My name is Kim Chen, and this is my website focusing on Studio Varnika's cultural weddings! My own wedding was a traditional Hindu ceremony in Chennai, South India, and I love photographing ethnic weddings. My artistic, award-winning photography has been featured internationally both online and in print. Let me tell the story of your wedding through beautiful, timeless images!

June 4, 2014

Award-Winning Portland Indian Wedding Photo!

One of my beautiful images from last year's traditional Indian wedding in Portland received an award from the PDXPhotographers contest! I actually had two images awarded; click on the image below to learn more!   READ MORE...

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July 14, 2013

Portland Indian Wedding ~ Ceremony & Reception

The final blog post for the huge Indian wedding, beginning with the bride being carried into the main hall in a basket and ending with an energetic Bollywood reception!  READ MORE...

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July 9, 2013

Beautiful Indian Bride & Groom's Pre-Wedding Ceremonies

This Indian bride's Gauri Pooja might be the most beautiful ceremony I've ever seen. She and the groom prayed in separate rooms early in the morning before their wedding ceremonies that carried on into the afternoon.  READ MORE...

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July 5, 2013

Traditional Indian Wedding ~ Engagement Ceremony

A baraat, South Indian style in a vintage Rolls Royce! Beautiful engagement ceremony where the families declared their intentions for the couple to marry, and exchanged gifts including beautiful gold jewelry for the bride. This photo might just be one of my favorites of all time!  READ MORE...

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Traditional South Indian Wedding ~ Groom's Ceremony

This multi-day, very traditional Portland South Indian wedding's groom's ceremony, where he goes through the stages of life, is ready to become a monk, but gets convinced to marry instead!  READ MORE...

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June 25, 2013

A Beautiful Portland Oregon Mehendi

An amazing, long, four days of a very traditional Indian wedding in Portland that began with the bride's mehendi and culminated in a weekend of ceremonies and a gorgeous reception. This is the first of a series of posts for this beautiful wedding!  READ MORE...

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April 5, 2013

Free Venue for your Oregon Indian Farm Wedding this Summer!

Planning an Indian wedding for Summer 2013?  Little People Big World is looking to feature an Indian wedding and is offering their gorgeous farm as a complimentary venue if you're chosen!  Contact me if interested and I'll put you in touch.

I am the Wedding Venue Manager at Roloff Farms in Hillsboro. The farm owners (Matt & Amy Roloff) have a reality TV show on TLC called "Little People Big World - Wedding Farm". The series has been on the air since 2004 and is highly regarded. We are currently in the process of finding special bride/grooms for summer 2013 weddings and would love to explore possibly having an Indian wedding. We waive our venue fee and offer many beautiful areas.

Please Note:  The photo below was not taken at Roloff Farms but is an Indian farm wedding that I photographed in Scappoose, Oregon.

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March 4, 2013

Sesha & Ganesh's Wedding ~ Published by Rubies & Ribbon!

Sesha and Ganesh's beautiful farm wedding was published on Rubies & Ribbon!  I can't believe that three different wedding blogs have contacted me recently about publishing my work, and it's all going live this week!  Check out the Studio Varnika site to see the other (non-ethnic) weddings when they get posted later this week  :)

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January 28, 2013

Portland Indian Weddings Bridal Show - Feb 10th, 2013!

We'd heard from too many people that there are no resources for Indian weddings in Portland, so Studio Varnika, DJ Prashant, and Hayward's Decorations collaborated to create Portland Indian Weddings, a group which provides high-quality packages for South Asian weddings!  One of the things that we're putting together is a bridal show featuring vendors who have products tailored just for Indian weddings-- it's going to be a great time with Prashant spinning some Bollywood tunes, delicious snacks and desserts available for tasting, and we're also giving away a bunch of valuable door prizes!  You can register early for $5 or tickets are $12 at the door.  Please check out the information on the Indian wedding show, and we'd love to see you there!

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January 14, 2013

Beautiful Indian Make-up Artistry ~ Supriya & Yash's Portraits

I collaborated with Julie Lampros Skincare & Make-up Artistry for this portrait session and had the opportunity to work with two lovely South Asian girls to show off Julie's make-up and get some creative portraits!  READ MORE...

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October 27, 2012

Indian Wedding Portraits at the Rose Garden

I did a portrait session for a new collaboration called Portland Indian Weddings-- if you're planning an ethnic wedding in Portland or Seattle, you should contact us!  Please check out the whole blog post that features all of our participating vendors for the Portland Indian Wedding Styled Shoot!  READ MORE...

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October 23, 2012

Akash & Poorni's Engagement Ceremony

Akash and Poorni had their engagement ceremony the day after Akash's surprise proposal.  It was a beautiful ceremony that celebrated the two families joining together.  READ MORE...

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A Beautiful Winery Surprise Proposal!

Akash proposed to Poorni after several months of planning, and she said YES!  I was so thrilled to be asked to photograph their special moment!  :)    READ MORE...

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October 16, 2012

An East-West Farm Wedding

Sesha and Ganesh were both adopted from India by American families, and had a lovely fusion of cultures in their intimate wedding.  I loved Sesha's style of bold pink shoes under her gown and henna with pearls  :)  READ MORE...

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August 15, 2012

A Stunning Persian Fusion Wedding!

A gorgeous fusion wedding in Portland, Oregon, featuring Iranian traditions and tons of beautiful details with symbolism wishing the bride and groom a long and prosperous life.  I try to capture photos from a unique perspective, and this portrait of the couple's reflection was taken discreetly over the bride's shoulder.  There are so many things about this wedding that I love, but the Middle Eastern songs were a big bonus and fun to dance to (while taking lots of photos, of course)!  READ MORE...

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July 31, 2012

Sesha & Ganesh's Rose Garden Engagement Session!

This super-sweet couple is planning to have an intimate wedding at a farm in Scappoose, OR in late August.  We met up for some engagement photos at the Washington Park Rose Garden, and I LOVE this image.  It captures romance, roses, and our beautiful Pacific Northwest city so perfectly!!  READ MORE...

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June 27, 2012

Wedding Specials for 2012!

I'm still open for a few days this summer and September, with more availability for the rest of 2012.  If you have a beautiful ethnic wedding with gorgeous details and events, I'd love to talk and offer you some special rates!  This is a limited-time offer, and packages depend on the specifics of your wedding.  I'm open to all traditional or fusion ethnic weddings (East Asian, Indian, Middle-Eastern, African, etc)!

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February 10, 2012

We're published on Maharani Weddings!

Our lovely South Padre Beach Wedding has been featured on Maharani Weddings, a popular resource for Indian brides!  Here are the links to Part I, Part II, and Part III!!

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February 2, 2012

A South Padre Beach Wedding (with Pakistani and American Traditions)

Another beautiful Texas wedding, this time on a beach!  A lot of amazing moments from the wedding, and I think it's what caught the eye of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, which just accepted me as a member this past week (I'm so thrilled about that, since it's very difficult to get in)!  It started to rain literally minutes after the ceremony finished, and we unanimously decided that it was a good omen for the lovely couple to start their married life together  :)  READ MORE...

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A Texas Hill Country Indian Wedding (with Chinese Touches)

Check out these amazing photos from this wedding!  It was a beautiful wedding in a wonderful Texas Hill Country setting, and I have never seen such gorgeous mehendi in my life-- look at the face details in her palm!  The bride did not want her name shared, so I didn't post any ceremony photos where you could see their names on customized hearts, or photos of her parents, but there are plenty of photos to give you an idea of what the wedding was like.  READ MORE...

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