Thank you for coming back to check out the second post from Cybil + Ambika’s amazing wedding week. I really am trying my best not to inundate you with too many photos — I just have too many favorites from this wedding that it’s hard to hold back. If you missed yesterday’s post go ahead and start there (just trust me on this) and then head on back here to see glimpses of their Christian wedding ceremony and reception.

part v: Christian ceremony

Something I so value about multi-day weddings is how much more in depth I’m able to witness the relationships that matter to my brides and grooms. By the time we got to Saturday it was my third day documenting their families and friendships and of course their Great Dane, Moco. I love that. I love that I love that I love that. I love that I can tell you all of their parents and siblings names because that’s how much time I spent with all of them. Sign me up for all the multi-day weddings, please and thank you. Right now as I prep this post I’m getting all the feels looking at the photos of Ambika’s mom, Bala, helping her get ready — particularly the portrait of them looking out the window together. Literally every time I scroll to that photo my eyes tear up. Juniper and I are soooooooo taking that photo on her wedding day now hahaha. Okay and then there is a photo of Cybil’s mom and dad helping him get ready and Daizy looks up at the camera with that proud momma smile and it just slayyyyyyys me (great capture on that one to my trusty little bro and second shooter, Jacob).  Okay, I’ll stop giving play-by-play commentary now (but I might have to pick back up mid-post, I might not be able to contain myself). AND THEN THERE’S CYBIL’S FACE DURING THE FIRST LOOK OK OK OK OK I’M DONE I’M DONE.

ASIDE: I’m going to tell you the following two facts and then you’ll read them and go yeahyeahyeahcoolcoolcool then when you get to the pictures you’re not going to believe me but it’s TRUE. A friend of Ambika’s made her gorgeous veil and another friend STRAIGHT UP MADE the stained glass ceremony backdrop. STAINED GLASS. I’m going to link to all the vendors again at the bottom of this post too but I just had to tell y’all at the beginning because I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how talented their friends are.

Okay, on to the photos now, I say!

Below Cybil and Ambika are raving to their maid of honor, Melissa, about how beautiful the stained glass she made was for their ceremony is. GUYS, SHE MAAAAADE IT!!!!

Cybil and Ambika wanted to exchange personalized vows in a more private, intimate setting so they shared those after the ceremony, just the two of them.

part VI: reception

It was outfit change then so many heartfelt (and oftentimes hilarious) toasts followed by dancing galore. I am so especially tickled remembering Cybil’s sister, Sharon’s, toast and where she called out Cybil being their mom’s favorite child based off of what was cooked for each of them when they visited home. Daizy’s reaction below was all of us.

Ambika + Cybil, I’m genuinely so sad to be writing the ending to this post because I honestly just like having reasons to reminisce on what a wonderful wedding y’all gave me the gift of being invited into to document. Thank you for this honor and trust. I definitely do not take it for granted. What a privilege to document these moments for y’all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Also — BECAUSE MY LITTLE BROTHERS BOTH TELL ME THAT NO ONE LOOKS AT BLOGS ANYMORE BECAUSE IT’S TOO HARD TO LEAVE INSTAGRAM APPARENTLY (“I want to roll my eyes right now, but the doctor says that if I keep doing it, my ocular muscles might spasm and eject my eyeballs.” – Liz Lemon) — thank you to anyone who went to the great effort of actually looking at this full post. I keep blogging in this Instagram world because I truly believe this is how my work is best viewed. I care about the story. All of it. Not just the single images that will be received best on Instagram. And maybe that makes me old. My brothers tell me it does. They ALSO told me I might as well look up websites in the yellow pages when I try to find things on Google instead of Instagram . . . well, one of them told me that and the other one didn’t know what the yellow pages even were. So.

Vendors:

Wedding coordinator: Electric Karma

Venue: CityPlace Marriott Springwoods Village

Ceremony backdrop: Melissa Graham

Catering: Bombay Brasserie

Cake: Who Made the Cake

DJ: Desi Junction

Reception Decor: Dream Decors

Video: A&A

Bridal Hair and Make-up: Blush and Glow

Henna: Paisley and Swirls

Bridal Veil: L. Viola-Vu

Wedding party hair and make-up: Makeup by Shazia

Welcome into a small portion of Cybil + Ambika’s wedding week in Houston, Texas earlier this year. They got married in late February, right before so much about all our lives changed, so it’s especially interesting to look back on this wedding week full of so many people gathered together from all over the world to share in such a joyous celebration as Cybil and Ambika joined together as family. I’ve chosen to break the wedding up into two separate blog posts since I’ll be attempting to share three days worth of wedding festivities with y’all. So buckle your seatbelts. (That felt like a real “mom” thing to type. But it’s who I am so who am I kidding?) Here we go.

part I: Haldi

Ambika’s family (and friends-like-family) from around the world filled her parents’ living room to kick off the wedding week with a lot of tumeric and a lot of love.

part II: mehendi

That same evening it was time for henna and jaggo! See if you can find Cybil’s name hidden in Ambika’s henna (hint: it’s on the inside of her palm) done by Paisleys and Swirls.

part III: Hindu ceremony

Two first looks (a tear-filled one between Cybil and Ambika and then a second surprise one between Cybil and his pockets hahaha), BARAAT (which is basically like an epic, super-fun people parade of music and dancing to kick off the ceremony — so many GIFS I’m obsessed with from this part of the day) and their first wedding ceremony.

p.s. I always love looking at/documenting the bride and grooms’ family member’s faces on wedding days — there’s so much story/emotion there that I’m delighted by as I look back through these.

part IV: Utsav

Friends and family members perform choreographed dances (like, really good ones) and then it’s dance party central the rest of the night.

Come back next week to view some photos from the final day of Ambika + Cybil’s wedding weekend!

Wedding coordinator: Electric Karma

Venue: CityPlace Marriott Springwoods Village

Catering: Dawaat

DJ: Desi Junction

Decor: Dream Decors

Video: A&A

Bridal Hair and Make-up: Blush and Glow

Wedding party hair and make-up: Makeup by Shazia

Aren’t we all waiting on something right now? Perhaps especially right now we’re all linked in waiting in the midst of this pandemic we currently find ourselves swept up in. We’re waiting and we don’t know for how long. In light of this it just felt like the appropriate season in which to share some photos of a family that has waited a long time for the relief of bringing their third child home. I feel the wait in these photos. I felt the wait while taking these photos. I also am highly aware of the distinct resilience and strength present in this family that came from much waiting, much loss, much grief and much persevering.

And I felt their distinct joy that came after too.

Although your waiting might be quite different than their waiting (or perhaps for some of you, quite similar), my hope is that you can be encouraged in whatever your wait is as well.

 in-home momma + baby mini session

Erin + Kevin were married in their very own neighborhood, surrounded by their nearest and dearest — friends, family and friends-like-family as well as their precious, flower-clad pup. I loved every single part of this day, not least of all the two people who were the reason for it all.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their Cliff House Dallas wedding, which started off with getting ready at the Renaissance Hotel and a whole lot of flower girl-ring bearer shenanigans in the bridal suite.

My trusty brother Jacob second shot this wedding day with me and I particularly enjoy the groom portraits he took of Kevin before they headed over to Cliff House.

When your friends react to your wedding look like this you know you’re doing something right.

And we’ll end on THAT BEYOND ADORABLE NOTE. Thank you for checking out the blogpost. Erin and Kevin, thank you a million and 87 times for choosing me to document this day for y’all. It was such a joy to be there and witness your love for each other.

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