Wedding: Mayura + Ananda

Meet Mayura & Ananda.
This stunning couple was married on March 30th in Dana Point, California, surrounded by 400 of their closest family and friends.
Mayura is not only gorgeous on the outside, but she has the most beautiful spirit and heart.  Before working for TOMS shoe company, she founded "One Thread Fair Trade," a non-profit company that empowers women in impoverished areas of South India.
The ceremony was decorated in bold red and muted gold, with touches of pink, orange, and green.  Roses, dahlias, and hydrangeas perfumed the garden.  But the best accent was the ocean view just behind the Mandap and the blue skies above.
After the ceremony, while guests dined on hors d'oeuvres, sipped on cocktails, and popped into the photobooth, the bride and groom spent their first few moments as husband and wife, strolling the sandy shore of Dana Point.
Sometimes the family and friends of the bride and groom have a little somethin' somethin' up their sleeves.  In this case, the surprise was for the bride, who was a bagpiper in her high school marching band.  Her friends invited the bagpipers from their alma mater to make a guest appearance during the reception.  I loved keeping this secret because it was amazing!  Their reaction was pure shock and laughter...
There were more surprise performances (like an awesome choreographed dance by Mayura's coworkers from TOMS).  But I gotta say, the highlight of the evening (for me) was watching the groom serenade the bride with an acoustic version of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You."  He sang and played guitar beautifully.  It was such a touching, unforgettable moment.
I was so honored to work with these lovely people.  And it was such a pleasure to be invited to Mayura's Mehndi, a couple nights before the wedding, where all the ladies (including myself) received beautiful henna on our hands and/or feet.  When Mayura's mother, sister, aunts, and cousins sang, danced, and performed for Mayura while she sat still during her intricate henna work, I couldn't hold back tears.  This couple and their family express so much love that it's impossible to not be moved.  Thank you for that.  Cheers to you, Mayura and Ananda!

Wedding Coordination: KGM Weddings
(a special thanks to my assistants, Karlet, Breanna, and Sendy!)
Venue: Laguna Cliffs Resort (Dana Point, CA)
Florals & Decor: Manjit's Flower Cottage
Catering: Vishnu Catering
Photobooth: Smile Big Studio
Lighting: Aspect Lighting
Officiant: Agoram Sivaramakrishnan
Bride's Hair: Candice Nieman

To read the Q&A with Mayura and Ananda, click here.