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I'm a creative and modern wedding photographer in Austin, Texas. At Studio Uma, we work like crazy for our brides and grooms to produce gorgeous works of art that stir the soul. We do magic things with light and color. We love modern Indian wedding photography! For more info, email us at uma@umasanghvi.com.

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May 13, 2013
What happens when a lively southern belle weds her Indian groom in the heart of Texas? This exuberant Indian fusion wedding is really something to see y’all. Did you know that Austin’s Radha Madhav Dham is THE...
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What happens when a lively southern belle weds her Indian groom in the heart of Texas? This exuberant Indian fusion wedding is really something to see y’all.

Did you know that Austin’s Radha Madhav Dham is THE largest Hindu temple and ashram complex in the United States? I guess it’s true what they say. Everything really is bigger in Texas.

This Manhattan couple got married in Austin in November. It was a weekend of revelry that spanned the entire greater Austin area. We started at Villa on Lake Georgetown. Then headed south to Radha Madhav Dham Hindu temple for the Hindu ceremony, then to Clay Pit for dinner. On Day 2, the church ceremony took place at Palm Valley Lutheran in Round Rock and then everyone headed back to Villa on Lake Georgetown for the reception.

Romantic sunset wedding picture of couple by Austin Indian wedding photographer

I’ll let Erin tell you why this wedding was so unique in her own words:

“At the onset of our wedding planning, my husband and I knew that we wanted our marriage to symbolize the fusion of two different cultures coming together. My Southern Baptist family knew little about Indian culture and my husband’s North Indian family had only visited America once; furthermore, both were quite traditional in their separate beliefs. Creating a Hindu-Christian marriage is no small task but one that opened the eyes to so many of our relatives, putting on display the beauty, colors, and rich history characteristic of both upbringings. We built so many cultural bridges throughout the process.

While planning the two weddings, we knew we wanted to get married in Austin since it had such a strong Indian population yet close to my extended-Texan family.  In conjunction with the theme of “coming together”, we didn’t want out-of-town family staying in impersonal hotels so we rented out two massive homes, The Villa on Lake Georgetown and the neighboring Carnley House, so guests could bond in a less-structured environment over cross-cultural cooking and cards.

For the Hindu wedding, my husband’s mother combed the Delhi markets to find the perfect bridal saree for myself and my bridesmaids.  For the Christian wedding, we turned to an intimate boutique store in LaGrange, Georgia, where my father has a church.  As soon as I put on the Casablanca Princess gown recommended by owner Amy Warren, we knew the search was over!”

So here we go.

Unique wedding picture of bride with mehendi at sunset in Austin, Texas field

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I loved photographing this loving, zany, exuberant couple. Thank you Erin and Saurabh. Here’s wishing you a happy, long life together filled with love and laughter.

If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please visit our main site here. We are based in gorgeous Austin, Texas and specialize in beautifully creative and modern wedding photography.

Please visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

Last but not least, here is the team of Austin wedding pros that made this wedding come to life:

April 17, 2013
Chateau Bellevue is one of my favorite places in Austin. I’ve only photographed one wedding there so far, but that one wedding was so beautiful and picturesque that I’ve been plotting my return ever since!...
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Chateau Bellevue is one of my favorite places in Austin. I’ve only photographed one wedding there so far, but that one wedding was so beautiful and picturesque that I’ve been plotting my return ever since!

It’s basically a hidden gem of a wedding venue tucked neatly into downtown Austin. What’s not to love about gorgeous 1874 European architecture and an intimate courtyard? Sigh.

In a recent post, I spoke with Stacy Harrell of Chateau Bellevue about how to choose the perfect Austin wedding venue, and she had some brilliant advice to offer.

This dance-loving couple incorporated elements of Russian and Scandanavian culture into the wedding to reflect the heritage of both families which is a perfect way to celebrate a multicultural wedding. The wedding planner for this fun-filled evening was Emily Leach of Bird Dog Wedding.

Without further ado, I’d like to share with you Yana and Jerry’s wedding at Chateau Bellevue. And YES. It really was as fun as it looked!

 

Thanks for coming along! If you’d like more information on Studio Uma, please visit our main website page here.

