Wedding At LA River Center And Gardens In Los Angeles, CA | Bani & Joel

Wedding At LA River Center And Gardens

BANI & JOEL

Locations:

  • Haldi ceremony: Private residence in Diamond Bar, CA

 

Wedding photos at LA River Center And Gardens:

Bani and Joel first reached out to me last August about capturing their wedding at LA River Center And Gardens. They were planning a multi-day wedding that celebrated both of their cultural and faith backgrounds – Bani’s Indian, Hindu heritage and Joel’s Hispanic, Catholic faith.

After a few emails back and forth, I was excited that they decided to book me, not just for their wedding day but also the traditional Mehndi as both the bride and groom were decorated with henna and the Haldi ceremony. When I turned up to capture the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park, it was the first time I got to meet them in person and discover what a wonderfully sweet couple they were.

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Capturing a kiss between the couple with their white horse at LA River Center And Gardens in Los Angeles.

 

Mehndi ceremony photos at The Yellow Chilli:

When I arrived at The Yellow Chilli, Bani’s henna artist was putting the finishing touches on her hands and feet, with the bride seated in an elegant white sofa. Joel arrived and playfully bowed before his “queen”, then had a cross ornately painted in henna on both of his palms. I captured a few portraits of the beautiful bride and the stunning henna patterning on her hands and feet, as well as grabbing a few shots of the couple as they enjoyed this moment together.

It was then time for the guests to arrive, with Bani’s female relatives arriving first laden with gifts, followed by the men as they danced their way into The Yellow Chilli. Joel’s family then arrived as a group and were welcomed to the party, accompanied by lively music and dollar bills being thrown into the air.

With the bride and groom seated on their white sofa, family members performed choreographed dances for the couple before Bani’s family did their performance It was then open dancing for the rest of the night, with both Joel and Bani’s dad being lifted onto the shoulders of their male family friends.

Once her henna was dried, Bani also hit the dance floor to celebrate with her wedding guests and I tried to capture all the energy of this colorful occasion. We ended the evening with a raffle led by the bride’s brother and a few portraits of the bride and groom incorporating Bani’s sheer scarf.

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A candid photo of Bani having henna applied to her hands and feet during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Joel playfully bows down before Bani as she has henna applied during the Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani having henna applied to her arms while Joel sits beside her on a white sofa at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Joel lovingly places a scarf over Bani’s head as she waits for her henna to dry at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani shows off the henna designs on her hands and feet while seated on an elegant white sofa at The Yellow Chilli.

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A creative shot of Bani showing off her beautifully hennaed hands during the Mehndi ceremony in Buena Park.

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A romantic portrait of Joel affectionately kissing Bani’s forehead while their henna dries at The Yellow Chilli.

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A group of women arrive at the Mehndi ceremony carrying gifts at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Bani’s male family members arrive at the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Joel dancing surrounded by Bani’s family during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani’s parents dancing during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Joel and his family make their entrance into the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Capturing Bani’s reaction as the groom and his family arrive to the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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Joel getting down while dancing with his family members during their entrance to The Yellow Chilli Mehndi ceremony.

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Joel playfully crawls towards his bride as she waits for her henna to dry at The Yellow Chilli.

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A candid shot of Bani’s mom during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Joel and his family asking for permission to be welcomed into the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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A candid photo of money being thrown into the air during Bani and Joel’s Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani and Joel’s fathers dancing together during the lively Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani and Joel cuddled up together on their white sofa during the Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani and Joel dancing on their white sofa while their henna dries during The Yellow Chilli Mehndi party.

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Bani’s young family members perform a choreographed dance during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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A close up photo of one of Bani’s female relatives performing a dance during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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A group of four female relatives perform a choreographed dancing during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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Capturing the reactions of Bani and Joel on their white sofa as dances were performed during their Mehndi ceremony.

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A candid photo of family members throwing money into the air during a dance performance at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani and Joel cheer on their family and friends during dance performances at The Yellow Chilli Mehndi party.

