October 6, 2015

Alem and Imtiaz’s Mehndi ~ Austin Wedding Photography

Weddings

Confession: this was my first ever time to shoot a mehndi celebration. When Arlem and Imtiaz contacted me, then we met and chatted, it was such a humbling thing that they picked me to help them remember their wedding celebration, including this very special part.

I knew that a mehndi celebration was full of color and pretty things. This was very much the case with Arlem and Imtiaz’s mehndi: everyone was dressed to the nines and so was the venue. The table and chairs were beautifully adorned with bright colors of pink, purple and orange accented with gold and shiny beading. Everything, from the space to the people, was awash with colors that just said “happiness” without saying a word. With all that, it was still very much a celebration that was intimate and sweet.

After dinner, many folks gathered indoors to get henna tattoos. This was a new experience for a lot of those in attendance so it was sweet to see their eyes light up as the designs appeared swiftly, almost magically, on their hands. It was really fun to watch the reactions of the little girls who decided they wanted them, too. While that was happening, families got to know each other and chat and just hang out.

After all was said and done, I found myself with Nisha, the henna artist, waiting for our cars. We chatted a bit about Indian weddings (her wedding was 15 days long!) and her work doing henna tattoos at Mehndis. “Do you know why we do them? Do you know why we really do the Mehndi? Because it takes a long time. We do it because we get to sit and talk.”

Lightbulb moment: it’s all about the fellowship, the opportunity to get to know your new family. How sweet!

The team that took the event and made it epic:

The venue: The Belmont, Austin
Catering: The Clay Pit
Henna artist: Nisha of Henna Arts
Dancers: The Diya Project
DJ: Live Oak DJ
Live Music: Rajamani Productions
Videography: Adam Grumbo Wedding Films
Flowers: Verbena Floral Design
Decor: Prashe Decor
Wedding coordination: Life Styled Events

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Arlem and Imtiaz's arrival to their mehndi ~ Belmont, Texas Event Photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography Arlem and Imtiaz greet friends and family at their mehndi Dancing and entertainment is set to begin at Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi Dancers at Imtiaz and Arlem's Mehndi Dancers at Imtiaz and Arlem's Mehndi The entertainment at Arlem and Imtiaz's Mehndi ~ Austin Wedding Photographers Guests mingling and enjoying Imtiaz and Arlem's MehndiGuests mingling and enjoying Imtiaz and Arlem's Mehndi Stage set at the Belmont for henna artists to work at Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi Interior decor at the Belmont where Arlem and Imtiaz held their mehndi Lighting set up and interior decor at the Belmont where Arlem and Imtiaz held their mehndi ~ Austin Indian Wedding photographer Arlem on the night of her mehndi

Arlem on the night of her mehndiArlem and Imtiaz on the night of their mehndiBride and groom's detail and jewelry ~ Austin Mehndi photographer Bride and Groom mehndi portraits ~ Arlem and Imtiaz Mehndi Bride and Groom mehndi portraits at the stage ~ Arlem and Imtiaz Mehndi Golden hour Bride and Groom mehndi portraits ~ Arlem and Imtiaz Mehndi
The women get henna tattoos at Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi ~ Belmont Austin Event Photography Big smiles ~ Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi ~ Belmont Austin Event Photography Arlem's sister lounges while she waits her turn for a henna tattoo ~ Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi ~ Belmont Austin Event Photography Arlem's turn for her henna tattoo ~ Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi ~ Belmont Austin Event Photography Arlem's sister in law adjusts her scarf at her mehndi celebration ~ Austin wedding photographers Nisha applying henna tattoo on Arlem's hands ~ Austin wedding photographers Just hanging out at the mehndi ~ Austin wedding photographers Imtiaz mingles with his family ~ Imtiaz and Arlem's Mehndi ~ Belmont Austin Just hanging out at the mehndi ~ Austin wedding photographers ~ Belmont Austin Wedding Just hanging out at the mehndi ~ Austin wedding photographers ~ Belmont Austin Wedding Nisha applying henna tattoo on Arlem's hands ~ Austin wedding photographers Just hanging out at the mehndi ~ Austin wedding photographers ~ Belmont Austin Wedding Imtiaz' dad enjoys the music and dancing at Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi celebration
guest mingling at Arlem and Imtiaz's mehndi celebrationArlem and Imtiaz's mehndi celebration ~ Austin Indian Wedding Photography

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Arlem and Imtiaz's Multicultural Wedding ~ The Allan House Austin Wedding : 21:56 October 7, 2015
[…] of this event. They opted for a more traditional mehndi celebration in lieu of a rehearsal dinner (pictures and proof are here). But both wanted a more American mash up of both of their backgrounds for the wedding. The result […]
Simi : 23:46 October 8, 2015
Gorgeous captures here! Lovely, lovely captures!
alexbee : 05:34 October 14, 2015
This is AMAZING! So much color. Great job, Mercedes!!
Lara : 03:13 October 15, 2015
I love how colorful and joyful these are. Looks like an awesome event to be a part of.
Darren Gair : 12:33 November 5, 2015
What a beautiful occasion, you captured it so well Mercedes. From magical moments to intricate details, you really get a the sense of being there through your work.
Amy Barton : 15:22 November 6, 2015
So much colour, so much vibrancy. A delightful set of images to look through - well done!
Heather K : 14:58 November 7, 2015
I love the relaxed candids throughout! Gorgeous work!
Teresa K : 18:29 November 7, 2015
So colorful and full of life, love, and joy!! Super well done Mercedes!!
lisa lacroix : 05:30 November 10, 2015
So beautiful, colourful and full of life. Lovely captures!

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