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gg Gita & Soham: A Multiday, Southeast Asian Mae’s Ridge Wedding

We believe that the design and vibe of a wedding is undeniably reflective of the couple’s personalities and dynamic, so it’s no wonder that Gita and Soham’s multiday Mae’s Ridge wedding was high energy, joyous, and a true party! These two are nothing but fun, naturals in front of the camera, and have the most infectious smiles. Even though we were working the celebration as their Austin Indian wedding photographer and videographer, we felt like we were taking part in all the fun right alongside everyone!

We had the honor of forming a great relationship with Gita and Soham from the start when we shot their engagement photos. When they told us they wanted to capture their funny, goofy, authentic selves in the heart of downtown Austin, we knew this was the right couple for us. Not every couple would want to order pizza or shoot with a cupcake truck in the background as part of their engagement shoot, but Gita and Soham were nothing but themselves from the very beginning. They carried this spirit of authenticity throughout their entire wedding celebration from that point forward, from the mehndi to sangeet to ceremony to reception.

That’s what sets this Mae’s Ridge wedding apart for us. It wasn’t just the vibrant florals, amazing outfits or even the cool cars, but the personal details weaved throughout that made this multiday, Indian wedding truly one for the books.

Mehndi (Henna Party)

As an Austin Indian wedding photographer, we’ve seen a lot of incredible henna work, but we don’t always get to photograph the intricacies of the mehndi. We were thrilled when Gita asked us to capture hers and we were completely fascinated to watch Henna Arts work, as they applied the delicate and exquisite henna on Gita and her guests’ hands and feet.

For those unfamiliar with a mehndi, it is a henna party that takes place before the wedding festivities begin. It is usually a casual affair held at the bride or a family member’s house, and the bride and all the women closest to her come to get their henna done. The groom doesn’t typically participate in the mehndi, but Soham briefly did by getting Gita’s name inside a heart drawn on the back of one of his hands. A very sweet and special touch!


The next day, Gita and Soham officially kicked off their wedding weekend with a sangeet. It was everything a sangeet should be and more with upbeat music, good food, and extraordinary dance performances by Gita and Soham’s friends and family.

We started the evening by getting great couple’s portraits around property. Gita and Soham wore royal blue outfits with metallic accents that reminded us of stars in the night sky. These colors contrasted nicely with the vivid colors they used in their event design. They hung green and yellow pompom strands over the dance floor, creating a sort of canopy, and some of the desserts they served were equally as bright, but no less delicious!

The dancing that night did not disappoint! Hands were in the air, skirts swished from left to right, and cheers and laughter echoed throughout the space. Gita and Soham had front row seats for the performances in the form of a hanging bench with turquoise pillows and a white, billowy canopy cover. We loved watching their faces light up with every dance number, as they watched their closest people dance for them to celebrate their new marriage.

Before the night was out, they also enjoyed some incredible food, including fried chicken sliders, mango lassi cheesecake, and even hand scooped ice cream. Between the food and the dancing, it was a perfect night, made only more perfect by the fact that Gita and Soham were getting married the next morning!

A Mae’s Ridge Wedding: Pre-Ceremony

Mae’s Ridge is a modern, farmhouse-style event venue in the hill country of Austin, Texas. They offer a few different ceremony sites and while Gita and Soham chose to have their ceremony at the Pavilion, we definitely took advantage of the rest of the sites by getting photos all around property.

Every Austin Indian wedding photographer knows that an Indian wedding day starts with a baraat (groom’s processional into the ceremony). Not only did Soham have a dhol player and mobile DJ provided by Desi Junction DJs for his, but he also rode in a cherry red convertible, which was decked out in sunny yellow garlands. Soham was the essence of cool in his sunglasses and hot rod, and he certainly had a good time dancing and partying up the path with his family and friends. He knew it was his moment and he completely rocked it!

A Mae’s Ridge Wedding: The Ceremony

Cheryl with Glitzzy Events was Gita and Soham’s wedding planner and her eye for design is truly unparalleled! The color palette for this Mae’s Ridge wedding was hot pink, red, blush, white, and gold, which was reflected in the wedding party’s colorful outfits and the striking floral that framed the mandap. These floral sprays by Merveile Events were works of art, as they cascaded down the sides of the wooden arch onto the white stage, where little gold thrones sat, waiting for the bride and groom. The only thing that made the mandap better was the sweeping view of Austin’s hill country in the background.  

After the baraat, Gita’s mom greeted Soham as is tradition, and then he walked down the aisle to the ceremony. Gita and Soham wore Indian attire for the ceremony and they had a first look right at the mandap. Their family members held a tapestry in front of Soham and the mandap, and they only dropped it when it was time to reveal Gita in her stunning red and gold sari. The sparkle in their eyes and smiles said it all! Gita and Soham were actually one of our couples whose original wedding was affected by the pandemic, so while they had to wait a little longer than usual for their big day, getting to have a full celebration surrounded by their loved ones was absolutely worth the wait.

