Jayna Koshy-Baptism & First Birthday

Hello everyone! Last weekend I had the opportunity to take pictures for baby Jayna's baptism & first birthday celebrations. Jayna's parents have a special place in my heart. I went to church with Joann and we got closer as we taught dance together. I met Jerry through Joann and I even had the honor of MCing their wedding! Now they have the most adorable little baby girl named Jayna and it's cool to have witnessed both of them during so many phases of their lives. Jayna had her holy baptism at St. George's Malankara Orthodox Church in Irving, Texas. The service was very beautiful and like every baby who gets baptized, there were some tears shed :)

Afterwards we headed to the church hall where they had a first birthday party for her. There were fun performances and even Jayna's pops got on the drums! They also did one of my favorite Indian traditions at her birthday party. They had a plate with an apple, pen, rosary, and a gold bangle. The apple signifies the love of food, the pen signifies education and studies, the rosary signifies a life of vocation, and the gold signifies the love of jewelry....because you know, girls. :) They set the plate down and let the baby crawl towards the plate and whatever item she chooses tells us a little bit about what they're going to be like. It's such a fun tradition! Jerry & Joann, thank you for letting me capture your sweet girls big day! 

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Janice & Jenson-Engagement Party

School has started back up so things have been a little crazy! Let me tell yall, teacher tired is a whole different level of tired. However, an extra day off for Labor Day means I can post on the blog about one of the photo gigs I've had in the past month! This past weekend I had the opportunity to take pictures for an engagement party for my friends Janice and Jenson. 

I actually met Janice back in high school randomly and we stayed in touch through AIM here and there. We went to school in Denton together but I haven't had a chance to see her in years. I met her husband-to-be Jenson a few years ago. He's actually really good friends with a few of the guys from my church and we met at one of their birthday parties. When I found out that both of them were getting married I was so excited for the two of them!

Indian engagements are definitely one of a kind. All of my non-Indian friends are always so intrigued by them. Sometimes they seem like just a mini-wedding or something that's unnecessary. It's actually funny because Indian engagements are actually a bigger deal than the proposal in most cases. What's so nice about Indian engagements is that it gives the families & friends of the future bride and groom a chance to meet together before the wedding. My favorite part of every Indian engagement is when the two fathers come up and exchange a letter of agreement to the marriage and hug each other as a sign of both families coming together. 

Jenson & Janice had their engagement party at Zander's House in Plano. I have never been to this venue but I fell in love with it right away. The lighting in this place was the bomb yall. There was a ton of natural light so it worked so well with the photos. They also had a beautiful backdrop and table decor that gave the whole room such a vibrant touch. I had a blast taking pictures for you guys and wish you nothing but the best as you plan your future wedding!