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Randeep just moved back to the Washington DC area from California. Dolly was in her own midst of moving – transferring cities and trying to put her life and Ikea furniture back in order after moving back to the DC area. Their first date started innocently enough at a Mexican restaurant, they talked about their lives, their ambitions, their future goals, they told story after story keeping each other entertained and amused; before they knew it – the restaurant was closing and they were the last ones there. Their “let’s get a quick drink” date turned into a six hour date that they both weren’t ready to leave from.
After their first date; Randeep had planned one epic date after another. And not the typical let’s go to a fancy dinner type dates, but dates that spoke to the both of them, got them out of their comfort zone and really allowed them to get to know each other. For National Kite Day – Randeep bought an epic kite and he and Dolly put it together, flew it, laughed about it and enjoyed every moment of their first of many kite dates. That day, they spent pretty much the whole day together and learned a lot about each other; it was the day they both knew that the other was extremely special and the one they wanted to get to know better.
That evening after a full day of kite flying – on their way to dinner – Randeep handed their kite, the one they built together and flew for just a few hours to a family with three young boys who were ecstatic and grateful to have a kite to fly.
It was this small action; the ability to make those around him – those he knows and those he doesn’t – happy. He is constantly thinking of others, helping those around him and enjoying life to the fullest. It was this moment that Dolly knew she had met the man she was going to marry.
Dolly and Randeeps wedding weekend was filled with family, friends, good times and great laughs. Their wedding weekend included a Haldi/Mehndhi Party, a Choora Ceremony, a Sangeet in addition to the Baraat, Ceremony, Dholi and Reception.
It was an absolute pleasure capturing your wedding memories and I hope you love your photographs and films as much as we do.
It was a typical weekend for Vishu and his boys as they were out in downtown Bethesda causing a ruckus. Their location of choice this one night was Union Jacks. Abha was out with some friends as well coincidently at the same place; and as the night wore on their two groups of friends intertwined, mingled and became real close leaving Abha and Vishu as the only two left.
In typical fashion Vishu walked up to Abha and offered to buy her a drink, and in typical fashion Abha said “I am a strong independent woman and I don’t need a man to buy me a drink” Vishu caught off guard but not off his game simply replied that “I was not hitting on you, I was simply being polite, I saw you by yourself and our friends seem to be hitting it off.” A few moments later Abha buys Vishu a drink and they ended up the night chatting away and exchanging numbers.
Their courtship revolved around late night conversations, trying out the newest and coolest speakeasy, amazing comfort foods, movie nights cuddled up together and nights out with friends and family. Their first date lasted over six hours which sums up their relationship – always by each other’s side and always trying to get the last word in.
Their emotion filled multi-day wedding weekend consisted of a two day wedding that included both a Hindu Wedding Ceremony at the River Creek Country Club and a Christian Wedding Ceremony and reception took place at the Bellevue Conference & Event Center. Their reception was filled with emotional speeches from family and friends, amazing choreographed dances that had everyone cheering and on their feet and a night of celebrating, drinking, eating and enjoying the new found marriage of Abha and Vishu.
Abha and Vishu congratulations on your wedding – it was an absolute pleasure to be apart of your life, family and friends. We hope you love the wedding photographs and films as much as we do.
Their love story began as friends at college studying the same major at Cornell University. Their freshman year they lived on the same floor, had some of the same mutual friends and did their Chemistry and Math homework together from time to time. Their study sessions were interspersed with bad puns, children’s movies and board games.
Sophomore year they had almost all the same classes together since both of their majors were the same, Chemical Engineering. They bonded over Disney movies (Lilo and Stich is their favorite with Moana coming in a strong second), board games and silly puns. Their friendship blossomed and they became even closer.
After they both graduated and went on their separate ways did their relationship take the next step. One weekend they both came back to Cornell for Slope Day where they picked up their friendships they both desperately missed and started dating.
Through their cross-country relationship, they be fell deeper in love over phone calls that lasted into the night, virtual board games with spreadsheets of who won and weekend hiking trips.
This past weekend, Apurva and Chis were lucky enough to get married to the same person twice in one day as they had both Catholic and Hindu Ceremonies.
