What Comes Before: Mehndi, Sangeet, Haldi and Pithi in Potomac, MD

A few weeks before their wedding, Ashima and Aalok contacted me about photographing some of the pre-wedding events leading up to their wedding: catching the tail end of a day long mehndi session, attending the sangeet at the Potomac Country Club, capturing the haldi and pithi ceremonies.

I’ve been intimidated to try to write about it because it can be hard to write about things outside of my own traditions without an aura of cliched reverence. The colors, the clothings, the music, the food, the deep love of family and the respect for tradition. It was all there. And to top it off was a couple whose love and respect for each other is palpable from the moment you meet them.

After three days of buzzing about them, I was exhausted, and I wasn’t even attending all the dinners and brunches thrown in to the mix. But they must have had a deep reservoir of energy to pull from because the big day hadn’t even hit when I said my good-byes.

Get Happy: Sarah and Brady's Deale, Maryland Wedding

A quirky venue.

A killer DJ/ playlist.

A mildly daunting bridal party boat ride.

A fun-loving couple who just so happened to be easy on the eyes.

Sure it, rained, but I’m pretty sure that not one single person cared.

Because it was that fun.

Venue/ catering: Happy Harbor

Dress: BHLDN

Suit: Indochino

DJ: Eddie Walk

Bakery: Kelly at Bell House Bakery

a poorly documented summer on film

I wanted to hold on to summer for longer.

Tomorrow I was trying to sneak the kids back to the ocean for a last taste of salt and sand, but Florence said no.

And so it feels like fall is coming before I’m ready to say good bye to long days and suntan lines.

Here are the too few shots when I managed to pull out a camera between the exhaustion and morning sickness that come along with the first trimester. Next summer there will be a new chubby legged, big headed child to photograph.

And maybe next summer, Gus will stop running off long enough that I actually get a picture of him too.

Married on the Front Deck: My Little Sister's Chesapeake Beach Wedding

I've been rooting them for more than a dozen years.

They said they do on the edge of the bay, surrounded by parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses and a whole lot of kids.

It was so simple. 

And honest.

And I think every one of the thirty-two of us who were witnesses would agree: it was damn near perfect.