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Livermore, CA Hindu-Christian Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

Welcome back, my darlings! Feast your eyes on Puja and Delaney's unique Indian fusion reception in Northern California's Wente Vineyards, thanks to the lovely moment-capturing skills of Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography! I am sure when the guests read the menus by Wedding Paper Divas, and the programs by MagnetStreet, they soon realized this fun-filled reception had it all - beautiful linens by Napa Valley Linens (& Stuart Rental for earlier events), transportation by Creatours, a popcorn bar by Poptique and finally a casino game setup by Aces Up Casino Parties! I love a good game of roulette, so I wish I was among the lucky guests! Instead of winning cash, guests won tickets that were later redeemed for prizes chosen by the bride and groom. What a great idea for a reception! Speaking of games, another fun moment happened when the adorable couple played the shoe game - where they answer questions and raise the shoe of the person it applies to. The rest of the night was filled with touching toasts and lots of dancing underneath the stars to the pulsating beats of Music Mantra DJs! I don't know about you ladies, but I am going to visit the gallery to relive every moment!

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From the bride, on the first dance:

"My husband was in charge of music for the wedding, but picking the song for our first dance was a joint effort. We spent hours listening to songs and paying special attention to finding the perfect lyrics until we had found our song. We picked "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green -- simple, classic and tells the perfect story of what we want our marriage to mean."

Hope you had as much fun as I did uncovering this wedding!

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Photography: Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography | Baraat: Vintage Carriage Company | Venue / Catering / Cake: Wente Vineyards | Pandit: Nilesh Pandya | Officiant: Reverend Timothy Mills | Hair & Makeup: Christal Clear | Mehndi Artists: Henna-World | Floral & Decor: The Flower House | DJ & Entertainment: Music Mantra DJs | Catering for Mehndi Event: Chipotle | Catering for Vidhi Event: Swaminarayan Temple | Catering for Sangeet Event: Bombay Garden | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Western Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal | Transportation: Creatours | Casino Equipment: Aces Up Casino Parties | Linens: Stuart Rental | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Popcorn Bar: Poptique | Programs: MagnetStreet | Menus: Wedding Paper Divas


Livermore, CA Hindu-Christian Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

Ladies, it's time to see the dual Hindu-Christian ceremonies that take place at the wondrous family-owned estate, Wente Vineyards, in California - courtesy of Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography! I hear it was a very hot, summer day, but you can't tell that by the groom's excited face as he dashes in on his dynamic horse by the masters of arriving in style - the Vintage Carriage Company! And get this! See the gorgeous mandap, all pretty in pink? Puja's thoughtful dad designed it! That's so awesome! And how cute is it that her doting uncle literally carries her down the aisle?! Maharaja Delaney could not look more ecstatic as they walk hand-in-hand as newlyweds! Next, we move on to the quaint Christian ceremony. The luscious bouquets filled with fuchsia, purple, blue, red and yellow flowers by The Flower House are so vibrant! Maharani Puja's flowing, white wedding dress looks pristine in the sunlight. I hear that by this time, it was extremely hot out, so they started quickly with the ceremony to keep their guests from sitting under the blazing sun for too long. Despite the hot temperatures, both the Hindu and Christian ceremonies look like they went off without a hitch! See even more from this big day in the gallery!

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From the bride, on the wedding style:

"Our trip to India was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, though the most stressful as well. We spent two weeks in India trying to pick out outfits, jewelry, decor, etc. for all the events we had planned. This was my husband's first time in India -- seeing him in a new, and very different, environment was so awesome. He fit right in, as much as a 6'3'' white man from America would be able to, of course!"

On a special moment:

"Walking out to the Hindu ceremony, seeing the beautiful mandap that I had dreamed of finally a reality and my Raja standing behind the Antarpat -- at that moment, I realized that everything we had spent the last year planning was finally happening and in the most perfect way ever. It was everything that I had envisioned and more and could not have been any more perfect."

Images from the lively reception are right around the corner!

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Photography: Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography | Baraat: Vintage Carriage Company | Venue / Catering / Cake: Wente Vineyards | Pandit: Nilesh Pandya | Officiant: Reverend Timothy Mills | Hair & Makeup: Christal Clear | Mehndi Artists: Henna-World | Floral & Decor: The Flower House | DJ & Entertainment: Music Mantra DJs | Catering for Mehndi Event: Chipotle | Catering for Vidhi Event: Swaminarayan Temple | Catering for Sangeet Event: Bombay Garden | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Western Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal | Transportation: Creatours | Casino Equipment: Aces Up Casino Parties | Linens: Stuart Rental | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Popcorn Bar: Poptique | Programs: MagnetStreet | Menus: Wedding Paper Divas


D.C. Metro, Maryland and Virginia Brides, Get Connected At The Spring 2015 Shaadi Showcase!

Are you an Indian bride or Indian wedding vendor in the D.C. Metro area, Maryland or Virginia? Looking to get connected with dream wedding vendors and brides just like yourself? If you are, you need to get to the Spring 2015 Shaadi Showcase. This event is presented by Dream Shaadi, the ultimate guide to wedding planning for South Asian brides in the D.C. and surrounding areas. The showcase is on Sunday, March 8, 2015, and runs from 1:00pm - 6:00pm, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. This amazing event boasts over 50 vendors serving the area. Brides, get connected with your dream team of vendors, and find exactly what you're looking for! Vendors, meet brides-to-be and help to guide and inspire! There will be vendor discounts, food tastings, decor display and fashion collections — plus much more!

Make sure to mark your calendars and get ready to inspire your inner Maharani at this super worthwhile event. Admission is free and parking is complimentary, so there's really nothing stopping you! All you have to do is register here!

