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How to start your retirement together as a couple before AND after the wedding!

My friends over at Archer Investment Management in Raleigh, NC have sent me some amazing information to share with you ~ now that you are going to be saying “I do” soon! When starting your life and retirement life together as a couple, these points will make you think~

Engaged or Just Married?  Ok, Now What To Do About Money?

Couples often ask us what is the best way to handle finances together.  The answer is always the same – whatever keeps your relationship happy.  However, it is important for couples to talk about their financial situation and to be transparent with each other’s wishes.  During this conversation, talk about your future goals and hopes for your life.  These conversations should continue throughout the relationship and will evolve as life changes.  Co-managing finances is not just combining checking accounts and paying bills.  We recommend spending time together addressing the following items:


Financial success hinges on cash flow.  It is critical to understand how much the household is spending on a monthly and annual basis.  Make a budget and stick to it.


Discuss each person’s savings goals and expectation of spending.  Figure out how much may be needed for an emergency fund.  Some couples realize that one person’s comfort level for emergency savings is drastically different than the other.  If there is already plenty of cash available for an emergency fund, what will you do with the excess?  Will you open a joint account for investing those funds and can you contribute to that on a monthly basis?


Being upfront about any significant debt is important to both the relationship in general and the financial success of the household.  Debt can cause problems in many ways, so it is best to have open communication about that issue immediately.


Typically, households do not have both parties making the exact same amount of money.  Share income and future income potential with each other and be open if there are issues with a big discrepancy.  Also, take time to review your company benefits together and see what each other’s options are for retirement saving and health insurance.  If one person does not have a company sponsored retirement plan and the other does, engage in a conversation on how to maximize retirement savings utilizing one plan or using other vehicles such as an IRA.  This is a good time to also review any necessary beneficiary designations and make sure they are updated.


Young, healthy couples have the benefit of obtaining insurance at a lower cost than older couples.  Consider income replacement needs and any outstanding debt when you are factoring in how much life insurance to purchase and what type of insurance.


While never a pleasant topic, it is important to discuss your plans for your estate after you pass away.  This is a critical step to take in situations where couples have children and/or are in second marriages.  Finally, find out your state’s requirements for both financial and health care powers of attorney and have those documents drafted as well.


Finally, determine who will be handling the household finances or divide up the responsibilities.  Make sure both parties are always engaged in the decisions and understand the household finances.  Relationships thrive on trust and transparency, especially with regard to money.  Starting off on the right foot will make a huge difference in your relationship over time.  A financial advisor can go through all of this with you and help you to make great financial decisions along the way.  Consider hiring one to work with you through this process.  Sometimes we can see the picture more clearly as outside looking in and can facilitate some of the difficult conversations.  At the end of the day, the healthiest relationships in regards to finances are ones that have open, honest communication.


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Helene Foundation Annual Gala 2016

Bidders winning at the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video


Covering the The Helene Foundation Annual Gala 2016 is the best!!!  I love it when an event is seamless ~ these guys have it down.  It was an honor to photograph this event again ~ seeing a lot of the same faces from last year and then all the new faces!  The Helene Foundation does amazing work in this community and it is an opportunity for me to see the good that is being done, happening right here in the area.  The Helene Foundation Gala 2016 celebrates the opportunity to give to those who need the help  while going through cancer treatment.  I am so proud of this foundation and all who play a part in making this event so successful!  Enjoy a few of the photos!  I had a blast and so did everyone else!


Logo for the Helene Foundation

The Helene Foundation logo



Who We Are
The Helene Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in 2009 in honor of Helene Davidian. Although she retired from nursing when her children were born, she spent her life serving and giving to others. In May 2008, she was diagnosed with cancer and was taken from us on May 31, 2009. The Davidian family felt that establishing a Foundation in her name would allow her to continue her passion of serving and giving to others.
Our Mission

The Helene Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to North Carolina families with mothers actively undergoing cancer treatments. We focus on immediate, practical support and services for mothers and families fighting cancer.
The assistance we provide includes, but is not limited to, meals for the families delivered to the home, housecleaning, child care, tutoring services if needed, and assistance with arranging transportation to medical appointments. Each family and situation is unique and their services are based on the mother’s requests. The Helene Foundation strives to help families keep as normal an environment as possible while engaged in their cancer fight. Families are referred by a hospital social worker, and upon acceptance, are “adopted” for a 6 month period. Should the mother lose her fight with cancer, the family continues to receive assistance through their 6 month adoption. Since 2009, the Helene Foundation has provided over $100,000 to 32 North Carolina families!

