Anisha & Garrick’s Hindu Wedding | The Inverness Hotel, Denver

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Anisha & Garrick’s Wedding will be one that I will certainly never forget. This was my first time being introduced to the Hindu way of marriage and it was truly beautiful. There are so many amazing traditions that this culture celebrates during a wedding day and I loved how the whole day was based around the families coming together. Anisha & Garrick are the most laid back and joyous people! They had so many events happening throughout the day and they embraced each and every moment. The day started out with Anisha and her sisters and best friends getting ready at the Inverness Hotel in Denver. Unlike a traditional white American wedding gown, Anisha was covered from head to toe in the most beautiful traditional lehngha lined with gold and embroidery. Ever so intricate and elaborate. Traditionally the Bride also adorned with henna on her hands and feet. Anisha told me that the darker the henna the more her mother-in-law loves her. (Anisha’s was very dark as you will see!) Garrick and his family are not Hindu but you almost wouldn’t know! They all embraced the culture as their own and took place in all the rituals with open arms. Garrick wore a traditional Sherwani and may I say looked very dapper sporting it!

To start the ceremony Garrick was escorted on a white horse into the wedding venue. The couple had explained this to me so I was aware that it would be happening, but I had NO IDEA how emotional it would be! All of Garrick’s family surrounded him and danced to music and celebrated while he was introduced to Anisha’s family. They welcomed him with gifts and also welcomed his family. The guests then entered the ceremony area where Anisha then entered escorted by her sisters. Anisha & Garrick exchanged garlands symbolizing their acceptance of and commitment to each other. During the Hasta Milap (The eternal bond) Anisha places her right hand in Garrick’s right hand, symbolically uniting their souls. The couple vows to look upon each other with sympathy, love and compassion, to be strong and righteous, and to show goodwill, respect, and affection to each other’s families. Through many more rituals the couple gets closer and closer to becoming united in marriage. Towards the end the couple performs a Saptapadi (Seven steps). In Hindu philosophy, if two people walk seven steps together they become lifelong friends. Anisha and Garrick took seven steps together to symbolize their journey through life while making promises to each other with each step:

  1. To nourish each other
  2. To grow together in strength
  3. T preserve their wealth
  4. To share all joys and sorrows
  5. To care for their children
  6. To be together forever
  7. To remain lifelong friends

How beautiful is that!? More traditions including Garrick placing sindoor in Anisha’s hair symbolizing strength, support, and nourishment, Anisha and Garrick stand to face the sun and both pray for the strength to lead a creative, meaningful, and worthy life and Anisha’s mother and three married women whisper blessings in her ear all take place. They also exchange rings and although it’s not traditional in the Hindu ceremony to kiss. . . they did!

The emotions were on high and everyone congratulated the newlyweds as they recessed out of the ceremony venue. The rest of the evening was spent mingling with friends and family all dressed to the nines! Their reception included traditional dance performances from friends and family and a delicious Indian dinner.

I am truly honored to be a part of every single wedding that I photograph, but this one was so incredible to see and learn about another culture. Thank you Anisha & Garrick for being the amazing people you are and Congrats on your marriage!

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah Hill Photography

Florals: Shokria Ghulam at Elegant Designs by Ria

Hair: Michelle Pace

Makeup: Anjali Gupta (Bride’s sister!)

Venue: Hilton Denver Inverness

Entertainment: DJ Babu G

Videography: Devin Scheer at Good Angle Pictures

Cake: Lindsay Marchiano at Hilton Denver Inverness

Catering: Mini India’s Restaurant

Invitations: Mascotte Designs in Mumbai India

 

  1. Ruth Sherman

    July 10th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Oh Sarah, the tears are falling down my cheeks. You captured the extreme beauty of the bride and groom, and of the entire wedding. Thank you thank you thank you! You are amazing.
    Ruth (Garrick’s mom!)

  2. Pearl

    July 10th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Anisha is the most beautiful bride and Garrick’s smile lights up his face!

