You may not be ready for this post. It’s like a billion photos long. (Now is a great time to stop and get a snack before we get started.)
OK, I warned you.
First off, I walk in and see Von Criswell upgrading Kally’s face. I adore Von and she always knocks it out of the park. The day is off to a great start. (Every bride should book Von.)
Kally’s father was in perfect father-of-the-bride mode all day. Sit around and wait to be asked to do something.
Kally was a STUNNING bride.
Wait, I think this was the photo I was meaning to post. Ignore that last one.
Kally was a STUNNING bride.
Kally giving her parents handkerchiefs when they saw her for the first time was a well thought out plan.
It’s like Stone Oak Ranch and La Tee Da Flowers were made for each other.
This little man was a rock star all day.
Like I said, La Tee Da was on FIRE. (I guess Kally liked her bouquet.)
First Look time. (I guess Kishan liked his bride.)
Little man going for the nose pick during portraits while his dad rushes in to deny.
Why yes, they do both belong in a magazine. I’m glad you noticed that.
From the moment I started their engagement session last September, I noticed that Kishan constantly looks at Kally with a sense of awe and respect; this really came through on their wedding day.
Kishan & Kally decided to have both a Hindu & American wedding ceremony.
Little man looking at me like, “They told me I just had to walk the rings down. Why are you still photographing me, bro?”
They then preformed the Saptapadi (Sanskrit for seven steps/feet) where they made these commitments.
1. Let us provide for our household, stay in good health and carry out our duties and responsibilities to each other, our families and our tradition.
2. Let us develop our mental and spiritual powers.
3. Let us increase our wealth and comfort by righteous and proper means.
4. Let us acquire knowledge, happiness and harmony by mutual love, respect and trust.
5. Let us be blessed with contended family of strong, virtuous and heroic children.
6. Let us be blessed with long lives.
7. Let us remain true companions, committed only to each other.
Of course they planted a tree with soil from their own homes.
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the moment right after a couple becomes one.
I also think photographing a married couple with their grandparents is such a HUGE moment in every wedding.
This may be my favorite moment from the day.
I mean, if you HAVE to have a first dance, you might as well make it a good one.
This dance with her father was EVERYTHING. Him crying, her crying, Kishan holding her mom while they both watched.
Back to the nose.
Speaking of nose.
Kally has a GIANT laugh that fills the room. I’m glad I caught a few of them on camera.
This is my new best friend, North. He and his wife own Northmark Films out of Dallas. Even though he looks confused and caught off guard in this photo, he really is pretty great at his job. Well, I say that, but I actually think he is sub-par at best. His wife Olivia however is a BALLER and she does AMAZING work. You should absolutely have them film your wedding. (Or at the very least have Olivia come out.)
The evening was pretty chill.
My favorite thing about Kally was how inclusive she was on her day. Constantly noticing and making time for everyone around her: grandparents, nieces, college friends, high school friends. Kally is so full of life, and she made sure that everyone who honored them by coming, felt a bit of that joy and thankfulness.
You can’t plan moments like these. They just happen organically. And they are wonderful.
That time at your wedding reception when you are really getting into the dancing. Like really, really getting into it. And you look over and realize your mom is watching. And everyone kinda laughs at the awkward moment, and then your mom shouts out,
“SHE LEARNED ALL THOSE MOVES FROM ME!”
Every single wedding should end with you and all your friends singing “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Then you should have one last dance alone.
Then you should leave with sparklers and get dipped on your way out.
Back to this photo…
Every now and then while shooting, you KNOW you’ve got a golden photo. This was one of those moments.
I loved everything about this moment.
I love that they are relaxed with a drink in hand.
I love that Kishan is being a gentleman and holding the 58lb bouquet.
I love that you can see the henna on Kally’s ankle as her dress is hiked up.
I love the laughter they are sharing.
I love the cowboy boots Kishan is sporting.
But most of all, I love that they are on a path together. Already taking steps together.
Just 30 minutes prior, they made a commitment, a vow. The last part of that vow was to “remain true companions, committed only to each other.”
This is how you stay true companions.
This is how you stay committed only to each other.
By doing the journey together. Side by side.