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Priya & Zaid

September 10, 2013

 

Priya was in the bridal suite getting ready when we heard Zaid’s voice just outside the door.

“Babe, how are you doing?”

Priya replied, “I’m good, Hun. Why don’t you come in? I’m not even finished getting ready yet.”

From within the door, I could see Zaid turn his head and shield his eyes from the possibility of seeing his girl before her walk down the aisle. “No, he said. I’ll wait for you.”

Zaid’s reaction, much like their entire wedding day, was so precious. I have to admit, I was nervous before this wedding. Zaid and Priya’s families come from two very different cultures and had family flying in from all over the world for their wedding. I was placed outside of my comfort zone in the best possible way. Priya, Zaid, and they’re families were so loving and welcoming the entire weekend. The traditions they observed throughout their day from the attire to the ceremony, the food to the dancing were a true reflection of the importance of heritage and family to this beautiful couple.

Nikki Santerre_Priya & Zaid_001Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0003 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0004 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0005 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0006Priya took everyone’s breath away on Saturday. She was radiant with bridal glow. And her spirit? If possible, she has an even more beautiful heart. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0007 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0008 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0009 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0010 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0011Priya and Zaid chose Apple Blossom Plantation because they wanted a location where their friends and family could join together for the entire weekend. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0012 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0013 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0014 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0015 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0016I loved these gold lanterns, especially in the evening when they were all glowing. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0017 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0018 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0019 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0020 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0021 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0022 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0023 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0024 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0025Priya’s wedding sari was brought from India by her Mama. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0026 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0027 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0028I love this tradition. Before Priya walked down the aisle, her uncles came to the bridal suite to place these bangles on her wrist. They signify that she is a newly married woman, and she isn’t to take them off for a week. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as her uncles told her even though she is a married woman, she is never alone in this world, because she will always have her family standing behind her waiting to catch her if she falls. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0029 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0030 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0031 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0032 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0033 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0034 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0035 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0036The moment Zaid had been waiting for all day! Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0037 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0038 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0039 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0040 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0041 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0042Priya and Zaid did a honey tasting ceremony, a reminder to savor the sweetness of life. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0043Flower toss during the recessional…love! Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0044 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0045 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0046 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0047Her Henna was insanely beautiful!Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0048 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0049 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0050New favorite groomsman shot. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0051 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0052 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0053Marriage sure looks handsome on you, Zaid! Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0054 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0055 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0056 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0057 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0058 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0059 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0060 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0061 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0062 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0063 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0064 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0065 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0066 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0067 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0068Favorites. Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0069 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0070 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0071 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0072 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0073 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0074 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0075 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0076 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0077Their reception was one of the most fun I have every attended! EVERYONE was on their feet dancing, the room was joy in motion! Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0078 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0079 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0080 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0081…and then they busted out a choreographed dance! Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0082 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0083 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0084 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0085 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0086 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0087 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0088 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0089 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0090 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0091 Nikki Santerre Photography_Priya & Zaid_Apple Blossom Plantation_Cultural Wedding_0092Venue: Apple Blossom Plantation

Hair and makeup: Jennifer Saunders, MUA

Second Shooter (SHE WAS THE SWEETEST EVER DURING THIS ENTIRE EVENT!): Kimberly Florence Photography 

Catering: Sticks

Tradition wedding attire from India

  1. Nikki!! You and Kimberly did amazing!!!Oh my goodness!! These photos are absolutely stunning!! Congrats to Ziad and Priya!! Thanks for letting me be a part of this day!! I hope to work with you again soon! Love this venue to!!!

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