Kunch and Sejal were married in a two day traditional Indian ceremony at the new Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Short Pump.   Most of the family from Sejal’s side are Virginia residents,  but there were still folks who traveled far and wide to attend the celebration.  Kunch’s party arrived by two charter buses that drove all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina.  You should have seen the parking lot of the Hilton… for a few moments I marveled over how much the hotel parking lot looked a lot like the luggage area at an airport runway.  Jason and I were so excited to photograph this wedding!  Aside from knowing that this wedding weekend was going to be colorful, full of tasty food, fantastic music and eye popping aesthetics, we were really excited to be around Kunch and Sejal.  A month before their wedding, Jason and I spent an afternoon with this stylish couple at Maymont Park.  Living in two different states, you could see how much they missed each other and completely enjoyed being together.  AND wouldn’t you agree that Sejal has the most beautiful, most magnetic smile?  She’s going to be a fantastic dentist!

Jason and I worked with an AMAZING, AMAZING team of professionals.  First of all, Amy McGrath and the entire staff at the Hilton did an incredible job accommodating approximately 650 guests (myself and Jason included).  The event coordination, Mehndi/henna party and hair/makeup design were all the fantastic work of two talented ladies, Nirjary Desai and Snehal Vara of Atlanta based Kis3 Event Planning.   It was such a treat working together with cinematographers Anoli Patel, Darshan Kapadia and Edison Lee of The Shaadi Story.  If you get a chance, check these guys out!  I know that Sejal and Kunch are going to just absolutely love their movie!  The custom mandap, modern set designs and luxurious ballroom decor were the work of Le Reve Creations.  AND holy cow!!  DJ Ravi B. of Premier Entertainment was incredible!!  He kept the party going non-stop the entire time.  I think it was also the first time that I heard the ‘Shots’ song at a wedding.  I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed working with this team!!

With the number of ceremonies that were performed and the visual variety, there is no way that I could cover this wedding with just one blog post.  This feature includes images from the Vidhi and Sangeet.   Stay tuned for part II of Kunch and Sejal’s fantabulous wedding weekend!  Part II will feature a few images from the early morning marriage ceremony starting with the Baraat and ending with the evening reception.



The Vidhi is a religious ceremony that takes place before the wedding where the bride’s parents pray to the Gods to keep the evil spirits away from the wedding and to protect the bride and groom in their married lives together.

There was a break for a few hours, and then preparations for the Sangeet began.

The Sangeet is one of my favorite Indian wedding traditions.  Normally held a day or two before the marriage ceremony, the Sangeet is a joyous occasion where family and friends of the bride and groom perform songs and dances.

I’m not entirely sure what is going on in this photo, but it sure looks like everyone was having fun!

Stay tuned for Part II!

  • Nick Strocchia - Love it! Great images, great story, stoked to see the rest of ’em!2010/10/01 – 10:02ReplyCancel

We are so thrilled that Keri and John’s beautiful wedding is featured this morning on Style Me Pretty! Jason and I met this lovely couple in 2007.  Keri was a bridesmaid at another wedding that we had photographed at Ash Lawn-Highland.  We really hit it off with them, and we were so thrilled when they contacted us earlier this year to tell us that they were engaged and that they wanted us to photograph their wedding!   They completely flattered us by their willingness to work around our schedule and requested a list of all of our available summer dates!

They both live and work in Baltimore, MD, John a nephrologist and Keri an epidemiologist.  They are both extremely intelligent and have a huge affinity for knowledge, particularly history,  so having their destination wedding at James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland was a perfect fit!  Keri has been a bridesmaid 8 times, so she had a pretty clear vision of what her day would entail.  She adapted several ideas and styles and mixed them into a flavor of her own… a little bit of classic southern elegance and charm, a little whimsy, DIY and splashes of color.   Keri’s clean and simple bouquet of white roses and white calla lilies were a perfect example of southern elegance and grace.  The colorful lanterns hanging in the reception area were hung up by John and Keri and their families on the morning of the rehearsal.  LOVE the splashes of color!  The stationary and place cards were from Paper Source, but Keri added her own DIY touch by adding little jewels by the guest’s names!  Keri and John utilized several of James Monroe’s lush and beautiful tucked away gardens for their first look, ceremony and lawn games.  They wanted their guests (who have traveled far and wide from places like Maryland, Florida and Iowa) to be able to relax and have fun before and after the ceremony, so lawn games such as bocce ball and horse shoes were provided along with our photobooth and poloroids!

Here is a list of all the wonderful wedding professionals that helped make John and Keri’s wedding weekend amazing and memorable.  Jason and I have had the honor of working with most of these professionals on numerous occasions, particularly Virginia Glenn, West Main Bridal, Ran Henry, Omni Hotel, Charlottesville String Quartet and 20 South.  Charlottesville is a small town, and we in the wedding community here work together often and share a wonderful bond.

Hair & makeup – Virginia Glenn of Reflections Salon

Gown & Shoes – Adele Wechsler and Nina heels purchased at Hitched Bridal Salon, Washington DC

Bridesmaids dresses – J Crew Bridal

Suit – West Main Bridal

Hotel – Omni Hotel

Event Coordinator – Liz Wiener (friend)

Music – DJ Ran Henry and Charlottesville String Quartet

Catering – 20 South

Floral creations – Amy Webb of Blue Ridge Floral Design

Cake – Kathy Watkins of Favorite Cakes

Officiant – Dr. Graham Redgrave (friend)

Stationary – Paper Source (and many DIY aspects!)

Ideas & Design – Kerry Amato of Unexpected Delights

John and Keri had a first look before the ceremony in one of the many gardens…

Lovely Rae was in charge of the photo booth festivities!

Photo booth fun!

  • Keri - This is perfect! Every aspect of our day is summarized here…you guys are amazing!2010/09/08 – 09:18ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - WOW!! You guys did an amazing job capturing Keri and John’s day!! These photos are truly beautiful!! Cheers to you guys!2010/09/08 – 09:00ReplyCancel

  • Nick Strocchia - Love it guys, awesome work!2010/09/07 – 18:21ReplyCancel