Back in March we had the pleasure of hanging out with some amazing people out in beautiful Napa and talk about wine country weddings. The Meritage Resort is gorgeous and an ideal setting for any wine country weddings. So it naturally was the perfect spot for us to sit down and share our thoughts on some things you might consider when planning your wine country wedding.
We thank Preeti from TheBigFatIndianWedding.com and Denise from d.Royal Engagements for putting together the gorgeous day and giving us South Asian wedding vendors a platform. Plus for helping those couples who might be on the fence about whether they should have their wedding at a winery or not.
We hope you enjoy this quick interview of us and hope it gives you some insight to who we are and if we’re the right fit for you. Feel free to read the answers below the video as well. Do also check out all the interviews from all the vendors who attended.
Video by Mario and Fran Productions – Mario & Fran
d.Royal Engagements – Denise
Prime Party Rentals – Moh
Jalsa Catering – Reshmi
Bake Me Something – Cake
The Meritage Resort – Jake
TM’s Makeup Artistry – Timsi Malhotra
MSutra Bride – Mitasha Singh
Tell us about you.
We’re Jas & Mandy from JSK Photography. Our passion is wedding and portrait photography. We’re based in and cover CA, but we travel out of state and for destination weddings as well. We’ve had the honor of covering some wine country weddings in the past as well.
1. When should a couple book your services?
It’s best to book us at least 9 to 12 months in advance. 12 months especially for the “wedding season” months, typically the warm/hot months.
2. What should couples consider an appropriate budget range for your services (especially multi-day events) and what does a package normally include?
We have one basic package for weddings that starts at $4,000. That includes two photographers and ceremony and reception coverage. Plus we have a list of add on items so the clients can customize to their needs; portrait shoot, pre-events, albums, prints, etc.
3. What do you wish every couple understood before booking your services?
Not just our services, but across the board, we wish every couple would understand that their day will not go 100% as planned. They’ll get most things, but not all. They need to understand that the day will come and go, but their marriage (and their photographs are to last). So it’s best to let things roll if they didn’t go to plan and celebrate the wins.
4. How will a couple know you are a good fit for their wedding day?
If they like us and if they like our work. We’re hopeful our work is decent, otherwise we wouldn’t be here now. Most important thing is for them to like their photographers as people, jive with their personalities. We’ll be there ALL DAY, shadowing your every more. We’ll try not to be in your face, unless the moment calls for it, but we’re their on the sidelines constantly watching. You want to feel comfortable with us and trust us.
5. What are your back up plans should something go wrong?
I shoot with two cameras, so I can always work with one if I need to. We have backup photographers who we can call on if we need to. We back up our cards as we’re shooting, we shoot multiple angels to cover as much as we can.
6. What is your unique selling point when it comes to South Asian wedding?
We’re a husband and wife team, which is unique in the South Asian wedding market. Couple’s really connect to that and love seeing the chemistry we have and it makes them hopeful and excited to be husband and wife and be special in their own way.
It’s my passion and I’m so lucky that I get to do what I love! I do this full time as of the last 3 years, it’s not a hobby or side job. It’s changing as of recent, but majority of the folks in the South Asian wedding market don’t.
7. What advice would you give to couples looking to plan a South Asian Wedding in Wine Country?
You’re in a beautiful location, you want to spend some time and get those portraits of the two of you. Key thing is leave a decent amount of time for your portrait session, especially if you have a video team who will be getting their shots as well. If you can do a first-look, that is the best thing ever and work your portrait session in right after.