Their morning began while they both got ready at the Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner ; after which we headed to Bon Air Rose Park in Arlington for their first look. They laughed, made funny faces at each other, channeled their inner child and simply had fun as they enjoyed their time together. After the first look we headed to St. James Catholic Church for a hearty felt and moving service that married these beautiful souls. Next we headed back to the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner for the Baraat. Chris, his family, his groomsmen and all of their guests had an absolutely amazing time dancing within the baraat. Embracing the culture and enjoying the music. Next we headed inside for the Hindu Ceremony followed by the Reception.
Apurva and Chris – thank you for making us part of your wonderful wedding weekend – it was absolutely amazing capturing your love and your wedding.
It wasn’t love at first swipe, it wasn’t even lust at first date – as their first date ended in a handshake (although it was a firm handshake). But there was something about Akshath that Sonam kept thinking about. Even through they were different in so many ways – he was an early riser and well . . . Sonam doesn’t open both eyes before noon. And if opposites truly attract Sonam may have found the man for her. Akshath knew from their first date that there was a deep understanding that Sonam was intrinsically linked to him. Their first date was at Primetime in Fairfax, VA. They ate chicken wings, laughed uncontrollably as Sonam made fun of Akshath for getting boneless wings, flirted a little but mostly felt comfortable with the person across the table from them – so much so that their casual quick date turned into an all evening affair leaving them both excited for the next date.
After three years of dating – and many handshakes later – Akshath started to plan a surprise proposal. And knowing how important customs were to Sonam, he first asked her parents for her hand by bringing a cake to Sonam’s parents home that read “May I marry your daughter” written on it. After her parents blessing and a few months of planning Akshath brought Sonam to Vanish Farmwoods Brewery – a brewery that they spent countless nights laughing, drinking and celebrating many of their lifes accomplishments at, On the morning of December 23rd, Sonam, and Akshath decided to make the day of beer and companionship with Sonam’s Brother and fiance. Between drinks Sonam and Akshath took a long walk outside as Akshath presented Sonam with flowers, he played their favorite songs on a small speaker and surrounded by beautiful decorations; He got down on one knee and proposed to the woman of his dreams. Afterwards their family and friends joined them to celebrate their engagement with great beer, good food, fantastic music and many more stories to tell.
Their wedding was a merger of two cultures, two customs and two families becoming one. Their three day wedding weekend included a Haldi and Henna Night, a heartfelt Christian Ceremony followed by a fun filled sangeet and then the next day a traditional Hindu Wedding followed by an epic reception with an after party (that may still be going on).
Sonam and Akshath it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of your family and celebrate your wedding with you we hope you love the photographs and Films as much as we do.
Dhruv was studying for an exam when his friend called and told him to come to the Georgetown waterfront to hangout. He wasn’t really in the mood and had just started studying so he politely declined – saying next time he would go. But his ever-persistent friend just wouldn’t let him off the hook that fast and so after some corralling he finally agreed to come out for just ONE drink.
As he approached his friend at the waterfront he saw that she brought one of her other friends to join them – Varsha caught Dhruv’s eyes the minute he saw her and spent the rest of the night siting right beside her and talking only to her. What was suppose to be friends getting together for a few drinks and laughs turned into the day Dhruv met his future wife.
Over the next six weeks Dhruv would constantly ask out Varsha who had an excuse, something to do or other plans. Over time their texts turned flirtatious, their phone calls turned to courting and Varsha finally agreed. Over the next few years they became inseparable and best of friends.
Varsha and Dhruv’s Indian Wedding took place on the Eastern Maryland Shore in early March. The weather was phenomenal for their wedding weekend filled with a bridal party that never stopped celebrating, more bottles of champagne popped than people drinking and a wedding weekend that was nothing short of spectacular.
