Posts with tag: "indian weddings"
Thursday, January 11, 2018
By Photographers in MD - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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Hooooraaaaaay! The 2017 "People Love Us On Yelp" award is out, and our photography studio is an award-winner for the second year running! Nothing warms our heart more than having the honor of creating gorgeous portrait photography of babies, families, couples, and individuals, and having amazing, wonderful clients who are nothing short of ravingly joyous about their experience with our photography studio. Thanks to each and every one of you who took a few moments from your busy schedule to share your thoughts online with others this past year!

Thursday, October 08, 2015
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Arlington, VA Indian Weddings Photographer
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As a wedding photographer, I have always loved Indian weddings, since the first one that I photographed several years ago; shall I count the ways?


I love color, and Indian weddings are awash with bright, vibrant, colorful clothing, adorned by bride, groom, and guests.


I love being immersed in other cultures. Since my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa to my pre-wedding photographer years working in international development, foreign cultures have always fascinated me. I’ve often thought that I would have enjoyed being an anthropologist or a linguist, and Indian wedding ceremonies are nothing if not full of ritual and tradition.


Indian weddings are high in energy, from baraat (the pre-ceremony processional of the groom’s family escorting the groom to meet the bride’s family) to ceremony to reception, which often include traditional Indian song and dance performances by friends and family.


And so I loved photographing Devaki & Hari’s Indian wedding, held beneath the tall Atrium of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.


It was Hari’s brother, Pardha, who originally found us through Angie’s List.


“I’ve done some amateur photography,” Pardha said. “I was looking at wedding photographers‘ portfolios, and your composition and lighting were very appealing.“


And when I met Pardha and Hari & Devaki and learned that the wedding photography for his little brother’s wedding was Pardha’s wedding gift to them, I thought how sweet and supportive that was. Hari & Devaki had met online on an Indian dating website. They excitedly spoke of their plans for the wedding, and I was easily caught up in their excitement. And then finally, the summer months arrived and soon, their wedding day!


The event design team of Nivanjoli, under the guiding eye of Prabha Bhambri, assembled the beautiful pink, yellow, and orange-draped mandap upon which the Hindu wedding ceremony would take place. Outdoors, lines of origami birds lovingly folded by the bride and boasting the name and table designation of each guest peacefully waved in the summer breeze. After the cocktail hour, when the bride & groom reappeared in their reception attire, rows of guests stood by to welcome them, throwing yellow flower petals as they re-entered the Atrium. And soon, the Atrium filled with melodies of Indian music performed by talented singers, and then, the energy rose yet more with a circle of dancers. After loving (and humorous) toasts, a delectable buffet by Fairfax’s Bollywood Bistro opened, followed by the mother of the bride taking the stage to announce the opening of the dance floor to the crowd. Seconds later, 50 people were on the dance floor, moving rhythmically to the beats of Bialek’s Music’s DJ David Grimm, who even strapped his drum across his shoulder (as he did during the baraat) to add his own deep beats to the music. It was a day and night to remember, full of happiness and love. Congratulations to this newlywed couple!


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Friday, March 29, 2013
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, South Asian Wedding Photographers in VA
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On Dhaval & Reetika’s wedding day, a stately Sikh ceremony graced the morning, while a beautiful Hindu ceremony took place in the afternoon, culminating in a gorgeously lavish evening reception at the Waterford in Arlington, Virginia. Congratulations to this happy couple!


Scroll down to the end of the post for information on the South Asian wedding professionals that made this special day an event to remember!

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Wedding Vendors


Ceremony & Reception Decor: Liz Decorations

Sikh Ceremony Venue: Sikh Foundation of Virginia

Hindu Wedding & Reception Venue: Waterford Receptions

Makeup Artist: Mala Amin

DJ: JP Entertainment

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
By Irene Abdou Photography, LLC, Indian Weddings Photographer in Northern Virginia
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Another of our wedding couples has been published today, this time in South Asian Bride Magazine.  Click on the link to view the full feature of Ami + Kunal’s DC Indian wedding at the Westin Alexandria in northern Virginia.  Wedding florals & design by Partyland Flowers & Event Decor, food by Chowpatty Catering, and wedding cake by Catherine Dunn.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Kuni and Ami’s magnificently beautiful Indian wedding at the Westin Alexandria Hotel near Arlington, Virginia burst with color, culture, and heartfelt emotion. From the vidhi ceremony on the first day of this 3-day Gujarati wedding, when female relatives converged on bride & groom to paint bare skin with stroke after stroke of a yellow turmeric-sandalwood-saffron paste… to the parade of women, with traditional Indian “pots” atop their heads… to the groom’s processional on the day of the Indian wedding ceremony, groom carried on the shoulders of two men… to the groom approaching the bride’s mother as she reaches out to apply red “tilak” to his forehead… to bride & groom, seated on the mandap, hands clasped… to the women who approach the newlywed couple to hug the bride and pinch the nose of the groom… to the elephant adorning the 3-tiered wedding cake… to the elaborate, sumptuous decor of both wedding ceremony and reception… to tears mingled with toasts… and to the joy of dance and celebration, this is one wedding that is truly unforgettable. Many congratulations to the happy couple, and many thanks to the groom for writing a heartfelt review of our Arlington Indian wedding photography services on Wedding Wire! I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity to photograph you and to have taken part in your special day!


"My wife and I had a three (3) day traditional Indian wedding. Irene Abdou Photography was very professional throughout the entire process. She timely appeared at the events, and even prepared a photography slideshow for the reception. Compared to my past dealings with other Arlington wedding photographers, Irene is truly a “professional” photographer. In regards to her pictures, they were absolutely amazing. After the slideshow, several of the guests commented on how wonderful the photographs looked. Now, almost a month after the wedding, guests are still commenting on the wedding pictures. We could not have asked for anything better. She was able to catch the excitement of the wedding in a very artistic manner. However, the most amazing thing was that despite being horribly un-photogenic, she was able to take wedding pictures that make me look good. Overall, I would strongly recommend Irene Abdou Photography and intend to call her when my younger siblings get married." –Kunal Mirchandani, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Also scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of wedding professionals involved in making this wedding an amazing success!


Many of our clients feel "horribly unphotogenic," and when I begin working with them, I find that all they really needed was a professional wedding photographer who could make them feel comfortable and relaxed.

Wedding Professionals


Wedding Photographer: Irene Abdou Photography, Clarksburg, Maryland
Serving the Washington DC metro area, including Arlington, Annapolis, and Washington DC, as well as destinations worldwide


Wedding Venue: Westin Alexandria Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia


Floral & Event Design/Decor: Partyland Flowers & Events, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Specializing in modern Indian wedding decor, Persian weddings, Muslim weddings, South Asian weddings, and Jewish weddings


Wedding Cake: Catherine Dunn

Wedding DJ: Minakshi Entertainment, Maryland

Wedding Caterer: Chowpatti Catering

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