Traditional Indian Engagement Party in Stokesdale, NC

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Nick and Jessica celebrate with family and friends at Stonefield Vineyards in Stokesdale, NC. This Traditional Indian Engagement Party honored Jessica’s heritage and brought together two beautiful families with very different cultural backgrounds.

Jessica and Nick are one of the cutest couples we have ever met! They currently live in California, but have family here in North Carolina and scattered around the Southeast. When they recently became engaged, it was important for them to include their families in their wedding celebrations. While their wedding will be this summer in LA, they decided to honor Jessica’s Indian heritage and have a traditional engagement party at Stonefield Cellars in Stokesdale, NC. This celebration is the time when both of the couple’s families can meet and get to know one another before the wedding. 

When Jessica reached out to us, she was looking for photographers to capture some photos of her and Nick in their traditional Indian clothing. They also wanted some photos of their families before the party. She told us she was hoping for a photographer to capture images with vibrant and true tones. We scheduled a call and after talking with Jessica, we knew we would be a great fit! During our consultation, Jessica talked with us about the photos she really wanted. There were special moments that she hoped to capture. She also had some ideas she had for some creative shots. We came up with a timeline that worked with the beautiful November sunset and the rest of the party plans. 

Culture, Tradition, and Legacy

We loved learning more about these beautiful traditions from Jessica and her family! She explained that after a couple gets engaged it is traditional for the groom’s family to meet the bride’s family by throwing an engagement party. Jessica dressed in a beautiful sari. She had the idea of using the pallu (the long part of the sari) similar to a wedding veil for that signature photo you will see below. She also got beautiful mehndi for the party that incorporated locations that were very special to her and Nick. Nick wore a kurta, the men’s garment. This was the first time Nick’s family had dressed in Indian clothes. Everyone looked amazing!

We loved witnessing the two families meet for the first time. At the end of the party, the elder women of the families, including Jessica’s grandmother, bestowed upon her a Hindu blessing to mark this momentous occasion, and wish the couple well as they embark upon this exciting new chapter of their life together. They were also given new clothes and fruit as part of the ceremony. 

This was such a special occasion and we were so fortunate to be able to capture it for Jessica and Nick! We wish them the absolute best and cannot wait to see their wedding photos!

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Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.

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In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.

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Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

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