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A young family member performs a hip hop routine during Bani and Joel’s Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani’s mom places a bindi on the bride’s forehead during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani’s father and uncle watch on during a traditional Hindu ritual at The Yellow Chilli Mehndi ceremony.

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A candid photo of Bani and Joel laughing during their Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Bani and Joel dancing on their white sofa as money is showered on them at The Yellow Chilli.

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A candid photo of Bani’s father being lifted onto the shoulders of a family friend at The Yellow Chilli Mehndi ceremony.

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Joel’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Bani dancing on her white sofa with a wedding guest during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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Joel’s family members watch on during the Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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A candid photo of Joel being carried across the dance floor on the shoulders of Bani’s family at The Yellow Chilli.

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A creative photo of Bani and Joel encouraging two young wedding guests to greet them at The Yellow Chilli.

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Money being thrown above the dance floor during the lively Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli.

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A playful photo of Bani’s Uncle kissing her forehead while her hennaed hands dry at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani dancing surrounded by her family friends during the Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Bani and Joel getting down on the dance floor during their Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli.

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An elevated view of the bride dancing with her family as money showers down at The Yellow Chilli.

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A playful shot of the bride and groom dancing alongside the signer at their Mehndi party in Buena Park.

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Bani dancing with her uncle while money is thrown into the air at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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A candid photo of Bani and Joel laughing during their lively Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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A group of young wedding guests dancing during the Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Joel carries his bride across the dance floor during the Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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An elevated view of Bani dancing with Joel’s family during the Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli.

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A candid photo of wedding guests dancing during Bani and Joel’s Mehndi party at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Bani dancing with two singers during her traditional Indian Mehndi celebrations in Buena Park.

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Bani getting down on the dance floor with a wedding guest during the lively Mehndi party in Los Angeles.

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Bani’s uncle being lifted into the air while being showered with dollar bills during the Mehndi at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani enjoying the dance floor with a friend during her traditional Mehndi ceremony at The Yellow Chilli.

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A candid photo of Joel flossing with a young wedding guest during the traditional Mehndi at The Yellow Chilli.

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A group of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Bani and Joel’s Indian Mehndi at The Yellow Chilli.

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Capturing the reactions of Bani and Joel during a speech at their Mehndi ceremony in Buena Park.

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A portrait of Bani and Joel embracing during their Mehndi ceremony photo session at The Yellow Chilli.

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Bani leads Joel by her scarf during their Mehndi wedding portrait session at The Yellow Chilli in Buena Park.

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Bani and Joel embrace beneath the bride’s sheer scarf during their Indian wedding celebrations in Buena Park.

 

Haldi ceremony photos at a private residence in Diamond Bar:

The following day I drove to the Bani’s parent’s private residence in Diamond Bar where the finishing touches were being made to the outdoor decorations for the Haldi ceremony. I photographed Bani’s dad dancing with the Hindu priest who would be performing the official rituals, then headed outside where the bride was being covered in a yellow paste to symbolically cleanse her before the wedding day.

I captured Bani’s reactions and smiles as family and friends took turns to smear the paste onto her face, with her best friend also playfully putting some on her underarms. After a portrait with her parents and another with her grandparents, I then captured some up-close shots of the bride in this culturally significant moment.

A group of women then arrived at the house, singing and dancing at the entrance as they tried to bribe money from Bani’s dad. Eventually, he gave in, handing over a hundred dollar bill as they made their way into the residence where an official religious ceremony was to be held.

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Bani’s cousin prepares the decorations for the garden Haldi ceremony at a Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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A cute young family member with a yellow garland around their neck in the lead up to the Haldi ceremony in Diamond Bar.

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A candid photo of family members dancing at the start of the Haldi ceremony at a Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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Bani’s father and the Hindu priest dancing in the living room of the Private Residence in Diamond Bar at the start of the Haldi ceremony.

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Female family members ready Bani for the Haldi ceremony in the garden of her Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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Bani’s parents apply a yellow paste to her face during the traditional Haldi ceremony in Diamond Bar.

