Sarah and Chirag had recently moved from New York to west Texas when they started planning their wedding. Unappy with the country theme in Midland, they explored Austin for possible venues. They weren’t exactly sure what type of venue they wanted, knowing that they had to have a Hindu-Amercian blended wedding as Chirag is Indian. The Winfield Inn was their last appointment for their weekend trip to Austin, and as soon as they saw the gorgeous house, they were sold. Looking on their website they also had hosted another Indian wedding, so we felt confident that they could handle their needs. Living 5 hours away, it was extremely helpful when they gave the couple a list of vendors they had worked with in the past and recommended. After doing their own research, they chose all but one vendor from that list.
Although there were several photographers recommended, the Winfield Inn thought Mike Reed would be perfect for their unique wedding. They could instantly see why from this online portfolio. His photos are so vibrant and he can capture the true emotion of the moment. Mike was so amazing and so accommodating for he couple. Being that they lived so far away, they actually shot their engagement photographs 4 days before their wedding! During the short turn-around time, Mike worked his magic and was able to get them a few engagement photos to show off at the wedding.
During the shoot, he encouraged Sarah and Chirag to actual nature. Of course, it was awkward at first (both of them are camera shy), but it wasn’t long before they became comfortable. Mike wanted to make sure they got the shots Sarah wanted, so before the wedding. She was able to send him over a list of the family shots she really wanted, along with various, random sentimental shots (Sarah really wanted a picture of her perfume bottle, as she had saved it since she was a little girl!).
One the big day, it was nice to have two people, Mike and his assistant Barbara, so they could get multiple angles and be time efficient. As Sarah started getting a little (okay, a lot) nervous having her hair and make up done, Barbara was so calm and confident, which helped her calm down. During the ceremony, Sarah didn’t even see Mike, which was something that was important to her. She didn’t want a photographer blocking the view for her guests or in her face taking her out of the moment. About half way through the reception, he pulled Sarah and Chirag away to do some night time shots. After they were done, Mike told the couple to take a few minutes to be themselves. It was so perfect, they could hear all of their friends and families in the ballroom, but taking that moment to be alone with her new husband is something she will always cherish.
Of course, their wedding wasn’t complete without some hitches. There was an accident that caused everyone (vendors and guests) to be 45 minutes late. During the ceremony, she assumed the priest would speak English because her entire family is from America, and her husband only lived in India for a short while. So not only did they not really understand what he was saying, he didn’t stick to the program that she had spent hours on researching and making.
The most important decision they made to ensure their wedding day was successful was choosing the venue. They were able to help with choosing vendors, planning, and keep the timeline of the day. Make sure to look at everything the venue has to offer (theirs offered catering, gratuity, linens, chairs, tables) when looking at the total cost. Be confident in your vendors, you pay them a lot of money for their expertise, but don’t be afraid to ask them about other aspects of your wedding. These people work in the industry and have a lot of knowledge. Enjoy your big day, laugh at the hiccups, and remember what’s most important-the love between you and your (new) husband!