When I first heard about their wedding, we were honestly hesitant to book because it was on our 8 year wedding anniversary. But after chatting with Jyoti and Prem, David and I fell in love with this couple.
When I asked what they wanted their guests to leave with from their wedding, they said:
And we knew we just had to capture their day.
the love story
Jyoti’s story: When I first saw Prem in New York I was pleasantly surprised to see a familiar face! I actually first met Prem in LA years ago right after college and again in business school at USC. Though our paths crossed many times, our timing was always off. When I met him again in New York I knew it would be different, and it was! Three years later here we are and I couldn’t be happier!
Prem’s Story: I truly believe Jyoti and I were meant to be together. I first met her soon after graduating college through common friends. A few years later, I was in business school and bumped into her in the hallways. Unfortunately, we were in different programs so we never had the chance to really get to know each other. A few years after that, I was working in New York when a buddy of mine asked if I wanted to go out with some of his friends. Little did I know, it was Jyoti. I wasn’t going to let her go again after the previous missed opportunities!
romantic proposal (from the bride)
The proposal was absolutely perfect. Prem did an amazing job planning everything and making sure it was a complete surprise. Prem took me to Temecula wine country and had the winery convince me that we had won a private wine tasting in the most picturesque area of the vineyard. When he got on one knee, I was completely shocked but so excited! We met up with our family afterwards where the celebration continued. It was a perfect day with the perfect guy.
the wedding day
It was the perfect last wedding for our 2016 year
and, hands down, one of the best celebrations we’ve gotten to capture.
The day forecasted rain but the weather was picture perfect. Rain began the moment our bridal party and romantic photos post-ceremony were completed and it ended just in time for this gorgeous Dana Point sunset.
Jyoti’s details were absolutely vibrant and stunning!
Her gorgeous hair and makeup were done by the FABULOUS Dolled Up By Lulu!
Prem’s details were just as magnificent.
He even made sure his men’s details were well taken care of.
Prem with his awesome groomsmen
He surprised Jyoti with a wedding gift before the ceremony.
A beautifully elegant Tiffany & Co necklace.
Afterwards, Jyoti had an unforgettable first look with her parents.
In love with this photo. Absolutely precious.
The wedding ceremony begins with the Baraat.
The Baraat is the marriage procession of the groom when he arrives to the venue with a large group of his family and friends. It is an incredible celebration to capture. It’s hard to describe the energy of the event – but it’s awesome to capture and get to share with you the beauty of it.
The awesome father of the groom dancing!
Prem’s groomsmen were awesome to watch dance around the entire time.
And, OF COURSE, the bridesmaids as they awaited for the procession to finally arrive.
The groom was greeted by the styling brother of the bride.
Then, the Milni Ceremony began. Before the wedding ceremony can begin, the men from each side of the family meet and greet in such a beautiful way.
The father of the groom greeting the father of the bride (LOVE!)
It was time for their breathtaking wedding ceremony.
Prem had the BEST reaction when he first saw his bride walking down the aisle
The ceremony was rich with beautiful culture and tradition
This bridal party was such a blast to party with all day!
The beautiful bridesmaids
And the hot groomsmen – LOVE how they loved the camera.
They were so much fun!
We had the MOST amazing time when the entire bridal party braved their very own Mannequin Challenge!
We then captured this intimate ceremony with Jyoti and Prem and Prem’s parents.
The couple were told to search for coins hidden in the basin. The couple who got the most coins would be the leader in the relationship. And, oh man, that was fun seeing them fight for each coin.
It’s a blessing to capture a couple so truly in love.
Jyoti and Prem’s dazzling wedding reception, florals and decor by one of our favorite vendors, Three Petals.
Such a breathtaking sweetheart area for the couple
The classy couple stepping into view their grand wedding reception for the first time.
And what an entrance the bridal party made!
The night was filled with so many precious emotional memories and energetic dancing!
same day edit film
And we were so proud and thrilled to have our DPARK filmmaker, Loyd, surprise the couple with an unforgettable Same Day Edit Film. Their reaction makes all the work worthwhile.
The rest of the night flew by!
This little cutie stole the show when she went out to pick up every dollar on the dance floor.
And she was adorably followed around by this little stud.
What a party!
We’ve honestly never seen anyone picked up and carried around so often in one day.
Aren’t they adorable?
What a wedding!
Their day was pure happiness.
Jyoti and Prem, we feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of your awesome wedding celebration and love story! Seriously, it was one of the best weddings we’ve ever been to and we’re so grateful to have gotten to know you and your loved ones. Praying the Lord richly bless you with a fantastic marriage, love, and, especially for Jyoti, lots and lots of the best chocolate chip cookies ever <3
With all our love,
The DPARK Family
dana point wedding vendors
- photo | D. Park Photography + Associates Vinney
- film | D. Park Photography
- planner | Morgan of Bridal and Event Lounge
- venue | Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa | 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
- priest | Mahesh Bhatt
- flowers/rentals | Three Petals
- gowns/attire | custom made in India
- caterer | Natraj
- dj | Special Occasions
- sitar player | Ronobir Lahiri Music
- dhol player | Malinder
- hair/makeup | Dolled Up By Lulu
- cake | It’s All About the Cake
- photobooth | Viral Booth
- mendhi artist | Neha Assar Henna Artistry
- baraat horse | Enchanted Carriages
- cookies | Paradise Bakery
- sangeet live music & entertainment | Dipali & Vishal
Check out their gorgeous Laguna Beach engagement here!