One of the best parts of our job is encountering and learning about new cultures. When we had the chance to photograph an Indian wedding, we jumped at the chance! Sheena and Eric got married over Labor Day weekend at the Darbe Mehr Zoroastrian Temple in Pomona, NY and we had so much fun with them and their families! The colors, the food, the music, and the people made for a perfect night. Sheena and Eric had a more Western ceremony and reception in Atlanta last month and this was their Indian reception. Let’s get to the photos!
Sheena wore a beautiful white sari for her Darbe Mehr wedding and she and her new cousins looked stunning!
Eric and his family got ready at the Darbe Mehr before the party.
The happy couple before the evening began!
The Darbe Mehr is a brand new facility and is absolutely awesome. The temple was funded largely through donations by its members and they’ve ended up with a great venue.
Darbe Mehr means “Fire Temple” in Persian and fire and pure water are the agents of spiritual purity in Zoroastrianism. Temples are built to house sacred fires.
Sheena and Eric had set up some great decorations and favors to go along with the Temple.
Eric’s mother blessed the couple before two priests did the same.
Time for their first dance!
Eric’s mother put together a surprise for the couple to kick off the party. She had friends and cousins get up and surround the couple while the DJ switched music to something much more upbeat. Sheena and Eric were caught completely off-guard, as you can see from their expressions!
Several very touching toasts followed from Eric’s parents, Eric’s best friends, and the couple themselves.
Needless to say, with an Indian wedding comes spectacular food!
Eric stole the first forkful…
Sheena’s grandmother came all the way from the Middle East to celebrate. She was at the Darbe Mehr last week, she was in Atlanta last month, and she was in India in December when these two had an engagement party!
The rest of the evening was spent on the dance floor with everyone enjoying the music and the company!
A family portrait to end the evening.
Congrats again, Sheena and Eric! It was a pleasure being there on your big day and an honor to meet your families and be part of the festivities.
– Stellar Year Photograpy