Radhika and Shilpin’s wedding was a “dream within a dream.”  After 20 hrs of non-stop action and 18 thousand photos later we realized our energy was fueled by the adrenaline high of euphoric laughter, joyous tears, captivating emotions, and rhapsodic dancing. “Faith! Hope! Love!” reads the tattoo on Radhika’s right ankle, and after experiencing this wedding we feel a little closer to understanding those words and the depth of Indian traditions.

Radhika and Shilpin had their wedding at The Portland Art Museum located in Portland’s cultural district. This venue is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest and internationally recognized for some of the world’s finest private collections. Dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations and a premier venue for education in the visual arts. What better setting to have for the rich colors, Indian traditions and awe-inspiring love shared between Radhika, Shilpin and 350 friends and family. The location of The Portland Art Museum was optimal for managing this large of a group. Located right in the heart of Portland Park Blocks provided Shilpin’s Barrat procession with the perfect path to parade through the streets and circle back to the entrance of the museum and enough room for everyone to freely celebrate. Radhika’s entrance into the Field’s Ballroom for the ceremony was absolutely gorgeous.  And having their reception in the Kridel Grand Ballroom with its soaring ceiling heights and dramatic architectural details felt like something between being inside the Louvre and a killer night club.

The dynamic of a wedding like this demanded our full team working together capturing every moment possible. Teamwork is the only way to creatively capture real moments that often happen within fractions of a second. We had 3 photographers and a dedicated lighting assistant help light up real moments with creative and dramatic light. The magic of this combination allowed us to divide ourselves between different activities simultaneously happening. One of us was in the bridal suite capturing Radhika getting ready while the other was capturing the fast action of the Baraat (the groom’s wedding procession). Radhika and Shilpin had the largest bridal party we’ve ever encountered with 26 people. As a team, we quickly captured a creative photograph of the entire bridal party on Portland’s iconic Hawthorne bridge (our community of photographers, SLR Lounge, picked up on this photo and had over 2 thousand photographers engaging about the photograph). Other times we triple-teamed up on the dance floor to capture radical angles lit-up with dramatic off-camera flash that added an extra dimension to fast-moving moments.

When it comes time for our couples to see their wedding photos we create a “wedding premiere” experience for them. It’s a trailer of their wedding story put together in a photomontage with music. For Radhika and Shilpin’s wedding premiere we included a special collection of 115 finished photos stretching over 4 songs. It was a “date night” for them while they relived their wedding day.

Photographers: JOS studios (JOS & TREE)
Associate Photographer: Juliana Patrick Photography
Lighting Assistant: Andrew Larkin
Event Coordination: EJP Events – Emee Pumarega
Sangeet: District East
Wedding Venue: Portland Art Museum
Dress: Chandan Fashion (in Toronto Canada)
Groom’s Sangeet outfit: Herringbone and Sui (in india)
Groom’s Tux: Ted Baker
Other Indian Attire: Your Designer Wear
Getting Ready: Marriott
Officiant: Tigard Temple
Mandap: Geranium Lake
Cinematography: Steady State Video
Transportation: Beaverton Air Porter
Cake: Jaciva
Hair & Makeup: Blossom and Beauty
DJ: Kyle DePinna (Neofresco)
Flowers: Geranium Lake
Catering: Chennai Masala and Devils Food
Rentals: Bridgewood

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