We've officially made it dear bloggy blog - we've arrived at Part Three of Gaurav and Anu's wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, and if you've been following this Indian wedding thus far, you know it's been nothing short of gorgeous! The colors, traditions, and Indian ceremonies have been unbelievably stunning, but today we get to focus on the elegant black tie reception with Gaurav and Anu in their evening best.
Anu and Gaurav had been raving about their reception outfits for weeks before the wedding, so when both of them walked out in their evening dress, I just about died and went to photographer heaven. Gaurav's perfectly tailored tux combined with Anu's eye-popping Oscar de la Renta gown out on the cliffs of northern California? I could do this every single day for the rest of my life and still love every single second of it!
OH. EM. GEE. This girl is GORGEOUS.
Make that two OH. EM. GEEs! This could be my most favorite groom's portrait OF ALL TIME. (!!!!)
The last shot of the evening out on the cliffs. What a perfect way to end the perfect session - with an image I LOVELOVELOVE!
Back inside The Ritz, we kept the classic Vanity Fair vibe going as long as we could - and the wedding party ATE. IT. UP.
Gaurav and Anu treated their guests to a red carpet experience at the cocktail hour, complete with a step-and-repeat adorned with their wedding logo. So cute!
While guests mingled, the final details were put into place for an evening filled with dining, dancing, and toasting.
Gaurav and Anu had a 'Kissing Menu' placed at each table - instead of just clinking their glasses to have the couple kiss, guests had to sing them a song or entertain them with a dance. It made for a fun night for sure! Ha!
It was an evening filled with joy, memories, a few tears, and LOTS of laughter!
Games, dancing, and toasts intermixed with delicious food and drink made the celebrations go late into the night!
One of the tables celebrated Gaurav and Anu with a surprise Hora dance which made Anu's night! I must say - this was my first Indian wedding with a Hora! LOL!
Gaurav and Anu: You two simply knock our socks off! You will never know just how much stinkin' FUN we had with the two of you and your friends and family in Half Moon Bay. Your love is strong, your hearts are sweet, and your community is beautiful, and we were deeply honored to experience just a small part of your world. We are so unbelievably happy for you both and can't wait to see your smiling faces again!
Wedding Photography : The Youngrens | Ceremony Location : The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Reception Location : The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Cake : Studio Cake | Dress : Oscar de la Renta | Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Make-Up : The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Hair : The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Gown Boutique : Marchesa | Wedding Invitations : Wedding Paper Divas | Stationery : Wedding Paper Divas