The ceremony was made that much sweeter by the journey this couple went on to get down the aisle, and in between each tradition, we caught them sneaking each other a quick smile or loving glance. We could tell that all their guests felt the love too since they wore smiles that were almost as joyful as the bride and groom’s!

A Mae’s Ridge Wedding: Cocktail Hour & Reception Details

Gita and Soham’s cocktail hour was held out on the lawn at Mae’s Ridge, where they brought in a pink and gold lounge furniture setup, tall cocktail tables, and a mobile champagne truck by Champagne Supply Co. The couple also sprinkled in many personal touches throughout the entire wedding’s design. A sign that said, “It’s worth the wait” greeted guests upon arrival, another sign outlining the couple’s relationship timeline was placed at the bar, and guests got to enjoy the bride and groom’s signature drinks from “Buddy’s Bar,” named after the couple’s furry friend.  

Inside the Mae’s Ridge wedding reception space, there were a mix of round and rectangular tables, all dressed in white linens with gold chargers, red napkins, gold flatware, and floral arrangements in gold vases. Greenery hung from the chandeliers and the four-tier cake by Michelle’s Patisserie was a simple cream and light gold with the most beautiful of floral accents flowing down one side. But the sweetheart table was definitely the focal point! The table itself had a light pink linen and a magnificent floral arrangement sitting right in front of it. Behind the table was a hedge wall backdrop, complete with a matching floral spray along the top and a neon light sign that said, “I love you so much,” emulating Austin’s famous mural.

A Mae’s Ridge Wedding: The Party

For this Mae’s Ridge wedding reception, Gita and Soham changed into Western attire. Gita’s gown was white and flowy with little beads all over it and Soham’s tux was classic, black, and accented with a bow tie. Once they were all dolled up, we did a first look at a different ceremony site on property, right underneath a simple, golden archway. We then shot some amazing images of them and the wedding party in the hilly landscape of Mae’s Ridge.

Mr. and Mrs. Manari were then ready to take to the dance floor for their first dance! This was followed by toasts, parent dances, a speech given by the newlyweds, a delicious dinner, and the cake cutting. To compliment the cake, Gita and Soham also served their guests donuts by Little Lucy’s, which was an extra sweet treat for everyone!

At one point before the dance floor opened, we snuck away with the couple to get sunset and night portraits. Austin’s Best DJs had installed specialty marquee letter lights that spelled out “Soham & Gita,” so we definitely weren’t going to miss getting shots with that! We also shot some of the best photos of the wedding weekend that night with Mae’s Ridge’s gold, geometric backdrop illuminated by floating candles.

By far though, our favorite part of the reception was when Gita changed into her fun, second dress and everyone hit the dance floor! Her dress was a short, white number with fringe hanging off it, so that with every turn she made, the dress swished right along with her! She even threw on a custom, pearl studded jean jacket with her name on the back. Along with her cream colored Keds, we would definitely say she was party-ready!

As an Austin Indian wedding photographer, we see a lot of good parties, but Gita and Soham’s certainly had the best dance moves! Nobody was shy about having a good time, as they danced all night, even busting out ribbon wands for everyone at one point.

When it was time for the grand exit, everyone took their wands and lined the outdoor path to the couple’s classic black getaway car, supplied by Austin Classic Limo. The cold sparklers were lit and Gita and Soham left the building, framed by these shooting stars. They were still jumping and dancing as they made their way to the car and with smiles as bright as the cold sparklers, they drove off into the night in each other’s arms.

Congratulations on a fun and beautiful wedding, Gita and Soham! If you couldn’t tell in this post, we had a blast as your Austin Indian wedding photographer and videographer. It was truly an honor to walk on your journey with you and we wish you all the love and happiness in the world!

Let’s Work Together!

The Bird & The Bear is a boutique, award-winning studio that offers both Austin wedding photography and videography! We are a one-stop full-service studio that loves to create beautiful photos and films of our couples – all with our signature, playful style.

We would love to capture all the candid, intimate, and fun moments of your special day, just as we did for Gita and Soham. If you’re ready to check off both photo and video from your to-do list, reach out today and let’s make it happen!

Austin Engagement Photos | Heather & Will!

Bryan and I had such a great time taking Heather and Will’s Austin engagement photos! Heather and I always work together at weddings, so it was so much fun to get to be able to wander around a park for a couple of hours and take some fun photos! She and Will are a couple of goofballs. Love a couple that isn’t afraid to get a little wet for some great photos!! Also, Heather is the mastermind behind Vintage & Lace – check her out if you still need a wedding coordinator! She basically has superpowers. It has never rained on a wedding I’ve shot with her! And this day was no different – perfect, sunny weather!  🙂  Thank you to Petals Ink for the flower crown and Krissy for the fabulous hair and make-up!