To keep up with the latest news, please follow Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

Last but not least, here’s the team of incredibly talented Austin wedding pros who made this magic happen:

+  Event Planner:  Bird Dog Wedding

+  Venue/Rentals/Caterer:  Chateau Bellevue

+  DJ:  Spacecraft Entertainment

+  Floral:  Petals Ink

+  Make-Up:  Nisa Nicole

+  Hair: Kelly Vlass

+  Cakes/Desserts:  Cake and Spoon

+  Rabbi Elia Sav

+  Videographer: Geoff Moskowitz of Fat Cat Productions, LLC

 

 

April 8, 2013

Iffat and Andrew have a love story that spans the globe. She’s originally from Pakistan, he’s originally from the Midwest. Quite fittingly, they created a day of fusion celebrations that included not one but TWO official wedding ceremonies, including the traditional Muslim marriage ceremony, called a Nikkah. Can you imagine getting married twice in one day? Now that’s what I call being extremely married.

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Iffat and Andrew have a love story that spans the globe. She’s originally from Pakistan, he’s originally from the Midwest. Quite fittingly, they created a day of fusion celebrations that included not one but TWO official wedding ceremonies, including the traditional Muslim marriage ceremony, called a Nikkah. Can you imagine getting married twice in one day? Now that’s what I call being extremely married.

The stunning views of the downtown Austin you see are courtesy of the top floor ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Enjoy the beautiful skyline views and the bright colors (and see if you can spot the duo getting down to Gangnam Style for their Grand Entrance at the reception!)


These next few images are a sequence that show the “Joota Chupai”, which is a fun tradition where the bride’s sisters (and other female relatives typically) steal the groom’s shoes when he’s not looking. Then, he is forced to pay large sums of money to the girls in exchange for getting his shoes back. The “negotiation” process, whereby the two parties settle on a mutually agreeable sum, can be extremely energetic. At this wedding, the girls were comically intense, and would not let up on poor Andrew (and his best man, who you’ll see negotiating on Andrew’s behalf).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please visit our main site here. We are based in Austin and specialize in beautifully creative and modern wedding photography.

Please visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

Last but not least, is the team of super talented Austin wedding professionals that made this wedding magical:

 

January 6, 2013

Is it too late to wish you a happy new year? I hope not. HAPPY 2013 to you! I hope this is the year all of your dreams come true. I personally will remember 2012 as one of the most exciting years of my life. It started out in snowy Ohio and ended in sunny Austin, Texas.

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Is it too late to wish you a happy new year? I hope not. HAPPY 2013 TO YOU. I hope this is the year all of your dreams come true. I personally will remember 2012 as one of the most exciting years of my life. It started out in snowy Ohio and ended in sunny Austin, Texas.

This year took me and my camera (my camera and I??) to some beautiful weddings in Columbus, Cincinnati, southern California, northern Virginia and of course Austin. Thank you to all of my 2012 clients for allowing me to do what I love.

In June I packed up all my worldly belongings in Athens, Ohio, and drove south until we reached beautiful Austin. I’m happy to be here, and couldn’t feel more blessed. So here it is. Our year in pictures.

 

So that’s that.

I am truly looking forward to the slate of weddings coming up this year. Many more new friends to be made, thousands pictures to be taken and love to document.

Thank you to the talented Jordan Petsy for the photographs of moi. If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please visit our main website or find us on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

December 28, 2012

A couple of months back, with my fingers and toes crossed, I submitted Tazin and Naveed’s wedding to Maharani Weddings with the hope of making it into their exclusive Winter Magazine. This gorgeous publication is chock full of glamorous Indian wedding inspiration. Lucious florals, fashions, food — it’s pure eye candy.

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A couple of months back, with my fingers and toes crossed, I submitted Tazin and Naveed’s wedding to Maharani Weddings with the hope of making it into their exclusive Winter Magazine. This gorgeous publication is chock full of glamorous Indian wedding inspiration. Lucious florals, fashions, food — it’s pure eye candy.

The photographs they pick to showcase are just stunning. You can imagine just how happy I was to learn that Tazin’s wedding was 1 of only 6 weddings picked to be featured. That in itself was a fantastic present! Tazin and Naveed’s wedding is not only one of my favorites of all time, but they are also two of my favorite people. Adjectives like “sweet” and “kind” don’t quite do them justice.

And then the magazine was released. That’s the first time I saw the cover. Wow. Surprise! There Tazin and Naveed are on the very front cover of the Maharani Weddings Winter Magazine! How cool is this?


I have to admit, I love this image. It is one of my favorites from 2012, and I’m so happy to share it with Maharani’s readers. I remember this moment like it was yesterday – the sun was at that perfect spot in the sky (just minutes before slipping below the horizon). Rich colors and beautiful light, this is what photographer’s dreams are made of.

And… there Tazin and Naveed are on the back cover. Wow times two! Thank you, Maharani, for this honor.

I couldn’t put it any better ♥ As 2012 draws to a close, I wish all of you so much love, laughter and happily ever after.