Exciting times for the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

Exciting times at the beginning of the event

Bidders winning at the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

I won the bid!!!!

Room set up for the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

A room with a view!

Candles photographed by IWP Photography & Video

Candles for those helped

Guests being photographed by iWP Photography & Video

A toast to the Helene Foundation!

A beautifully made program for The Helene Foundation Gala 2016

Program for the event

Helene Foundation Gala by IWP Photography & Video

Foodies unite! The North Hills Renaissance Hotel has amazing food

Fun times to be had on the stage soon at the Helene Foundation Gala 2016

The stage is set!

Green Screen photography by TapSnap

TapSnap working their magic at the event for green screen photography

Guest at the Helene Foundation Gala 2016

That’s a great looking group!

Helene Foundation Gala 2016

A beautiful cake decorated with a peacock for the Gala

Table setting for the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

Table setting for the Helene Foundation Gala




Custom Benefit Auctions

Ben Farrell getting the crowd excited about the auction

November 8, 2015

A beautiful day for an Indian Wedding




The colors, the glamour, the hours, the events leading up to this beautiful day ~ all ready, set, go!  It was a beautiful day for a wedding and this couple enjoyed themselves like a Bride and Groom should.  IWP Photography & Video enjoyed shooting this event for many reasons.  We love creating images for Asian weddings, and our award winning photography speaks to that on every level.  This wedding was photographed at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, NC.  I travel all over the southeast for Indian weddings but love it when I am able to work in my own city.  Please also visit my Facebook page for the most recent images: AND
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The look of love, the first photo after Bride and Groom say I Do

The look of love!First stroll as husband and wife #indianweddingphotography #indianweddingcharlotte #indianweddingraleigh #indianweddingfayetteville #indianweddingnorthcarolina #indianweddingvirginia

December 29, 2014

Todd and Billy say “I do” …… finally!

Todd and Billy really wanted to say “I do” to one another…..                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The traditional Groom and Groom wedding ring shot!

The traditional Groom and Groom wedding ring shot!




they even already had 2 sons together and family means everything.  The only thing that they really needed was to be able to get married and for it to really be recognized by the state of North Carolina.  Well,  it finally happened and they were married on October 17th and what a great ceremony they had.  Their sons were in attendance and all went as plan.  It was a great moment for Tesh and Mica to be a part of this as well ~ as Todd and Billy are dear friends of ours.  Congratulations to you both!  We hope that you have many many years of happiness together!!

Same-Sex Marriage has been legal in North Carolina since October 17, 2o14.

A beautiful Sangeet and Menhdi style shoot

Join us for a Sangeet that will heighten your senses, and transport you into an event where the bride is being celebrated by her family and everything is a celebration during an Indian wedding ~ down to the clothes.

Preeti Waas, Creative Director of Mehar Events, showcases her talent at this event by bringing out all of the elements necessary to produce a fun, interactive celebration that leaves out no detail, or anyone wanting for more.

Tesh Parekh, Owner of IWP Photography & Video and Tesh’s Fine Art, was chosen for the photography because Tesh is a leader in the Indian Wedding Photography market,  in and around the Southeast.  Tesh has been photographing Indian weddings and events since 1996.  Tesh was born in India, and he understands all the cultural and religious aspects of these beautiful events!  His artist flair comes through in the images that he captures throughout the event, details that can’t be recreated or moments that must be preserved.

The Stockroom at 230 is simply perfect for this size event.  It has the charm of historic Raleigh and is in the center of downtown which breathes an electric air into the venue that brings an additional excitement level to your event.  A blank canvas but not really, The Stockroom has exposed brick and wood floors, and offers a view onto Fayetteville Street.  Your guests will be impressed with how any décor you choose will “pop” in this venue and the staff is amazing to work with!  MollyAnne and Alexandria worked closely with Preeti to make sure that all elements were highlighted in this shoot ~ they were very hands on.

Poonam Henna Arts, owned by the beautiful Poonam, an expert in Henna, the art of temporary tattooing that has been around since antiquity, is our go-to for creating the bride and her attendants’ henna.  Her work is straight from the heart and she loves to showcase the energy of the event through her art and enhances everyone’s experience by creating beautiful Henna Art for every guest that would like to experience it.

