Gig Harbor Ocean View Wedding
I had so much fun shooting this beautiful Gig Harbor ocean view wedding! Their family member’s backyard overlooked the dreamy shoreline of Henderson Bay in Puget Sound and Kopachuck State Park.
First of all, Carson had a parade accompany him to meet his bride. Wow! Is that awesome or what? This Hindu tradition is known as the Baraat. So he rode in the back of a friend’s truck. As a result, he was followed with music and dancing surrounded by family and friends. They did it right and had a great time!
Carson’s nephews formed quite the band. I see an album cover here.
Vinisha was a stunning bride. She was walked down the aisle by her sister. I love the colors in their dresses. Vinisha wore a lehenga, which is a new style of the saree introduced in India. Lehengas are three piece suits. The bottom garment is the lehenga and the top piece is called choli or blouse. Finally there is 2.5 yards dupatta that is draped. This lehenga gives this bride a gorgeous look while maintaining a nice balance of traditional and contemporary styles.
Another neat tradition is the bride’s parents blessing of the groom, also the lighting of a unity candle.
Like most grooms, Carson had a little trouble getting the ring onto Vinisha’s finger. It’s never easy to put someone else’s ring on their finger, because the rings should fit nice and snug. You don’t want it coming off while you’re at the beach!
After the ceremony we got back in the truck that Carson came in on and snapped a couple pictures while Vinisha’s sister and husband goofed around in the background. Notice that her brother-in-law is wielding a sword.
Next we took a short drive to Kopachuck State Park to take a few creative shots of the newlyweds before heading back to the reception. I went to the park beforehand to scout the best places to take pictures and to pay the park fee.
Finally we went back to the house so the bride and groom could enjoy their reception. I have to say this was probably one of the best speeches I’ve heard from the father of the groom. He described the couple meeting on the subway for the first time in three ways: how the groom remembers it, how the bride remembers it, and his own version. Carson’s dad was hysterical.