Luke + Jessica’s DTLA Sangeet Ceremony
In our six years as photographers, this was a first for us. We’ve been to all kinds of weddings and experienced all kinds of things – but this was our first ever Hindu wedding celebration and we couldn’t have pictured two better people to have experienced it with. We have adored Luke + Jessica since we first hung out with them for their West LA engagement session and we counted down the days to their DTLA Sangeet Ceremony. When it finally came, just a few days ago, we had no idea what to expect – and it was absolutely beautiful, guys.
A Sangeet ceremony is – for those who don’t know – an Indian tradition that includes lots of music, dancing, excellent food, stories, speeches and performances. We were blown away by the number of people who came to celebrate Luke + Jessica’s Sangeet at the Luxe Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. So many of their friends and family prepared amazing speeches and performances – including a slideshow and one hell of an epic rap by one of their best friends, Adam (who also officiated their wedding the next day) and all of Jessica’s nine bridesmaids came together for a small choreographed dance number. Two of Jess’s best friends stole Luke’s shoes, and forced him (and 30 of his closest male relatives) dance to the Macarena in order to get them back, too!
But more than all of the fun games, amazing speeches and tributes, it was so wonderful to see and hear just how beloved Luke and Jessica are to their friends and family. These are people who have gone on worldwide adventures together, gone through childhood and adulthood together, standing by each other through the craziness of college and being sorority sisters and now seeing each other grow into their new roles as husbands and wives. What an honor it was to be in the company of such an amazing crowd!!
We’re so excited to be sharing this first part of their two-day wedding event today on our blog, and can’t wait to share their American-style wedding next week!
Special thanks to Luke + Jessica’s RAD creative team!
venue // Luxe Hotel, Los Angeles
planning // First Pick Planning
catering // Ayur Ras
hair + makeup, mendhi + sari wrapping // Henna Dil Se