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Megan & Pritpal: Married! | Netherlands Carillon

After our epic engagement session together (which is still in the blog lineup!), I was pumped for Megan & Pritpal’s wedding.  Set on a hill overlooking the Lincoln and Washington memorials, their ceremony took place under the Netherlands Carillon on a gorgeous fall day.  Megan was simply stunning in her London-bought sari.  Pritpal I didn’t even recognize right away with the beard!

gorgeous red and green sari on bride

This “getting ready” was really quite spectacular.  After the lovely ladies at Platform hair and makeup finished their work, Megan’s friends helped put on all of her clothing and jewelry, bought special in England.  Megan stood in this incredible window light and we all just keep sighing about how beautiful she looked.

Love this frame of the moms getting dolled up together.

mothers getting ready before wedding ceremony

mother of the groom ties a bow on a program

bride getting ready and wedding dress

bride holds a fake eyelash

little girl looks on as bride gets makeup done

getting ready at home

bride prepares for sikh wedding ceremony

maid of honor helps bride with jewelry

indian wedding jewelry details

wedding photographer Amber Wilkie

bride getting sari put on

friends put sari on bride

One of the amazing things about being a wedding photographer is that I get to see all kinds of different cultural celebrations of marriage.  This was my first Sikh wedding – attending or photographing.  I loved that everybody got to sit on the ground for the whole thing.

bride and father of the bride coming to the ceremony

Seriously, I didn’t recognize Pritpal at all.  My thought was “oh that’s his brother” and I was looking all over for him.  It really took me a few minutes to realize.

start of the sikh ceremony at netherlands carillon

reader looks over the bride and groom

bride and groom and their families

bride praying at sikh wedding ceremony

reader and sikh holy book

netherlands carillon wedding ceremony

Halfway through a Sikh ceremony (I learned), the bride and groom will circle the holy book four times.  On the fourth time around, friends and family throw flowers and once they complete the fourth turn, they are official.

circling the holy book at sikh wedding ceremony

flowers being thrown at end of sikh ceremony at netherlands carillon

little boy in indian dress

mother of the groom places a garland on him

black and white images from sikh wedding ceremony

bride and groom near the holy book

wedding ceremony at netherlands carillon and lincoln memorial

after the wedding ceremony at netherlands carillon

bride and groom in indian ceremony

wedding photography by Amber Wilkie

black and white bride and groom at netherlands carillon

portrait at netherlands carillon wedding

Love this shot of Pritpal helping Megan with her shoe.

bride and groom on rooftop

bride and groom laughing on arlington rooftop

bride and groom on their rooftop in arlington, va

After the ceremony, Pritpal and Megan scooted back to their place for Megan to change. I thought she might have a smaller or less elaborate ensemble but instead busted out an entire new wedding dress.  She said she couldn’t pick, so she got both. Brilliant!

groom helps bride dress

henna on bride

Megan and Pritpal hired Indian dancer Jai-Jagdeesh to perform three dances during their reception at the Bombay Club in Washington, DC.  This lady was really cool and it was definitely a treat to see the performance.

Indian dancer Jai-Jagdeesh

Jai-Jagdeesh performs a dance for bride and groom

bride and groom look on during speeches

One of my favorites – Pritpal and his mom greeting their guests.

groom and his mother receive guests

little boys playing on the floor at the wedding reception

The Bombay Club did a “cobra coffee demonstration” after dinner.  He lit that orange on fire and poured an alcohol-coffee mixture through it, making the “serpent dance.” Yeah, it’s true, I get to see all the neat stuff.

cobra coffee demonstration at bombay club

First dance.

bride and groom have their first dance at bombay club

groom and mother of groom at bombay club in washington, dc

wedding reception dancing in washington, dc

dancing at bombay club in washington, dc

wedding reception dancing at bombay club, dc

wedding rings on red scarf

It was such a pleasure to be at and document this wedding.  Congratulations to Megan and Pritpal!

Details:
Photography – little old me
Videography – East West Productions
Ceremony venue – Netherlands Carillon
Music at ceremony – Amarjit Kaur and family
Catering, reception venue – Bombay Club, Washington, DC
DJ – DCVibez
Indian dancer – Jai-Jagdeesh
Hair & Makeup – Platform

facebook comments:

Sally WattsNovember 4, 2011 - 10:54 am

Wow-the portraits of the bride and groom really are stunningly beautiful.

HeatherNovember 4, 2011 - 11:16 am

I really enjoy the photo of the newlyweds watching the dancer putting on a show. Another photo you took that resonates is the black and white shot of the couple during their first dance. Their connection is so visibly strong in this photograph.

porterNovember 4, 2011 - 12:39 pm

gahhh what a GORGEOUS couple! you did a beautiful job with this amber, i LOVE their portraits. but seriously that first shot, SWOON

Erin LassahnNovember 4, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Amber, these are just stunning! Your getting readys hots are so elegant. The false eyelash shot is so fun and unique and I love the whimsical way you places the bangles for the detail shot! I love so many of these, I am sure they are thrilled with everything!

PhillNovember 4, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Wowsers! An utterly gorgeous wedding photographed perfectly. There’s great energy in all of this and deep rooted warmth too.

Fotograf LublinNovember 4, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Gorgeous photos and great couple!

Heather ElizabethNovember 4, 2011 - 7:25 pm

The freaking COLORS. I am in love with your ceremony shots. You photographed this beautifully.

Natalie GibbsNovember 4, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Great shots! I love the color in these images. The bride is gorgeous (reminds me of Gwen Stefani).

Alyssa SchroederNovember 5, 2011 - 4:10 am

Such a beautiful couple! They look so happy! I really love the getting ready images.

Bec {Wanted Imagery}November 5, 2011 - 8:18 am

awesome! that first shot had me hooked. beautiful colours, and what an amazing day!
Love it!

Amber HughesNovember 5, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Beautiful wedding Amber – I love the photos of the bride getting dressed, the portraits and all the great moments throughout. Well done! 🙂

TallNovember 5, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Awesome! These colors and moments are so nice!

Daniel K CheungNovember 6, 2011 - 6:41 am

Holy smokes, that first dance photo is epic.

Boglárka Gálné TörökFebruary 15, 2013 - 8:42 am

thanks for sharing this unbeliveable wedding ceremony!

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