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Austin Engagement Photography | Anne & Jimmy!

Austin Engagement Photography

We absolutely loved working with Anne and Jimmy during their Austin engagement photography session!  This creative couple came to Austin from Houston on the first bright, warm and sunny day of the year!  We are obsessed with their awesome style and fun loving attitude.  We absolutely love the images from their dreamy bubble session!  Check out a few of our favorites below!
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Engagement Photos in Austin, Texas

Lindsey & Garrett got engaged while on vacation over the holidays, and we were so happy to take their engagement photos in Austin, Texas!  We just did a quick little 45 minute mini-session with these two.  We’re always amazed at what we can accomplish in 45 minutes when you have a happy couple in love!  Here are just a few of my favorites!

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1920’s Engagement Session

This spring I met up with Stefanie and Michael for a quick little 1920’s themed mini engagement session! These two are so creative, and their 1920’s style wedding this September is going to be amazing! This was a pretty warm day out in Laguna Gloria, the perfect art deco spot for the day. It’s amazing how much you can get done in 20 minutes when you have an adorable couple like these two, and are having lots of fun!

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Rainey Street Engagement | Amelia & Ben

We had such a good time during Amelia & Ben’s Rainey Street engagement session!  We began the shoot at Lustre Pearl – the MOST awesome Austin bar!  As things go in Austin, it’s being demolished to build condos next month, so we soaked it in and cherished their lovely distressed blue walls.  These two are getting married in April, and we can’t wait!

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Mayfield Park Engagement | Tara & Justin

Tara and Justin are just adorable!  We loved getting to know them while wandering around Mayfield Park in Austin!  They are both incredibly busy, so we got together for a quick little 30 minute mini-session one the prettiest day of the week!  We are so excited that spring is finally coming!  🙂  We love Mayfield Park because it is consistently drop-dead gorgeous, no matter the time of year.  They are getting married this May and we can not wait!  Check out a few of my favorites.

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Carnival Engagement Session | Katelyn & Evan!

Seriously, how fun and adorable can two people be?  We had such a blast with them on the beach and then at the carnival pier during their engagement session!  They are amazingly talented artists themselves, and we can’t wait for their wedding next year!

But obviously, the real star of this shoot was Mochi, their hilariously emotive cat.

Check out their engagement film, and a few of my favorite photos from the afternoon!

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Engagement Session Sneak Peeks!

Hey guys!  We’ve had a busy few weeks here, so I just wanted to throw up a few of my favorite shots from some of our recent engagement sessions!  Full posts for these guys, coming soon!

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Ansley & Stewart – Long Center Engagement Photography

Ansley & Stewart are so funny!  We loved playing around with them and a little bit of cotton candy at their Long Center engagement session this afternoon!  They’re getting married this July in Boerne, and we can’t wait!

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Commons Ford Ranch Photography | Kaitlin & Seth

Kaitlin & Seth are SO cute!  They’re currently in a long-distance relationship, so this was the perfect shoot for them!  Seth folded all the paper airplanes and Kaitlin designed the color scheme – so adorable!  They love natural settings and being with their dogs, so we headed out to Commons Ford Ranch here in Austin for the perfect setting!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Roadhouse Relics | Carolyn & Heath

 This  Roadhouse Relics engagement session meant a lot to me!  I’ve known Carolyn since we were 4 years old in Pre-K together!  I’m so happy for these two and I love their eclectic style.

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Cathedral of Junk | Austin Engagement Photography | Sarah & Zach

Sarah & Zach are super rad (so is their dog)!  We met up at the Cathedral of Junk in Austin to begin their engagement session, and then they took us to their own secret greenbelt spot!

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Galveston Engagement Photography | Daley & Gerrit

Daley, Gerrit & Wiley (their pup) are SO adorable!  I shot Daley’s sister’s wedding and am so excited to be shooting her’s, too!  Gerrit is a surfer dude (yes, even here in Texas!), so we went down to Galveston to shoot their engagement photos & save the date video!  We couldn’t have asked for a better couple to spend our afternoon with.

Find more photos after the jump!  😀

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South Congress Engagement Photography | Kelly & Bryan

Kelly & Bryan are so adorable!  Kelly went to grad school here in Austin at St. Edward’s while Bryan was at Trinity University, so we shot their engagement session all along South Congress Ave and around the biking trail at Zilker Park!  They are so great & we can’t wait for their wedding this August!

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Beach Engagement Photography | Luke & Sarah

A sunny afternoon Galveston Beach engagement photography session with Luke & Sarah!  🙂

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Mayfield Park | Austin Engagement Photography | Meagan & Will

Seriously, how cute are these two?  This engagement session at Mayfield Park here in Austin has been one of my favorites of all time!  Meagan & Will went thrifting the day of the shoot and came up with this whole set themselves.  So awesome!