The food, prepared for this event by Zayka Indian Cuisine, is traditional Indian food for this type of event that the staff took great pride in serving.  The food is a mix of vegetarian and meat dishes and there are the traditional naan, rice and chutneys to accompany the food.  This food radiates off the plates and calls to the guests to come and enjoy while celebrating this wonderful event.  The colors, flavors and aroma have taken on a life of their own and the taste… is exquisite.

No bridal party is completely ready without the help of a wonderful woman, by the name of Margo Codd-Williams.  Her company is Belloviso, and her passion is making you as beautiful as you think you can be and then some.  She wanted a very warm, romantic, and traditional look for this bridal party and in a matter of minutes had the whole party laughing and relaxing and feeling good about their hair and makeup – it really was effortless.   She has a passion for this business and it truly can be seen at every angle.

To complete our event, we had Jeetu Singh play the traditional dhol for the party to help the mood get festive.  What a talent this player has.  He will make anyone get up and move with the music he plays.  He has a wonderful smile and really enjoys seeing your guest come to life on the dance floor.  He will play at any event, and you will love it!

So many beautiful photos were created for this event, so we will showcase on a few of them here on the blog, but you can see all of the photos from the event HERE


Brides hair being style by Belloviso

Brides hair being style by Belloviso


Bridal portrait by IWP Photography & Video


Beautiful Henna


Bridal Portrait


Henna portrait


Group of gentleman dancing


The Bridal dance


The Bride and her Bridal party


Music by G2 Singh Music


Dancing along with G2


The Bride and her brother


Dancing in motion


Dancing in motion


The Bride receiving her henna.


The Bride and her bridal party


beautiful display of Bride’s outfit


Henna being applied


Bride with her maids and their henna art


Bride and her maids

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Greenville NC Indian Wedding Photography : ECU E-session { Rahul + Mital }

I am enjoying the season of e-sessions! It is fun working with engaged couples. E-session gives me opportunity to learn more about the couple I will be working with on their wedding day. And the couple will get to know how I work. Just like other photography assignments, I do as much homework as possible for e-sessions. We discuss couple’s favorite location(s), outfits, weather and so on. Rahul & Mital’s favorite location was ECU Campus! This was my first time doing session on the ECU campus. Weather was a concern but we decided to carry on with the session come rain or shine! I drove through severe thunderstorm on my way to ECU! On the campus, Rahul and Mital were dressed sharp and ready for the session! We started the session amid sounds of thunder! The light was beautiful, but in an instant the sky grew dark and big raindrops meant we had to move indoors. Quickly! We made the best of this rain! This couple was prepared! They had an ECU umbrella on hand! I captured poses and candids indoors and outside under the umbrella. Use of additional lighting was necessary! Rahul and Mital were easy to work with. Very patient as I setup my lighting and poses. It is relatively easier to snap away the photos hoping that something good will come out of it. It is bit of a challenge creating images that are not obvious. I like to use photography and lighting skills as much as possible and not worry too much about creating images in the post (that is a different way of working, just not mine). Unlike event photography where this kind of control is not always possible, portrait sessions certainly give me the opportunity to work this way. Rahul and Mital will be getting married in just couple of weeks! I look forward to photographing their Indian wedding ceremony at Seasons At Tandoor
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Raleigh NC Indian Wedding Photography – Solas Ceremony { Shefaali + Andy }

Shefaali and Andy’s wedding ceremony. This was first Indian wedding for Solas! What a beautiful day! I started the coverage with photographing decorations and details. The decorations were by provided by Manju Nigam of Blooming Buds.I then photographed bride and groom getting ready. The couple looked beautiful (also check out their e-session photos)! Andy’s Baraat started at the Tucker Street garage. Andy arrived on a white horse. The baraat was received at the entrance of Solas. The wedding ceremony was beautiful. A vedic ceremony with participation from the audience. Photo session with family and friends followed the ceremony. And then it was a short trip to Zinda for reception.

