I was so excited when a good friend commissioned me to photograph and paint from the wedding of her son and his beautiful bride. I had never been to a traditional Hindu wedding or reception. It was utterly spectacular in every way. I took hundreds of pictures. I could not choose just one, so I painted two images, one from the ceremony and one of the first dance. The couple changed clothing in between the ceremony and reception. A feast for an artist! The paintings were challenging. Getting all of the detail while maintaining the gesture and overall feeling of the celebration required much editing and color mixing. I was thrilled with the outcome of both pieces, as were the couple and the parents of the groom. It is so rewarding to be part of a surprise wedding gift.