done Saturday night after the ceremony and was completed just an hour or so before we showed the edit live in front of about 700 guests on two projectors.

For the final highlights we will add the reception portion to this film and will also be doing a long form video of all the events and wedding ceremony and reception.

If you would like a same day edit of your Indian wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area give us a call! We really enjoy the satisfaction of sharing what we capture with our audience immediately after the event and it is great entertainment for your guests!

Sit back and enjoy our edit! We suggest you hit “play”, then “pause” to let it load and then hit “play” again if you have a slower internet connection.


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