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A Milestone Mansion wedding in Denton-Ericka & Andrew's Wedding

 

Our beautiful bride Ericka was a classic bride in that she really wanted an understated elegance about every aspect of her wedding.
Starting with the gorgeous venue she chose Milestone Mansion, located in the heart of Krum, near Denton, Texas.
The Milestone Mansion wedding venue is a breathtaking location, it has a classic coastal flair, influenced by the British colonial era and a unique southern charm, it has gorgeous gazebo and dock overlooking a pond. It was a perfect wedding venue for Ericka & Andrew.

Ericka loved her wedding venue so much, that we did both her engagement session and bridal there.

The wedding day began with the bridal party getting ready at a nearby hotel.
We caught the finishing touches at the Milestone Mansion in their spacious bridal suite adorned with crystal chandeliers and several full length mirrors.
Our stunning bride Ericka & our handsome groom Andrew had an amazing evening full of dancing, great food and moments to remember for a lifetime!

We wish them the best and hope to capture pictures of their first anniversary!

Be daring, be different, be a smart bride!

Reserve your wedding date with IGOR wedding Photography today, we are currently booking weddings for 2018!

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Barefoot bride at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano, Texas

 

She floated down the hill, our "go with the flow", hippie-chic, style-conscience bride. In her blue toms & her friend trailing behind her holding the train of her beautiful bridal gown.

 

She was a sight to see ! The weather was cooperating with us today as we had moved this very bridal session at least once a week, trying to run from rain showers. We also hadn't quite found the perfect location for her.

 

Jennifer ( Bride) and I, had brainstormed several locations , 7 different ones to be exact before coming to the final decision of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, in Plano for her natural bridal session.

 

It's a special location to her, because her and future hubby go walking at Arbor Hills Trails with their fur babies very often.

 

With it's combination of earthy lush hills, winding trails, sprawling trees & a few blooming flowers here and there. We figured we couldn't go wrong with this location, we hope to visit there again when the waterfalls & streams are at full capacity, another natural feature of this park.

 

We started our bridal session at the look-out tower, this gave us some variety from the natural greenery that Arbor hills nature preserve provides. We continued Jennifer's bridal session on a winding path where we found some blooming purple flowers and took the opportunity to capture the glowing natural beauty of our fantastic bride!

 

Our bride Jennifer, has often mentioned to us that at home she is carefree and barefooted! We definitely took that into account and wanted to see her personality shine in her one of a kind bridal session. She kicked off her shoes and just walked into the setting sun with her bridal gown gathered in her arms, playfully looking back at us with each click. It was easy to get our bride Jen to smile, with just a whisper of her fiancé's name it was all smiles!

 

We couldn't conclude this bridal session without, letting the orange twilight gently kiss the trees ! As, the sun set, we let our beautiful bride Jen reflect on her upcoming wedding day, as we captured her in a very relaxed state. This bride and her fiancé was also featured a few weeks earlier in their engagement session that we shot at the Fort Wort Stockyards, check out that blog to show you how IGOR wedding photography creates fine art for all of your wedding moments from start to ending .

Arbor Hills Bridal Session in Plano by Igor and Meaghan!

Did you like this nature bridal session? Love it? Contact us today on how to get a bridal session tailored to you with IGOR wedding photography.

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Kentucky meets Texas, Fort Worth Stockyards Engagement session

 

Our couple Jennifer & Denny met initially at a Fundraiser rugby game in Minnesota, where the bride was participating.

A mutual friend had brought Denny to the game, our bride Jennifer had explained to us that if you didn’t play rugby and came to this event you were treated as an outsider. So initially Jennifer (Bride) treated Denny as such, and wanted nothing to do with him.

He introduced himself, several times over several gatherings and again Jennifer ignored his efforts.

She finally decided, “I’ve given this guy a rough start and a lot of attitude” and wanted to be nice.

One night, he asked if he could take her to the Toby Keith Bar to hang out, it wasn’t an official date yet.

But when she walked out in a little yellow dress and boots, he said “Boy, I was in trouble” they danced all night in fact they were the only ones 2-stepping on the floor.

They decided to see where this new-found interest would take them, they dated long distance for almost a year before deciding to both settle in Texas.

They have been together for almost 5 years now, and Denny’s romantic proposal was in a hot air balloon on the soon to be brides birthday, as they neared landing there was a banner that read will you marry me!

