September 19, 2011

Sam & Sana’s Destination Ismaili Pakistani Indian Wedding | Day 1 Mehndi Party | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South

Indian Wedding Wedding

This is Day 1’s events of this beautiful South Asian Wedding, you can jump ahead to Day 2’s Haldi Ceremony & Temple Ceremony or Day 3’s Ceremony & Reception at Zyka by following the highlighted links.

A couple of weeks ago Betty and I had the pleasure of being part of Shamz and Sana’s big day… or should I say their big three days? We had a lot of fun each and every day of this Ismaili Pakistani-Indian wedding which was a beautiful union of two people who deeply love each other. Atlanta doesn’t sound like much of a destination, compared to say Paris or Hawaii, but both our bride and groom live out of state and were planning this wedding remotely to take place in Atlanta where the majority of Sam’s family lives. The festivities started off on the first day at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South where the bride and groom were staying for their destination wedding.

Applying Henna to Hands | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Beautiful Indian Bride | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Indian Wedding Food | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Mmmm the food!! Just editing this wedding made me hungry and I wouldn’t be lying if I didn’t say that I made Betty go out to eat Indian food last week since I was craving it so much!! =)

Groom & Nephew | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Youngest Guest | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Mother of the Groom | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Day 1 was the Mehndi and Henna party where the family first gathered together to catch up, eat some great food, and dance a bit. The atmosphere was upbeat and joyous with everyone having a great time seeing each other and enjoying the company.

Bride & Groom | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Groom & Guest | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Groom & Guests | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Bride's Henna Mehndi Party | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Groom & Guests | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

I was also shooting video on this day and the other two days, and being a videographer especially at an Indian wedding is always a challenge with so many photogenic moments throughout the days! From the bright colors of the sarees and kurtas to the intricate henna artwork on the bride and guest’s hands, you simply cannot put down your camera for one moment! And I love that!!

Bride & Groom | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Bride's Henna Hands | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Bride's Henna Hands | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Mehndi Party | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

Mehndi Party | Shamz & Sana's Wedding Day 1 | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Indian Photographer

That about wraps up Day 1 of Sam and Sana’s Indian wedding. Day 1 is a rather short day in comparison to the events that unfold in day 2 and day 3 where more rituals and the actual ceremony happens. Check back on the blog tomorrow for more fun images from this amazing wedding!!

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Indian Wedding Photography Equipment List (B&H Affiliate Links)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L VR (For Videography)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L
Canon Speedlite 580 EX II
Tiffen Steadicam Merlin (For Videography)

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Zachary Long and Betty Feng are Atlanta Wedding Photographers and love the frequent opportunities we have to photograph Indian and Southeast Asia weddings. View our main wedding portfolio at http://www.FengLongPhoto.com/ and use the Contact page to check our 2011 and 2012 wedding availability or send us an email directly to Zac@FengLongPhoto.com

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