Omni Mount Washington Resort Hindu Wedding for Swapna + Shea

I can’t stress enough how deeply meaningful and inspiring it was to photograph Swapna and Shea’s wedding day. The strong-rooted traditions of the Hindu wedding ceremony were like no other and the honoring of the love they share for one another along with the history and beauty of the sacred rituals and spoken words moved me multiple times during their day.

The couple wanted to share a traditional Indian Hindu wedding ceremony as well as a traditional English ceremony and they wanted to honor as many of the parts but combine it into one day instead of two or three; the result was true magic.

Both families were excited to be a part of each important ceremony with the joy filling both sides from getting ready and adjusting Shea’s mom’s sari, to both sets of parents sitting alongside their children under the Mandap, to presenting flowers to the mothers of the couple during their second ceremony, all the way through the celebrations at the reception.

Everyone, including siblings and their little ones, sat with love in their eyes all throughout the day and seemed to be just as drawn into the events as myself and my second photographer were.

With Hindu ceremonies taking place outside, the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s veranda that overlooks the stunning White Mountains of northern New Hampshire was the perfect location for their day. The Indian wedding ceremony’s Mandap was decorated beautifully by the Priest and it was a cool added touch that he spoke in two languages and explained each of the steps so everyone could not only watch the emotions carry out, they could also hear the beautiful importance of each part.

And the couple? Swapna and Shea, I cannot say enough about you and your kind souls and brilliant minds who have and will continue to do mountains of goodwill for this world.

You two have such a deep love and respect for one another and getting to hear the full details at your second ceremony from your officiant of how you met, fell in love, spent your time together, and ultimately wound up standing before us all on this day had me laughing and feeling honored that two such people would fall for my work enough to bring me along to photograph it all.

The time we spent together under the heavy dark clouds overlooking the mountains with you two sharing smiles at one another constantly and softly holding one another was a dream. I and my second photographer couldn’t get enough of you two! Infectious laughter and a complete adoration was a constant all evening and especially came out when you two got to focus entirely on one another.

Annnnnd then the reception where Shea spoke to his wife and told a story that brought tears streaming down my cheeks solidified that you two were absolutely meant to find one another.

Both families were so incredible to be around all day, I could have spent many more with them all! When I was close during the ceremony, Swapna’s mother motioned I could come in even closer and I was MORE than happy to do that! And when I spoke to her later in the evening a couple of times, I just wanted to go on and on about how much I enjoyed her presence all day. Truly, everyone on this day was out of this world!

Swapna and Shea, I’ve told your wedding day story to so many people at this point and I am pleased to finally share pictures that I absolutely love and have such a strong emotional connection to. It’s my hope that these images (and the rest you’ll have soon!) represent what you remember and what will allow you to share your story for many years to come with those that you hold dear to your hearts.

I wish you two piles upon piles of love, and again, thank you for having me along on your beautiful wedding celebration.

Indian Wedding Ceremony + Reception Location: Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods New Hampshire
Bride’s Wedding Dresses: Chhabra Bridal and Cristina’s Bridal
Omni Mount Washington Resort Wedding Photographer: I AM SARAH V Photography with Sarah Truman as my second photographer!
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musicians: Hodges Cello
DJ’s: DJ Scott Langlois and Cuzin Richard Entertainment
Florist: Susannes Weddings
Makeup: Lacey Poirier
Hair: Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort hotel in Bretton Woods New Hampshire on the wedding day

The mother of the bride watches as her daughter gets her makeup completed on her wedding day

Little ones are pensive as they get their hair done for the wedding day

The bride gets to see her completed hair and makeup on her Omni White Mountain Resort wedding day

The bride enters into the room in her ceremonial wedding sari

The bride's mother helps her get into her Hindu wedding attire in New Hampshire

A close up of the bride and her beautiful wedding day jewelry

The bride's and groom's wedding attire in new Hampshire

The groom gets ready for the wedding ceremony in NH

Groom holds the scarf that will be used in the Gathbandhan for the Hindu ceremony in New Hampshire

The Hindu ceremony altar set against the White Mountains on the veranda

The parents of the bride at the alter of the New Hampshire Hindu wedding ceremony

Swagat and Milni with the bride's parents greeting the groom and his parents at the Hindu wedding

Ganesh Puja and the prayer by the priest and groom to Lord Ganesh in New Hampshire

The father of the bride holds a handful of Marigolds to toss during the Hindu wedding ceremony