Mithra was in denial she had feelings for Jonathan throughout their friendship at The Virginia Commonwealth University. Their endless talks, pet names for each other, being each others backup spouses – she thought was just playful fun. Although she was in denial of having feelings she did know that she never wanted to lose Jon as a friend because he was just that special. The year she moved to New Orleans, she was figuring out what she wanted to do with her life. She was excited to teach but knew there was something more she wanted and thus applied for PA school in October. She was not going to do it originally since she was nervous and did not have much confidence about getting in. Jonathan pushed her to apply for months and when she got an interview, he was on the phone with her for hours the night before helping her prepare and building her confidence. It was in these moments that Mithra knew she loved him. The day she found out she was accepted into PA school was the day Jon worked up the courage to ask Mithra to be his girlfriend – literally the best decision of his life.
Jonathan knew he loved Mithra when she was there for him as he was applying for jobs, helping him interview and assisting him in the paperwork. He spoke with her every night and went to her for advice on everything. They had long conversations when he was working night shifts and eventually found that a day without speaking to her was something he never wanted to experience. A month after Mithra moved to New Orleans he knew how much he missed her and booked a flight to visit, it was then he told her he loved her and asked her to be his girlfriend.
time passed and his conviction that Mithra was perfect for Jon only intensified. On a road trip to Visit Jons family – they made a detour to the city where their relationship started New Orleans. Jon had a wonderful night planned out as he whisked her to their favorite restaurant while in New Orleans followed by a stroll in Jackson Square where Jon has a Violinist and Cello player there as he got down on one knee and Ask Mithra to be his future.
Their Interfaith Hindu and Christian wedding took place at the Chesapeake Bay Hyatt. Their festivities kicked off with a fun filled Sangeet where both the Bride and the Groom had surprise choreographed dances, riveting speeches and a night for friends and family to dance, eat and enjoy. The next day the beautiful couple had two stunning ceremonies to profess their love. they started the day with a Hindu Ceremony followed by a Christian Ceremony and then a reception where family and friends danced the night away.
Sreeker had been sitting on Anki’s number for nearly a month before he decided to take the leap and text her. Literally a month; He is the first to admit that he did not have the courage to call her right away, because he wanted time to carefully craft a response to woo her off her feet. Something witty yet charming, affectionate yet cool. His efforts were in vain given that Anki literally eye rolled when she saw the message given that he waited a month to use her number – not three days, not a week but a full month. But almost immediately the conversation flowed effortlessly, and Sreeker and Anki started sharing their goofy and playful selves. On their first phone conversation, Sreeker tried to convince Anki Michigan is in the time zone as Virginia and Michigan is not considered a tundra. Anki took the moment to make it that clear if Kal Penn were to enter her life, she will leave Sreeker and the upward of 10 parking tickets she has received are all simply due to bad luck. Less than 2 weeks of phone conversations later Sreeker and Anki decided it was time to meet in D.C.
The night before Sreeker was supposed to head to DC, he worked all night in the ICU, then decided to go get Bloody Mary’s with his co-workers. He nearly missed his flight, was extremely exhausted and nervous to meet Anki all at the same time. Anki picked up Sreeker during rush hour at DCA, and proceeded to try to find parking in DC without getting a parking ticket…after an hour. Once they arrived Denson’s Liquor Bar, Sreeker quickly found out that Anki invited her friend to their first date.
Anki wanted to grab drinks with her friend and Sreeker to break the ice, and it worked liked a charm. Sreeker and Anki’s friend spent a good part of an hour teasing her and she immediately realized an icebreaker was never really needed. Sreeker fit right in…a little too well. After getting drinks they walked over to Oyamel, where Anki ate 1 taco while Sreeker, being extremely comfortably with Anki from the start, ate well over his portion of the tortilla chips getting seconds and thirds plus his whole meal and some of Anki’s. This was followed by walking around DC on a crisp fall night.
Anki and Sreeker had a two day wedding extravaganza which included an outdoor Sangeet and Outdoor Hindu wedding followed by a Reception in the Washingtonian Ballroom.
He never wanted to be her friend, he never wanted to walk her home from class talking about the weather or meeting for a casual lunch while talking about college exams. Sam – from the moment he met Farah wanted to date her, he wanted to court her and he knew he wanted her to be his wife.
Farah from the outset thought that Sam was sweet albeit a little loud, caring albeit looking out for others over himself too often and fun albeit a little extreme as evidenced by their 5am parties that only ended because they had to get to class/work the next day. All those qualities made her want to be with the man who always smiled the moment she walked into a room and always held her hand anytime he could.