 

We sure are glad Denny was persistent in his efforts with the beautiful Jennifer, we can’t wait to watch you two join as one on April 14th at the beautiful wedding venue Wild Wood Inn in Denton, Texas.

The Engagement session featured with Bride Jennifer and Groom Denny, in Fort Worth, Texas

She mentioned they were both a “little country” with bride being from Kentucky and groom from Texas, so what better way to showcase country love then the famous Fort Worth Stockyards.

Please contact Meaghan or Igor to discuss receiving ,the best Dallas Fort worth wedding photography in Texas for your wedding. we want to give you stunning images for years to last, your love story deserves amazing wedding photographers !

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A Fall Wedding to Remember-Weatherford-Diamond H3 Ranch

You remember the awesome elegant couple (all of our couples are awesome) we wrote about a few weeks ago?

I'll refresh your memory Ellisa is a doctor who occasionally travels to Africa and other countries to help women and children with medical care, and Jason is an architect who also accompanies his now wife to these countries in need to help out as well! Did I mention they are animal lovers and adopt animals too? And of course we are in love with them!

Fine Art Wedding Photography

Well we finally had the highly anticipated wedding day, I am not much a crier well, yes I am ( Igor would probably want me to clarify this is his fiancé writing now lol). Okay I am emotional, but weddings ironically do not usually strike emotion in me since I'm in working mode. But whoa! I had all the feels at this wedding y'all.

The theme spoke to fall! The colors were deep, rich and vibrant. It's hard to get the true feeling of fall in Texas, with our ever so changing weather but our bride nailed it at her wedding. Complete with s'mores, hot cocoa, games for the kids and adults, and tea and blankets to wrap up in with your loved ones.

It is not because we want you to spend all of your money on us (But thank you :) we know that this moment happens once! So we strongly encourage our brides and grooms to opt for video coverage of your wedding day. At IGOR Wedding Photography we have an amazing staff of second wedding photographers and wedding videographers who will ensure you that you will get great coverage and the life's precious moments and stories carefully recorded .

With that being said, I am so very pleased my bride changed her mind and decided to have video coverage because her ceremony couldn't have been more breathtaking. It was not only a joining of two hearts and two lives that day but a whole community. They praised the couple and even sang worship on a hilltop with green pasture views. How's that for wedding goosebumps?

But the wedding day emotions didn't end there, the reception was just as heartfelt. As the maid of honor poured out her love for her best friend and explained to the rest of the guest just what kind of amazing person our bride Ellisa is, and how lucky Jason was to have her.

I can't wait to shoot their anniversary pictures and family to come, again I will say we were fortunate to have this couple choose us to capture this amazing day!

Fall Wedding - Weatherford Wedding Photography Diamond H3 Ranch Wedding by Photographer Igor. Contact us today so we can capture stunning images and video of your most important day, you deserve the best wedding photographer in DFW!

 

 

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The Tynan's Happily Ever After Wedding-Fort Worth Baptist Church

 

Sara & Seth were a couple we met almost a year ago to the date and Bride Sara was set on having a fairy tale theme wedding complete with a dress only fit for a princess!

The wedding ceremony took place at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church, and the bride Sara had revealed to us that the most important moment for us to capture would be her entrance down the aisle and the reaction of her groom, we were pleasantly surprised to see the emotion the groom displayed as he saw his bride for the first time in her beautiful ball gown styled wedding dress. Of course the groom teared up and we loved catching those priceless moments!

We have shot hundreds of weddings, and till this day we are never quite sure what to expect, but Sara was by far our giddiest bride! She smiled the entire time down the aisle and while exchanging her vows! She just couldn't contain her joy, it was awesome to see!

After the ceremony we took the formal group shots while the rest of the party headed to the reception at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek.

The reception was an intimate group of family and friends, we watched a slideshow of Sara & Seth growing up and their love for each other in pictures slide by!

Sara wanted one last image of everyone who attended the wedding so we ended with a wedding party group shot! These are always fun to do and the couple always love to have a photo of everybody!

It's fortunate for us to have met such a lovely couple who now have become not only lifelong clients but dear friends as well.

Let us capture your fairy tale beginning! Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!

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Bridesmaids, Maid of honor, Man of honor, Best woman ..huh?