  3. Garrick Sherman

    July 10th, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Sarah, these pictures are beyond incredible. I am completely blown away and on the edge of my seat for the full album. Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job — these are pictures we will treasure.

  4. Kevin Sherman

    July 10th, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Wow, these are truly stunning. You’ve done an absolutely incredible job capturing the colors, light, and love of this event. I’m blown away!

    Could use more pictures of the Best Man though 😉

  5. sarahhill

    July 10th, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I’m so glad you are all enjoying the photos! What a lovely day it was!

  6. Amrita Gupta

    July 10th, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    These pictures are beautiful! Amazing job capturing this memorable day!

  7. Leah Perletz

    July 10th, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    These are gorgeous and everyone looks so genuinely happy!

  8. Sophie Dolbeau

    July 10th, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    These pictures are breathtaking! Everyone looks beautiful and so happy.

  9. Diane

    July 10th, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    WOW….these are seriously AMAZING photos of the wedding. Sarah, you’ve captured not only the beauty of this incredible ceremony, but the emotion of it all. Stunning. It was a thrill to be there and I’ love seeing the photos!!
    Diane

  10. Vera Staley

    July 10th, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Amazing photos that really captured the emotions and excitement of the day! And your description of the ceremony was wonderful!!

  11. Zoe Frank

    July 10th, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    These pictures are absolutely amazing! The events were captured so beautifully.

  12. Debbie Evans

    July 10th, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    What amazing photos! You really captured the event. Your statement made it obvious that you really make an effort to get to know the bride and groom. As a guest, I was hardly aware of your presence. What skill you have to achieve such special photographs while being relatively unobtrusive.

  13. Anisha

    July 10th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Sarah, I can’t even express how beautiful these pictures are. I am so blown away with all of the details and emotions that you captured. I am beyond thrilled and can’t believe there is a full album still to come! Your description of the ceremony was so wonderful, too. And to think this was your first Indian wedding! THANK YOU so much!!! xoxo

  14. Miranda

    July 10th, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    These are the most beautiful wedding photos I’ve ever seen! You’ve captured everything from the vibrant personalities to the sweet and tender moments. Bravo!

  15. Julie Ribits

    July 10th, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Sarah these photos are incredible!! Fabulous job capturing such a beautiful day!

  16. Susan Mintz

    July 10th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures

  17. Jamie O.

    July 10th, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    This set of photos is absolutely gorgeous! What a talented photographer to capture the beauty of a very special day!

  18. Robin Sahota

    July 10th, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    These pictures are absolutely amazing, you really captured how happy and excited the couple and their families were in every shot! Everyone looks stunning!

  19. Divya

    July 11th, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful day! Loved seeing all these and reliving the weekend!

  20. Chelsea Sellin

    July 11th, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Amazing photos, and I loved your description, since I couldn’t be there.

  21. John Herndon

    July 11th, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Dang!
    Anisha and Garrick,
    Lovely pictures. Good work Ms Hill.
    Anisha is surpassing beautiful. She looks regal. Garrick you look great as well. Happy Day!
    John herndon

  22. Glen Sherman

    July 11th, 2017 at 1:28 am

    These photos are extraordinary. We could not have asked for anything more. Your attention to detail as well as composition, spontaneity, lighting, expression and story indicate what a true artist you are.

    Additionally, your ability to work in an unfamiliar situation, i.e. a Hindu wedding, shows how adaptable you can be, a characteristic of your personality as much as your craft.

    And speaking of personality, you have to be the easiest photographer to work with. Everyone who encountered you, and your very capable staff as well, felt at ease and comfortable with your direction or requests or suggestions.

    In short, I would recommend you to anyone for any special occasion or assignment. And rest assured that you’re top on our list for our next major event.

    You’re the best!

    Glen Sherman
    (Best know as Ruth’s spouse)

  23. Anju Gupta

    July 11th, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Sarah Thank you so much for for the lovely pictures. You captured each moment so well. LOVED each one. It took me back into time. Thank you thank you so much❤❤

  24. Jessica noble

    July 11th, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Absolutely Beautiful!!!

