February 15, 2021
Sarah and Saumya’s multicultural Orange County wedding was an epic celebration of family, love, and tradition. Making sure that both their families felt represented and welcome in the celebration was very important to them, and their gorgeous Richard Nixon Library wedding achieved just that! The hybrid Indian/Western wedding day included not one, but TWO ceremonies. Their Hindu ceremony in the venue’s rose garden was followed by a Christian ceremony in the stately East Room. Not to mention two first looks, two opportunities for family portraits, and two cocktail hours for guests! The evening ended with one fantastic reception for close to 400 guests!
After meeting at an MD / PhD party at Emory, Sarah and Saumya became good friends before they started to date. Three and a half years later, Saumya took Sarah on a stroll through Emory’s campus, back to the park where they had their first date, and proposed! His sister hid in the bushes and captured the moment on camera.
A plum and gold color scheme added to the vibrancy of the day. This stunning invitation suite set the tone for the sangeet and wedding festivities.
Sarah’s mom helped her get ready for the day. Nearby, Saumya put the finishing touches on his outfit.
I always strive to find quiet, private spaces for first looks so that my couples can soak up the moment uninterrupted. The emotions during a first look are so raw and I love being able to capture sweet moments like this for my couples!
Going into this wedding, I knew it would be the last before my world changed. At the time, I was 7.5 months pregnant — just 6 weeks away from becoming a mom! Looking back — and knowing that this was also my last wedding before the whole world changed — makes this day extra meaningful. I’m so happy that Sarah and Saumya’s families were able to gather together for such an important day.
Their Hindu ceremony took place outside in the Nixon Library’s First Lady’s Rose Garden. Eucalyptus and purple and cream florals adorned their mandap.
I am always blown away by the gorgeous attire at Indian weddings! I love seeing all the color and vibrant patterns! Ceremony programs thoughtfully outlined the order of events, and explained the traditional Hindu elements for friends and family.
While guests enjoyed appetizers, Sarah and Saumya changed outfits and got ready for a second first look. This Yorba Linda wedding venue is super photogenic — just like these too! Sarah’s combo of white wedding gown with henna-covered hands beautifully blended their cultures!
Sarah and Saumya walked down the aisle for a second time, and the mood was just as joyous!
Family was at the core of this multicultural wedding day. We built in time to capture these timeless family formals.
The venue’s East Room was such an elegant location for their reception! Tables featured gold chairs and a mixture of high / low centerpieces. Sarah and Saumya dined at a sweetheart table.
Planning & Design: Tasteful Tatters | Venue: Richard Nixon Library | Videography: Spin the Dial Productions | Florals: Plain Jane Posy | Beauty: Beauty by Autumn | DJ: Dhamaka Productions | Catering: White House Catering | Bakery: Patty’s Cakes and Desserts | Invitations: Regal Cards | Bridal Gown Designer: Essense of Australia | Tux: The Black Tux | Bridesmaids Gowns: JJ’s House | Rings: Brilliant Earth | Rentals: Baker Party Rentals | Photo Booth: Viral Booth
Planning a multicultural Orange County wedding and looking for timeless photographs of the day? Let’s Chat! I’d love to learn all about your plans!