 

It's about to be 2017 my people! Unfathomable right ? This year has passed so fast with trends coming and going as fast as the man bun did ( it's a thing, google it).

We tell our couples, that the most important thing is how you feel at your wedding, the love, this day, this whole experience is uniquely yours. Don't try to outdo your sister in laws wedding who had the 50 ft gazebo and chocolate fondue fountain if that is something that doesn't speak to you and your groom. At the end of the day, you want the people you love the most, cherish and admire to be surrounding you as you pledge your love to your soon to be partner .

With this being said a new trend ( if you can call it that) has been swapping out the traditional best man for a "best woman", who says gender rules apply here ? Is your sister your other half and she knows what you are thinking before you speak it? That is the person who should be to the left of you as you make a commitment to your forever and always .

Bride, is your best friend the guy who always had your back in elementary, is it your brother or someone who feels like it, or does he just identify more with being part of the bridesmaids then the groomsmen? That's all perfectly okay too! Your wedding, your rules!

We have brides tell us in confidence that everyone in her bridal party was family from the grooms side or friends she had in college and never really clicked with. Don't sabotage your experience, your memories and most of all your pictures with people who don't mean the world to you standing beside you. Because you might have to frame this photo, you might have to put it in your album or worse you might have to return the favor and stand in their wedding to fill a spot.

Bridal party with Man Of Honor at the Avalon Legacy Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Bridal party with Man Of Honor at the Avalon Legacy Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Take a moment to think about people you've shared great times with, even if you haven't talked to them in awhile but you still consider each other friends. Let them know they are still special to you & you could use a good pal to stand next to you on an important day.

Then your next call is to IGOR Photography to capture that important day :)

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Lights Festival Fine Art Bridal session, Grandview, Tx

 

It was another day in our Photography studio located in North Fort Worth, Texas and we were itching to do a bridal shoot! At IGOR Photography we are always trying to do something different whether it is at a wedding, portrait session or an event, just a little out of the box with creativity and our own personal style and editing .

It was while scrolling through social media, when my fiancé and I saw this lights festival coming to the Dallas area. Initially we were going to buy tickets for ourselves, it would make for an interesting date night right? Why not make a date night especially tailored for us, a styled bridal shoot it is!

We headed to our favorite bridal boutique located in Burleson, and found the wedding gown and veil that would complete this mini bridal shoot. Featured below: Enza by Maggie Sottero designs. A wedding dress with layered tulle-train and an embezzled belt to accent the waist. To that we added a beautiful cathedral length wedding veil with crystal edge. What a stunning combination!

Now, let's light the Sky! Our bride Sheridan, was a lovely sight to see. The lanterns weren't the only thing to light the sky that night as many people congratulated her with lighted torches and complimented her beauty, we played with perspective & depth of the many lanterns being set a sail to drift in the night air. It was an amazing fairy tale sight, a beautiful experience!

Technically and logistically this light festival bridal shoot was pretty demanding. We had to carefully set up the right flash lighting to light her up at night without overpowering the glowing light from the lanterns, that was important because we didn't want to kill that beautiful and magically lighted mood. Another even harder challenge was to time the exposures while avoiding capturing to many people walking around the bride. Like photographing a wedding, we had to get it right the first time, we really didn't have time to do any retakes, but with careful planning and execution we got exactly the shot that we had envision, and we had so much fun doing it!

This fine art bridal shoot for IGOR wedding photography, was a great way to capture the essence of what we love to do in a structured setting and on your wedding day, there are endless possibilities.

 

 

 

 

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Generational Lifestyle Family Shoot

IGOR Photography loves weddings! But that is not all we specialize in, along with our wedding photography, we like to shoot high fashion, commercial photography as well as personal lifestyle portrait sessions and fine art generational portraits like the photo featured below! We loved working with the Morrison family.

Young Sara, came to us and asked if for her mother’s birthday she could have a candid lifestyle shoot including her mother and grandmother endearingly nicknamed “Maui” (she was a spunky grandma!). She wanted the shoot to include pastime hobbies that were representative of them! Since mom, Sara, and Maui enjoy making cupcakes they decided to bake some while we were shooting (That was incredibly difficult to shoot and smell the aroma of delicious chocolate cupcakes).