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Bani’s grandfather applies a touch of yellow paste to the bride’s face during the Haldi ceremony.

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Bani’s grandmother gently applies yellow paste to the bride’s cheek in the garden of her Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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The bride is embraced by her cousin during the garden Haldi ceremony in Diamond Bar.

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A close-up shot of Bani being smothered in yellow face during the cleansing Haldi ceremony.

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A candid photo of Bani laughing during her traditional Haldi wedding ceremony in Diamond Bar.

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Bani’s aunt covers Bani’s feet with yellow paste as the bride laughs during the garden Haldi ceremony.

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A close-up photo of Bani having more yellow paste applied to her cheek during the Haldi ceremony.

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Bani’s cousin kisses her cheek after applying a thick yellow paste as part of the traditional Haldi ceremony.

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Family members gather around Bani while she laughs hysterically during the Haldi ceremony at a Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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Bani’s best friend applies yellow paste to her armpits during the playful Haldi ceremony in Diamond Bar.

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Young wedding guests get in on the action during the traditional Haldi ceremony at a Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and a young wedding guests during the garden Haldi ceremony.

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A portrait of Bani with her parents in the garden of her Private Residence in Diamond Bar during the Haldi ceremony.

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Capturing a tender moment between Bani and her grandparents during the garden Haldi ceremony.

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One of Bani’s cousins carries her across the garden lawn while being covered in bright yellow paste.

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A portrait of Bani covered by a bright pink shawl and showing off her hennaed hands following the Haldi ceremony.

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A close-up portrait of Bani’s face covered in yellow paste during the Haldi ceremony in Diamond Bar.

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Bani being showered with money during her traditional Haldi ceremony at a Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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A family member adds some final yellow paste to Bani’s cheeks during the Haldi garden ceremony in Diamond Bar.

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A group of women wearing colorful saris arrive at the family home in Diamond Bar for the Haldi ceremony.

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Bani’s parents and a Hindu priest welcome a group of women to the Haldi ceremony at a Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

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A close-up shot of women dancing outside a Private Residence in Diamond Bar during the Haldi ceremony.

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Women dancing outside the family home in Diamond Bar during the traditional Haldi wedding party.

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Bani’s father dancing with a group of traditionally dressed women during the Indian Haldi party in Diamond Bar.

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Family and friends dancing outside a Private Residence in Diamond Bar during a traditional Indian Haldi wedding party.

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Bani’s father playfully hands over a hundred dollars as a bribe as women arrive at the Haldi ceremony.

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Bani’s cousin waves money in the air as she enters the family home in Diamond Bar for the traditional Haldi ceremony.

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A candid photo of Bani being greeted by a female family friend during the Haldi ceremony at a Private Residence in Diamond Bar.

 

Getting ready photos at LA River Center And Gardens:

For the final day of Bani and Joel’s multi-day wedding, everything would be happening at LA River Center And Gardens. So while my second photographer was with Joel as he got ready at his home in Glendale, I headed over to the wedding venue to document Bani and the girls getting ready.

I captured some up-close shots as Bani had the final touches applied to her makeup and admired herself in a handheld mirror, then grabbed some portraits once she was dressed and ready to go in her gorgeous red lenga. The bride’s father and brother arrived to help wrap a sheer scarf around her head before Bani opened a note card from Joel containing photos and sweet text messages he’d collected throughout their relationship.

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A close-up photo of Bani admiring herself in a handheld mirror while getting ready at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A creative photo looking through a window as Bani has the final touches applied to her makeup in a suite at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani has her hair smoothed down while getting ready for her wedding at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A close-up portrait of Bani looking stunning in her traditional Indian wedding attire at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A portrait of Bani in her stunning lena and showing her hennaed hands at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A cousin adjusts Bani’s turquoise scarf as they prepared for the traditional Indian wedding at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani’s father and brother help to wrap a scarf around her shoulders while getting ready at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Bani reading text messages printed out by her groom on their wedding day in Los Angeles.

