Gopi & Anumeet make it official! Traditional Indian Engagement Ring Ceremony at Top of the Town in Alexandria, VA

A few months ago I posted a “courtship session” instead of an “engagement session” because, while Gopika and Anumeet were intending on marrying, they were not engaged. That milestone was reserved for a ceremony unlike any I had ever seen and I’m so grateful to have witnessed. Gopika (aka “Gopi”) was so patient in answering my questions in preparing this Catholic photographer to authentically and respectfully capture a Hindu ceremony.

I’ve shared way too many pictures on this blog post, but it was just an event with so much beauty I couldn’t pair it down.

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It was such a pleasure to meet both families. Everyone was beyond kind and were so genuinely excited to see the pair exchange rings and ask for blessings from the supreme being. So excited that they celebrated with DANCING! Like, all out, Bollywood dancing. It. Was. Spectacular.

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I wish for this beautiful couple all the blessing for which they asked: clarity of thought, courage, prosperity, success, sentiments, intellect, wisdom, and love.