We also took time during this shoot to take some relaxed and natural pictures of the trio !

This session was so much fun and can’t wait to capture them with the whole family during the holidays!

Generational Family Portraits by Photographer Igor

Call Meaghan @ 817-706-9267 today to discuss your next fun portrait session with IGOR Photography

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Botanical Gardens- Mei & Z

 

We met the lovely Siqi Mei & Zhiqi, whom we called 'Mei & Z' when they inquired through email needing pictures immediately because they were getting married in China in less then a few weeks! We were more then happy to fulfill their request and the deadline.

Our bride didn't want a typical engagement session, since she was getting married in China and had been living in Texas for the last 2 years of her life going to school and studying she wanted to capture her life here with her groom. She decided to dawn a gorgeous bridal gown from Pence & Panache and Z wore a suit from Neiman Marcus .

We began with hair and makeup provided by very talented Destinee Seawolf at our Studio in Fort Worth, Texas. Then we headed to the Fort Worth botanic garden, the bride was adamant about having a lush green scenery with pops of color, she chose the perfect location!

At the botanical gardens in Fort Worth we lucked out in the fact they had just finished a wedding ceremony, it provided the white chairs and gazebo covered in flowers and greenery.

Once the sun started setting, our bride got a little bit cold and we thought it was sweet that our groom kept her warm between each location change, he helped her with her coat, and we thought it would be nice to capture these tender moments we finished with the handsome groom catering to his beautiful bride by placing her coat over her shoulders.

We wish Mei & Z a lifetime of happiness, and a wonderful wedding & life In China & congrats on their expecting a child :)

Let IGOR wedding photography capture each special moment, from your graduation, wedding, family gatherings to first child !

 

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Can we say we met at a coffee shop? Online Dating!

 

We are in a new millennium and what was considered the norm is not norm or standard dating practices anymore. At IGOR wedding photography, one of the first questions we ask our couples to get to know them better is "How did you meet?" we love hearing your love stories !

You would be surprised to hear that about 60-70% of our couples met online! It's funny to ask and then they look at each other unsure of whether to tell us the whole truth or not, and I already know what they are going to say! That they met online, it is nothing to be ashamed of or having to come up with some coffee shop story. Online dating done safely of course, is a great way to meet your potential partner and efficiently weed out the bad eggs .

Engagement Photography at the Dallas Arboretum

And if you are one of those couples who met online when you choose us to be apart of your day as your photographers, we will be sharing one more thing in common as well! Igor & Meaghan met online about 2 years ago, fell in love and the rest is his/her story :)

Contact IGOR photography today to discuss how you envision your wedding day captured, tell us your love story however it began , we love to hear it.

817-706-9267 (M)/ 682-233-5367 (I)

Meaghan@Igorphotos.com

Contact@Igorphotos.com

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How to dress for an engagement portrait session

 

Your clothing for the engagement session can either break it or make it. It's not enough to just have the best engagement photographer or perfect lighting, the outcome of your engagement pictures also depends of what you and your partner are wearing. What you wear is going to influence how comfortable you are moving around and how you and your fiancé look together.

Wear comfortably and be comfortable

The first and maybe most important consideration when you choose your clothes for your engagement session is to choose a style that reflects who you are and that makes you comfortable. Don't dress up to much if it's not you, it might make you feel uncomfortable during the photo shoot. It doesn't mean that you have to wear the "sweatpants" that your wear every other day, you want to dress up a little bit, just don't overdo it, be yourself and be comfortable.

Try to avoid to go out the day before the engagement session and buy a new outfit in a rush. Make sure that you have worn the outfit a few times before and that you know what it fits right and that it makes you feel good. The day of the engagement shoot is not a day for experimentation.

Look good on your engagement photos!

The Colors and Patterns

Your garments colors and patterns are very important for how good the engagement picture turn out. Choose colors that are solid and not to bright. Avoid complicated patterns or any letters or symbols on your clothes. The key here is to keep it simple. You don't want to wear any clothing that's competing with the person and drawing attention to the clothes instead of the faces of the engaged couple.

The Shoes and the Accessories

Show Off Your Shoes! This is a piece that's very important. Make sure that the are well polished and/or clean. You can have a perfect outfit, but if they shoes are worn out and ugly, it weal break the look of your engagement pictures.

