Photos from Roopali and Shayan’s intimate Hindu ceremony at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills and their Western wedding at The Beverly Hills Hotel. After capturing all the rituals of their traditional Hindu celebrations, I documented the couple getting ready in separate suites at the high-end Beverly Hills Hotel and their romantic first look, followed by a garden wedding ceremony with their closest family and friends.
I first heard from Roopali and Shayan and a few months ago about capturing their two-day Indian wedding celebrations. They were planning a traditional Hindu ceremony the Friday before Christmas at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – a gorgeous temple in Chino Hills – followed by a glamorous Western wedding at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
I had the pleasure of getting to know the couple better during their engagement session in Downtown LA and at Venice Beach a few weeks ago but was excited to reconnect to capture their special day. Both ceremonies were going to be quite intimate occasions, with just their closest family and friends, and the couple had put a high priority on photography which I always appreciate.
Pre-ceremony portraits at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir:
My assistant and I met up with Roopali, Shayan and their immediate family members at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and I was immediately blown away by its beauty. It reminded me of being at the Taj Mahal in India, with marbled rooms and intricate carvings on the exterior of the temple. Roopali was wearing a gorgeous orange anarkali and Shayan in a golden sherwani, which perfectly complemented the setting.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has quite strict rules about photography but there were still plenty of places for us to utilize for couple portraits, including the sweeping staircase that leads to the entrance of the temple. I captured intimate portraits of Roopali and Shayan embracing in front of the gilded doors and walking between the ornately carved columns, as well as getting some low vantage shots to make the most of the soaring spires above.
Hindu wedding ceremony photos at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir:
It was then time for the Hindu wedding proceedings to get underway, beginning with a water ritual as Roopali, Shayan and their family members poured water over a golden statue. They then moved to an ochre-colored structure that would serve as their mandap stage, with a variety of traditional rituals carried out during the ceremony.
Roopali’s mom greeted Shayan with a bindi on his forehead and a playful pulling of his nose before the bride was officially escorted in by her dad. I captured candid shots of both the couple and their family members as they offered blessings and exchanged garlands before Roopali and Shayan circled the central fire and fed one another sweets. The ceremony ended with female family members whispering advice into Roopali’s ear and both moms planting proud kisses on their new son and daughter in laws.
Getting ready photos at The Beverly Hills Hotel:
The following day we met up with the couple again, but this time at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel where they were getting ready in separate suites. While my second photographer was with Shayan and his friends, I was with Roopali who had opted to get ready alone. This gave us plenty of space (and time) to capture candid shots as she made her final preparations and portraits of the beautiful bride.
I photographed Roopali opening a surprise gift from her groom and gazing out her suite window, as well as getting up-close for some sharply focused shots of the bride sitting on a glamorous red sofa. I then captured a bird’s eye photo of the bride walking down the sweeping staircase of The Beverly Hills Hotel and a shot incorporating the elegant balcony.
Pre-ceremony portraits at The Beverly Hills Hotel:
It was then time for the couple’s first look session, which we also held on the staircase of The Beverly Hills Hotel. I photographed Roopali walking downstairs towards her groom, then their reactions at seeing one another for the first time that day. We used the time available for portraits of the couple both on the staircase and in the opulent lobby of The Beverly Hills Hotel, which had been beautifully decorated for the festive season.
We also headed outdoors for a garden wedding portrait session, incorporating the couple’s stunning courtyard ceremony site. I captured shots of them walking along a leafy garden pathway and embracing with Roopali’s bouquet before it was time for the wedding ceremony to get started.
Ceremony photos at The Beverly Hills Hotel:
Roopali was escorted down the aisle by her father for the start of her courtyard wedding ceremony at The Beverly Hills Hotel and I captured Shayan’s reaction looking proudly on. After the handoff, the couple exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends in what was a really intimate but gorgeous setting.
I captured candid shots of their parents watching on and the couple sharing a laugh, then the moment they exchanged rings with each other. After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Roopali and Shayan made their recessional walk down the aisle and sealed the event with a kiss, ready to celebrate during a lavish dinner reception with those closest to them.
Wedding photos at The Beverly Hills Hotel:
Roopali and Shayan’s wedding at The Beverly Hills Hotel was my last wedding of 2018 and such an incredible way to end the year. I can’t thank them enough for selecting Aevitas Weddings to capture their special day and for being such a wonderful couple to work with. I wish them all the happiness as they celebrate the festive season as husband and wife.