Telugu Wedding Ceremony Photography at Saratoga Country Club, CA

Photos of Telugu wedding ceremony infused with a dash of California.

Portrait of Bride & Groom under the sakura tree at Saratoga Country Club, CA.

Portrait of Bride & Groom under the sakura tree at Saratoga Country Club, CA.

Spring of 2019 witnessed a cross-cultural wedding at Saratoga's quaint country club.After seeing this fun-filled South-Indian Wedding rituals of these two love birds, I couldn't help but fall in love. The couple chose to feature red, orange and gold accents at their vibrant Spring wedding. Our beautiful bride Priyanka wore an orange colour saree woven with intricate zari work that complemented the traditional sherwani worn by charming groom - Dan. Both of them made sure the ensemble was in line with the telugu cultural vibe.

Every wedding has a story to tell and what really transformed their story to an intimate one was their awkwardness in front of camera. A lot of couples feel shy which is very natural and this couple found it extremely hilarious to pose. Their failed attempt to pose became a photographer's delight  because it led to giggles and laughter that no posing guide can create. During the entire wedding, my favourite part was capturing them off guard on camera. I am so thrilled as the pictures turned out absolutely fantastic helping them to look back and laugh again.

In my 5 years of photography career, I  have shot south Indian rituals but this was my first as a Telugu wedding photographer in Bay Area, California. It had so many little rituals back to back that if you blink, you will miss it. Now if you are looking for a south Indian wedding photographer near you, this blog is a must have post on your hand. Scroll down and be prepared to get some major ideas and inspiration on posing, candid moments, little details, fun and action from a 10 hour wedding & reception photography. And if you want to here what my client had to say about this wedding, read their detail review on Google

First Look, Bride & Groom Portraits

Bride’s Portrait using soft natural light .

Bride’s Portrait using soft natural light .

South Indian Bride & American Groom Photography in Saratoga.

South Indian Bride & American Groom Photography in Saratoga.

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Bride heading towards the groom for the first look.

Bride heading towards the groom for the first look.

A moment after the first look between the bride & groom.

A moment after the first look between the bride & groom.

Oh they are so much fun!

Oh they are so much fun!

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A Simple classic picture of the couple shot near the golf area at Saratoga Country Club.

A Simple classic picture of the couple shot near the golf area at Saratoga Country Club.

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Bride & Groom being playful during the first look is an amazing way to get some candid pictures.

Bride & Groom being playful during the first look is an amazing way to get some candid pictures.

So much in love:)

So much in love:)

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Couple Goals - Groom kneeling down in front of his bride is still in fashion and super cute. Don’t you agree?

Couple Goals - Groom kneeling down in front of his bride is still in fashion and super cute. Don’t you agree?

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Getting ready & family moments.

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Groom trying to peek while bride is getting ready.

Groom trying to peek while bride is getting ready.

Instead he sees sister of the bride:)

Instead he sees sister of the bride:)

Mother of the bride during getting ready moments.

Mother of the bride during getting ready moments.

Bride with her sister.

Bride with her sister.

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Mother & sister kissing.

Mother & sister kissing.

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Bride with her close kins before walking down the aisle.

Bride with her close kins before walking down the aisle.

Bridal Portraits

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South Indian bride - Portrait Shot using fractal and magbox.

South Indian bride - Portrait Shot using fractal and magbox.

Another moment of the bride with her sister | AFew Good Clicks Photography in Saratoga.

Another moment of the bride with her sister | AFew Good Clicks Photography in Saratoga.

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Prayers before the wedding ceremony

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Groom at the Mandap

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Bride’s entrance with a striking green coconut in hand.

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Groom eager to see his bride on the other side of the holy curtain during telugu wedding ceremony.

Groom eager to see his bride on the other side of the holy curtain during telugu wedding ceremony.

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Bride and groom still not allowed to look at each other. Instead they put their right hand on each other’s head until the ceremony is over.

Bride and groom still not allowed to look at each other. Instead they put their right hand on each other’s head until the ceremony is over.

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Playing with rice - Truly symbolic ritual to south Indian weddings.

Playing with rice - Truly symbolic ritual to south Indian weddings.

Definitely a fun picture as both of them are so immersed in the moment.

Definitely a fun picture as both of them are so immersed in the moment.