Great accessories and jewelry can give your outfit a very nice touch and it's a great way to show your style, but don't were to much of it, a nice scarf, shirt cuffs and nice watch can go a long way. Make it personal!

Show Off Your Best Assets

If you have a favorite part of your body, go for it and show it off! Have fun with a shorter skirt and and high heels to show off your beautiful legs. then have your photographer capture the perfect photos that best show your long legs.

We often like to color-match what you are wearing with the background!

Dress for the Location and Time of the year

You want to choose a outfit that won't clash with your surroundings and the "theme" of the engagement shoot, this will make sure that the photos look natural and not strangle staged, and of course dress according to the season and weather, nothing kills a shoot quicker than an engagement couple in t-shirts and mini skirts during a cold windy Dallas winter day, believe me I know!!

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Alcohol & The Wedding

Weddings !

They are one of the most important and by far joyous moments of our lives. At IGOR wedding photography we have had our fair share of nervous brides and grooms. It is important to remember that this day goes by faster than you would expect and we want you too cherish every moment of it!

It is okay for brides/grooms to feel anxious and have those pre-wedding jitters, It is also more than okay, to partake in one glass of champagne, that can ease the nerves (hand your photographer a glass while you're at it ;) , but in our experience it is best to limit yourself to one glass not a bottle, you have the entire night for celebrating and you still have too make it down the aisle and through your wedding portraits in the best shape possible.

I've unfortunately had my share of inebriated brides, but more often it's the groom who has decided to celebrate a little to early!!! And can barely make it through the ceremony and although at IGOR wedding photography we make sure you get Bride & Groom portraits, it can be difficult when the groom is not coherent, the bride is now stressed out and you still have several hours before the reception is over. So try to not start the drinking to early!

It's important to pace yourself with the drinks! Weddings are meant to be fun and most of all memorable, so please go ahead and enjoy a glass or shot before the wedding if that's what you want, just make sure that you hydrate in between, and then have another glass of your favorite beverage when the toast to your marriage begins with friends and family, and then try to wait for the next drink until all wedding activities such as first dance, cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss and portraits of Groom/Bride have occurred. Then enjoy the rest of the night however you please. Even if that means not remembering your wedding night ;)

If you have a groom..or Bride that likes to party like it's 1999 ( r.i.p prince), It might be a good idea, to let guest or the bar know not to serve him/her alcoholic beverages, or tell the bar to make the drinks not as strong, with half the amount of alcohol servings.

And always make sure guest have a designated driver, if you are providing an open bar, or provide them with a place to lay their head for the night.

Let's start a new trend..

#RememberYourWedding

Great party at a Dallas Indian Wedding Reception!

 

 

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Engagement Session in Downtown Fort Worth

This Fort Worth engagement session featured below was a really fun shoot for IGOR wedding Photography, we love when our couples put thought into their outfit choices and really express their style and personality, it really can complete a picture when effort is put into dressing well!

We started at the Trinity Park located in Fort Worth, we’ve shot here several times before, it’s a good choice for anyone who enjoys what nature has to offer, it includes lush greenery with plenty of trees, a pond with ducks & geese, hidden bridges and train tresses. Our engaged couple chose to bring a prop for us to play around with and it added a great touch to their love story!

Our second engagement session location was at a college campus, also located in downtown Fort Worth, known as the TCC Campus, this was a change from the first site, being more urban, with cool water features, an open walkway, architectural structures and scenic views overlooking a bridge. the TCC campus offered us an opportunity to create a more modern and romantic feeling for our engaged couple as the sun began to set with a styled fashion influence.

Please contact IGOR wedding Photography today for a one of a kind Engagement or Anniversary session!

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Bridal Portrait Session at the W Hotel in Dallas

 

I have never shot at the W Hotel before, but while driving in Dallas I had passed this hotel with it's vertical high rising structure and funky, urban features many times before.

This hotel is any photographers dream, or anyone who appreciates cool features like mirrored walls, modern furniture and vibrant up-lighting. This was the perfect location for our fine art bridal sessions!

Our gorgeous bride Julie, featured here had a stunning dress that we really wanted to do justice, as well as capture all of the neat features that W hotel has to provide.

The W hotel has a stairwell, that gives a small ode to Texas with a toy horse & cowboy curtain framing the window in which we got some brilliant natural light.

