Sejal + Allen tied the knot on August 5, 2016 at the Hindu Society of North Carolina Temple in Morrisville, NC. This creative couple incorporated traditional Indian and Jewish elements into their multi-day celebration, along with their own quirky flair (such as comic strips and paper swan table favors and a nitrogen ice cream demonstration!) It was a refreshingly unique wedding to photograph, and I'm pumped to share images from their day here!
Sejal + Allen answered some questions about their wedding inspiration and photography experience below. To view all of the photos from their wedding and order prints, please visit their gallery on my online print shop!
1. What are some of your favorite things about your partner? How were these attributes expressed during or leading up to your wedding?
Allen: She’s super hot as you can tell by the photos. She’s also very chill and down to earth which kept her from murdering someone during our wedding… although she came close.
Sage: He’s also very chill and down to earth and was able to stop me from constantly freaking out during the weeks leading up to the wedding. He’s also really good at helping me figure out what I actually wanted for the wedding when I was being stupidly indecisive.
Allen: I helped you pick the thing you would have eventually picked anyways. I just helped you get there a little faster
2. What was most important to you in planning your wedding?
Sage: Having good food and making sure everyone had fun!
Allen: Food and alcohol! Also, Honeymoon.
3. Are there any details or moments from your wedding that are particularly special to you? (E.g.,you wore your momma’s dress, your partner unexpectedly serenaded you, there was a double rainbow all across the sky…).
Allen: The speeches were incredible. And all the dancing was really fun.
Sage: All the speeches were so incredibly amazing and full of love and I’m honestly close to tearing up just thinking about them! Also, the reception hall (Museum of Life and Science in Durham) had a Pokemon Go close to it, so it was fun seeing my friends fighting over it during dinner!
4. Now that you’ve tied the knot (and survived!), what advice would you give to other folks planning their wedding?
Allen: Don’t have a large wedding. Elope! Just grab your immediate family and 3 close friends and have a wedding with them. If you must have a large wedding, find someone else to pay for it and plan it.
Sage: What Allen said.
5. What drew you to my photography style? Why did you ultimately decide to hire me? Was it worth it?
Allen: Definitely worth it. You were referred to us by a friend and the pictures on the website looked fun and silly and not as formal.
Sage: So worth it! You were so great and chill through the entire process! I loved that you had a lot of fun and silly pictures on your website, but also the formal ones that older family members always want.
6. What is the first thing you want to do with the images? Wallpaper the hallway? Internet fame?
Allen: Internet. Then print the best ones as giant wall sized portraits.
Sage: We’re definitely not printing out giant wall sized portraits, but I am going to be tweeting and instagramming all of them!
Allen: We’re going to take the one of us looking like supermodels and we’re going to blow it up and put it above our bed and it will take up the entire wall. It will be beautiful.
7. What is next for you as a couple? Any big plans?
Allen: Buy a house… eventually.
Sage: Definitely buying a house eventually, but also going to Amsterdam!
Allen: Also, if we eventually have time and money a dog would be nice.
Sejal + Allen, thank you for being such a fun couple to work with! I loved how unabashedly you incorporated your personality into your wedding while still being inclusive of your larger community and families. I enjoyed every minute, and I hope you love these photos!
Reception Venue: Museum of Life and Science
Second Photographer: Bri Brough
Videographer: Maadhurya Photography
Allen's Ties: The Tie Bar
Hair and Make-Up: Patty Mateo and Simply Blushy Artistry, Megan Sandy
Allen's Shoes - Cole Haan
Bartenders for Reception - Zog's
DJ for Sangeet - Sohil Karva