Radhika and Shilpin’s wedding was pretty much a dream within a dream. Pinks that ignite your eyes and blues that make you drown in wonder. “Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa.  Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. ‘Amore’ or ‘Pyar’ makes everyone a poet.”  Gregory David Roberts.

After 20 hrs of non-stop action and 18 thousand photos we realized our energy was fueled by the adrenaline high of euphoric laughter, joyous tears, captivating emotions, and rhapsodic dancing. “Faith! Hope! Love!” reads the tattoo on Radhika’s right ankle, and after experiencing their authentic love and joy we feel closer to the depth of Indian traditions.

Emee Pumarega with EJP Events brilliantly planned Radhika and Shilpin’s wedding at The Portland Art Museum located in the heart of Portland’s cultural district. Everything flowed flawlessly. This venue was perfect. It’s is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest and internationally recognized for some of the world’s finest private collections. Dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations and a premier venue for education in the visual arts. What better setting to have for the rich colors, Indian traditions and awe-inspiring love shared between Radhika, Shilpin and 350 friends and family. The location of The Portland Art Museum was ideal for their large group. The Portland Park Blocks provided Shilpin’s Barrat procession with the perfect path to parade through the streets and circle back to the entrance of the museum and enough room for everyone to freely celebrate. And wow! Radhika’s ceremonial entrance into the Field’s Ballroom stopped all the clocks!  Having their reception in the Kridel Grand Ballroom with its soaring ceiling heights and dramatic architectural details felt like something between being inside the Louvre and a killer night club.

The dynamic of this wedding demanded our full team working together simultaneously capturing every moment possible. Inspired by being ambassadors for Master Lighting + Off-Camera Flash with SLR Lounge and MagMod we had 3 photographers and a dedicated lighting assistant to help capture all the moments with creative and dramatic light. We made extensive use of MagMod’s awesome lighting modifiers. The strength of working as a team allowed us to divide and conquer. Some of us were in the bridal suite capturing Radhika getting ready while the others were capturing the fast action of the Baraat (the groom’s wedding procession). Radhika and Shilpin had the largest bridal party we’ve ever seen with 26 people! All of us worked together to quickly captured a unique photograph of the entire bridal party on Portland’s iconic Hawthorne bridge. The complexity of taking a photo like this can get tricky. Aside from the technicalities, one of the biggest challenges can be keeping everyone engaged. So we came prepared with our favorite Superfeel invitations to kept everyone relaxed and having fun. On the dance floor, we triple-teamed up to capture radical angles lit-up with dramatic off-camera flash for fast-moving moments. It’s not always easy to access the inside of a swarm of passionate dancing and not get trampled! Sometimes we crawled on the floor on our backs to capture fleeting moments. Other times we reach high up over everyone tiptoeing on chairs to catch clean compositions. Our trusted HoldFast Gear freed us up to move anywhere with our cameras.

For their “wedding premiere” we put together a trailer of 115 of their best photos stretching over 4 songs. This experience made for a spectacular “date night” and the most meaningful way to relive their wedding day. We are beaming with happiness for Radhika and Shilpin.

Accolades:

The last photo in this series won an international wedding award photo in the Winter 2020 ISPWP contest.

Photographers: JOS & TREE
Event Coordination: EJP Events – Emee Pumarega
Associate Photographer: Juliana Patrick Photography
Lighting Assistant: Andrew Larkin
Sangeet: District East | Wedding Venue: Portland Art Museum
Dress: Chandan Fashion (in Toronto Canada) | Groom’s Sangeet outfit: Herringbone and Sui (in india)
Groom’s Tux: Ted Baker | Other Indian Attire: Your Designer Wear
Getting Ready: Marriott | Officiant: Tigard Temple
Mandap: Geranium Lake | Cinematography: Steady State Video
Transportation: Beaverton Air Porter | Cake: Jaciva
Hair & Makeup: Blossom and Beauty  | DJ: Kyle DePinna (Neofresco)
Flowers: Geranium Lake | Catering: Chennai Masala and Devils Food
Rentals: Bridgewood