– Tesh Parekh


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Fayetteville Indian Wedding Photographer: Campbell University E-session { Savan + Monica }

Title of this post should be “Midday Magic”! I love the late afternoon or early evening light when photographing portrait sessions outdoors. Apart from the light being golden, it is easy on my subjects and also easier to control. Many of my wedding clients are busy professionals or pursuing higher education. Thus not having enough time. That was the case with Savan & Monica. This couple’s Fayetteville wedding is coming soon. And the only time they had available was around noon. My job as photographer is to create best possible images in every situation. The session was planned on the Campbell University campus where the couple had first met.

I like to make e-sessions fun. I gather information about likes and dislikes of the couple beforehand. I suggest session ideas but am very interested in what my clients have in mind. I present the e-sessions as couple’s date where I come along to snap few photos!

The weather was warm, but nice. Slightly windy. I did not want to shoot every image with available light. And I did not want to shoot every image under a shade either. So, I lugged around enough equipment to setup some fun shots. I like to give my clients options. Mica was not available to assist me so, yes I worked alone. Which reminds me of the points I had made in my earlier posts. I often get asked “how many photographers” and “how many assistants” question. While I always welcome extra help, I create my own images. I do not rely on assistants and additional photographers to create my images. That help is certainly needed in many cases and some of my clients are willing to pay for the extra staff. However, if you are  in the market looking for professional photography service, please let the professional guide you. I did sweat moving around the campus. But, convenience is not on the top of my list!

Savan and Monica were great to work with. They had fun which made it easier for me to capture some of the candid images. The campus is very special to them so they had certain locations in mind. My job was to integrate those locations in the images. After over two hours, we were able to review all the images we had created. Savan and Monica were thrilled! How do I know? They even bought my lunch. Such kindness is always appreciated. Their wedding at the new Embassy Suites is coming up in couple of weeks. It will be a multi-day event. I will be photographing this wedding for at least two, possibly for three days. I look forward to it…

– Tesh Parekh

IWP Photography

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Raleigh Indian Wedding Photographer : Duke Gardens E-session { Shefaali + Andy }

I have photographed e-sessions at the Duke Gardens (Durham NC) before, but the Garden was the most colorful when I did Shefaali & Andy’s e-session recently! This couple’s Indian wedding ceremony will take place at the Solas and reception will be at the Zinda. I love Glenwood South and Raleigh downtown. I often photograph that side of Raleigh and have also done many paintings there. Some of my paintings are now on display at the Visual Art Exchange and Local Color Raleigh. My notable latest assignment there was a live wedding painting I did at the All Saints Chapel and the Stockroom.

This was one of the warmest day of the year so far. I met my couple at the main gate. They looked sharp! This was also the graduation weekend so the gardens were busy but we worked patiently entire evening. Shefaali and Andy were absolute joy to work with! They had fun as you can see from the preview images below. We went around the garden, stopping at interesting spots. I worked alone and carried my gear all over the gardens. That was a good thing since I could create some of the poses which Shefaali had in mind. We kept shooting until the light was gone. We did not get to the Red bridge, but, didn’t really miss that.

I look forward to Shefaali and Andy’s wedding! It s going to be fun!

2013 continues to be an interesting year. I will be traveling for some of the assignments. I often get asked this question: “how many photographers do you bring”? Let me first say that I can bring as many photographers as the couple’s budget will permit! But, I am not sure how number of photographers translate into good photography or service. Many of the weddings you see on this blog were photographed by one photographer- yours truly! Some of the weddings had 500 + guests and multi-day multiple wedding events. In 2013, I am going to flip the question around: “How much can a single photographer do?”. We shall see. I promise…

– Tesh Parekh

IWP Photography

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– Tesh Parekh

IWP Photography

Charlotte NC Indian Wedding Photographer : UNC-CH and Downtown E-session { Dimple + Rushit }

Dimple and Rushit’s St. Patrick’s Day E-session in Charlotte! We were in Charlotte for a two day corporate photography assignment. On Saturday, we photographed Dimple & Rushit at UNC-CH and Downtown. We love Charlotte and do variety of work there. Dimple and Rushit had met at UNC-CH, so, we started the session on campus. We went around the campus to create some fun images. It was windy and the Sun was in and out. Elements always make outdoor sessions interesting! We then went on to Downtown. The downtown was busy with St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl! We survived all the festivities and a wardrobe malfunction! We look forward to photographing Dimple & Rushit’s Wedding later this year at Gurdwara Sahib and Hilton Charlotte University Place…

– Tesh Parekh

IWP Photography

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