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Bani looks up while reading text messages printed out by Joel at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A portrait of Bani in her gorgeous lenga looking out a window at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani standing in a light-filled room at LA River Center And Gardens as she prepared for her multicultural wedding.

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A close-up portrait of Bani looking out across the gardens of the LA River Center during her Indian wedding celebrations.

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A portrait of Bani being kissed on each cheek by her parents at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani spins in her stunning red lenga during her wedding portrait session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A portrait of Bani on a stone walkway during her multicultural wedding celebrations at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani looks down towards her hennaed hands during her Indian wedding portrait session in Los Angeles.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at LA River Center And Gardens:

With some time available, I captured a few more portraits of the bride looking absolutely radiant and a shot of each of her parents kissed her cheeks. We then headed to the courtyard where her first look with Joel was scheduled to take place, with the groom dressed in a traditional red sherwani to match his bride.

I photographed Bani as she walked up behind him and their reactions at seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day, then grabbed a shot as the groom twirled his bride to get a good look. The couple had a beautiful white horse named “Daisy” for their Baraat, so we also grabbed some portraits with her outside the entrance to LA River Center And Gardens.

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A creative shot of Bani walking towards Joel during their first look session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing Joel’s reaction as he waited for his bride during their first look at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel catch their first glimpse of each other on their wedding day at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Joel smiling at Bani during their courtyard first look session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel look lovingly at one another while holding hands during their first look at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel kiss during their romantic first look session in the courtyard of LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel spins Bani during their romantic courtyard first look session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their wedding portrait session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani leads Joel along a garden walkway during their wedding portrait session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel enjoy a quiet moment during their Indian wedding portrait session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani, Joel and their white horse “Daisy” during their wedding portrait session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel lean into kiss during their garden wedding portrait session in Los Angeles.

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Bani and Joel look lovingly at one another with their white horse at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a kiss between the bride and groom during their garden wedding portrait session in Los Angeles.

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Bani and Joel pat their white horse “Daisy” during the wedding portrait session at LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Baraat ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens:

As Bani returned inside, Joel mounted the white horse for the start of the Baraat procession, which saw his family dancing towards the entrance of LA River Center And Gardens. Here they were met by Bani’s parents and family members who welcomed them to the venue, with Bani’s mom placing a bindi on the groom’s forehead and feeding sweets to his parents.

The men then played a fun game of trying to show off their strength by lifting one another into the air, with one of Joel’s family friends hauling Bani’s brother onto his shoulders. Bani’s female family members then created a ribbon blockade preventing the groom from entering the venue, although a few dance moves saw him given a pair of scissors to cut his way in.

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Joel mounts his white horse as he prepared for the Baraat ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Wedding guests with arms in the air Indian Baraat ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel’s father enjoying the Baraat festivities outside LA River Center And Gardens in Los Angeles.

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Joel makes his grand entrance into the Baraat on a white horse at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Women from both sides of the family enjoying the Baraat procession outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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Family and friends process through the street outside LA River Center And Gardens while Joel rides a beautifully decorated white horse.

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A young wedding guest and her mom join the Baraat procession to the entrance of LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel’s father leads the Baraat procession through the street outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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Two young wedding guests processing through the street outside LA River Center And Gardens during the Baraat ceremony.

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A candid photo of Bani and Joel’s fathers dancing together during the Baraat at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel dancing amidst family and friends during the Baraat procession at LA River Center And Gardens.

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An elevated view of family and friends gathered outside the entrance to LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel is greeted by Bani’s family members outside LA River Center And Gardens during the Baraat.

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A candid photo of Joel dancing with Bani’s brother outside the entrance to LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani’s mom sprinkles water on Joel as part of a Hindu wedding tradition outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Bani’s mom placing a bindi on Joel’s forehead outside the entrance to LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel and Bani’s mom embrace outside LA River Center And Gardens during the Baraat ceremony.

