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“Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.”
There’s always a special energy when I am requested to travel for a wedding. It’s the excitement of discovering & exploring new surroundings, intermixed with the joy of capturing the new experiences that await.
Rupal and Anoo’s traditional South Asian/Indian wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel in Maryland. As Genevieve & I drove down to DC, I was completely taken with the excitement of capturing their wedding. I adore photographing South Asian/Indian weddings. The explosion of colors and details are like eye candy for my eyes. There are so many details to capture: the vibrant gowns, the intricate henna artistry, the intense jewelry, as well as the significant religious ceremony decorations. But in my opinion, what differs traditional South Asian/Indian wedding from others, besides all the amazingly orchestrated customs and rituals, is the interaction between the two families. There is nothing like seeing two families becoming one in a celebration of music, laughter, joy and most of all, love.
And Rupal and Anoo’s wedding celebration exceeded my expectations. The day started early with the bridal prep. Rupal’s makeup artist, Mala Amin, was extremely talented, and her enthusiasm and professionalism made her a joy to be around. The morning was relaxing and calm, which was perfect because before long it was time for the start of the first of many wonderful ceremonies.
Without a second photographer, my challenge at their wedding was to not only concentrate on documenting this complex flow of events, involving huge groups on the move from one location to another in short time, but to also do so without losing sight of capturing the small tender moments. So even with the tight schedule of the day, I made sure to pull Rupal and Anoo aside for some alone time to savor this unique and special moment of their lives together.
So here is Rupal and Anoo’s love story: