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.
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.
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.
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.
My favorite part of the reception was when Jey’s cousin performed for the couple and all of their guests. So talented!
Such an incredible wedding! Congratulations again to Meera & Jey! xo
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. 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. This bouquet by Mark’s Garden was amazing! I loved the unique texture of the cotton mixed with all the greens! 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. A favorite portrait from the whole day. Can never go wrong with twinkle lights! The ceremony. 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. Vintage arcade games were brought in to play on the couple’s love for all things gaming. Hannah & Tom – Your party was one I won’t soon forget! Thank you for having me there to document it all! XO