Check out their Save the Date video and some of my favorite shots from the session!


See more of this adorable couple after the jump!

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Austin Engagement Photography | Gruene Hall | Lindsey & Justin

Check out a few of my favorites from Lindsey & Justin’s Austin Gruene Hall engagement photography session!

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Austin Engagement Photography | Lindsey & Micah

When someone asks “Can I bring my motorcycle to the shoot?”, it’s hard not to scream “HECK YES!” right into the phone!

Austin Engagement Photography | Ashley & Garrett

I’m so stoked that Ashley & Garrett found us!  They’re just happy & laid back & we had a fantastic afternoon with them hitting up South Congress and a vineyard just outside of town during their Austin engagement shoot!

Their wedding is in January and I can’t wait – apparently there’s going to be some awesome Czech dance (will update with pics, then)!

Here are just a couple of sneak peeks!

Brooke & Chris | Austin Engagement Photography

Seriously, we had such a blast during Brooke & Chris’s Austin sunflower engagement session, and video!  They’re such an awesome couple (and you know we love anyone who loves their dogs as much as we love our’s)!  We spent a beautiful afternoon on South Congress and then heading out to a beautiful sunflower field just outside of town.  Their wedding is in March of 2013, and we can not wait!

This adorable session was also published on Style Me Pretty Texas!

Tammy & Cody | Austin Engagement Photography

Tammy & Cody are so cute together!  We began their session at Old Settler’s Park and then moved out to a vineyard!

Here are just a couple of my favorites from this sunny, happy morning!

Elsie & JD | Beaumont Engagement Photography

Elsie & JD are fabulous, and have awesome friends with really cool homes!  Here are a few from their Beaumont Engagement Session!  Check out their really cool antique items, such as that door with the stain glass!  It was such a fun shoot and we are happy to know this beautiful couple.  Check it out!


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Austin Engagement Photography | Brian & Megan

Nothing makes me happier than when a bridesmaid of one of my previous brides asks me to photograph her wedding!  I met Megan in August at Patt & Josh’s wedding in Houston, and her wedding is this June!  She and Brian are so playful, and up for anything!  We decided to have some fun with a couple of bear costume heads and play around in a park in Brian’s hometown.

Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the session & their super hilarious engagement trailer!

This shoot was also featured on the fabulous publication The Knotty Bride! http://theknottybride.com/32270

Austin Engagement Photography | Niki & Bill

Niki & Bill are two of the cutest people I’ve ever met. With a balloon fight and a hilariously hard-to-steer bike, we had a blast. We were so worried it was going to start pouring during our session since it had been flooding all week, but we hugely lucked out and even got a couple minutes of pure sunshine here and there (and were sure to pause everything to chase it down when those moments happened)! Their wedding is this June at one of my favorite venues, Butler’s Courtyard, and I’m so excited to have the chance to photograph it!

First up is the engagement trailer Bryan made, and below are some of my favorite shots from this adorable session!

 This session was also featured on the awesome blog A Paper Proposal!

Austin Engagement Photography | Landa Park | Jenn & John

Jenn & John are clearly two fun-loving people.  They come to Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas every year to enjoy themselves and visit the area where John grew up.  I was so excited to come check everything Landa Park had to offer out, and of course do a little trespassing and climb on top of a huge, very-well-fenced bridge (John’s idea!!  haha).

Here is a sneak peak of my favorite shots from the day!  I can’t wait til their wedding this May!


Austin Wedding Photographers, the Bird and the Bear, photograph a couple in the sunshine near a train.

College Station Engagement Photography | Marianne & Kyle

A lot of people don’t realize how much luck comes into play with photoshoots.  You can plan everything out to the angle and the time of day, but you still have to just sit back and hope that it all goes well when the time comes.  But this is one of those times I just plain got lucky!  Lucky to be shooting with an awesome couple that is just so happy and comfortable with each other, & lucky that they’re adventurous enough to climb around a creepy old abandoned train we were fortunate enough to pass on our way into town.

We met at the Dixie Chicken in College Station to begin their engagement session and went around campus and Bryan for some other shots.  They kept laughing at each other, so the whole session was really fun!  For our last shots, we stopped at the train we spotted for a dreamy, vintage travel scene.  They’re from Illinois & Colorado, so they know a bit about moving around!  We peeked inside and really expected there to be way more evidence of hobos in the cabin, but it was actually pretty neat!  We have no idea what happened to it, or why it’s been sitting there for so long, but I feel really lucky to have gotten the chance to shoot with it.  Their wedding will be next September in my favorite place in the world – Estes Park, Colorado!

Here’s one little sneak peek of my favorite shot so far!

A vintage trunk and train engagement session.