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Kate & Rahul | A Stunning Fusion Wedding at the Bride’s Grandparents Farm in Chillicothe, Ohio

September 15, 2022

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A photo of a western-indian fusion wedding in Chillicothe, Ohio taken by an Italian wedding photographer

This wedding was another one for the books. Lately I feel like I say that every time I shoot lol, but my couples have been on a new level of incredible this season. Kate and Rahul’s wedding weekend was an honor to be apart of and I am so excited to dive into it.

I have the craziest connection with these two. Rahul’s cousin Nisha is like a sibling to me, I’ve known her for years and we met while she was travel nursing in Chicago in 2015. Her and her husband Ryan moved back to San Francisco that year, and over the next few years I’d shoot a few weddings with Ryan in San Francisco and Portland. I’d last seen them in September 2018 when I had shot weddings in San Francisco and Los Angeles. When Kate reached out to me last summer saying that she thought we met in Chicago through Nisha and Ryan, I said I didn’t think we did, only for me to creep through her Instagram and find that we had taken a picture together in September 2018 after randomly meeting one night in San Francisco around the time her and Rahul has officially started dating 🥹 Such a small, crazy world.

Kate and Rahul would then fly out to Chicago for their engagement photos (they were living in Boston while Kate finished med-school, and now that she’s done they’re in ATL), and as soon as we “met” we immediately hit it off. They are both such kind, warm people and we grabbed beers at their favorite brewery, strolled around their old neighborhood, and finished with some lakefront photos on a sunny November day.

Fast forward to this past weekend. Kate had always dreamed of getting married on her grandparent’s farm. Her parents had married on the front steps of her grandparent’s home 30+ years prior, and there’s a rich family history on this massive, 900 acre property. I could feel it as soon as I stepped foot on it. Rahul is Indian, and the two merged both of their cultures over a two day celebration and it was a beautiful thing. On Friday night, they hosted a beautiful Sangeet in town, and on Saturday they had a Baraat, Milni, and Ceremony that incorporated both Indian and Western tradition on the farm. It was a perfect day, even with rain showers during speeches that revealed the most incredible double rainbow I have ever seen over the farm – which brought Rahul to tears as it was a sign from his Grandma that she was with him. It was so hard to pull favorites, but scroll below to see some of the highlights from their day:

The florist brought a “build your own bouquet bar” for the bridesmaids and if you know me, you know I was DYING and wanted to jump in on this fun. I have never seen this done before but I am obsessed with this idea.
Both Kate’s mom and grandma wore this veil. Had to get a few veil shots with it :’)
An iPhone snap because I sprinted outside of the tent in the middle of a speech and did not have a wide enough lens to capture this in one frame 😭 If you look on the left hand side, you can see the faintest double rainbow showing through the clouds. It was amazing.

Vendors:

Venue: Grandparents Farm in Chillicothe, Ohio

Florist: Bluegreen Gardens

Coordinator: Events by Lindsey

White Dress: Ceremony Boston – Leanne Marshall

Red Dress: Anjali Phougat of Designer Dream Collection

Catering: The Berwick

Rentals: Kosins Tents and Events

Videographer: Square City Productions

Hair: Kimberly Rebekah

Makeup: Bailey Thorpe

All photographs © Arielle Gallione 2022

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hi, i'm ARIELLE.

You can usually find me home with my golden retriever or day dreaming of my next trip to Italy.

I am a firm believer in living life with purpose and never missing the opportunity to experience something new. The Meyers-Briggs test says I am an ESFJ, and my friends say I am the person they come to when they need comfort, advice, or fresh baked goods. I consider myself an empath, so special moments you share with your loved ones will likely get me all teary eyed and sentimental. I am not here to pretend life is picture perfect, but to capture genuine emotion and create timeless pieces of art to decorate your home. I’m constantly striving for perfection, but have a calming personality and am relatively easy going. 

When the camera is not around my neck, I am a big home body. I love hanging on the couch with my dog, making pasta, breads and desserts from scratch, squatting 400+ pounds in the gym, or plotting my next trip outside of the US. As a direct descendant of Italian immigrants, I feel most at home in Italy (and speak a bit of Italian, too.)

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