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A sweet couple, a beautiful venue, and lots of bright colors – needless to say we were stoked for this wedding ever since meeting Aditi and Alex more than a year ago. This wedding always seemed to be so far away, but as it always happens with wedding planning, time just flies and the end of June was here before we knew it.

Not many people know about this venue as it’s well hidden in a residential area of Fremont, but we’ve covered events here before and absolutely adored it. I always thought that the Palmdale Estates, with all of its gorgeous palm lined lawns, gardens, and lake, would be a perfect location for a traditional Indian wedding – a series of colorful events, spread over two or three days. It turned out to be true and all the lush green colors surrounding the Palmdale Estates went perfectly with the wedding reds.

Dear Aditi and Alex – it was an honor to join you on the day you became a husband and wife. Thank you for allowing us to document your beautiful day!

Palmdale Estates Indian Outdoor Wedding


The wedding preparations of an Indian bride are a photographer’s dream come true – there’re so many amazing colorful details that I usually go absolutely crazy :)

Palmdale Estates Indian wedding bride getting ready


You see? We couldn’t stop shooting our gorgeous bride and all the details of her lovely sari:

Palmdale Estates Indian wedding preparations


One of the important and fun ceremonies is the Baraat – the arrival of the groom at the venue. The groom’s family members, relatives, and friends accompany him to the venue, and the entire procession dances all the way to the bride!

Palmdale Estates baraat


Palmdale Estates Indian wedding horse parade


We loved the looks exchanged between Adidi and Alex. Their ceremony lasted for more than an hour and while Aditi and Alex were really trying to concentrate on the proceedings, they were sneaking these loving looks at each other time to time:

Indian Wedding Ceremony Sunken Gardens Mandap Palmdale Estates


Some of the wedding guests:

Guests during wedding ceremony in Sunken Garden of Palmdale Estate


A few more ceremony details:

Seven steps ritual in the Sunken Garden in Palmdale Estates


Bridesmaids’ hands were covered in beautiful Mehndi designs:

Bridesmaid hands with henna Palmdale Estates


And then there was time for portraits! Our goal with these is not to catch the artificial beauty, but to capture raw feelings and the couple’s love to each other. Unfortunately, memories fade away and even the happiest moments become blurry with time, so we want our couples to open their album ten, thirty years from now, look at the pictures and say “Oh I remember exactly how I felt in that moment”. These two didn’t need to be posed – we barely asked them to have a sit on the bench and started clicking the shutter:

Bride and groom portrait at Palmdale Estates


Aditi looked absolutely breathtaking:

Indian wedding portrait at Palmdale Estates


Their first dance:

First dance at Indian wedding at Palmdale Estates


As mentioned, Palmdale Estates is perfect for traditional Indian weddings with a relaxed “garden party” time atmosphere:

Outdoor Indian reception at Palmdale Estate


Alex’s dad delivered a very sweet and heartfelt toast:

Reception toasts at Best House


Indian wedding details at Palmdale Estates


A sunset portrait by the old water well at the Palmdale Estates:

Sunset portrait in sari at Palmdale Estates


Palmdale Estates Hindu wedding


Guests were having a blasts during the dancing:

Best House wedding reception


The Best House at night:

Palmdale Estates Hindu reception



All the wonderful vendors who made this event possible:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Palmdale Estates
Wedding Coordinator: Leann Jackson
DJ: In the Mix Productions
Florals: Jan’s Decorative Touch
Catering: Devinder
Wedding Cake: The Cakemaker
Officiant: Manmohan Mukherjee

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.