Farah and Sam had a three day wedding which culminated in the two of them taking their vows at Rose Hill Manor where they promised their hearts and lives to each other not by mere words but by actions. The next evening they toasted with friends and family at their reception at Hilton Mclean, promising to throw even more parties, go on more date nights and hold each others hands for eternity.
They crossed paths six years ago randomly in New York City and were best friends before they ever went on a first date. All of his friends knew he would eventually ask her out. All of her friends knew he was the man of her dreams; yet they waited; they stayed the course as best friends asking each other for relationship advice, telling each other their most intimate secrets and confiding in each other about everything.
Along the way their friends became intertwined, they became inseparable and their families became one in the same. As their friendship blossomed into love, their friendship grew stronger than ever and their adventures across the world seemed to just be starting.
Sonam and Eric’s four day, two state, six hundred guest wedding was an epic week that I doubt their friends and family will ever forget. Sonam and Eric started their wedding week in their home state of New Jersey where they both had two separate Grah Shanti Pujas and a combined Garba at Royal Alberts Palace. Sonam shocked the crowd as she took to the dance floor dancing for Eric and the rest of their guests. Their Garba had tons of amazing choreographed dances from both families and friends along with a Garba, Raas and of course Soneado.
From New Jersey and across the globe family and friends traveled to National Harbor, MD just outside of Washington DC for Sonam and Eric’s Gaylord National Indian Wedding and Reception. Over two days family and friends celebrated the love that Sonam and Eric share with a stunning wedding that encapsulated their affection with fantastic smiles, heartfelt words and a surprise ice cream food truck that had Sonam and her guests beaming from ear to ear.
The next day Sonam and Eric had their reception which included a surprise choreographed dance by Sonam and her bridesmaids, a first dance with dry ice and a party that nobody wanted to leave (even at 1am)!
Sonam and Eric, thank you for allowing us to capture your amazing wedding week. We absolutely loved every moment of it and hope you love the photographs and wedding film as much as we do!
Puja and Anuj’s love story was written well before they were ever born. Their love story was written by two men who neither of them ever spoke to about their love lives (because that would be weird). They were introduced to each other by their fathers; who went to college together in India, got jobs in the US together and gave the same advice (“Father knows best”). Puja and Anuj’s dads stayed in touch when they both immigrated to the US around the same time. And their fathers friendships grew based on the trajectory of their lives; their parallel life experiences continued as they both married, purchased homes and had children roughly around the same time. As their fathers friendship grew stronger as did their families.
Puja and Anuj spent countless road trips, vacations and weekends together as children from seeing the Lincoln Memorial to the Grand Canyon together. To say they have known each other since birth would be an understatement. They were childhood friends who went to cultural event together, went through their awkward teenage years together and even congratulated each other as they went to separate colleges. They grew up side by side spending countless weekends, road trips and summers together – and yet they were simply friends
As distance and time got between them; their desire to see each other and stay in touch grew. When freshman year of college was winding down; Anuj invited Puja to Penn State for the weekend to attend a fundraiser that he thought she would enjoy (as friends). This one moment was the catalyst that ignited a long-distance friendship that turned into their love story. Puja began to see Anuj as a funny, caring and loving man who would do anything to help his friends and family. Puja’s laughter, giddiness and compassion made Anuj realize how truly special she was and how excited he was to spend time with the girl now woman he grew up with. Slowly but surely their friendship turned into a crush and then a full-blown love story. A love story with roots could be traced back to a friendship that started 10 years before either of them were born.
Puja and Anuj had a beautiful two-day Gujarati wedding which included a Garba, Hindu Wedding and Reception all taking place at Fox Chase Manor in Chantilly, VA. Their Garba kicked off with beautiful choreographed dances, amazing speeches and tons of laughter. After the program they proceeded to dance the night away with a live band playing Garba music, Raas and Sanedo. The next day was the wedding day which included a Rikshaw Baraat, over 600 friends and family, a heartfelt ceremony and an epic reception as they danced the night away.
Puja and Anuj thank you for allowing us to capture such a spectacular moment in both of your lives and introducing you to the amazing people who shaped your lives.