Everyone was jumping around to LCD Soundsystem's All My Friends, as the disco ball that Jen claims was non-negotiable sparkled above them. This last dance song is a tradition in their group of friends, and it was a major flashback to several months earlier when we witnessed many of these same people jumping around to this same song when Ashay's brother Rishi and Zohreen were married just a bit further north, in Silver Lake. In that moment, under the disco ball, I thought how surreal it was to be there so soon, and how lucky we were to be invited back.
It was in Silver Lake, at Zohreen and Rishi's surprise wedding, that we first met Jen and Ashay, and they were responsible (well, Ashay was) for one of the most memorable moments we've ever experienced at a wedding. Zohreen was getting touch-ups between the ceremony and the reception while going over the order of events for the evening with Rishi and Ashay. "Are you ready for your speech?" they asked him. "Yeah... I kinda want to propose. Would that be weird? Is that ok with you?" was his reply. Not everyone would be ok with a proposal on their wedding day, but not Zohreen and Rishi... when it came to surprises, they thought the more the merrier (or "marrier!" Ha!). Sure enough, a few hours later when Ashay got up to deliver his speech, he got down on one knee and asked Jen if she would marry him, to the deafening screams of their shocked friends and families. We of course documented the whole thing! At the end of the night, a guest came up to me and said, "this is nice, you get to book another gig while you're stilling working this one!" I remember thinking, gosh, I sure hope so!
So here we were, just 6 months later (yes, they planned their entire wedding in 6 months!), celebrating Jen and Ashay this time. They held everything at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, which feels like a destination resort, but is conveniently located minutes from their home. In FLAWLESS outfits, they were married by friends who took turns officiating the ceremony which began with a mindfulness meditation. Despite not being big fans of posing for portraits (looking at you, Ash!), we snuck them out for a few and we were treated to an incredible cotton candy cloud sunset sky. Not wanting to be the center of attention for too long, Jen and Ashay shared their first dance with all the kids in attendance, who happily jumped around with the bride and groom.
We've photographed quite a few siblings this year, and I feel like they are extra special for us. At least one side of the family is familiar to us, and they trust us. Not to sound like a cliche, but we really do feel like part of the family. Jen, Ashay, thank you for allowing us to bring your story full circle and document your wedding day.