Los Angeles & San Francisco Indian Wedding Photographer: Courtney & Rahul at Vibiana
Courtney & Rahul really couldn’t be a more perfect match for each other – kind, warm, and generous, they are also incredibly intelligent, focused, and just really interesting people to talk to. The two of them met while they were students at UCLA and have been together ever since. After doing a two-part engagement session with them, first in LA and then in San Francisco where Courtney is from, I could see how happy and perfectly in sync they are together, and I felt so lucky to be a part of their wedding. Courtney couldn’t have been a more beautiful bride, first in a stunning red lehenga and then in a white dress for her reception which she designed herself, and Rahul was an equally handsome and stylish groom – it’s not hard to imagine that he works in the music industry.
I had been counting down the days to their wedding ever since I heard the word “elephant” tossed around during our first meeting. You would expect something like baraat featuring an elephant to be the the highlight of the day, but for me the real highlight came at the very end of the night when Rahul’s father gave me a kiss on the forehead at the end of the night. I’ve always said that my favorite thing about South Asian weddings – and believe me there is a long list to choose from – is the incredible sense of family. And it was at that moment that I felt like a part of it. More than just a union of two people, this was a union of two families. Both mothers were so overjoyed that they were practically glowing, and you could see how thrilled everyone, bride, groom, siblings, and parents, were to be joining families. The joy on all of their faces is something I can’t even begin to describe, so I’ll just let my photos do the talking for me.
Their wedding was held in downtown Los Angeles at at one of my all-time favorite venues, Vibiana. Originally a cathedral, it was decommissioned after sustaining major damage in the Northridge quake of 1994, but was luckily saved by a team of developers who painstakingly repaired and restored it, turning it into a one of a kind event space. Courtney & Rahul’s incredible planner, Amana from Kismet Event Planning and Design did a spectacular job, and with lighting and decor from the unparalleled Amber Event Productions, it couldn’t have been more beautiful. Courtney’s beautiful henna was done by Nadia at Henna Dil Se, Have Trunk Will Travel provided the elephant for the Baraat, and Nick from Legacy DJ kept the dance floor packed all night – I mean really, when was the last time you saw dancing like this?
Congratulations you two, and may the rest of your life be filled with as much joy as your wedding day!