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Daljit + Charan | Palmdale Estates Reception

Daljit and Charankamal’s reception was held at the beautifully landscaped Palmdale Estates. We are in their recommended vendor list. The delightful interior of the mansion and beautiful grounds create a storybook backdrop for weddings.

Daljit wore a beautiful wine colored punjabi suit with intricate zardosi and stone work all over and gold Prada pumps. We got some great couple portrait shots around the stately palms and  trees, verdant lawns, gardens and the pond.

Here is the link to their wedding ceremony photos and highlights film.



















Palmdale Estates Bridal Faire 2013

I feel a little weird saying this since we have been photographing and filming weddings since 2004, but I have never ever had a booth at a bridal faire before! We have received countless calls, emails, and flyers over the years asking us to participate in these mega shows where thousands of potential brides flood the floors searching for vendors but we have never ever been to one. I think part of it was that I really liked being found solely by word of mouth when I first started. I was anti-advertising. I wanted those that found me to be close friends with other past clients of ours. I felt that we were providing such a good service I almost wanted it to be a secret.

Fast forward 9 years and we finally did our first Brial Faire two weekends ago at Palmdale Estates in Fremont, CA. This is one my favorite outdoor venues, and is the best outdoor venue in the Fremont Area.  We are always so flattered and thankful that Veena and Leann recommend us to the brides that get married there so we made it a priority to have a booth here when they graciously asked us to be a part of this special event.

What makes Palmdale standout is their friendly staff in my opinion. They are like a big family and so cool. I always enjoying photographing events there because we get to see the same great people over and over again. They make events special for all their couples and really know how to handle multi-cultural events such as Indian and Muslim weddings as well.

We had a nice booth right at the entrance and we displayed our albums, canvas prints, parent albums, and mini albums which were a big hit with all the faire attendees. Perhaps the biggest draw at our booth was my dancing dog. It is a speaker inside a dog and he dances when you connect your phone/iPod and play music. I myself saw it at a trades how recently and so I bought one knowing that for occasions such as these, it is a great conversation starter!

I really enjoyed walking around to all the other vendor booths and getting to know them. Some of them we have worked with before, but others we hadn’t or we never got to meet and chat in person much. This is especially true for florists and cake makers who sometimes get in, set up, and leave quickly at the weddings we photograph. I made a point to get photos of each vendor with their booth at the show. I think I got everyone. If I didn’t I apologize. I even forgot to get a photo of myself at the show. At least I got a shot of my son Ashanti who has the henna dragon on his arm that was done by Neeta Sharma, one of the Bay Area’s best Mehndi artists.

Palmdale showcased their excellent food, that I didn’t get a chance to eat this time but I got images of it! They also staged a mock wedding so guests could see what a ceremony is like in the “Sunken Garden”, which is one of the most popular spots couples get married at Palmdale. They have multiple options which is nice compared to other venues. All the participants in the mock ceremony were either employees at Palmdale Estates and the groom and officiant were both DJ’s!

What was especially nice about the Palmdale Estates Bridal Faire was that all the vendors are on the preferred list at Palmdale Estates. These are people who have done multiple weddings at the venue and out of all the vendors in the Bay Area, these are the ones that Palmdale Estates prefers to work with. Weddings are a team effort and when you have a great team, you can throw a great event! That is what separates this show from the mega shows at Convention Centers etc that let in anyone that can afford a booth. You get lots of sub par quality when you do that so that is why these venue specific shows are really nice.

All in all our first Bridal Faire experience was a lot of fun. It was great to meet potential brides who came to see us, as well as, to meet people who would have never known about us, had we not ben there. We look forward to attending more bridal faires in the future and can’t wait to shoot some fabulous weddings coming up soon at Palmdale Estates including one this Sunday!

Tech Specs: I shot this entire event with a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50mm 1.2 L Lens. No cropping and no photoshop. Just basic Lightroom adjustments.


Stephanie + Srini | Indian and Chinese Wedding Highlights

Stephanie and Srini had two wedding ceremonies and a reception on September 4, 2010 at Palmdales Estates in Fremont, CA. Their Hindu wedding started in the morning and lasted about two hours. Then the two changed into Western attire for a second ceremony where they did the ring exchange and kiss. We had some time to get some great shots of the bridal party and couple, before heading to the Chinese Banquet Hall for the reception. We have an awesome time with our slider, steadicam, and 5D cameras on this one. The full edit is about an hour and a half but here is a short highlights that recaps the day. Enjoy!

Minal and Omi | Hindu Wedding at Palmdale Estates

What a beautiful day, with such beautiful colors! Omi and Minal’s wedding this summer at Palmdale Estates was one to remember.

Omi first made contact with me via email and let me know both him and his fiancé lived in LA, and that there would be a narrow window of time for us to meet before he was to begin an all day film shoot. Learning Omi was a filmmaker and editor, as well as Actor, I knew we would have a lot in common, but also, since he had vast experience in front of the camera, I knew we could do some really nice work together on their wedding day with poses and whatnot. Omi is also a master at pretending the camera is not there, and that is extremely helpful to any photojournalistic photographer as well.

When I met Omi up in San Francisco at 8am before his shoot I actually woke him up. “You’re four minutes early”, Omi said. While he scratched his eyes and stretched into an upright position, he began to look at my albums and portfolio and then called Minal. She was excited and did not have any questions because she exclaimed “she loved my work” and they booked their wedding right there.

It was a great sense of accomplishment because, like other couples who are artistic professionals, it is great to be hired by couples who are very discerning because their industries are related to mine. Omi has worked on many short films, has had acting appearances on The Office and other shows, as well as, has a role in a new Bollywood movie called, Three Idiots which, has been receiving rave reviews around the world.

Omi and Minal’s day was perfect and the weather and blue sky at Palmdale Estates was phenomenal! We had a wonderful time shooting the ceremony and then had a break in the day as they prepared for their reception at the Fremont Marriott.

The photo sessions I was able to do with them throughout the day was when we got to really make some nice images with minimal effort. My style is casual and relaxed portraits, with fun and creativity mixed in. I like to flow from traditional, to candid, to romantic, to artistic, and contemporary, all within a few frames. I tend to explore what’s possible as opposed to boxing myself in to what I know will for sure work. I don’t mind breaking rules to find unexplored boundaries and sometimes we get some truly  unique and story like images. These types of shots are what excites me most about wedding photography and is part of my shooting style that sets me apart from what others may do.

Omi and Minal are fun, they don’t take themselves seriously, they are honest, caring, and communicate extremely well. I enjoyed my time with them and look forward to seeing more of Omi Vaidya on the big screen as he takes over Hollywood, Bollywood style! Enjoy some of the 2,400 shots we delievered to the bride and groom just one week after their wedding day!

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