September 8, 2015

Charity + Krishna: A Catholic and Hindu Rochester Wedding

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Catholic and Hindu wedding ceremony in Rochester NY

Krishna and Charity threw a whirl wind of a wedding day here in Rochester NY with the perfect combinations of their Catholic and Hindu heritages, which is no easy task.

First, traditional western attire for their catholic wedding ceremony held at the stunning neighborhood church, Our Lady of Lourdes. This is the Walsh family’s home church and provided a very special location for the nuptials as well as including absolutely stunning songs by Charity’s brother. Amazing pipes!!

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rochester wedding photographer McKay's photography

Fun Fact: I found out this weekend through my Aunt Judith that her (and my Dad’s) cousin, Bob Monahan, was the architect for Our Lady of Lourdes Church! What?? So interesting. I had no idea.

All I can say is that this is one church that I would be honored to photograph again. With bright daylight streaming in and an easy layout to maneuver, it was a wonderful experience. The ceremony itself was touching, genuine and sacred in all the right places.

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The only malfunction was a faulty zipper on a bridesmaid’s dress. Earlier in the day we noticed that it had not been sewn on quite right, however no one expected it to completely fall apart as soon as she sat down. Ugh. Luckily I was able to send my assistant to my gear bag to fetch my sewing kit and a friendly guest helped save the day. Thank goodness for long ceremonies. I sure hope she secures a refund!

After the Catholic ceremony, we took lightning fast family pictures and then headed back out to get everyone changed and ready for the Hindu ceremony at the Genesee Valley Club. This was no small feat and it was a ‘all hands on deck’ situation for the ladies.

Catholic and Hindu wedding ceremony in Rochester NY

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The quick schedule was well worth the wait, as a traditional Hindu ceremony awaited us on the lawn of the Genesee Valley club. Though it was a HOT day, it was a fun and vibrant ceremony with lots of singing and laughing and relatives being sure everyone was doing it correctly!

Catholic and Hindu wedding ceremony in Rochester NY

My favorite parts are always the Bride and groom seeing each other for the first time (separated at first by this cloth veil) and also when the Bride’s brother and friends steal the Groom’s shoes. The Groomsmen are supposed to keep them safe! Hilarity ensued.

Catholic and Hindu wedding ceremony in Rochester NY

The rest of the day was what one would expect from a GVC event… run like clockwork, even with the Event Coordinator’s 9 wardrobe changes (really! maybe more?) and his usual cutting the cake FOR the Bride and Groom. {sigh}

Catholic and Hindu wedding ceremony in Rochester NY

Swing Shift band kept the dance floor hopping all night and it was so fun to watch the two cultures mingle so effortlessly. Everyone had cameras out and were smiling and dancing all evening. All in all, it was a wonderful wedding day and the couple did an excellent job honoring each other’s cultural heritage.

Congratulations you two love birds! It was such a pleasure to chase you around all day to capture your love.

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photography: Heather McKay and Dave Jones  //  Catholic ceremony: Our Lady Lourdes Church  //  Hindu ceremony, reception, cake: Genesee Valley Club  //   band: Swing Shift  //  flowers: Bouquets by Bonnie  //  rings: M. Lemp Jewelers

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