Visit Dream Shaadi for more info and happy planning, Maharanis!



Livermore, CA Hindu-Christian Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography brings us a captivating collection of outdoor portraits featuring Puja and Delaney in their dual ceremony and reception fashions! First off, I must say that this truly is a magnificent looking couple! Maharani Puja's breathtaking pink and green ceremony lengha along with the stunning blue and purple reception look, are by AsoPalav. Both of these colorful styles look spectacular on Puja's medium skin tone, and I adore the side-swept hairstyle by Christal Clear that Puja rocks for her reception. Then there's the beautiful white wedding dress by Allure Bridal she wears for the Christian ceremony. You know I live for a long train! And ladies, how perfect does her Maharaja look in each of his perfectly-coordinated ensembles?! These two are a perfect match! If you haven't had enough of this dashing duo, make sure to visit the gallery for even more fashion portraits!

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Shots of the Hindu and Christian ceremonies are straight ahead!

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Photography: Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography | Baraat: Vintage Carriage Company | Venue / Catering / Cake: Wente Vineyards | Pandit: Nilesh Pandya | Officiant: Reverend Timothy Mills | Hair & Makeup: Christal Clear | Mehndi Artists: Henna-World | Floral & Decor: The Flower House | DJ & Entertainment: Music Mantra DJs | Catering for Mehndi Event: Chipotle | Catering for Vidhi Event: Swaminarayan Temple | Catering for Sangeet Event: Bombay Garden | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Western Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal | Transportation: Creatours | Casino Equipment: Aces Up Casino Parties | Linens: Stuart Rental | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Popcorn Bar: Poptique | Programs: MagnetStreet | Menus: Wedding Paper Divas


Livermore, CA Hindu-Christian Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

Hey dolls! Today, I'm going to share with you a fabulous Hindu-Christian fusion ceremony, that takes place in Livermore, California, courtesy of the awesome photographic skills of Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography! Following the celebratory fun at the mehndi, Vidhi and sangeet ceremonies (which were respectively catered by Chipotle, the Swaminarayan Temple and Bombay Garden), we get a sneak peek at the gorgeous bride getting ready for her big day! I love that Maharani Puja went with a stunning pink, green and gold lengha by AsoPalav — rather than the traditional red and gold. And those hot pink shoes are fierce! Gotta respect a bride who dares to be different! Christal Clear gives Puja a flawless look with shimmery gold and brown shadows highlighted with a touch of pink above the crease. Her beautiful hands and feet are decorated with a magical mehndi design by Henna-World. There's so much more to come, including the groom making a grand entrance with the help of none other than the amazing Vintage Carriage Company, but for now, check out even more getting ready images in the gallery!

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From the bride, on how they met:

"My Raja and I met in the Spring of 2016, on the gorgeous Caribbean island of Grenada. We were both in medical school at the time and were introduced to each other through mutual friends. After moving back to the US, Delaney and I were not living in the same state, but after two years of long distance dating, our careers brought us together again when I moved to Michigan to start my residency. I knew Delaney was "the one" when he met my parents for the first time. As an only child with very protective parents, this was the first guy my parents."

On the proposal:

"Delaney and I went to Washington D.C. for a little getaway (actually, he had to be in town for a work conference and I decided to tag along). We spent the few days we were there sight-seeing and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. On my last night in town, unbeknownst to me, he had planned a romantic proposal. We had just finished dinner and Delaney insisted we go see the Washington Memorial at night. While taking some selfies in front of the memorial, out of nowhere, he got down on one knee and proposed to me. I was in complete shock. Total awe. So much so, that I forgot to say 'yes.' Thank goodness the few onlookers standing at a distance reminded me that I needed to tell him that I would marry him. We were even fortunate enough to have captured the special moment on our camera, definitely a moment that will be remembered for a lifetime. And the trip back to the hotel after the proposal was probably the 2nd most memorable part of the evening, because as soon as he proposed, it started pouring rain. We ended up walking for miles back to our hotel, drenched but as happy as could be."

On the fashion:

"I tried to keep an open mind when it came to my wedding and reception lenghas, especially since I only had two weeks while in India to pick my outfits. I knew I didn't want a traditional red lengha for my wedding ceremony, so this made the task of finding a lengha even more challenging. We ended up finding my wedding lengha on my first day in India and found a beautiful sherwani for my Raja that matched it perfectly! Even after all of the internet browsing beforehand, the lengha that I picked was not something I would have ever been able to find online and was a one-of-a-kind piece that I fell in love with."

On hair and makeup:

"I had a general idea of what I wanted but when I met with my hair and makeup artist, I came in with an open mind. She had a chance to get to know my style based on a few ideas I threw out to her, and the rest was all her! Christal was phenomenal. She was able to create the perfect look for all of my events without making me feel or look unnatural. I cannot imagine having worked with anyone else, she was so easy to work with and made that part of the wedding planning process a cinch."

Pre-wedding portraits are coming up!

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Photography: Wedding Documentary Photography & Videography | Baraat: Vintage Carriage Company | Venue / Catering / Cake: Wente Vineyards | Pandit: Nilesh Pandya | Officiant: Reverend Timothy Mills | Hair & Makeup: Christal Clear | Mehndi Artists: Henna-World | Floral & Decor: The Flower House | DJ & Entertainment: Music Mantra DJs | Catering for Mehndi Event: Chipotle | Catering for Vidhi Event: Swaminarayan Temple | Catering for Sangeet Event: Bombay Garden | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Western Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal | Transportation: Creatours | Casino Equipment: Aces Up Casino Parties | Linens: Stuart Rental | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Popcorn Bar: Poptique | Programs: MagnetStreet | Menus: Wedding Paper Divas


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