Indian Wedding in Napa Valley at the Silverado Resort

I had the opportunity on September 7 to photograph an Indian wedding at the Napa Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, CA. This was my first experience with an Indian wedding, shooting with Claire Barrett of Claire Barrett Photo. Her photography is amazing, and she puts a lot of thought and detail into her photos. It was an honor to second shoot for her!

Since I hadn’t photographed OR attended an Indian wedding before I had no idea what to expect, but I love learning about different traditions for other cultures and the meaning behind them. Many of the elements of an American wedding day still apply: lots of getting ready time, first look, photos with the wedding party, the processional, and of course the announcement as husband and wife! I added some thoughts below so you can understand what is happening if you’re unfamiliar with what the day looks like.

Neha and Sid’s relationship with each other and their friends and families was so great to watch throughout the day. Neha is incredibly detailed and organized, and planned everything out so well. Sid is kind and thoughtful, and I heard him thanking everyone around him basically all day long. Enjoy the photos!

Wedding Planner: Behl Events
Decorator: Rion Designs
Photography: Claire Barrett
Videography: Filmman Video
DJ: Bol Punjab De
Henna Artist: Ritual by Design
Bridal HMUA: Artistry by Christal
Bridal Party & Family HMUA: A-List Makeup

Getting Ready

Hair and makeup getting done during an Indian wedding at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride getting makeup applied at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

One thing that I loved about the morning was seeing all of the beautiful Henna designs. Each of the designs has symbolic meaning, and for wedding day Henna, it typically extends past the wrists. Neha explained to a friend that there was a part of her design that Sid hadn’t seen yet, and it was a surprise for him.

Bride and friend looking at henna designs on the morning of her wedding, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride smiling after getting hair and makeup done at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom receiving jewelry from brother at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom getting ready and writing vows at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom and groomsmen portraits at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom and groomsmen portraits at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom portraits during an Indian wedding at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

First Look + Portraits

Indian bride and groom's first look at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom's first look at Napa Silverado Resort, groom kisses bride's hand, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom's first look at Napa Silverado Resort, portrait shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom's first look at Napa Silverado Resort, portrait time after the first look, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom's portrait time after the first look, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom's portrait time after the first look at the Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom sitting in chairs on the deck at the Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom standing on the deck at the Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride and groom at the Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

Ceremony

The ceremony space is set up with the mandap (pictured on the right below). The bride and groom sit in the two chairs at the back, and there are chairs for the parents on the sides.

Indian wedding ceremony space at the Napa Silverado Resort, chairs, garlands, and mandap, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

During the Baraat, which is a northern Indian tradition in which the groom rides up on a horse (in this case Sid drove up in a Mustang car 😉 ), there is a procession of dancing and drums. The bride doesn’t take part in this – she is hidden away while the groom arrives and the relatives greet each other.

Bride waiting during the baraat procession at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian bride waiting during the baraat procession at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and bridesmaids waiting during the baraat procession at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bridesmaids procession at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Flower girls walk down the aisle at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

Finally the bride arrives with her procession of bridesmaids (Neha had one “bridesman” as she called him!) and is escorted down the aisle.

Bride is walked down the aisle by her parents at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom exchange flower garlands at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom exchange flower garlands at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

Sid and Neha exchanged flower garlands during the ceremony.

Bride and groom exchange flower garlands at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom exchange flower garlands at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom under the mandap at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian wedding ceremony at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian wedding ceremony at Napa Silverado Resort, bride and groom read vows and exchagne rings, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom show off new rings during Indian wedding ceremony at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian wedding ceremony at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

Reception

Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, maroon napkins and variety of flowers, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, maroon napkins and variety of flowers, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort,cake with gold foil and flowers, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

Second dress of the day, and a second first look!

Bride changes into second gown for Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom gets first look of second gown for Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom gets first look of second gown for Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom on staircase for sunset photos during Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom hugging during golden hour at Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom touch noses during golden hour at Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom hug and smile during golden hour at Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom at Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom smile at the camera at Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom smile at the camera and walk down a path at Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom at Indian wedding reception at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Grand entrance at Indian wedding celebration at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom grand entrance at Indian wedding celebration at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom listen to speeches at Indian wedding celebration at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom hug family after speeches at Indian wedding celebration at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom share first dance at Indian wedding celebration at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Groom dips and kisses the bride during their first dance at Indian wedding celebration at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography
Bride and groom dance at Indian wedding celebration at Napa Silverado Resort, shot by Amber Rivas Photography

Are you planning a wedding in Napa Valley and looking for a photographer? Contact me for info about my packages!

  1. Erica

    September 23rd, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous Napa Valley wedding. I love all the henna and her two beautiful dresses.

  2. Sarah

    September 23rd, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Oh my these are absolutely stunning! Beautiful bride!

    I am also obsessed with the henna designs. 🙂

  3. Mandy

    September 23rd, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Indian weddings are always so gloriously colourful and steeped in tradition. You captured their day so perfectly Amber!! And I must just tell you that I LOVE your new site!! Just gorgeous. Great job!!

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