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Liz & Ashwin | National Museum for Women in the Arts wedding | Washington, DC

Liz and Ashwin, with the help of their brilliant planners A. Dominick Events, threw the prettiest, most atmospheric wedding I have had the opportunity to document. They and their families infused the day with warmth and laughter, while honoring both Hindu and Jewish traditions. The National Museum for Women in the Arts provided a truly spectacular setting for quite a day.

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They got started at their impressive suite at the Sofitel.

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I love how putting on a wedding sari and accessories is a big family affair.

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They we scooted to the National Museum for Women in the Arts for family pictures and some quick bride and groom photos.

wedding portraits at national museum for women in the arts

With some awesome art. NMWA keeps their weird art in one tiny room, apparently, but fortunately for me, it was also the only spot with a window. Also fortunately for me, Liz and Ashwin were keen to have their photos taken in front of this sweet/weird thing.

weird portraits at national museum for women in the arts

Portrait work done, it was go-time!

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Told you it was atmospheric. The lighting people did a beautiful job of isolating the mundap and bringing a beautiful red glow to the rest of the regal venue.

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Part of a Hindu ceremony involves blessing the couple by throwing rice – always a fun moment to photograph.

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Big thanks to Ayesha for coming out to help me with this wedding. It’s always great to have a talented photojournalist to provide a second set of moments and angles.

father and daughter holding hands during wedding ceremony

Liz and Ashwin honored both their religious traditions, with her father giving a Jewish blessing, and Ashwin breaking a glass at the end of the ceremony.

recitation of Jewish blessings at national museum for women in the arts wedding

Also, what can I say? Cocktail hour in an art gallery trumps cocktail hour just about anywhere else.

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Have you ever seen a dad more excited about the hora?

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There’s nothing quite like wedding guests in crutches partying down.

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Congratulations guys!

Liz & Ashwin’s rockin’ vendor team:

Planners: A. Dominick Events
Ceremony & reception venue: National Museum for Women in the Arts
Catering: Susan Gage Caterers & Rasika
Florist: Sidra Forman
DJ: DJ Blue of Bluebeat Productions
Officiant: Sree Aswath
Videographer: Liz of Dolce Studio Films
Furniture rental & additional decor: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Hair: George at Four Seasons Salon
Makeup: Carola Meyers

facebook comments:

Tina TabibiMay 7, 2013 - 11:44 am

Wow girlie! These are phenomenal. Gorgeous! Well done.

Abby GraceMay 8, 2013 - 10:17 am

I shot here back in April and LOVED IT! The NWMA is an incredible gem. I really love the lighting set-up for your ceremony- beautiful, beautiful work Amber!

stefanieMay 8, 2013 - 10:58 am

wow! gorgeous wedding and gorgeous couple! i love the venue and colors. beautiful job.

Bobbie Reichert RoseMay 8, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations, Liz and Ashwin!

Dale LempaMay 10, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Beautiful documentary and portraiture.

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