  25. Chandler Gonzales

    July 11th, 2017 at 2:01 am

    These photos are amazing. So much beauty captured here

  26. Jessica

    July 11th, 2017 at 2:23 am

    These photos are beautiful! Each one is better than the next! You captured just how beautiful of a day it was and how much love Anisha and Garrick share!!

  27. Craig Streit

    July 11th, 2017 at 2:49 am

    These photos are incredible! Garrick and Anisha – you both looked amazing and the photos truly capture how special the wedding was.

  28. Alex

    July 11th, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Wow, beautiful pics! So happy for Anisha and Garrick!

  29. Margaret Gordon

    July 11th, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Love how you captured the sweetness of Garrick and Anisha’s emotions.

  30. Asha Bhandari

    July 11th, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Words aren’t enough to express how gorgeous these photos are every moment captured of the most beautiful bride Anisha and the very handsome groom Garrick Great job God Bless

  31. Elicia Martinez

    July 11th, 2017 at 3:32 am

    AMAZING!!! Absolutely Beautiful! ❤️

  32. Kitu Grover

    July 11th, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Weddings bring families together, bring happy tears, and always fly by so fast. These images capture the wedding so well and they make me want to relive the wedding weekend, absolutely gorgeous!

  33. Romita Gandhi

    July 11th, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Beautiful pictures of beautiful bride and groom. I missed the wedding but enjoyed the glimpse of every function!! Thanks for sharing. God bless them with long happy married life🙏🏼

  34. Michelle

    July 11th, 2017 at 4:24 am

    AMAZING! What a beautiful couple! These photos show the beauty and joy of the day, the love between Anisha and Garrick and Captured so many special moments that will be forever cherished .
    Sarah, you are a true artist!

  35. Ketna Shah

    July 11th, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Beautiful Pictures. 👍

  36. Anjali Gupta

    July 11th, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Sarah, these pictures are absolutely beautiful!! I could not be happier for these two, and looking through these pictures reminds me of the wonderful time we had this past weekend!! You did a great job capturing these moments!

  37. Sarakshi

    July 11th, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Wow! I love these pictures. You can feel the happiness and love in every single one of the shots that you have captured, not just of Anisha and Garrick, but family and friends present as well. Over time, these are the pictures that all of us, family and friends, will go back to to relive this amazing weekend. You did a fantastic job and I cannot wait to see more.

  38. Sangeeta Teckchandani

    July 11th, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Beautiful pictures… Could not attend the wedding ceremony functions but after seeing these photos felt was present at all the functions.. Lovely… May God bless the newly wedded couple with lots of happy years of togetherness and good health.
    The beauty of Hindu wedding is that at the time of Hastamilap and during the entire wedding it is believed that all the Gods and Goddesses (33 crores!!!! ) descend on earth to shower their blessings on the couple. The vows that the couple exchange at the time of the ceremony are done in the presence of these Gods and Goddesses in short the couple do not only take the vows but promise to honor them in front of these Celestial Beings and seek blessings Their blessings.

  39. Yogini Khanna

    July 11th, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Amazing pictures!

  40. Yasmin Govani

    July 11th, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Amazing pictures. The love between the couples captured wonderfully.

  41. Asha Khanna

    July 11th, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Amazing, gorgeous, incredible, beautiful pictures of my beautiful Anisha and Garrick…. Though we were not present, after seeing the pictures, I can imagine how beautiful all the ceremonies were. Capturing the right moment with the right background and above all the perfect timing to capture the genuine emotions….. Too good

  42. Nan Steketee

    July 11th, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    These are lovely joyous photos. They capture the joy of everyone involved especially the bride and groom! Anisha is a beautiful bride!

  43. Debbie Cadiz

    July 11th, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Absolutely the most beautiful wedding pictures. Sarah captured the colors and the pageantry perfectly!

