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:
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