Reshma+Darren’s wedding day finally came! This was a beautiful and very emotional day for not only the couple but for their families as well. And let me tell you, you could not find a more supportive, loving, community-conscious bunch. Main themes of the wedding centered not just around building a beautiful family out of Reshma, Darren, and Selena, but spreading that love and support into the community and helping others. I don’t think I’ve ever seen families less selfish on what is typically a pretty selfish day. ;) It was beautiful! And of course, our bride was GORGEOUS and Darren was handsome and Selena was adorable… as usual. :)

Date: April 24, 2011

Venue: Maggiano’s – Streets of Southpoint, Durham, NC

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn – Southpoint, Durham, NC

DJ: TJDJ Music

Cake: Simply Cakes

Officiant: Rev. Kayelily Middleton

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I love these little red shoes! The bows! Oh, so adorable. :)

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I looooved this room for a wedding ceremony. The circular-ness (is that a word?) made for a very intimate vibe. It was also fun to take pictures of. :)

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Reshma and her brother Sheel, a few moments before the walk down the aisle.

Raleigh wedding photographerReverend Kayelily Middleton was the ceremony officiant and did a beautiful job. She was very calm, serene, and tied this ceremony’s Hindu and Christian aspects together perfectly. Reshma’s family is of the Hindu faith, while Darren’s is Christian, so they decided on a fusion wedding ceremony incorporating parts of each other’s traditions. Reshma’s daughter (now Darren’s lovely daughter as well!) served as the beautiful flowergirl. :)

Reverend Kayelily MiddletonReshma was walked down the aisle by both her father, (Dr!) Babu and her brother, (Dr!) Sheel. Not a bad deal at all! ;)

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Raleigh wedding photographerThe couple had a unity candle and performed the Mangal Phera – circling around the holy fire symbolizing the walk of life. They walked clockwise around the circular table four times with Reshma leading the first three, and Darren leading the last.

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Raleigh wedding photographerThey then performed the Saptapati – the seven steps of marriage vows. The couple would speak their vows while taking small steps around the table.

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Raleigh wedding photographerLast, Darren ties a sacred necklace around the bride’s neck. This is known as the Mangal Sutra. The necklace symbolizes a married woman.

Raleigh wedding photographerThey did incorporate the “you may kiss the bride” into the ceremony. Her mother Meena, who is hilarious and adorable and also lived in Pittsburgh (!), leaned over during the rehearsal to tell me, “They are doing the kissing thing. We told them it was okay, but with weddings in our culture we normally say no… no kissing!” :) This, as well as a unity sand ceremony they performed with Selena, was part of the incorporation of a traditional Christian ceremony along with several prayers from both the Christian faith and the Hindu faith.

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Raleigh wedding photographerSo for those of you who’ve been to the Streets of Southpoint, where Maggiano’s is located in Durham, it’s basically an upscale outdoor mall type of area. So what better background to shoot with than the Anthropologie wall?! :)

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Raleigh wedding photographerMe: Reshma, wait! I like this mural on the wall!

Reshma: Of course you do.


Raleigh wedding photographerShe is so so so so pretty. :)

Raleigh wedding photographerLADIES – DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE FLUFFY DRESSES. THEY MAKE FOR BEAUTIFUL PICTURES. Her dress was gooorgeous. And this ring shot, although very simple, is probably my favorite one to date.

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Raleigh wedding photographerThe father-daughter dance was very emotional. I typically do not cry at weddings. When I’m happy, I’m happy – not crying. But this got me a little choked up and I think made all girls in the room miss their dads.

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Simply CakesTim, the DJ, did a great job during the ceremony and the reception. DJs are surprisingly one of the people the photographer interacts with the most at the wedding, and it’s always fun when you get along and can work in sync!

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Thank you, Reshma, Darren, Selena, and families and friends of the couple, for a beautiful wedding day and for your patience, help, and support along the way. :) We look forward to seeing you again soon! Darren – we owe you a session with your Dallas Cowboys gear… we guess. :P :D

Amy and Dan are a lovely couple who did not let a few tornadoes spoil their outdoor wedding. :) How great is that? Yes, Amy and Dan were to be married in an outdoor ceremony at the Arrowhead Inn in Durham, NC at high noon when the weather channel was predicting, I kid you not, a “100% chance of severe storms.” That’s not a very good percent. :D But we got there and took pictures of Amy getting ready and, miraculously, despite them repeatedly announcing tornado warnings on the radio, it was merely overcast and their wedding was held outside at high noon against all odds. :) We were even able to take family and friend photographs AND the newlywed pictures afterward! It didn’t rain until the reception luncheon (when the lights went out briefly), but that was really all that happened. They were so lucky!

Their venue and their vendors couldn’t have been more wonderful, and neither could Amy and Dan’s fantastic family and friends. Amy’s family traveled in from Japan and they were married by Dan’s brother, a high school principal. It was all very sweet and low-key, just like the beautiful couple themselves. :)

Date: April 16, 2011

Venue: The Arrowhead Inn, Durham NC

Flowers: Special Event Florals, Nancy Dawson

Guitarist: Randy Reed

Officiant: Walter Finnigan

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Amy is the definition of a blushing bride… not only because she is getting married, but because she is pregnant. :) Amy and Dan are expecting a baby girl in August!

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This family is a family of cameras. I think everyone there had a camera, large or small, video or still. Below and to the right is our handsome groom, taking photographs of his lovely soon-to-be wife getting her hair done. :) Amy is a high school music teacher trained in classical singing, but she is hoping to one day become a photographer as well! And we will most certainly welcome her into the ranks because she is a wonderful person. :)

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Amy looked gorgeous! Very beautiful, natural, and happy. :)

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Proof that, even as tornadoes ran rampant through parts of Raleigh, the sun did come out that day (during their first kiss!) for perhaps a few seconds:

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I can’t resist me a willow tree. ;)

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Amy and Dan held a beautiful indoor luncheon for their wedding reception inside the Arrowhead Inn (the innkeepers are lovely and make EXCELLENT food!).

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In conclusion, I had a wonderful day with you, Amy and Dan, and wish you the best of luck in your life and marriage! I do hope that I get to meet that baby girl soon and of course see you again. :) Thank you and congratulations! I’ll leave you all with these wise words of wisdom…