shilpa & toby are married!

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saturday was a milestone for us, we photographed our first indian wedding and it was amazing! the emotions, the traditions, the colors, the dancing- it was beautiful. shilpa was breathtaking and watching the getting ready process was an incredible treat. her friends and family flitted around her all day each helping in a very specific way and ready at a moment’s notice to grab her a bite to eat, find a specific family member or give their opinion on a piece of exquisite jewelry she was considering wearing.

even though i didn’t know the language being spoken most of the time it was clear to me through glances, attention, gestures and smiles how shilpa’s family felt about her, about toby and about them together- that was amazing to watch. i could go on forever about different portions of this day that were really incredible but let’s get started with the pictures and i’ll explain as we go:

one of toby’s groomsmen sent toby an email letting him know if he didn’t send back a wedding gift idea he would be receiving a brick of nickels, and so:

no one is ever too old for mom’s lipstick residue and subsequent cheek scrub. toby looks thrilled, no? this would be my exact face as well:

the handsome groom looking up toward the room where the girls are peeking from the windows. shilpa dipped back immediately, no chance he caught a glimpse of her!

finishing touches applied by her aunt as her mom looks on:

matt took this awesome shot of the rings on the pillow, the gold diamond ring is toby’s pinkie ring from shilpa’s family while the soft gold ring is his wedding band. 

last minute shilpa added the nose ring (a replica of what her mom wore for her own wedding) and made some adjustments to her incredible jewelry.

the wedding started with a short ceremony with just toby and the priest before shilpa entered escorted by her parents.

the ceremony was beautiful and it was amazing how close we were able to shoot and still be out of the way. these are some of my most favorite ceremony shots ever:

matt and i love this image for all of the different textures and beautiful colors:

toby and shilpa got into a small rice fight during the ceremony. it seemed shilpa knew that placing the rice on toby’s head would turn into a competition- toby did not. after the first few gentle palmfuls of rice toby placed on her head he caught on and really filled up his hands and dumped it on her. just after this she trumped him by picking up the basin and emptying the rest over his head. i like her style.

there was a cocktail hour and a break for the bride and groom to change before the reception got started with shilpa’s dad giving a sweet toast to his daughter and thanking everyone from coming from all over the world to celebrate with them.

the happy couple as they listen to the toast:

…and the dancing began! toby prepared his groomsmen by telling them to just pretend to screw in light-bulbs with each hand. that was great instruction for them because watching this guy right here i’d say this just can’t be taught:

shilpa’s parents breaking it down:

everyone cheered as the newlyweds broke away from chatting with old friends for a few dances together:

i don’t think the end of the night for us was the end for them! as we pulled out at 12:30 there were calls across the parking lot of an after party promising lots more fun to come, whew!

shilpa and toby, you are incredible together. watching you lovingly intertwine your different cultures was a beautiful experience for everyone in attendance. thank you so much for having us and we wish you the best honeymoon ever- how could diving and exploring australia not be amazing with you two involved?!

anna & jason are married!

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saturday was a perfectly beautiful day for a wedding, really cool for august and sunny as can be. absolutely nothing could damper anyone’s spirits- not even the fact that many of us stayed up until the opening ceremonies ended and the groomsmen’s tee time was at 8:45- it was just that beautiful outside. while the men golfed (much to anna’s surprise, ‘jason doesn’t really golf?’) the ladies enjoyed some quality time and amazing southern cooking at sally’s, a cozy little house turned restaurant. the next stop for the girls was the salon to tell stories, laugh, drool over purses, and take turns with candie, their favorite stylist. i’ll quit talking for now and share a few of our fave images:

after everyone’s hair looked fabulous and a purse might have been purchased the ladies made their way to the church to finish getting ready, relax and grab a few little snacks before the ceremony:

we really really love taking time with a couple to grab some shots of the two of them together, soaking in that this is the day they’ve been anticipating for so long. it’s always so sweet to watch the couple forget the hustle and bustle and focus on each other…and it makes for such honest images!

the band started and the party began, and oh, so many happy people everywhere! there were glistening eyes all around as anna and jason, high school sweethearts and now husband and wife, were introduced. here are a few of our favorite moments:

anna & jason, congratulations! in all your years as a couple it seems you only fell further in love and learned better and better how to care for each other. watching your families celebrate your marriage was a beautiful thing and we thank you so much for asking us to be part of it. enjoy the caribbean and relax together, we wish you the best!

carly & chris are married!

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carly and chris are totally laid-back, fun and completely in-love, so basically the clients of our dreams. :) hanging out with them at their beautiful wedding made for a rockin’ saturday! even though carly was fighting a sore throat, she spent the day smiling, making sure everyone else (especially chris) was having a great day and even forcing a few morsels of food into her butterfly-filled stomach. good move, girl! *brides, even though you don’t want to, please eat on your wedding day, you’ll need the energy!* sorry, small tangent. moving on. :) the ceremony was a beautiful, the first mass i’d ever been to! holy family catholic church was wonderful about including so many of their friends and family in the mass through readings and serving, it was quite a personalized ceremony. the reception was at the church’s beautiful and huge social hall and oooh yes, the food. atlanta’s own affairs to remember put together four elegant spreads of incredible food, check them out if you’re in the market! (or if you just like reading menus…um, like me.) ok, here are a few of our favorite images from saturday!

carly’s dress was stunning; we both agreed that the bottom was our favorite part!

matt took this next image through the handle of the florist’s box. the sneak peek of the beautiful bouquets is quite tantalizing, no?

chris and his dad, relaxing before the ceremony:

i included this next image because it cracks me up. i hope it’s not one of those ‘you had to be there’ funny things; i’d hate to do that to you! but really, these two kids were convinced that they could trigger our lights with awesome dancing- they spent quite a while testing different moves to persuade it to go off. what was funny to me was matt was sitting right behind them waiting and when they did something ridiculous enough he’d take a picture and the light would flash, i could not control my laughter!

carly’s mom had this smile going 100% of the day, even through her happy tears! she was so excited for carly and chris to be married and her smile was so contagious!

carly & chris, thank you guys for asking us to be part of your day, it was perfect! we so enjoyed watching you love each-other and your guests all day. i hope maine is incredible and the lobster and laughter is abundant, best wishes to you!! :)