A Traditional Sri Lankan Wedding – Meera & Jey

10.9.14 | Wedding Photos

Last year, I photographed Anjana & Vijay’s beautiful, traditional Sri Lankan wedding, and this year I had the honor of photographing her beautiful sister’s wedding as well. These wedding days are long, but so full of love and respect for age-old ritual and traditions, as well as an overwhelming love for family and community. This day was a true celebration of two people coming together, two families coming together, all in the presence of their entire families and larger community. It was so rich with love, history, and was visually so vibrant. Plus, they threw a heck of a party for all 550 guests!

Meera & Jey – Thank you so much for asking me to document your day. I loved every minute of it!

Meera was absolutely radiant on her wedding day. Hair and makeup were done by the talented Kacee Geoffroy.

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They chose the Long Beach Hyatt Regency as their venue and they had an incredible view of the Long Beach harbor and the Queen Mary.meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-002 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-003 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-004 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-005 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-006 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-007 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-008 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-009 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-010 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-011 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-012 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-014 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-016 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-017 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-018 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-019

The ceremony.meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-020 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-021 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-022 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-023 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-024 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-025 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-026 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-027 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-028 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-029 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-030 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-031

This moment, where the groom places this special necklace on the bride, is the most important part of the ceremony and is always an exciting moment for everyone.meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-032 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-033 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-035 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-037 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-041 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-043

After the ceremony, we had  a little break while the families rested a bit and everyone changed into their reception outfits. We resumed with family photos later that afternoon. Here is baby Shreya who has already grown so much since I photographed her newborn session a few months ago. meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-044 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-045meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-046 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-047 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-048 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-049 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-050 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-052 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-053 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-054 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-055 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-056 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-057 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-058 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-059 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-060 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-061 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-062 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-064 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-065 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-066 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-067

My favorite part of the reception was when Jey’s cousin performed for the couple and all of their guests. So talented!meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-068 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-069 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-071 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-072 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-073 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-074 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-076 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-077 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-078 meera-jey-sri-lankan-wedding-079

Such an incredible wedding! Congratulations again to Meera & Jey! xo

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  1. Megan Welker | 10.14.14

    These are absolutely stunning! I love every little detail you captured!!

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A Carondelet House Wedding Featured in Inside Weddings Magazine! – Hannah & Tom

9.22.14 | Wedding Photos

I wanted to share this entire wedding the day I shot it back in December 2013- it was just so good. The dresses (yes- TWO amazing Monique Lhuillier gowns!), the shoes, the awesome venue, the incredibly unique decor elements, the whole vibe… It was so beautiful and so perfectly represented Hannah and Tom (hello, vintage arcade games!) However, I haven’t been able to share much about the wedding since we confirmed earlier this year that Inside Weddings magazine was going to feature the wedding in its Fall 2014 issue. Finally, that issue is about to hit newsstands and now that I have my hands on my copy I can share the full wedding! The vendors I was able to work with on this wedding were stellar. Mark’s Garden designed the floral elements and Alex of Alex Events, Inc. designed and produced the event. Thank you both so much for helping to create this great wedding! Here is the feature as it is shown in the current Fall 2014 issue of Inside Weddings. lyon-ham-insideweddings And here are all the photos I’ve been waiting too long to share! Let’s start with the gowns, shall we? Yes, two stunning dresses by Monique Lhuillier. Hannah is the Operations Manager for Monique’s West Hollywood location and so she made the most of the connection. :) carondelet-house-winter-wedding-001 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-002 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-003 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-004 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-005 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-006 This bouquet by Mark’s Garden was amazing! I loved the unique texture of the cotton mixed with all the greens!carondelet-house-winter-wedding-007 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-008 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-009 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-010 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-011 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-012 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-013 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-014 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-015 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-016 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-017 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-018 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-019 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-020 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-021 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-022 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-023 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-024 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-025 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-026 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-027 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-028 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-029 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-030 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-031 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-032 Hannah & Tom have quirky, eclectic taste- and it came together so perfectly! Gold skulls, lanterns, gold dinosaurs, tons of candles. It was all so perfect inside the moody, dramatic space of the Carondelet House.carondelet-house-winter-wedding-033 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-034 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-035 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-036 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-037 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-038 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-039 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-040 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-041 A favorite portrait from the whole day. Can never go wrong with twinkle lights!carondelet-house-winter-wedding-042 The ceremony.carondelet-house-winter-wedding-043 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-044 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-045 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-046 The space was done so beautifully. Perfect for their informal reception of appetizers and desserts. They wanted it to feel like an intimate, cool lounge and they totally achieved that feel.carondelet-house-winter-wedding-047 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-048 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-049 Vintage arcade games were brought in to play on the couple’s love for all things gaming.carondelet-house-winter-wedding-050 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-051 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-052 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-053 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-054 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-055 carondelet-house-winter-wedding-056 Hannah & Tom – Your party was one I won’t soon forget! Thank you for having me there to document it all! XO

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