The bride's mom looks at her during the Kanya Aagaman part of the Indian Hindu wedding ceremony where the bride and groom don't see each other quite yet Omni Mount Washington Resort NH

The bride's mom looks at her during the Kanya Aagaman part of the Hindu ceremony where the bride and groom don't see each other quite yet Omni Mount Washington Resort NH

The bride awaits to see the groom during the Kanya Aagaman part of the Hindu ceremony where the bride and groom don't see each other quite yet in Bretton Woods NH

The groom marvels at the bride at the Kanya Aagaman part of the Hindu ceremony in New Hampshire on the veranda

Jai Mala part of the Hindu ceremony with the bride and groom exchanging garland at the wedding ceremony in NH

The Hindu wedding ceremony on the veranda at Omni Mount Washington Resort in NH The bride and groom's praying hands during the wedding ceremony in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Raksha Bandhan tying of the holi threads during the NH wedding ceremony with the groom smiling

Kanyadan and hasta milap Hindu wedding in Bretton Woods New Hampshire on the veranda

Two little ones patiently watch the wedding ceremony

The bride and groom smile warmly at one another during the wedding ceremony

Agni Poojan and Gathbandhan and throwing marigold flowers over the couple during the Bretton Woods NH ceremony

Kanyadan and hasta milap with the priest adding fuel to the ceremonial fire in New Hampshire

The bride smiles at the Hindu priest during the wedding ceremony

Mangalsutra is tied around the bride's neck by the groom during the NH ceremony while the bride smiles

Saat Phere and Laja Homa and the couple walk around the ceremonial fire with the seven vows during the New Hampshire wedding ceremony

Saat Phere and Laja Homa putting rice in the ceremonial fire for the Hindu wedding in NH

Saat Phere and Laja Homa and the couple with the priest praying around the ceremonial fire in NH

Arundhati and Druv Nakshatra the marigolds in the hands of the bride ready to throw

Arundhati and Druv Nakshatra the marigolds in the hands of the bride and groom are thrown at the wedding ceremony in NH

Arundhati and Druv Nakshatra the bride and groom point to the north star at their Hindu wedding ceremony

The tearful bride and her father hug at the wedding ceremony in the White Mountains of NH

The mother of the bride wipes away tears at the wedding ceremony in NH

A tearful bride and her mom hug each other on the bride's wedding day

The groom puts rings on the bride's toes during the ceremony in NH

Married up in the White Mountains after the Hindu ceremony

Family helps get some of the marigolds out of the bride's hair after the wedding ceremony

The bride and groom greet children on their wedding day

The newlyweds and the family on their wedding day pose in front of the White Mountains

The couple stands together under a tree canopy on their White Mountain Hindu wedding day

The bride and groom soak in the sun at their New Hampshire wedding

The newlyweds walk through the property of Omni Mount Washington Resort sharing a laugh

The bride's henna hands after the Hindu wedding ceremony

The bride in her wedding day saree for her Hindu wedding in New Hampshire

The couple snuggle close together after their wedding ceremony

The newlyweds stand together in front of the White Mountains on their wedding day

The groom spins his bride on the wedding day

The couple enjoys a moment together after their first wedding ceremony

The veranda at Omni Mount Washington Resort

Bride's second wedding dress

The groom stands with his parents as the start to walk him into the wedding ceremony on the veranda

The groom watches the bride come down the aisle with loving eyes

The bride hugs her parents before the wedding ceremony begins

Family watches the wedding ceremony in New Hampshire

The second wedding reception on the veranda at Mount Omni Washington Resort

The second wedding reception on the veranda at Mount Omni Washington Resort

The bride checks on the six pence in her wedding day shoes

The bride's veil goes wild during the formal family photos in NH

The bride and groom get in close with one another at Mount Omni Washington Resort in Bretton Woods New Hampshire

The newlyweds walk out in a meadow with the White Mountains behind them in NH

The newlyweds walk out in a meadow with the White Mountains behind them in NH

The bride and groom get in close with one another at Mount Omni Washington Resort in Bretton Woods New Hampshire

The first dance as a married couple

The first dance as a married couple

The couple laughs at the best man's toast at the reception

The bride and groom cut their wedding cake while family cheers them on

The bride and groom look out over the mountain views on their wedding day in New Hampshire

The bride and groom laugh and embrace one another at sunset

Close up of the bride;s henna and her wedding rings

The bride and groom laugh and embrace one another at sunset

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