Fabiola and Paras were married at the Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, NY on a beautiful late September afternoon, right across the pond from where Paras proposed.
The couple envisioned a romantic garden-party celebration that would incorporate aspects from both their cultures, Indian, and Dominican. Highlights of the evening included an unforgettable series of heartfelt toasts, a wonderful speech by the groom, a hired cigar-roller outside by the water (in a nod to Fabiola’s Dominican heritage), and a sparkler exit followed by a spontaneous serenade to the bride by Paras and his groomsmen. This was such a joyful day full of love and Sarah Tew Photography was deeply honored to capture the celebration!
From the photographer
We started the day capturing the sweetness of anticipation as the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids prepared at a nearby townhouse they had rented for the occasion. Fabiola put on her gown and Paras was led upstairs to a terrace where they would have their first look. After a trolley ride to Prospect Park with the wedding party, we shot their group portraits with family and friends and finished just in time for a joyful surprise performance by a band that Paras’s thoughtful groomsmen hired for the occasion.
I loved getting to capture the elation as this unexpected performance (of hip hop tunes, Paras’ favorite, no less) unfolded outside the boathouse. As guests and family arrived for the ceremony, they were swept into the dancing.
Meanwhile, Fabiola was moved to see swans in the pond, something she’d hoped for privately. Finally, we headed down to the gorgeous deck of the boathouse and captured a very moving ceremony that included special touches such as a garland exchange, an Indian Mandap, a Unity candle lighting, and Paras’ parents sang beautiful prayers, and they walked up the aisle together to “My One and Only Love” by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.
Following the ceremony I took the happy couple for a few quick ‘just married’ portraits of them on the bridge overlooking the pond, and under a big beautiful tree nearby. After one last shot of them in front of the beautiful venue after nightfall, we went in and began shooting the reception. Guests danced to a fusion of hip-hop, Indian, and Latin music expertly woven together by the DJ, and were invited to step into a fun photobooth upstairs over the reception, where they contributed prints to a guestbook.
As favors for guests, there was a table full of copies of the very same book of love poems (by Pablo Neruda) that Paras had given to Fabiola after dating her for a year, so romantic. Congratulations to Fabiola and Paras!
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Photographer: Sarah Tew Photography | Event Planner: Behind the Curtain Events | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup Artist: Danielle Lewis Beauty | Floral Designer: Duchess Florals | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: J. Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Officiant: Karen Mussa | Other: La Rosa Cubana Cigars | Ring Designer: Malhotra, Inc | Dress Designer: Matthew Christopher | Hair Stylist: Merilyn M Mitchell | Invitation Designer: Minted | Transportation: NY Trolley Co | Apparel: PinPoint Bridal | Band: PitchBlak Brass Band | Event Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Veils and headpieces: The Bridal Garden | Caterer: The Moveable Feast | Submitted via Two Bright Lights