This is part 2 of a 4-part post on a wedding I shot in India last year. You can see the engagement photos from New Delhi in the first post, here.

The Puja ceremony happens a few days ahead of the actual wedding ceremony and while it’s a celebration for both the Bride and Groom’s families, they each have separate ceremonies to which the other is not invited. Seen here, the groom’s Puja took place in his home town, Hoshiarpur, a small city in Punjab in northern India. Puja’s are not necessarily related to weddings, they are a common practice in Hinduism as a show of faith and reverence to a God. For weddings though, it’s traditional to pay respect to the elephant God Ganesha for good luck in the marriage.  After a long day of rituals and prayers, it’s time to eat and then the party starts!

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Pranama is a form of respectful salutation involving bending down to touch the feet of an elder or someone you deeply respect. It's very common in India. I'm running a sale on my india prints to benefit Nepali earthquake victims. Please visit my blog for details! http://bit.ly/1OwErTm

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So this is big. Last year I had the opportunity to photograph an Indian Wedding, the only thing was that it was in New Delhi. WHAT? Yeah. Obviously I jumped at the chance and I was off for a month to shoot a wedding and do some personal travel of my own.

In case you haven’t heard, Indian weddings are massive affairs – they commonly take place over a week or more, with dozens of traditions, ceremonies, and rituals. I took thousands and thousands of photos over the course of this wedding – for that reason I’ve chose to split this up into a few blog posts. More on the whole experience later, but first up- the engagement session. We hit some of the big tourist spots in New Delhi (Qutub Minar, India Gate, etc.) in traditional garb and found some really great light over the course of the day. I’ll leave you with that, enjoy!

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Travel is one my absolute favorite things in the world, right alongside photography. So when I get the opportunity to travel for weddings I’m always ecstatic. Kallie and Ryan are locals here in Colorado and were planning their wedding where Kallie had spent most of her childhood, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When they started looking for photographers they realized that they wanted someone they could have a more personal relationship with, and would have more opportunity to see in person before the ceremony. They started looking for people near where they lived in Boulder and found my name! I’m so glad they did. We immediately hit it off and I was on my way to Falmouth for their fall wedding.

These two had one of those really spectacular weddings that perfectly walk that line of giving tradition it’s due, while remaining just unconventional enough to reflect who they are and where they came from. Add that to a wedding full of big personalities, great style, and a truly incredible location and BAM – you’ve got a winner in the bag. It was impressive to see these two interact, having been together for a few years now, already having started a family (See Myla below), and just being so comfortable in their own skin. It was just a great time all around. But enough of my jabber, see for yourself.

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Autumn and Josh had a really fantastic wedding. Period. From start to finish, all the details were well thought-out and worked perfectly together. The ceremony and reception were at the Westin – Downtown Denver, which is not only gorgeous but a close walk to some great photo locations as you can see below. Both Dana and Ashely at Revel & Bloom really kicked up the planning efforts and made my job easy, and Sweet Pea Flowers did a stunning job with the flowers. Of course I’ve got to thank my awesome assistant Steve Remich who really grabbed some amazing shots as well. But the real thanks goes to the couple, Josh and Autumn, who are incredibly lively and photogenic. These guys are the real deal in love, and they’re perfect for each other.

 

There’s so much to be said about this wedding I’m not sure where to start.  Whether it’s with Sarah and Steve’s ability to endure? Their amazing family and friends who rallied around them? Their amazing attitudes leading up to, during, and following what could have been, and actually was, a disaster wedding? or maybe just the fact that they got married in the middle of a 500 year flood?

Never mind that their original wedding site was underwater (along with their apartment!) – the dress, suit, and marriage license had all miraculously survived. Sarah and Steve took it as a sign and made the decision that their wedding would survive too. And boy am I glad.

Instead of talking too much more I’ll just leave you with photos and just say that these two are an amazing pair that dealt so well with impossible conditions that they deserve a lifetime of good karma. I really consider myself lucky to have been part of it all – it’s not often that stories like this happen.