If you were impressed by the Kentucky-themed welcome party from Part 3, then you won't be disappointed by how cool the this pre-wedding day Mendhi (Henna) party was.
First, let me provide some background that I alluded to in an earlier post...
Sheena came to know me through her sisters Nisha and Priya, who I met at Holly's and Vinay's wedding back in 2010. I'm a big fan of those two. Not just because they pimp my photography (though I certainly don't mind!), but because they're some of the sweetest people I've ever met. The whole family is.
With Sheena and Sameer in New Jersey, we initially used Skype to get to know each other and discuss the possibility of me being their photographer. But as luck would have it, I ended up being in New York in November of last year for a commercial shoot. We were able to meet up for Spanish tapas at Alta, and it was there that I realized these two were not only my kind of people, but they had mad style. Crazy, mad style.
They told me all about their plans for the decor, food, clothing and programming. How they'd be hiring Sima and Ragini Patel (Weddings InStyle) to handle all the design and decor at the Lexington Center and Hyatt. Sima and I have worked with each other before, so I knew this was going to be over-the-top incredible. They're THE BEST.
Here are some of my faves:
I love this stuff.
Thanks to Nidhi Talati, Abdhija Joshi, Mayaben Kalathia and Nileshwari Patel for providing all the beautiful Henna.
Banana Leaf provided dinner. Excellent. I had my fair share.
The highlight of the night was when groups of family /friends performed for Sheena and Sameer.
Thanks to the DJ Kamlesh Kothari for laying down the funk so that Sameer could show off his dance prowess.
And before I end this post, let me take a second to make a re-introduction...
Betsy started shooting with me in the fall of 2007, fresh out of high school and on her way to college. We shot a ton of weddings together back then and ended up becoming good friends along the way. A couple years ago, though, she had to back off from shooting with me because she was living in Atlanta while finishing her photography degree from the prestigious SCAD. I was sad to see her go, but so, so proud of her growth in photography.
Well Betsy's graduated. And she's back. Betsy 2.0, y'all!