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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Schwering

Alisha + Balaji: Wedding Day

To ring in the new year this year, I took New Year's Eve themed engagement photos for Alisha & Balaji. A few months later, we all got together again on the 4th of July to celebrate the two of them coming together as husband and wife! Nothing about their day went according to plan, but they made the best of it and everything still came together beautifully. I started the morning off by meeting Alisha at her parents' house in Covington to document her gorgeous details and the getting ready process. Because of everything going on with COVID-19, Alisha and Balaji couldn't have the bridal party that they once dreamed about, but Alisha was still able to have two close friends come along and spend the morning with her. The house was absolutely beautiful and right down the street from the cutest little park overlooking the Ohio River with a view of the Cincinnati skyline. After Alisha was all ready, we walked down the street to the park to take a few bridal portraits.

After finishing up at the park we headed over to the church for the ceremony. Before COVID-19 hit, Alisha and Balaji had a two day wedding planned with a full Hindu ceremony on Friday, a Catholic ceremony Saturday, and a big reception at Drees Pavilion Saturday night. Unfortunately, Balaji's family couldn't fly in from Singapore so they decided that the best decision would be to postpone the Hindu ceremony until after travel restrictions are lifted and we can all safely spend time together again. To be able to still include everyone, their ceremony was live streamed so that loved ones (like Balaji's parents and Alisha's brother) could still be able to be included in the day. As soon as you walked into the church, Alisha and Balaji had friends handing out customized face masks that were printed with their names, wedding date, and an iconic toilet paper 2020 "just rolling with it" motto. I absolutely LOVED this touch and all of their guests were able to feel comfortable and safe with their matching face masks! Alisha and Balaji also had the most incredible getaway car fully decorated with tin cans and greenery! So much fun!