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Bani’s mom playfully pulls Joel’s nose in what is a Hindu wedding tradition outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani’s dad feeds sweets to Joel’s mom outside the entrance to LA River Center And Gardens.

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The two fathers embrace with white garlands around the necks during the Baraat ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel’s father and Bani’s grandfather embrace outside the entrance to LA River Center And Gardens.

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One of Bani’s uncles playfully lifts Joel’s uncle into the air outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani’s brother is lifted onto the shoulders of one of Joel’s friends at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing Joel’s reaction during the Baraat festivities outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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A group of women playfully stop Joel from entering the wedding venue at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Joel trying to dance his way into the wedding venue at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel cuts the ribbon so he can enter his wedding venue at LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Ceremony photos at LA River Center And Gardens:

Bani and Joel’s ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens was to honor both of their faiths, with a Hindu and Catholic portion led by their respective priests. It began with Joel walking down the aisle followed by his parents before Bani’s parents arrived and the bride followed on the arm of her brother and grandfather.

After exchanging garlands on their elegant, white mandap stage, the couple was joined by their parents for numerous Hindu rituals as part of their wedding at LA River Center And Gardens. I captured candid photos of each moment and wide-angle shots of the ceremony venue, as well as the reactions of family and friends as they watched on.

The Catholic priest then took the lead for the second portion of the ceremony, with a Bible reading by Joel’s sister followed by the exchange of vows. The couple then lit the unity candle followed by their mothers before kneeling before the priest and being officially pronounced “husband and wife”. After feeding one another sweets and being showered with rice, the newlyweds began their recessional walk, stopping to pay their respects to Bani’s grandparents along the way.

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A Catholic and Hindu priest stand side-by-side on the mandap stage at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel makes his entrance at the start of the multicultural wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Joel’s parents walking down the aisle at the start of the LA River Center And Gardens wedding ceremony.

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Capturing an emotional moment as Joel’s father wipes away tears during the multicultural wedding ceremony.

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Bani’s parents wave while walking down the aisle at the start of the LA River Center And Gardens wedding ceremony.

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Bani is escorted down the aisle by her brother and grandfather in the gardens of LA River Center.

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Capturing Joel’s reaction as he watched Bani walking down the aisle at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Bani being embraced by her grandfather during her LA River Center And Gardens wedding ceremony.

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Bani and Joel prepare to exchange garlands during the Hindu portion of their wedding ceremony.

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Bani places a garland around Joel’s neck during their Hindu celebrations in the gardens of LA River Center.

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Bani, Joel and the Hindu priest seated on their mandap stage, with the tower of LA River Center And Gardens behind.

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Bani and Joel look lovingly at one another during the Hindu portion of their wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel’s fathers turn towards the camera as they step onto the mandap stage at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel’s mothers embrace on the mandap stage at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel smile while performing a Hindu ritual during their garden wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.

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A wide-angle shot looking across the garden wedding ceremony venue at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a tender moment between Bani and Joel during their Hindu ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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The couple with their parents and Hindu priest on the white-curtained mandap stage at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel’s moms playfully tug at a scarf wrapped around their children during the multicultural wedding ceremony.

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Bani and Joel laugh while encircling a flame as part of their Hindu wedding rituals at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Both the bride and groom place their feet on a nut in what is a Hindu wedding tradition.

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Bani’s family members watch on during the traditional Hindu rites and rituals of the multicultural wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of Bani playfully sitting on Joel’s lap during the Hindu portion of their wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel performs a Hindu traditional ritual during the couple’s multicultural wedding at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A Catholic priest reads a sermon with the couple seated behind during the LA River Center And Gardens wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of Bani and Joel smiling during the Catholic portion of their wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel’s sister reads from the Bible while the couple listen in behind during their Catholic nuptials in Los Angeles.

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Bani and Joel smile while reading their vows as part of their multicultural wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing Bani’s reaction as she listened to Joel reads his vows during their wedding at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel smiles at Bani as she reads her vows during their garden wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Bani reads her vows to Joel on their white-curtained mandap stage in the gardens of LA River Center.

