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Day two was a busy one! I met up with Shalin and his family around 8am to photograph his Ghari Puja and Pithi ceremony. This took place at the home of one of Shalin’s friends, just a few miles from the hotel that Jason and I were staying at and the Cultural Center of India.

Blessings and gift offerings took place outside as well.

Not wanting to mess up his ceremonial clothing, Shalin decided to change his clothes before having the turmeric paste applied. Don’t forget to get behind the ears!

Meanwhile, Jason, along with the talents of photographer Kristin Moore and cinematographers of Shaking Hands Productions documented Hema’s Ghari Puja ceremony at the Cultural Center.

The priest ties a red bracelet around Hema’s wrist which cannot be removed until she and Shalin are married. Shalin wears a similar bracelet.

Kristin took this beautiful and sweet photo of Hema and her sister. The bond of this family is immeasurable.

When the ceremonies concluded, a vegetarian lunch was served at the Cultural Center. Afterwards, everyone had a little time to relax before getting ready for the Garba and Raas celebrations. Jason and I met up with Shalin and Hema at the Marriott where Shalin was staying for a few portraits beforehand.

The Garba-Raas began around 7pm. This a very festive time, full of toasts, dancing and high energy music. Lots of smiles, lots of laughs. Both Garba and Raas are traditional folk dances, Garba being a circular dance and Raas a line dance with sticks.  Much of the decor was provided by Partyland Flowers and Event Decor.

Shalin’s father dancing!

Hema had told me that she had never seen her father (second from left) dance in her whole life until the night of the Garba. I just had to include this photo of Shalin and Hema dancing with their dads.

Day THREE will continue with Shalin and Hema’s wedding ceremony!

  • Dev Sheth - hey guys, the pictures look great, good luck to the happy couple.

    Dev2011/09/17 – 22:36ReplyCancel

Today I’m happy to share with you images from Jason and Melissa’s gorgeous destination wedding at UVA Chapel and King Family Vineyards! What a lovely couple and elegant weekend! The images really just speak for themselves. Their wedding day began that morning with everyone getting ready at the Boars Head Inn

Melissa’s makeup was done by friend Michele Mann of M3 Makeup Services based in Orlando, FL.

I love this image below. It’s like something out of a noir film….

Limo, mini-bus and buses by A Goff Limo

A few portraits taken around the Rotunda…

We continued the family portraits at King Family Vineyard. A misty, foggy and gorgeous day…

Flowers by Floral Images

Table linens and decorations by Festive Fare

Stationary by His and Her Press

Cake by Cakes Unlimited, and yes, as delicious as it looks!

Catering by Beggar’s Banquet. Filet and crabcakes were OMGosh! So GOOOOOD!

The band Sucker Punch was awesome!

Here are the other amazing wedding professionals who Jason and I worked with:

Post rehearsal welcome party venue:  Ash Lawn-Highland

Welcome party catering:  The BBQ Exchange

Welcome party band:  Eight More Miles

Hair:  Moxie Hair Lounge

Ceremony music:  Terra Voce

Catholic officiant:  Father Daniel O’Hare

Last but not least, Melissa Burr with Events with Panache was fantastic with coordinating the entire weekend’s festivities. We’re so excited to be working with her again this upcoming weekend at Wintergreen for Brian and Elaine’s mountain view wedding!