Haema & Paul | Indian Wedding at Glenn Oaks Country Club | Rachel Lahlum Photography 

A Joyful Celebration of Love: Haema and Paul's Enchanting Hindu Wedding at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

A Joyful Celebration of Love: Haema and Paul’s Enchanting Wedding at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Love stories have a magical way of unfolding, and the tale of Haema and Paul is no exception. On a day filled with promises, rituals, and heartfelt moments, the couple embarked on a beautiful journey as they tied the knot in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. With the stunning backdrop of the Glen Oaks Country Club in Des Moines, Iowa, their wedding day was nothing short of a fairytale brought to life.

After a morning of rain, the clouds cleared away for their outdoor ceremony. Under the open sky, the traditional Hindu wedding ceremony (the Shaadi) commenced. Haema looked resplendent in her yellow saari, with Paul in his complementary orange sherwani. It was very windy, but the wind carried with it an essence of ancient traditions and promises that would bind their hearts forever.

The sacred fire bore witness to their vows, as family and friends encircled the couple, showering them with blessings, well-wishes, and flower petals.

The reception was a celebration of love, laughter, and happyt tears. Haema and Paul’s first dance as a married couple was a sight to behold, a graceful expression of their love story. As the night progressed, the dance floor came alive with friends and family dancing the night away, weaving memories that would be cherished for years to come.

As the evening came to a close, the atmosphere was electrified with excitement. A sparkler send-off marked the end of the festivities, lighting up the dark sky with brilliant flashes of light. Haema and Paul’s smiles illuminated the scene as they bid farewell to their loved ones, ready to embark on the exciting journey of married life.

But the magic didn’t end there. The couple shared a private dance, a moment stolen from time, allowing them to reflect on the whirlwind of emotions that the day had brought. In each other’s arms, they swayed to the rhythm of their hearts, ready to face whatever the future held together.


Vendor Team:

Venue: Glen Oaks Country Club
Photography: Rachel Lahlum Photography
Second Shooter: Laura Nichole Photography
Day of Coordination: Alex with White Willow Events
Hair: Riah Salon
Makeup: Megan Say Makeup
Decor: Kahani Event Design
DJ: DJ DAS Entertainment
Attire: Sari Palace
Cake: Doré Bakery


Collage of red and gold traditional Indian wedding attire and accessories.
A bride and groom in traditional Indian wedding attire get ready for their ceremony at Glenn Oaks Country Club in Des Monies, Iowa.
Bride wearing traditional wedding Sari poses in an arched window for photography at Glenn Oaks Country Club in Des Monies, IA.
Bride and groom wearing traditional orange and yellow Indian wedding attire pose for their wedding photography at Glenn Oaks Country Club in Des Monies, IA.
Bride and groom kiss beneath their decorations for their Indian wedding photography at Glenn Oaks Country Club in Des Moines, IA.
A collage of traditional Indian wedding decor at Glenn Oaks Country Club.
Outdoor Indian ceremony Shaadi at Glen Oaks Country Club
Bride and groom put puffed rice into the fire at their traditional Indian wedding ceremony at Glen Oaks Country Club.
Bride and groom walk down the aisle while guests toss flowers at their traditional Indian wedding ceremony at Glenn Oaks Country Club.
A collage of white, orange and cream wedding reception decor at Glenn Oaks Country Club in Des Monies, IA.
Bride and groom pose for wedding photos at Glen Oaks Country Club in Des Monies, IA.
Bride and groom share a kiss for their wedding photography in front of Glen Oaks Country Club.
Bride and groom sparkler exit at their wedding reception at Glenn Oaks Country Club in Des Moines, IA.

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Rachel Lahlum is an Upper Midwest wedding and events photographer with experience in hundreds of weddings and engagement sessions. She takes a guided approach towards working with couples, from helping with planning and scheduling, to guiding with poses and prompts during the session. Her photography is crisp and clean with true-to-life colors, and a mix of traditional poses and candid moments.