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A candid photo of Bani’s immediate family members watching on as the couple exchanged vows.

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Bani places a ring on Joel’s finger during their traditional wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of the couple’s moms lighting the unity candle together during the Catholic rituals.

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Bani and Joel light the unity candle together during the Catholic portion of their Los Angeles garden wedding ceremony.

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Bani and Joel kneel together in front of their Catholic priest at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing the reactions of Joel’s parents during the Catholic portion of their wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel being blessed by their Catholic priest on the mandap stage at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing the kiss between the newlyweds following their multicultural wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel turn to smile and laugh with their wedding guests in the garden of LA River Center.

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Joel feeds Bani a sweet following their multicultural wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel is sprinkled with rice by the Hindu and Catholic priests during the multicultural wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of Joel embracing his father following the garden wedding ceremony at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani embraces her grandfather while the family watches on following the multicultural wedding ceremony.

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Bani’s grandmother congratulates the newlyweds following the multicultural garden wedding ceremony.

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Bani and Joel make their recessional walk down the aisle at LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at LA River Center And Gardens:

We grabbed a couple of portraits of the newlyweds embracing on their mandap stage in the whimsical late-afternoon light before they returned to their respective rooms to change. With Joel now in a smart blue tuxedo and Bani in an elegant evening gown, we had another first look in the courtyard of LA River Center And Gardens.

I captured Joel’s surprised reaction at seeing his beautiful bride and we used the time available for a short portrait session of the couple in this loved-up moment. Aside from some shots in front of the ornate courtyard fountain and wrought iron gate, we also utilized a rustic wooden fence outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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A portrait of Bani and Joel embracing on their mandap stage at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel stand hand-in-hand on their white mandap stage during the LA River Center And Gardens wedding portrait session.

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A classic portrait of Joel in his blue tuxedo in the gardens of LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel being embraced by his parents in the leafy gardens of LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel stand back-to-back during their first look session outside LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing Joel’s surprised reaction during his first look session with Bani at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel walk towards one another in the ornate courtyard of LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel kiss in front of the wrought iron gates of LA River Center And Gardens during their first look session.

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Bani laughs while being embraced by Joel during their courtyard wedding portrait session in Los Angeles.

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Bani and Joel look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their LA River Center And Gardens wedding portrait session.

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Bani and Joel kiss in front of a rustic wooden gate during their portrait session at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A wide-angle shot of Bani and Joel embracing beneath a purple blooming tree at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newlywed couple in front of a wrought iron gate at LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Reception photos at LA River Center And Gardens:

Bani and Joel danced their way into the outdoor wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens, launching straight into their first dance on the elevated terrace. This was followed by consecutive parental dances with Bani’s dad and Joel’s mom before the couple performed their cake cutting ceremony.

Bani’s best friend then made a speech while the couple listened in, followed by a playful moment as Joel tried to grab the microphone from his dad as he explained that Bani was now in charge. After a thank you toast from the couple, everyone settled in for a delicious Indian buffet, followed by open dancing for the rest of the night.

Bani, Joel and their friends certainly know how to party, with young and old hitting the dance floor. I captured all the action from up high and down low, including both the bride and groom being lifted onto the shoulders of their family and friend multiple times throughout the night. There was so much energy and love on display during this wedding party at LA River Center And Gardens, with the bride even encouraging me to come and have a dance!

The night ended with an emotional Vidaai as Bani symbolically said goodbye to her family. I photographed her throwing rice above her head and the embraces with her father and brother as her mom watched on in tears.

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An action shot of Bani and Joel dancing their way into their outdoor wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel playfully dance their way into the outdoor wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel perform their first dance beneath the stars during their outdoor reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel perform their first dance on an elevated terrace while their family and friends watch on.

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Bani and her dad perform their father-daughter dance in the courtyard of LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel and his mom perform their mother-son dance on the outdoor terrace at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel perform their consecutive parental dance on the elevated terrace at LA River Center And Gardens.