  44. Farah

    July 11th, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Sarah you did a great job capturing the most important moments of their life. The bride and groom looked “AMAZING” ! The brides mom and her two sisters looked Gorgeous.

    Beautiful wedding, sad that it went by soooo fast

    Lots of blessing to the young couple

  45. Lissa

    July 11th, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful day!

  46. Rama

    July 11th, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Sarah, pictures are beautiful. You did a fantastic job.

  47. Renee

    July 11th, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    These are by far the most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen. I felt the joy, color, music, and atmosphere as if I was actually there. The pictures left me breathless and close to tears. What a great job.

  48. Bruce

    July 11th, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    These pictures are absolutely fantastic! I can only hope that we get a photographer as good as you for our wedding. You have the ability to capture the rawness of love and connection. Amazing job!

  49. Rashmi

    July 11th, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Sarah, you did an awesome job of capturing the perfect moment in your pictures! Anisha and Garrick look amazing!!! Cherished memories in perfect pictures…..

  50. Neera Morarka

    July 11th, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Sarah you did a good job. Everyone looks sooo pretty. Wedding was so amazing. I love there pics. Lovely couple. God bless them. We enjoyed a lot.

  51. Andy Gordon

    July 11th, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I am overjoyed that this long awaited event was so beautifully captured. These images really help relive this incredible, love filled time. As “The Uncle” I couldn’t be happier for both of them.

  52. Jacinta

    July 11th, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    This was such a beautiful and magical weekend! Thank you for capturing so many perfect moments!

  53. Catalina

    July 12th, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Such a beautiful celebration! I loved all the detail shown in the pictures. Congratulations to the two of you, you look very happy to be together!

  54. Kaye Rankin

    July 12th, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Such a beautiful celebration!! These pictures have captured such love, so much that I want to share them with my FB friends and family!! Congratulations and wishing many years of happiness to the newlyweds!

  55. Meagan

    July 12th, 2017 at 1:20 am

    What beautiful photos! They really capture the joy and spirit of the event.

  56. Lisa hopkins

    July 12th, 2017 at 1:46 am

    The most beautiful bride!! Awesome pictures

  57. Dana

    July 12th, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Beautiful pictures
    Every moment was captured
    Thank you

  58. Cheryl

    July 12th, 2017 at 2:12 am

    These pictures are amazing, Sarah! You captured the spirit of the event and what it was like to be there celebrating with the happy couple and their families.

  59. Paul

    July 12th, 2017 at 2:43 am

    The ceremony was beautiful and colorful. Your photographs could not be better.

  60. Asha Tripathi

    July 12th, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Amazing photographs!! Beautiful moments captured with perfection.

  61. Heather

    July 12th, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Wow, these are so beautiful!! I wasn’t able to attend the wedding, but I feel like I can experience the joy of the celebration through these photos!

  62. Corina

    July 13th, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Beautiful photos! Congratulations!

  63. Courtney Triebelhorn

    July 13th, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Beautiful story and amazing pictures!

  64. Michelle wergin

    July 13th, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  65. Jill

    July 13th, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Such a beautiful ceremony! You did a great job. Congrats to Anisha and Garrick.

  66. Jane Klinger

    July 14th, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Beautiful couple. Joyous occasion. Gorgeous photography to document it all. Many blessings.

  67. Darlene

    July 16th, 2017 at 12:19 am

    These photos are absolutely beautiful. I love them all, but in particular, the close-up detail shots. The cropping is perfect, and I love the way the eye is drawn in. Really beautiful!

  68. Chandy

    July 16th, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Lovely photos & lovely Reception! All the best to Anisha & Garrick.

  69. Hollis

    August 7th, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Wonderful photos to capture such a beautiful celebration of their relationship! So glad we all got to be a part of it!

  70. Dianne

    August 8th, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    My two children attended and I’m so glad that I got to see these lovely photos. Congratulations to the bride and groom and thank you for such beautiful photos to enjoy!

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