Lastly, here are the five gorgeous inside spreads from the just-released Maharani Winter Magazine. Enjoy!

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Warm wishes for the new year from Studio Uma. May your holidays be merry and bright.

♥ ♥ ♥

October 10, 2012

If you’re looking for a healthy dose of bright colors and unbridled joy, well you are in LUCK. This gorgeous wedding was too much for just one blog post, so I splurged on two. In case you missed Part 1 of Ambika and Aayush’s wedding, let me catch you up >>

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If you’re looking for a healthy dose of bright colors and unbridled joy, well you are in LUCK. This gorgeous wedding was too much for just one blog post, so I splurged on two. In case you missed Part 1 of Ambika and Aayush’s wedding, let me catch you up.

It was amazing.

Now get ready for the conclusion… I hope you enjoy!

I loved taking these pictures, and Ambika and Aayush  — I wish you two lovebirds all the happiness in the world. Thank you for inviting me to document your wedding.

Thank you to Maharani Weddings for featuring this wedding in SIX awesome blog features that you can find right here:

Part One // Sangeet

Part Two // The bride gets ready

Part Three //  Baraat – The arrival of the groom

Part Four // Wedding Ceremony

Part Five // Portraits

Part Six // Reception

For more information on Studio Uma, please visit our main website here. And this is where you can find us on Facebook.

Here are some of the outstanding wedding professionals behind Ambika and Aayush’s wedding —

Venues: Embassy Suites Greenville / Venues: Vedic Center / Cinematography: Cole Nickell Productions / Catering: Saffron Indian Cuisine / Catering: Art Eats Bakery / DJ’s & Entertainment: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions

October 10, 2012

Now THESE two crazy kids know how to get married. Before I share with you this gorgeous/exuberant/vibrant Indian wedding however, I’d just like to say – if you’re in the mood to see a crazy-romantic marriage proposal, you have come to the right place. When the love-stricken Aayush proposed to his beautiful Ambika in April of last year, he did it UP. Ambika loves Bollywood, so he staged a Bollywood-dance number/flash-mob proposal that resulted in this viral Youtube video (click the OPEN POST button) >>

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Now THESE two crazy kids know how to get married. Before I share with you this gorgeous/exuberant/vibrant Indian wedding however, I’d just like to say – if you’re in the mood to see a crazy-romantic marriage proposal, you have come to the right place. When the love-stricken Aayush proposed to his beautiful Ambika in April of last year, he did it UP. Ambika loves Bollywood, so he staged a Bollywood-dance number/flash-mob proposal that resulted in this viral Youtube video (click the OPEN POST button) >>

This extraordinary wedding was one unforgettable celebration after the next. Some of the themes you’ll see: a love of dance and music, the importance of family – and a love of joy.

P.S. Maharani Weddings did a fantastic series of six blog posts about Ambika & Aayush that begins here.

Enjoy.

All the color, all the dancing, all the joy. Can you tell how much fun it was to be their photographer?

There is more loveliness from this wedding in store for you in Part Two.

Thank you to Maharani Weddings for featuring this wedding in SIX awesome blog features that you can find right here:

Part One // Sangeet

Part Two // The bride gets ready

Part Three //  Baraat – The arrival of the groom

Part Four // Wedding Ceremony

Part Five // Portraits

Part Six // Reception

For more information on Studio Uma, please visit our main website here. And this is where you can find us on Facebook.

Here are some of the outstanding wedding professionals behind Ambika and Aayush’s wedding —

Venues: Embassy Suites Greenville / Venues: Vedic Center / Cinematography: Cole Nickell Productions / Catering: Saffron Indian Cuisine / Catering: Art Eats Bakery / DJ’s & Entertainment: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions

 

May 23, 2012

Style Me Pretty featured this wedding on their blog today (see below for the link). They must have liked this gorgeous affair as much I did. Their invitation reads “Megan and Donnie will tie the knot on October 22, 2011 and will be elated if you join them at Rockmill Brewery around 5:00PM to celebrate the big day, which will henceforth be described as THE MOST FUN EVER”. To see the pictures click OPEN POST >>

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I’m excited to share this pretty Ohio wedding with you! Megan & Donnie’s wedding took place at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, Ohio, which is situated on an old horse farm.

I loved the dollhouse-sized chapel where the couple said their vows (it seats 16 people!!). The theme of this wedding was local, local, local. You’ll see the state of Ohio graphic, (with a tiny heart cutout for Columbus) everywhere – from the invitations to the signs. The groom owns a boutique wine shop in Columbus and they are both dedicated foodies.

