After doing a Day in the Life engagement session in New York City, we were incredibly excited to watch Juhi and Tavish tie the knot out in California. Take a peek at their Love Story here!
Juhi and Tavish chose two beautiful locations for their wedding. First was The Meritage Resort and Spa for the Mehndi and Sangeet. Next, we moved onto Viansa Sonoma for the Baraat, Ceremony, and Reception. Juhi was such a stunning bride. Her big brown eyes are full of life and energy and we never saw her without a smile on her face. We were stunned every time she had an outfit change because she looked more and more beautiful each time she emerged. Tavish is the definition of a classic gentleman. He's smart and incredibly endearing. His eyes never left Juhi that weekend; it was clear he was feeling so lucky to be with her. We have nothing but love for Juhi and Tavish and we hope their future is bathed in love and light!
There's absolutely nothing like an Indian wedding. The colors are rich and vibrant, the decor reflects old school Eastern charm, the bridal styling is aways immaculate, and the family and guests of the couple are friendly and welcoming. We always feel a special kind of excitement when we're invited to capture a traditional Indian event.
Juhi and Tavish started their formal events with a mehndi party. A mehndi is usually held the day before a wedding as a way of showering the bride with health and prosperity as she makes her first steps into married life. The mehndi is traditionally planned by the brides side of the family, but incorporates all of their partner's female family members as well. Historically, henna ink is applied to both hands and feet in order to cool the nerve endings and relieve the bride's stress before her big day. The gorgeous jewel toned accents covering Juhi's mehndi made for a cozy and bright relaxation space during their event. Definitely perfect for relieving any leftover wedding planning stress.
The bindi traditionally represents a a married (or soon to be married) woman and is said to carry good luck for the bride. During Juhi's ceremony her mother, mother in law, and family elders took turns placing the bindi dot on her forehead and saying a small prayer for her. It was a beautiful and emotional ceremony.
Next up, Juhi got ready for the Sangeet. Her coral and sky blue gown was bright and playful, she looked absolutely perfect in it!
A quiet moment in the vines at golden hour was the perfect kick off to their evening together.
Next it was onto the Sangeet. It consists of dancing and performances meant to celebrate the couple's upcoming marriage. The men and women usually do separate dances and there are also dances by family and close friends. The celebration is used as a way for guests to get to know one another and the families to solidify their bonds. The Sangeet is typically one of the most exciting and fun Indian wedding events.
Tavish chose a handsome cream and gold Indian suit jacket with matching turban. This classic muted clothing choice serves to put all of the attention on the bride to be.
Juhi wore a traditional red and gold sari on her wedding day. The ornate outfit was adorned with gold embellishments, such as beading and embroidery, all over. She looked nothing short of perfect in it!
The wedding day started off with a bang at the baraat. The baraat is the groom's procession to the wedding filled with dancing to the beat of a dhol drum. Tavish entered on a decorated white horse, or ghodi, and danced his way to Juhi's family where they then exchanged floral wreaths as a sign of love and acceptance of the marriage to come.
Once the baraat had quieted down the couple did their first look. It was a beautiful calm moment shared between the bride and groom to be.
Of course, no wedding is complete without family photos. Everyone was overjoyed and beautifully dressed. We loved capturing them all together.
The ceremony was held under a stunning floral draped mandap on top of a hill overlooking the vines in the valley below. Juhi looked like an absolute angel as she made her way down the aisle.
The couple's jai mala was hilarious. Tavish's friends lifted him so he would have the height advantage over his bride, but Juhi still managed to get her floral garland around his neck first. It was a cute and playful way to start the ceremony.
The ceremony consisted of a kanyadaan, where the bride's father officially gives his daughter away, as well as a saptapadi, in which the couple's garments are tied together and they make 7 circles around the fire. All of the rituals throughout the ceremony are meant to establish, strengthen, and solidify the bond between the couple.
After a beautiful ceremony, we took some time to do couples photos. Now husband and wife, these two looked even more in love that the first day.
The cocktail hour was covered in a stunning array of flowers and unique decor. Everyone had a blast sipping delicious wine and eating small bites. The reception started off with a handful of hilarious and heartfelt speeches, followed by a late night cake cutting and first dances. After the formalities, everyone let loose and got their groove on!
Of course, no wedding day is complete without a beautiful video to accompany the photos. Now that you've seen so much of Juhi and Tavish's day, we'd love to share their video to give you even more perspective and inspiration. Enjoy!