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Published – Wedding Nouveau

The editors at Wedding Nouveau flattered me when they saw Sharlene and Nihar’s wedding photos! I submitted them with hopes to be featured on their lovely blog. I received an enthusiastic e-mail asking to publish this wedding in their Winter 2012 issue instead!

Sharlene and Nihar’s took their vows under a canopy of trees beside a pretty fountain pond. Their wedding was such a unique and special one, with Filipino, Indian, Roman Catholic and Hindu influences uniting this lovely couple.

If you are a multi-cultural couple, check out Wedding Nouveau. They specialize in a niche market and they present wonderful ideas by culture plus real weddings that will inspire you!

SPRING 2012 UPDATE: Sharlene and Nihar’s wedding was featured on the blog!



Posted on January 23, 2012

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Published – California South Asian Bride

Realce Photography had a great opportunity to get featured in California South Asian Bride Magazine. I am honored Sharlene and Nihar’s fusion wedding at Nestldown was showcased in the Winter 2011 issue.

Lakshmi’s Floral Design and Rachna Bhatt of Henna and Beyond were also featured! The floral and henna designs from Sharlene and Nihar’s wedding were unique and memorable. It was exciting to see these vendors published, too!

If you are planning an Indian or Indian fusion wedding and need some inspiration, get the current issue here!

Posted on December 1, 2011

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A Rustic Indian-Filipino Fusion Wedding at Nestldown

Sharlene and Nihar planned a destination wedding in a beautiful, rustic setting. The Santa Cruz mountains brought a serene feeling that Sharlene loved when she camped with her students nearby years ago.

Sharlene asked Rachna Bhatt of Henna and Beyond to create a fusion henna design with the Ashoka Wheel and the Filipino Sun. Nihar’s name is also written throughout the intricate details.

The Nestldown house was a great place to get ready while the baraat (a celebratory bridegroom procession) took place at the barn. The guests danced to the beat of drums before heading down to the Chapel.

Sharlene’s parents wore traditional Filipino formal wear. Her dad wore a barong tagalog (bah-rohng  ta-ga-lohg) and her mom wore a terno (ter-no), a traditional Filipino dress with butterfly sleeves.

Sharlene loves dance and she is practiced in many different styles. During the wedding ceremony, she performed a surprise hula performance: Keali’i Reichel’s Maunaleo (choreographed by Keali’i as a seated hula, hula noho). It was a tribute to Nihar and Sharlene’s mothers and grandmothers, living and in spirit.

Traditionally, an Indian bride and groom exchanged var mala or jai mala, separate garlands that signify acceptance of each other as husband and wife. They also symbolize the unification of their hearts, minds and souls. Sharlene and Nihar’s wedding ceremony was a fusion of both Indian and Filipino-Catholic traditions. The garlands were connected as a wedding cord and formed a figure 8. It symbolized everlasting fidelity.

Sharlene and Nihar adapted the Sapta Padi and took The Seven Steps and Vows to pledge their commitment to each other.

Along with the exchange of wedding rings, Sharlene and Nihar offered each other a bite of Cinnabon in lieu of traditional Indian sweets. It was part of Anna Prashaan, a ritual where the bride and groom wished each other a sweet life filled with truth, sincerity and love. Neel, the Officiant, said their fate was sealed before they even met because Nihar loved Cinnabon and Sharlene used to work at Cinnabon.

The bride and groom arrived at cocktail hour on a mini train! They danced their first dance surrounded by loved ones and redwood trees.

Nihar came up with a soccer theme for the table names and seating plan. Nihar and his friends are avid soccer fans.

Nihar’s dad gave a great speech. A couple of guests found a fun way to wear their place cards/wedding favors from Dwell.

Sharlene is an elementary school teacher in New York City. Her students created flower holder covers for the reception. This one was a portrait of Nihar. On the right, Sharlene and her friends were so playful and not camera shy. These girls can vogue!

After dinner, the party continued in the barn. DJ Marky Enriquez played the jams. It was boisterous and full of fun!

And off they went into the night! Congratulations!

Sharlene’s Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Sharlene’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Jacqueline Bush
Make-up: Arlynn Santos Casanada
Mehndi / Henna: Rachna Bhatt of Henna and Beyond
Nihar’s suit and tie: Rag and Bone
Nihar’s shirt: Seize sur Vingt
Nihar’s shoes: Rachel Comey
Maid of Honor’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Lakshmi’s Floral Design
Officiant: Neel Singhal
Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Nestldown
Wedding Reception Caterer: Continental Caterers
Shuttle Service: Corinthian Parking
Wedding Ceremony Musicians: FilAm Veterans Rondalla
Cocktail Hour and Reception Musicians: Gaucho
DJ and Emcee: Marky Enriquez
Second Photographer: Sabrina Wong

Posted on July 28, 2011

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Barry Phipps - You always do the most interesting weddings. Great detail shots! Looks like it was lots of fun. Everyone is smiling the entire time. Cool.

j - inspiring and beautiful! im filipina and my boyfriend is indian and just seeing pictures of the possibilities makes me happy.