Oakland Wedding – Malini & Garrett
I had this really amazing opportunity shooting a Hindu wedding with Alex from RedSpherestudios. The wedding took place at San Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, CA. Everywhere I looked, the scene was flooded with beautiful, vibrant colors – from the jewelry, to the very detailed sari’s, to the colorful backdrop where Malini and Garrett wedded. The weather was shockingly HOT, but the day could not have been any better. Malini and Garrett are so perfect for each other. They are both environmental activists and locals from Berkeley. Both Malini and Garrett have a fun and charismatic personalities that you will soon see through the photos below. The day was filled with smiles, laughs, and tears… It could have not been a better day for Malini and Garrett.
Isn’t she the most adorable flower girl, ever?!
I absolutely love the beautiful details that went into the henna design, as well as Malini’s gorgeous Sari!!!
This is the amazing white horse that Garrett rode on to make a grand entrance into the ceremony. Apparently, the horse was a little hungry before the ceremony started
In a traditional Hindu wedding, the groom enters in on an elephant (or horse) alongside with his family members. The family members cheer as the groom enters the ceremony.
I think Garrett and the horse made a special bond. Once Garrett dismounted the horse, the horse gave him a big kiss on the face!
Malini looked absolutely stunning while she was escorted down to the ceremony by her father and brother.
To kick off the dance party, Malini and Garrett did a special dance skit that led into one of the most fun and heart pounding Bollywood dances!!
The DJ did an excellent job playing the music. The beats from the music just made me want to get up and dance!
The photo below was to demonstrate motion. To achieve this, I stood on top of a chair with a fisheye attached to my camera. I put my camera on top of my head to act as a stabilizer for the camera since I was shooting at a low shutter speed. So, to all you photographers reading this, utilize your surroundings to capture a creative shot! If you don’t have a tripod, use a chair, table, or even your head to balance your camera.
Congratulations to both Malini and Garrett. It was a pleasure helping to shoot your wedding. I wish you both the very best!