While waiting for the sunset, we took advantage of the light outside and placed our bride in these cool swinging wicker chairs on W hotel patio area, to capture her natural beauty as well as some detail shots, such as her beautiful shoes.

As the sun started to lower in the sky, we decided too take a ride in the elevator to a level they called 'Altitude' once reaching the floor, I understood why, we were at least 30 stories high and the wind was howling.

Greeted with cloud covered walls, we moved outside to see a blue infinity pool. The winds were probably at their highest this day but Igor Wedding Photography sought this only as a creative challenge, to produce some true Fine Art Images.

Our Bride Julie, mentioned the 33rd floor. We once again got on the elevator, after arriving on the 33rd floor, Julie relayed that this is where she was having her wedding reception. The walls are textured metallic mirrors, and is like a swanky, luxurious club, but the real standout of this room is when you transition to outside, with amazing panoramic views of downtown Dallas.

We choose this area to give our Bride Julie some stunning Bridal Imagery of her dress and encapsulate the scenery of downtown Dallas.

As we were leaving and saying our farewells, the Photographer in me never stops my eyes from wondering to top what I just created, after seeing that I was surrounded by floor to ceiling mirrors, I asked my bride to just look at herself & admire her own beauty in the ceiling mirrors, to create a last look to wrap up this session.

 

If you would like to experience Igor Wedding Photography, and create one of a kind Fine Art Photos, please contact us right now to book your Bridal ,Engagement, Boudoir or Wedding photography today.

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An Indian Wedding at Southfork Ranch

 

We love to shoot Indian weddings in Dallas, and this Indian (Hindu) wedding in particular was one for the ages. Indian weddings usually last several days, they have a lot of guests, they incorporate a lot of traditions and rituals, and most importantly they are a lot of fun, with an abundance of colorful clothing, decorations, plenty of food and with much joy, singing and dancing. Weddings are one the most important celebrations in Indian culture, and they know how to celebrate it in grand style.

Rachna and Prasad's Hindu Wedding Event lasted 3 full days!

I'm here trying to briefly explain how this Indian wedding was celebrated, not all Indian weddings have the exact same rituals and traditions, and I'm sure I have forgotten some parts of it, but this is how essentially most Hindu weddings unfold.

Day one: The Pithi and Mehndi Ceremony, at Noah's Event Venue in Las Colinas, Irving.

First on day one was the Pithi ceremony for Rachna, the beautiful Indian bride.
It's a cleansing ceremony, generally held one or two days before the wedding, in which the bride and groom are rubbed with turmeric paste in a beautification process.
It's a celebration of love and happiness for the one's who are being married where the relatives come and prepare for the ceremony. The Pithi ceremony indicates that now the girl or boy has entered into adulthood and is ready for the marriage. The groom also has a well-planned Pithi ceremony, but in this case we only covered the Rachna's Pithi.

After the Pithi ceremony they started the Mehndi part of the ceremony, which is a casual event where henna paste ("Henna Tattoo") is placed on the guests, family and the bridal parties hands/feet in intricate patterns. Mehndi is one of the sixteen adornments of the bride,  it's a women's function, which takes place a midst musical beats of Dholak, with women singing traditional songs for a prosperous marital life of the bride.

After the ceremony they had dinner and social mingling with the guests.

 

Day Two: The Ceremony for the bride's family at the SLPS Community Center in Irving.

This was a full day of rituals, ceremony and gift giving in front of more than 800 guests. Including the Mayara, also called the ‘Maternal Uncle’s Ceremony,’ , where the uncle brought gifts for the mothers of both the bride and the groom, including the dresses and jewelry they where wearing at the wedding day.” This is also the first time during the 3 days that the groom and bride saw each other. There was also a large buffet dinner after the rituals and a lot of social mingling.
 

Day Three: The Indian wedding Ceremony (Vivaah Sanskar), at Southfork Ranch in Parker.

The Indian culture celebrates marriage as a sacrament (Sanskara), a rite enabling two individuals to start their journey in life together.

In order to best understand an Indian (in this case a Hindu) wedding ceremony is to think about it as a romantic story where the bride and groom arrive separately and meet and fall in love. The traditional host for the wedding ceremony are the bride's parents. The groom and his family are the guests arriving. The ceremony shows the transition for the Bride and the Groom, from the first stage of their lives, to their second stage of their lives as a married couple. Indian weddings are also about two families being brought together socially, with as much emphasis placed on the families coming closer as the married couple.

