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Wedding: Ame and Vijay

My husband and I spent three weeks in India a few months after we eloped in 2007. I’ve always had a love for the country and various cultures that make it up, so whenever an opportunity to shoot a Hindu ceremony comes around I get extra excited. I’m pretty excited about wedding days, so this is definitely saying something!

Vijay and his family are Indian and Hindu, and Ame and her family are Mexican and Christian, so their wedding day was a hybrid of the two. The ceremony itself was Hindu and held at a local temple, but the reception was very traditional as far as receptions go — except that the band played songs in Hindi and Spanish, two languages that they definitely don’t speak. I’m not sure what I loved more — the punk rendition of “Om Shanti Om” or the cover of Hector LaVoe and Willie Colon’s “La Murga de Panama.”

Traditional Hindu ceremonies can be long — there are many steps involved. I tried to accurately represent each step, so I hope I didn’t miss anything. Anyway! I could go on and on, but I like to think the photos speak for themselves:

More photos after the jump!
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The birth of Gabrielle Marie | Birth Photography

I recently shot the birth of Gabrielle Marie, who also happens to be the daughter of a friend of mine. This entire experience was incredible for me: for starters, it’s kind of amazing that I was even there, since Jennifer (my friend/Gabrielle’s mom) and I have known one another for nearly five years and are friends, but aren’t super close in a deep friendship kind of way. Luckily she was open to me going along for the ride, and I’m so thankful she was!

Gabrielle’s birth was my first real-life experience with Cesarean birth — I’ve edited numerous posts on Offbeat Mama about these births, but never been in an actual operating room while one was happening (or ever, actually). While I couldn’t shoot the actual surgery (and I did ask! Enthusiasm!), they did lower the screen a bit for me, and I was able to take a few shots of Gabrielle as she made her entrance into the world.


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Engaged: Sara + Aaron

Sara and Aaron are the raddest twosome: between them, they do so many awesome and good things. I went to college with Sara and have known her for a few years, and I kneeeew when she and Aaron got engaged that I wanted in on the photo action. I love these two, and I’m fairly certain after seeing these shots you will, too!


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