A few weeks back, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the Green Oaks Creek Wedding Sangeet of Marit and Samir outside Santa Cruz, California.
Marit and Samir are dear friends of mine. It was an honor when they asked me to document their hybrid Jain and Jewish multicultural wedding weekend celebration. The experience was a complete joy to be a part of.
For this couple, they wanted a wedding highlighting all the important aspects of their lives – honoring their numerous religious traditions, celebrating of their family and friends, and a dedication to ethical green practices.
The best weddings are where the wedding couple creates an experience that uniquely reflects their shared interests and values.
Being surrounded by so many of my favorite people, it was bound to be an incredibly fun weekend event.
Saturday marked the welcome wedding Sangeet celebration before the actual wedding on Sunday. Marit and Samir hosted their wedding festivities at the peaceful Green Oaks Creek Farm, a beautiful organic farm north of Santa Cruz, California.
The premise of the Sangeet is not only to kick off the wedding festivities but more importantly, to join their two families from Texas and Chicago. The goal was to create a space that they could familiarize themselves with one another prior to the big wedding day.
What better way to do so than through laughter, song, food trucks, and dancing.
Everything with their Green Oaks Creek Wedding Sangeet went off without a hitch due to the careful guidance and care of wedding planner Aimee Newlander, of Weddings by Aimee.
Relatives and friends of the bride and groom performed music, taught line dancing, ate delicious food on compostable dishware, and gave toasts of good wishes. Then we danced and danced some more.
The warmest congratulations to the bride and groom Marit and Samir!
Here are a few of my favorites from the evening.
I’m working hard on finishing up their wedding day photos. Stay tuned for more…-M
Venue: Green Oaks Creek Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Weddings by Aimee
Wedding Photographer: Greener Visuals Photography
Live Music: Pallavi Mehta & accompaniment, from Soor Academy