So we’ve known Preethi and Mani for a very long time … like middle school long time. From quadruple dates at top golf always followed by watching basketball to late night movies and random trips. Over the years we have all become good friends, basketball rivals and football trash talkers. So when this lovely couple asked us to photograph their engagement and wedding, we were over the moon excited! You may remember them from our trip to the Barboursville Vineyards in October (Check it here).
Preethi and Mani’s engagement was pure traditional elegance. From Mani’s royal sherwani to the beautiful jasmine accented parandi in Preethi’s hair, their engagement puja at the Murugan Temple in Lanham, MD was very detailed and was performed traditionally. We started our day early (waking Mani up in the process) to ensure we captured great shots of them both getting ready. Dressed and excited we made our way to the temple and the action began! The stage was graciously covered with plates of mithai (read: candy) and dry fruits for the shagun ceremony.
Both families came together exchanging gifts and mutual promises of marriage while the pandit (priest) performed the engagement puja. Even a power outage (thankfully we had our alien bee lights and a backup battery source) couldn’t stop this engagement from happening as the pandit thoroughly explained all the terms, meanings and conditions for marriage! Four hours later, it was confirmed, Mani and Preethi were officially engaged!
Mani and Preethi, we could not be happier for you two! We are so excited and cannot wait to photograph your wedding! We hope you enjoy your images!