Mick and Karen’s traditional Sikh wedding in Fresno, CA, was absolutely beautiful! Surrounded by acres of almond fields, fruit trees, and rolling hills, the area provided the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Palm trees lined the road as we drove through fields and fields of fruits and vegetables.
We spent 3 days in Fresno, capturing the memories and traditional festivities of the Sikh wedding. As we photographed the many cultural traditions and events, it felt as though we were part of the family. Everybody opened themselves up to us, showing love, and that truly made our job memorable.
Over the past 8 months, I’ve witnessed the kindness and friendliness of Mick and Karen. Throughout the entire wedding, they placed a lot of trust in us, opened themselves up to creativity, and were extremely cooperative. From the day we took engagement photos in downtown Seattle, I knew Mick and Karen were going to be pure delight! They make a perfect couple together- Karen has a funny personality and an extremely warm heart and Mick is hilarious and always understanding. There’s a sense of calm and peace in their relationship that I can only imagine was developed through their years of long-distance. They’ve established a trust and understanding with each other stemming from communication and openness. After spending time with their families, I can see the source of these wonderful qualities!
Mick and Karen’s wedding was comprised of several Sikh traditions, each of which, was performed with happiness, huge smiles, and love. Sikh weddings often occur over the span of several days, traditionally beginning with the application of Mehndi (henna).
Another tradition is for the grooms family to visit the bride’s family with gifts. During this ceremony, the groom’s mother (bride’s mother-in-law) places a chunni (scarf) over the brides head. This is a sign of respect from the mother-in-law and signifies a lifelong of protection and care from their family. Mick’s family brought gifts and sweets to the Karen’s home. These following are just a couple (of many) pictures we captured for them.
Mick and Karen make such a beautiful couple. These pictures in the orchard are some of my favorite. Even in the 100 degree weather, these two were troopers. Here are a few of the pictures…
Thank you, Mick and Karen, for allowing me to photograph your beautiful Sikh wedding!
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