 

This is how this wedding day unfolded:

Baarat (The Groom's Processional):
Prasad, the groom arrives at the venue in a car with a lot of dancing and cheering from the guests and family members.

Ponkvu:
Bride's mother receives the groom and performs a traditional puja to offer her blessing. She will place a clay pot on the ground during the Baraat for the groom to step on and break, This will assess his strength before he takes the brides hand in marriage, this is an important symbolic part.

Jaimala, the Pre-Wedding Garland Ceremony:                                                                          Bride and groom exchanges garlands as he arrives. The Families lift up the bride and the groom on their shoulders. The groom is lifted higher than the bride to show that the bride cannot take the groom from his friends and family.

Madhuparka:                                                                                                                                 The groom Prasad walks then with Rachna's mother to where the ceremony is to be held (the Mandap). His feet are then washed and the bride's brothers and sisters then tries to steal his shoes, if they succeed, the groom must then offer money to get them back. This was a wild part of the day, they really tried to steal his shoes, it's no joke!
The groom went to sit on the stage until the brides arrived.

Kanya Agamana:                                                                                                                                The bride Rachna is then walked down the aisle with her uncle, with one flower girl and no bridesmaids. She then sits across from the groom with a sheet (the Antarpaat) in between so they can't see each other. Once the sheet is lowered, family members started trowing flowers at them in celebration. The couple them exchanged garlands for a second time, this time at equal level.

Madhupak:
The bride’s father now offered the groom yogurt and honey as the expression of welcome and respect.

Kanyadaan:                                                                                                                                         The Brides father now performed the Kanyadaan by tying the hands of the couple together in a marital knot (the Hast Melap) he ties a marital knot between the bride and the groom. With this gesture, the father of the bride is giving away his daughter to the groom.

Mangalphera:
The couple then walks around the fire four times in a clockwise direction representing four goals in life: Dharma, religious and moral duties; Artha, prosperity; Kama, earthly pleasures; Moksha, spiritual salvation and liberation. The bride leads first, signifying her determination to stand first beside her husband in all happiness and sorrow.

Then the Groom tied the Mangal Sutra (beaded necklace) around the bride's neck, after that the Bride with the groom's help touched 7 betel nuts with her feet.
The groom then applied a small dot of vermilion, a red powder (Sindhoor), to the bride’s forehead and welcomed her as his partner for life. They are now a married couple!
Then the married couple went to the front of the stage to bow to family and friends to get their blessings.

The rest of the day was more like a traditional American wedding day, they had the family photos taken, that took some time since it was a large family.
After that they couple went to clean and change clothes while the guest and family had a casual cocktail hour with games for the guests to play, by the famous Southfork Ranch Mansion (from the TV soup opera Dallas).

After the cocktail hour the wedding reception started with speeches, entertainment, cake cutting and a lot of dancing and singing.

This was certainly a wedding to remember! Contact us today if you are getting married and need stunning wedding photography coverage!

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Once Upon A Tynan: Trinity Park Engagement Session

 

"A Fairy Tale Engagement Photo Session"
We too believe in Happily ever afters and Fairy tale endings!

Trinity Park Engagement Photography

Our bride Sara and our Groom Seth were so much fun to work with, when planning for her engagement shoot, she asked for somewhere woodsy, possibly with bridges, to go along with their Fairy Tale wedding theme.
She decided on Trinity Park for her engagement session location, and it was a perfect location! Trinity Park is located in Fort worth conveniently near the Botanical Gardens, it provides an array of backdrops from the large overgrown, winding trees, to charming bridges, a duck pond and a great view of the Downtown skyline.


Sara & Seth stay true to their faith and had us incorporate pictures with her grandmothers bible and her and her groom in prayer. We love to stay true to what captures you as a couple in your natural state.


At Igor Wedding Photography, engagement sessions are a way for us to really connect to our clients and express their love through our creative Imagery, every once awhile we let Sara see what we were capturing and her words were "Oh my, that is like right out of a movie"!  They were really open to different Ideas and even climbing trees to allow us to be creative .


Contact Igor Wedding Photography today and let us capture your "Happily Ever After Love story"!


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