Scott and I finished our season with a long day of Bay Area Indian wedding photography at the end of October. R + S (We are only using the bride and groom’s first intitial’s at their request because they are extremely private people) were married at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. I have been wanting to do an Indian wedding for over 10 years, and this was finally our first! Scott and I arrived a day early to cover the Sangeet party and Mehndi hand painting the night before the big day. The bride had already had her hands and feet done a few days before that, so I was able to get the guests having small designs applied to their hands. There was also dancing and a fun, Newlywed type game that they played with their guests.
The next day started in the morning with each group getting ready. As we usually do when Scott and I work as a team, Scott covered S and the guys, while I was with R and the ladies. They each had 11 attendants in their wedding parties. Truth be told, the getting ready part of the day was pretty overwhelming for the bride, and after her arm got burnt by the curling iron, I decided to step away for a little while to give her some much needed space to find the calm within the chaos. Once her maid of honor got her in a better mental space, I proceeded to quietly capture a few of the last bits of getting ready candids before we went to the park for the first look.
The hotel venue itself is extremely different from the outdoorsy Lake Tahoe weddings we mostly do. During the almost 12 hours of photography we had only 25 minutes with the couple outside at a small water front park a few minutes down the road. Knowing how tight the timeline of the day was going to be, Scott and I scouted the location the day before so that we would have a plan for the exact locations we wanted to bring the couple in the park. These images ended up being our favorites from the day, especially the groom’s reaction to seeing the bride during the first look!
We were inside the Hyatt for the rest of the day, which included both a Hindu wedding ceremony and then a western ceremony, lots and lots of formal family portraits, the cocktail hour in the center atrium, and the reception for 500 people that went late in to the night. To honor the bride’s Japanese family heritage, friends and family helped the couple fold 1,000 cranes that were displayed at the reception. There was also a performance by the Reno Taiko Drummers, who then gave a traditional Japanese folk dancing lesson to the guests at the end of their performance. This was followed by some Indian dancing performances. Then the bride and groom sat together on stage for several toasts before the dinner and dancing carried on late into the night.
Wedding day vendors:
Wedding planner: Satvir Bhogal owner of SB Arts
Video: Tien with Fusion Moments Media
DJ: Gunjan Patel