Kayla’s Sataak | San Mateo Marriott

This is part two of Kayla + Patrick’s fabulous wedding that took place at the San Mateo Marriott over three days. On this day, which was day two, we started with the Ganesh Pooja in the morning and then there was the Vidhi (Pithi) ceremony for the bride where she received the turmeric based paste from her family. Later in the day, they held a Sataak event which included more Poojas. Finally, the event concluded with the groom’s side coming to the event for a rehearsal dinner because they also planned a Western ceremony the following day in addition to their Hindu ceremony.

All the marigolds you see are in fact real and came from Kayla’s family garden. The Ganesh Pooja where they were used is meant to clear any obstacles and is the Pooja that is first done during the events of the Hindu wedding. Essentially it clears the path for a successful wedding weekend and prosperous marriage. We love capturing the Ganesh Pooja ritual because we get a lot of candid images of the family, friends, and the bride herself. We get to capture the fine details and the culture that really makes Indian weddings beautiful.

Kayla was dolled up by Anaa Khan and her hair was flawless. Even though it was a little chilly outside, we had some cool lighting so I brought Kayla outside to get a few shots because she looked totally amazing! After just a couple minutes we had to go inside to start the event. Just two of us, Rashmi and I did both the photo and cinema, but that was no problem, as I had set up three cameras for video and used an additional camera to get reaction shots of the crowd and also did photo and closeups for

Just two of us, Rashmi and I did both the photo and cinema, but that was no problem, as I had set up three cameras for video and used an additional camera to get reaction shots of the crowd and also did photo and closeups for video while Rashmi did photo the entire time.

We love offering both photo and cinema for Indian weddings because we are working together as a single team. We help each other when needed and ensure that we both get amazing shots, while not getting into each other’s shots. If we had any more people in the room it would have been overkill as there was not a lot of room to move around. When doing photo and video as a small team, without a lot of people, I feel like we get the best shots and most coverage. This was definitely one of those times and I love the results. Scroll through to see some of our favorites and drop us a comment if you have any questions for us!

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