05.26.13 – Gaya and Matthew – Westin Book Cadillac (Detroit, MI)


This is the second wedding in two weeks that I had the honor of working at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in downtown Detroit. Gaya and Matt’s wedding ceremonies and reception, however, were all at this magnificent hotel. Not only did they celebrate Indian nuptials, but they had a second, non-denominational ceremony later in the day. Two different traditions meant two different sets of wedding dresses! For a bride, is there anything better than that? As you will see, Gaya looks stunning in both styles of wedding attire!

As I mentioned above, we began and ended the day at the Book Cadillac. It started very early in the morning, arriving at 8am! You might think that getting there that early would mean photographing the bride rolling out of bed! But in Gaya’s case, she was almost completely ready by the time I arrived. She had already had her makeover completed and was just having the finishing touches applied by her hair dresser. Due to having two ceremonies, the first was to begin only a couple of hours from the time I began photographing.

After the morning ceremony and a fantastic lunch for all the guests, Gaya, Matt and the wedding party changed into their second set of wedding attire: Gaya in a beautiful white wedding gown, and Matt into a traditional black tuxedo. With a few hours at hand, we all loaded up on a party bus and headed up to Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills to photograph the couple on campus. What made this so significant and so special is that Cranbrook Schools is where Gaya and Matt first met when they were young teenagers. We actually were able to visit their “secret” spot and capture a few romantic photographs, returning now as bride and groom! As meaningful as it was for them, I must say that it touched my heart as well!

We returned back to the Book Cadillac, just in time for the second ceremony with the reception to follow! This was definitely a showcase wedding! It was as festive as they come, with beautiful colors, culture, traditions and lots and lots of emotion on display! Gaya’s dance with her father was definitely the best I have ever seen! You can check out my favorites of the day above and below and you can relive the entire story of the days events by checking out the highlight slideshow by clicking >>>HERE<<<

Of course, the day would not have been the success it was with out the awesome talent of the other vendors selected by Gaya and her family. Here is a list of these super-stars:

Planning/Hindu Ceremony Décor: Rupali Bedi and staff of Utsav Planners, Inc
Videographer: Jamie Honce and staff of 3rd Street Films
Florist/Non-Denominational Décor: Christopher and Company
DJ: Jassie Singh and staff of DJ Ice Productions
































One comment

  1. I’m fairly new to your work Ray, but its terrific & I’ll be back for more as I catch up with your blog posts. There’s a clarity and light to the technical side that I really like, but way more importantly are the emotions and gestures you capture time and time again. That said, I’m also very drawn to the 5th image down thats isn’t a conventional pre ceremony photograph, but puts everything in time and place. This is the stuff I look for and aspire to. Nice job Ray.

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