So sometimes we travel.
I mean, I love an excellent plane ticket deal to Iceland as much as the next guy, but I’m referring to this particular Indian shindig that went down in Indianapolis. We were there for all of it. Let’s discuss.
Bro-fists fo lyfe. Luckily they did this on the right side of town.
There’s some something sneaky going on here. Bedazzled stealth.
Oh, hey! Didn’t see you there!
Sunit + Paulomi’s wedding ring picture makes sense when you know that their wedding reception was at the Indianapolis Public Library. As a wedding photographer, I think hard about how to tie in even the subtle things into my work.
Yet another gorgeous example of Mehndi artwork. Truth be told, we are far from the only artists on display. These artists do with plant-based paints what we do with cameras. Breathtaking.
I still love the fact that on a normal day, everyone’s like “Do everything your own darn self…” but when your wedding week rolls around, one can’t even dawn earrings without helpers. It makes me chuckle. Also, she went with those and it was the right call.
Love this image. The Sikh wedding ceremonies are so interesting. It’s such a departure from what Western weddings entail. Our presence in the Indian community as of the last few years has been stout, and we continue to garner more experience with each passing year.
Seriously. Dude, this is how you do color. If I told you I was going to rock a cream-sickle/pink blend, you’d look at me like I had an extra arm. Sunit on the other hand? This man pulls it off.
I love how the sun is streaming into this image. No fancy lighting necessary. Just need me a spinning beautiful, blue bride and a handsome man holding her up.
How about this wedding venue?! The Indianapolis Artsgarden. Basically, a giant dome suspended above an Indianapolis intersection. Freaking awesome. I’m just blown away by Indy’s choice of wedding venues. Makes me jealous!
Sangeet celebrating. Sangeetebrating. Gracious, the Indian community needs me.
The Barat! Basically, a giant celebration of families. Sunit’s family gathers in an undisclosed [ but it’s disclosed ] location. Then, they bring a bunch of family and music. Then, they dance their little hearts out, finally arriving at the [ disclosed ] location of Paulomi’s family in front of the ceremony space. It’s basically a ceremonious freaking party to kick off the marriage ceremony. In short? It’s fun.
Is this the most breathtaking Indian Wedding ceremony you’ve ever seen? It’s lovely. Let’s give high praise to the vendor team that made this happen; the incredible combination of Lori from Boldly Chic Events [ Indina wedding and event planners in New York and Indianapolis ] and Sima Patel from Weddings in Style [ an incredibly gifted event designer and florist ] made this wedding at the Indianapolis state house shine.
These guys actually hosted both Hindu and Sikh wedding ceremonies. Two cultures becoming one. Fusion. Fin.
Sunit’s mother has made waving a science. It’s really impressive.
During Indian wedding ceremonies, there comes a time when the bride and groom lead each other around the Mandap whilst family and friends throw rice at them. This makes me sad for Western weddings sometimes because all I want to do is throw rice at people I love.
One of my favorites. I love this perspective on the ceremony. The venue with the upper balcony gave us a chance to be unique here. You have to take the chance though. Always.
I’m honestly not sure if this a Miss India Miss America mid-wave moment, or if she’s showing off the ring… I’m not sure it matters at this point. Either way, Paulomi is kickin’ the vibe hard here. Extra hard.
Always marry up, bro. Always marry up.
No more sneakiness, she’s obviously found him out here.
Outfit change! CUE THE MUSIC OMG
And a dramatic sky for a dramatic day.
I loved the floral design here [ incredible compliments to Sima Patel at Weddings in Style in Cincinnati ], her artful floristry design made this along with the venue. Who can put a tree in the middle of the Indianapolis Public Library for a wedding reception? Apparently Sima can!
I’m pretty sure the dude in the white is rapping here. I’m not sure if he’s any good, but I’m pretty sure he’s trying. That’s what really matters.
Thank you, Paulomi and Sunit. Thank you for making us feel welcome and making us a part of your story. We loved telling it and we loved experiencing all that Indianapolis has to offer.