“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy.”

– Oriah Mountain Dreamer (Excerpt from The Invitation)

This was read at the conclusion of the wedding of Greg and Trina, in front of their families and friends. It describes them so well. They’re truth seekers, beauty followers, adventure lovers, and authenticity pursuers. Watching them together all night made me realize and remember just how perfect they are for each other. It’s as if one was literally made, fiber by fiber, for the other. They fall so perfectly together. Their personalities align. Their cultures couldn’t be more different, but who they were raised to be and who they have become embraces the other as their own.

They did such a beautiful and magical job of putting together a day that shouted from the rooftops that they love one another and are committed to a beautiful life together. The day was a mix of two cultures, two styles of dress, two different families but one united purpose. Everything was beautiful, color was everywhere. The neutral and beautiful backdrop of the Lesner made it the perfect setting for the warm hues and the incredible florals.

My favorite parts about the day were taking in and learning all about Bengali Indian culture and watching the way Greg looks at Trina. I learned and got to take in so much. I loved watching the girls get their saris pinned by Mrs. Chak, I enjoyed listening to the different parts of the Indian ceremony as the amazing priest did a great job of explaining everything that was happening, I couldn’t get enough of the color, and I was amazed by the reverence the Hindu faith has for marriage itself. Once Greg saw his bride take down the leaves from her face, his face never stopped glowing, and neither did hers. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her all night, beaming at her with pride and joy.

I am so thankful to have met each of these beautiful people and so thankful to serve their families. Greg and Trina’s day at the Lesner was absolutely breathtaking, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Florals:  Norfolk Wholesale Floral

Cake: Custom Cake Shoppe

Band: Empty Pocket (through Sam Hill Entertainment)

Hair and Makeup: Sharra McLain

Wedding Sari: Miss India, Iselin, NJ

Wedding Gown: Studio I Do, Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaid Saris: Indian Wedding Saree, online

Gowns: Lulus

Groomsmen: Kurtas: Indian Wedding Saree, online; Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Invitations: Parekhcards.com

 

 

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  1. Mita Chakrabortty

    June 9th, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Awesome, impressively beautiful!! Thank you 😊 so very much for all the authentic portraits. Amazed to see that you captured every little details. Proud to be part of this wonderful wedding for our beautiful stunning bride and lovely handsome groom . God bless,

  2. Maria

    June 10th, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful, friend. I have a feeling this isn’t the last Indian wedding you’ll photograph <3

  3. Mona Groban

    June 12th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    These are the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen, made me feel as if I was there.

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