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Throwing confetti on each other…isn’t this the best part of Telugu tradition?

Throwing confetti on each other…isn’t this the best part of Telugu tradition?

Bride touching her groom’s feet - a sign of love and respect.

Bride touching her groom’s feet - a sign of love and respect.

Mixed race couple exchanging garlands - at least this is common with north Indian style wedding.

Mixed race couple exchanging garlands - at least this is common with north Indian style wedding.

The must have picture after all the wedding games.

The must have picture after all the wedding games.

Groom putting a ring on bride’s toes.

Groom putting a ring on bride’s toes.

Walking together around the fire for circle ceremony.

Walking together around the fire for circle ceremony.

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Getting shower with rice by their family & friends.

Getting shower with rice by their family & friends.

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Mangalsutra ceremony picture.

Mangalsutra ceremony picture.

Newly weds holding the clay pot.

Newly weds holding the clay pot.

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Find the ring game..The best of three wins.

Find the ring game..The best of three wins.

First round goes to the groom.

First round goes to the groom.

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Second and final won by the bride:-)

Second and final won by the bride:-)

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Parents of the bride giving her away to her new family.

Parents of the bride giving her away to her new family.

Look at the north star ritual - the second last before the ceremony ends.

Look at the north star ritual - the second last before the ceremony ends.

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Wedding Reception Photos at Saratoga Country Club in California.

The three tier wedding cake shot using split lighting with magmod modifiers just before the reception.

The three tier wedding cake shot using split lighting with magmod modifiers just before the reception.

The mandatory ring shot.

The mandatory ring shot.

Silhouettes of the couple under the gazeebo at Saratoga Country Club.

Silhouettes of the couple under the gazeebo at Saratoga Country Club.

Solo portrait of the Groom under the Gazeebo.

Solo portrait of the Groom under the Gazeebo.

Gorgeous Couple Photos at Saratoga Golf Club, CA.

Gorgeous Couple Photos at Saratoga Golf Club, CA.

Practising for their first dance at outside lawn of Saratoga Club.

Practising for their first dance at outside lawn of Saratoga Club.

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Bride & Groom’s first dance inside the reception venue, Saratoga Country Club.

Bride & Groom’s first dance inside the reception venue, Saratoga Country Club.

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Speeches

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Look at the bride’s expressions…priceless!

Look at the bride’s expressions…priceless!

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Sister and friends of the bride marks the beginning of dance performances during the reception.

Sister and friends of the bride marks the beginning of dance performances during the reception.

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Bride joins the dancing camaraderie and surprises everyone in the room.

Bride joins the dancing camaraderie and surprises everyone in the room.

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“As the owner of a small photography business in Maryland, I was assigned the task of finding a good wedding photographer in the San Francisco Bay area for our son and his fiancé's wedding. After looking online and comparing services and portfolio images, I met with the owner of A Few Good Clicks, Priyanka Sharma, in person. We spoke for 90 minutes, and I was favorably impressed by her knowledge, experience, and approach to telling the story of a bride and groom's special day. We engaged Ms. Sharma with high expectations, which she far exceeded. On the wedding day, she and her second shooter were comprehensive in their approach to the pre-ceremony portraits, and during the ceremonies themselves, were everywhere yet seemingly unnoticed. Hindu weddings are long and complex, yet she captured the sense of tradition, modernity, happiness, and love with her varied and detailed images, which were also notable for their composition, lighting, and vibrant colors. Although she generally used a hands-off photojournalistic approach, her guidance, when necessary, was expert and gentle, with great results. She maintained a friendly, enthusiastic manner throughout the ceremonies and reception, despite what must have been a very tiring day for her. The images that she produced were some of the best wedding photographs I have ever seen, covering the story of their wedding day as well as I could have imagined. When I review the pictures, I am immediately brought back to the sounds, the excitement, the friends, and the emotions that filled the day. I was thrilled to be present at our son's and his wife's wedding, but also delighted to have learned so much as a photographer watching a master at work. Priyanka Sharma is that master, and I would recommend her without reservation to her prospective clients”.

Charles Medani, Father of the Groom

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Local Wedding Photographer -Priyanka at A Few Good Clicks

Second Shooter - Rich Yee at Rich Yee Photography

Lighting Assistant - Srihari

Venue - Saratoga Country Club, California