Hello, my darlings! San Jose Photography & San Jose Filmmakers share with us a spectacular collection of images from this Hindu-Christian wedding event in Santa Barbara, California. Maharani Akhila is getting ready for her big day. From the gorgeous gold jewels to the shiny shoes to the lovely red & gold lengha, everything is perfectly laid out for the bride-to-be. We see a beautiful woman transform into a beautiful bride. Akhila's eye makeup perfectly brings out the amber flecks in her eyes. Absolutely Fabulous Glamour Studio does an awesome job with hair & makeup. See even more getting ready images in the gallery!
From the bride, on how they met:
"Neal and I met before I started medical school in New York; he was a year ahead of me, and we met during the pre-term festivities. It definitely wasn't the most ceremonious meeting, considering that we didn't exactly get along, but our relationship blossomed soon after. While it was arguably the hardest 4 years of our lives, we got to eat our way through the eastern seaboard, started satisfying our wanderlust, and got through it together."
On the proposal:
"Neal proposed to me the day after my Match Day; I had just found out that I would be joining him in California for residency, and he took me to New York City to celebrate. We were walking to get hot chocolate in the middle of a blizzard, and we took a break in a small gazebo in Central Park. This place had special significance for us because when we first started dating, we had spent hours in that gazebo getting to know each other. It was there, in classic New York fashion in front of a bum, that Neal proposed. We walked back to the hotel, where he had a bottle of my favorite champaign waiting. That night, he took me to Le Bernadin, which was the one restaurant I wanted to try before leaving New York. In the middle of that dinner, the waiter brought over a gift bag with a photo album. Inside were Neal's favorite photos of the two of us. At the very end was a section titled "The Engagement," where he had photos of him proposing to me. To this day, I still don't know who took those photos, but I am eternally grateful to have those memories."
On the lengha:
"I bought my ceremony and reception outfit over a year before the actual wedding. I had a specific idea of what I wanted in my head; I wanted to wear saris. had 2 weeks between when I graduated from medical school and started residency to go to India and shop. For 10 days, my parents and I went through countless stores in Hyderabad—I knew what I wanted in my head, and as soon as I saw it, I bought it—no time for second thoughts. I left without even having tried on the final blouses until 2 months before my wedding. Luckily, my tastes didn’t change and I fell in love with them all over again."
Pre-wedding portraits are up next!