A Redding Lema Ranch Wedding | Thomas & Sneha - HHawkinsPhotography
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Welcome to the wedding blog of Thomas and Sneha, straight from Redding, California!  Andrew and I were so excited to be able to be a part of this wedding.  After all, its not every day that you get to shoot your brother and sister-in-law's wedding pictures!

Thomas and Sneha met in California as she was attending the school that Thomas had  previously been a student.  As it was, he met her at an Irish Ceili that he almost decided not to go to at the last minute!  At the end of every dance, you're supposed to switch dance partners but after dancing with Sneha on the second dance, the two didn't switch partners for the rest of the night!  

As adorable as her smile, is Sneha's British accent.  One day I'm going to have to ask her to teach me how to speak with an accent like that!

I thought it was so sweet that three of her four bridesmaids actually flew to California from London to be in her wedding!  The fourth bridesmaid was one of her good friends from school.

Enter Thomas, all done up in his tie and vest!

Ever since he was young, Thomas had a love for dressing up.  On his wedding day, he looked beyond handsome!

I totally couldn't help but post this Star Wars/Darth Vader shot.  Oh, boys will be boys.  The funniest part is, I'm not sure who instigated this shot... Andrew or the Groom and Groomsmen!

The First Look

Since it was quite rainy and a bit chilly that day, Thomas and Sneha requested doing some photos at Heritage Roasting Company.  Besides being the urban and industrial backdrop that they both love, this was the place where they went on their first date.  It didn't take Thomas many days at all following the Ceili to ask Sneha out for coffee!

One of my favorite photos of the whole day... taken by Andrew!

The hardest part about shooting your brother's wedding is trying not to cry while watching him tear up as his bride comes down the aisle.

One of the sweetest additions to their wedding ceremony was that a couple that Thomas and Sneha know agreed to rework and professionally re-record one of their favorite songs, Love is Waiting by Brooke Fraser.  This is the song that the bridesmaids and Sneha walked down the aisle to, and if you look up the lyrics, you'll probably tear up too.

I absolutely loved the worship songs that Thomas and Sneha chose for their wedding... all about God's faithfulness.

At one point in the ceremony, the pastor had them both face their audience as we all, family and friends, vowed to help them in their marriage and relationship.  As you can see, there was no shortage of tears.

I could not have chosen a better wife for my brother than Sneha, how she looks at him so adoringly!  We love you Sneha and are so excited to welcome you into the family.

Exchange of Rings & Communion

The Kiss

The Bridal Party was SO brave when I asked them to take their coats off.  While it was about 50 degrees, the wind was blowing like crazy and it was really chilly.

But where do you put your coats when the ground is wet?  You pile them on Andrew, the second shooter of course!  I don't pay this poor guy well enough!  What a trooper!

This park in Redding, CA, called Lema Ranch is another sentimental place for Thomas and Sneha as they went on many date walks here.  Not only was a beautiful spot but I loved that it held special meaning to them.

Sneha's flowers, both for her bouquet, her wedding cake and table decorations were so gorgeous!  They were everything she hoped they'd be!

Speeches from the Maid of Honor...

Father of the Bride...

and Father of the Groom.

The First Dance

Cutting of the Wedding Cake

Sneha's family even got up and danced to a few Indian songs! So much fun!

Thanks so much for swinging by Thomas and Sneha's wedding blog.  It was such a sweet day and Andrew and I wish the two of you the very best and lots of fun and laughter in the years to come!

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