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The newlywed couple perform their cake cutting ceremony on the terrace of LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Bani’s best friend making a wedding reception speech at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing the reactions of Bani and Joel during speeches and toasts at their LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Joel playfully grabs the microphone from his father during a fun wedding reception speech at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel listen in while the groom’s father makes a reception speech at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel affectionately kisses Bani’s forehead during speeches and toasts at their Los Angeles wedding reception.

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A candid photo of one of Bani’s cousins making a speech during the LA River Center And Gardens reception.

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Bani and Joel share a laugh during speeches and toasts at their LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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The newlywed couple make a thank you speech during their wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel dancing surrounded by family and friends on the outdoor terrace at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A creative shot of a group of wedding guests dancing during the LA River Center And Gardens reception.

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Joel and one of his friends locking legs and dancing during the LA River Center And Gardens reception.

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Bani getting down on the dance floor during her outdoor wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Joel’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Joel enjoying the dance floor with his friend at LA River Center And Gardens in Los Angeles.

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Bani taking a shot with her family and friends at the open bar of LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani enjoying the dance floor with a family and friends during her LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Joel being carried through the reception on the shoulders of his friends at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and Joel dancing on the shoulders of their family friends during the LA River Center And Gardens reception.

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A candid photo of Bani and Joel enjoying the dance floor, surrounded by their family and friends at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A wedding guest does a backwards somersault while Bani watches on at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a playful moment on the outdoor terrace dance floor between two wedding guests.

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Bani dancing with Joel’s sister on the outdoor terrace at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a playful moment on the dance floor during Bani and Joel’s outdoor wedding reception.

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Bani dancing with family and friends during her lively wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel’s father being carried across the dance floor on the shoulders of two wedding guests.

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An action shot of Bani dancing with a female friend during the LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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A playful moment on the dance floor between Bani and one of her guests at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani and one of her videographers encouraging me onto the dance floor at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A wedding guest kisses Joel’s hennaed palm during the LA River Center And Gardens reception.

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Bani letting loose on the dance floor during her wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel carries Bani across the dance floor during their LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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A candid photo of Joel dancing with Bani’s dad during the terrace wedding reception.

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Bani dancing with Joel’s family friend on the outdoor terrace of her LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Bani playfully rips the shirt off a wedding guest during the lively reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani, Joel and the bride’s brother enjoy a special moment on the dance floor at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel being carried across the dance floor on the shoulders of Bani’s family at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani being carried across the dance floor with her arms in the air during the outdoor wedding reception.

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Joel carrying a family member across the dance floor on his shoulders at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani’s cousin being carried across the dance floor with his arms outstretched at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a playful moment between Joel and a wedding guest without his shirt on at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani’s brother being carried across the dance floor during the LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Bani and Joel link legs on the dance floor while their family and friends surround them at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Bani planting a kiss on her cousin’s cheek during the LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Bani laughing while Joel performs a playful garter removal on the outdoor terrace at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel playfully dances with Bani’s garter during their lively wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Bani enjoying the terrace dance floor at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Joel dancing with some young wedding guests during the LA River Center And Gardens reception.

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Bani being lifted above the dance floor by her female friends at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride and a young wedding guest in her pyjamas at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani’s brother carries a young wedding guest on his shoulders at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani throws rice into the air during the Vidaai as she leaves her wedding reception at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Bani embraces her father as she symbolically says goodbye to her family during the Vidaai at LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing an emotional moment as Bani embraces her brother and her mother watches on at LA River Center And Gardens.

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A candid photo of Bani throwing rice during her Vidaai at LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Wedding photos at LA River Center And Gardens:

I really can’t thank Bani and Joel enough for selecting me as their photographer for this wedding at LA River Center And Gardens as it was such a dream come true to work with them. They really wore their emotions on their sleeves and treated me like a friend throughout all three days. I know they’re off to South Africa for their honeymoon so want to wish them an incredible time and I hope they like this sneak peek of what’s to come.

April 21, 2019

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