Allison & Abhay's Indian Ceremony at Sri Ganesha Temple, Nashville, Tennessee

We had all been looking forward to this weekend for what felt like forever and it FINALLY arrived! Allison & Abhay are two of the kindest and most genuine people you could hope to meet, and it just felt like everyone around them knew that their marriage would make the world a better place! We got to celebrate them for a whole weekend, with an Indian ceremony on Friday and an American ceremony on Saturday! The Indian ceremony took place at Sri Ganesha Temple in Nashville. We got there early and it was misty and grey outside, but oh so colorful inside. The ceremony leaders graciously walked the families through all of the symbolic and meaningful gestures of worship and togetherness. One moment stuck out to me, when Allison’s mother in law draped a cloth around her shoulders and presented her with a gift. It was such an incredible symbol of acceptance and welcome. I wish all cultural wedding ceremonies were this rich and intentional! Once the ceremony concluded, we went outside to find a beautiful blue sky waiting on us! It was an honor to photograph the intimacy of this cultural tradition, and the joy of these two families getting to know each other!

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Allison & Abhay

Allison & Abhay's wedding was a PARTY. The two day wedding weekend started with their Hindu ceremony at the Sri Ganesha Temple (Check out the mini preview on my Facebook page! Full preview coming soon!). Being able to witness two families and cultures coming together in such an intentional way was deeply encouraging. I realized how often we focus on just the couple and forget about the joining of two whole families! Both of their ceremonies celebrated the legacy of faith, culture, and joy they have both come from. They included so many thoughtful details that helped acknowledge their families who weren't able to be with them, and the many little things that brought them together. Saturday's ceremony was held at Green Door Gourmet, and I can't say enough flowery things about how wonderful this venue is. The staff was a joy to work with (shout out to Briana for being the best), and the grounds were gorgeous! To top off the whole day, Abhay rode into the ceremony on a scooter surrounded by drums, music, and a crowd of dancing friends and family. If you weren't planning on viewing the whole preview for some silly reason, at least scroll down to see his entrance! It was incredible!! We danced and laughed the night away, and I just had the best time with them and their wedding party. Both Allison & Abhay are the sweetest and most thoughtful people you could ever be around, and I'm so thankful I got to spend the day with them!! Many thanks to the amazing Kristi Woody for assisting me!