“Hold me close
I am Love and I am always yours.” ~ Rumi
And the fairytale continues with Yohko & Vijay’s stunning finale…their incredible Indian Celebration. With the Japanese wedding, the day before, a magical memory we shifted cultures – now immersed in the most fragrant blooms, color, glorious Sari’s, intricate preparation & the anticipation of all to come…Starting at the fabulous Ihilani JW Marriott with the festivities right next door at the luscious Lanikuhonua. It was honestly a (photographers) dream…all the details, the emotions, the ceremony, the excitement. There was just so much heart & love. The getting ready was epic – one of our most favorite of all-time…the gems, the flowers, the transformation, all the cast…A bridal party we adored with a staircase first look that was simply beautiful & reactionary. Yohko, in her sublime Sari, an utter goddess & Vijay, in his Sherwani, her perfect handsome match.
We had just a little time before for portraits around the gorgeous grounds of Ihilani and are so grateful to the bridal party & couple for working with us in a time crunch. They were amazing and even with the weight of the Sari & accessories…it was all extraordinary.
And then we all went to see a man about a horse…as Vijay prepared for the Baraat (entrance processional) signaling the (continuing!) start of this beautiful story…dancing in the street – just the way we love life. Moving onto the Lanikuhonua grounds in readiness for the ceremony. The Mandap was dreamy in the cloudy late afternoon, backing right on to the ocean, just waiting for Yohko & the bridesmaids (& the official coconut!) to make their grand entrance.
The hindu ceremony was fascinating and peppered with so many profoundly beautiful & mesmerizing moments. A collection of rituals performed by the bride, bridegroom, parents & close relatives. From the sheer curtain separating the couple, there was the tying of the knot, the holy fire, the ring game, the ceremonial rice showering/bucketing, the seven steps and just so much more…but most importantly there was joy, laughter, understanding and the coming together of soul mates.
After all was official (now in both cultures!) everyone was ready for the delightful reception which began with an epic dancing entrance by the entire Bridal party. As the sun set this party was ON under the stars, with just a sprinkling of rain to cool us all down & make the dance floor absolutely AWESOME. Then there was that gorgeous first dance. All so beautifully real & honestly just so much fun. The poignancy of being involved in a small way & documenting such love & happiness is never lost on us. We are just so grateful for this most beautiful job and the parade of life, characters & emotions we witness passing our lens. To the amazing team who combined to create this 2-day extravaganza our endless thanks. You were all a dream for us to work with professionally & personally, especially Jenn & the Savvy team, Kris & Traci. It was wonderful to leave Hawaii with not only the most exquisite memories but new treasured friends.
Yohko & Vijay,
Words will never express what you have come to mean to us & all those around you and how transforming this experience was. To think this is just the beginning for you is truly the stuff of happy endings & dreams coming true…because if the start is anything to go by…we ALL cannot wait for what’s next…Dance on. Dance on.
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