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Documenting wedding days throughout wine country, the Bay Area and worldwide.

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Wedding

Raman & Spencer // Intimate Sikh Wedding, Oakland California

December 13, 2020

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Raman and Spencer went from a 250 guest count to 30ish. That’s what a pandemic does to weddings. It forces folks to dig super deep and name those that are the closest true blues as guests. We may not get the big bash (which is ALSO incredible) but we do get a renewed sense of tender intimacy that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to tap into on a wedding day.

What these two have going for them, besides their undying love and adoration for one another (which was palpable) is a network of loved ones supporting and loving them deeply. Family formals are often the least favorite 30 minutes of couples on a wedding day and I have to say, not always my favorite either. But these guys! Wow 🙂 They all looked at the camera for that “one”, you know, and then they just simply enjoyed each other’s company! At the end of the day they ended up with a gaggle of images of the small groups laughing and hugging and my golly it’s 1000% genuine. I smiled at their joy the entire time I was editing them. Truth. (If you’d like to know how to achieve that yourself a) like each other, b) leave enough time to enjoy one another during that portion of your day!)

Also… as you can see these two and their folks love to laugh and smile. It was an honor and pleasure to follow them around 3 cities doing the same with them. Thank you Raman & Spencer! I wish you all the love and joy always!

Temple: Gurdwara Sahib of Hayward

Gardens: Hayward Japanese Gardens

Florals: Rust & Flourish

Hair/Makeup: Angela Womack

Gown: Mani Jassal

Catering: Simple Elegance Catering

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In my house I print everything. I have stacks of prints that have yet to make it into albums but to me, the organization isn't what's important, it's having the prints to spread out on the floor and talk about with my two children. We've been doing that since they were tiny and the stacks just grow and we share more about what they remind us of and laugh together and sometimes cry a little too.

My son Dorian is 16 and my daughter Hazel is 18 and when they were 3 & 5 their father, my husband Igor, died of suicide. I hesitate to share this with you all because it's kind of heavy but I want you to know where my value in photographs comes from. My prints, those ones that we spread out on the floor, are the stories that they have left and are what keeps my memory fresh. We get to see his happy grin, his dance folly and the hugs he gave his loved ones. There are no possessions I treasure more than those images and there is no gift greater for Hazel and Dorian.

As we print new photographs of our lives, our story unfolds before us. We can map our journey as a family now of three. We can see where the images that include him stop and where our smaller team began and we have hand held evidence of our joys and our adventures reminding us always of the meaning and humor, regardless of loss, in life. 
Wedding days are such precious crowns of tenderness and hope. They bring people together that might otherwise never see one another. They can build bridges and mend broken hearts. I want the experience for you, of spreading out your images, picking each up and being reminded of that moment's joy and the people you shared it with over and over again. 

I photograph weddings because when memories fade, as they eventually do, what you have left are the photographs; physical, celebratory and lasting evidence of what was a magnificent coming together. Wedding days are for laughter and promises and gathering and they are an example of all things good in the world. If that's not worth documenting with full heart I don't know what is.


I'm eager to learn about you, your journey here & your wedding day dreams.

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