Megan whipped up some seriously-to-die-for handmade truffles made with a Rockmill beer that were the favors. Dark chocolate truffles sprinkled with sea salt on top — um, yes please! (I may or may not have eaten several of said truffles)

Even Jeni’s was there – an ice cream company beloved to all of Columbus. Jeni’s made a special flavor for the wedding featuring a Rockmill beer. Rockmill’s owner Matthew Barbee did a beer tasting and plenty of other local libations were featured like signature cocktails with locally-made liquors like OYO vodka. Enjoy the feast…

Style Me Pretty featured Megan and Donnie’s wedding on their site today. Thank you for the SMP love!! You can check out their post here.

The wedding professionals for this lovely fall wedding were:

Venue: Rockmill Brewery
Flowers: Sunny Meadows Flower Farm
Invitations: Marit Hanson Weddings
Local food trucks:
Mojo Tago
Skillet
Mikey’s Late Night Slice
Jeni’s Ice Cream

April 21, 2012

I’m so excited to share this photo shoot with you. It’s not everyday that a girl gets to wander around New York with her camera, so let’s just say I was extremely inspired. New York was my “muse” for this session. I wanted to do a hopelessly romantic and quintessentially New York shoot. Our bride – Liz – is a fabulous fashion stylist in New York whose gown features a show-stopping cutout in the back (you’ll see below). Of her wedding day Liz says, “I don’t think Josh noticed the back until after the ceremony, and he said, “Wow! I’m glad I married you!””

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Liz and Josh are a Brooklyn couple that had gotten married a month earlier and were about to leave for their Hawaii honeymoon (at the crack of dawn the morning after our shoot). The chemistry between them undeniable, and I love them for running all over New York with me in the August heat, and still looking spectacular and hopelessly in-love the entire time.

Let’s start this story at the end. We ended the day at Brooklyn Bridge Park — I love this park and the expansive views it offers up of the bridge and the city skyline. We shot at sunset, when the light and colors were seriously magical.

Liz had this to say about it: “Josh and I talked about getting elements of Brooklyn into our wedding day, but sadly it was too much of a hassle to trek everyone over to that park or any other landscape that read specifically “Brooklyn.” I get the chills when I see the images of us together with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. It’s so romantic! So us! I still can’t believe that was all captured so perfectly and it looks like it was a scene from a film!”

This is my favorite thing about a newlywed session – we can go absolutely anywhere, at any time of day – without the restrictions of the wedding day schedule. Its all about location, location, location as they say.

Speaking of stunning locations, I had seen unbelievable pictures of the abandoned palace at 5 Beekman Street in editorial fashion spreads and I had this tingly feeling about it. I just had to shoot there. Built in 1882, Beekman Palace is a hidden treasure in the middle of the financial district. It is nine stories that enclose the most gorgeous atrium in the city, and a beautiful iron and glass skylight. It feels like old-world Europe actually – a completely different world. The views of City Hall Park from the roof are breath-taking. Our whole crew was just blown away by this space.

The dramatic head piece you see in the Beekman photos is courtesy of Leah C. Couture Millinery.

Style Me Pretty featured this shoot recently, thanks for the love, SMP ladies!

If you’d like to keep up with latest Studio Uma happenings, please join us at Studio Uma on Facebook. For more information, you can contact me at uma@umasanghvi.com.

MANY thanks to the talented team who helped to produce this shoot, especially Priya and Dan.

The dress is an original design made from vintage lace by Gina Desilva for Adrienne’s Bridal on Orchard Street in the lower east side.

From the Beekman shoot the fabulous headpiece is courtesy of Leah C. Couture Millinery. The groom’s boutonniere is also courtesy of Leah C.

The head piece from the Brooklyn Bridge Park shoot is made by Rachel Sax for Nona E. Rose.

Shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

Custom bracelet by “etc… Modern-Vintage Jewelry

Josh’s suit, socks and shoes are all Paul Smith, shirt by Armani, tie by Dior.

Hair and makeup by Emily Rodrigues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 3, 2012

Today we have some amazing news. When I got this email from Junebug Weddings, I had to let out a tiny yelp of joy: “After carefully reviewing nearly 5,000 photos, we are thrilled to let you know that one of your stand-out images was chosen for inclusion in our Best of the Best 2011 Wedding Photo Collection! Needless to say, we were blown away by your work!”

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I am so happy and honored to be included in this talented group of photographers from around the world. The image below was from Ambika and Aayush’s wedding in South Carolina this summer. Stay tuned for lots more pictures from this GORGEOUS wedding.

Please click on this link to the Best of the Best gallery on Junebug Weddings and you will also see the amazing company we are in. Such an honor!