Jayamahal Palace wedding of Shweth & Shafali

It was such a pleasure to shoot Shafali & Shweth and create memorable images for them. They had an easygoing chemistry that made it a breeze to shoot them together! They always had a smile on their face which is rare considering how busy and crazy weddings usually are.

Their wedding celebrations were full of love and laughter. It started with an intimate mehndi ceremony followed by sangeet and wedding. It was a lovely sight to see the couple together and happy.  Here are some of our favourite moments from the wedding :)

A Real Fairytale Wedding

Vanessa, our beautiful bride plans everything ahead of time and thats validated by the fact that she had booked us over a year in advance and had her entire wedding planned before she met us exactly a year before the actual day. The moment we met Vanessa & Vivian, we knew that their wedding is going to be a lovely one. Their love for each other, is beautiful and infectious.

Their love story started in a chapel which Vanessa & Vivian visited every Sunday. Vanessa found Vivian to be cute and would catch him checking her out. She waited for him to ask her out but he just sent a facebook request. Bugged with that she took the matter into her own hands and asked him out instead :) Rest as they say is history!

These two had a beautiful church wedding where Vanessa looked nothing less than a princess in her tiara and Vivian could not stop smiling looking at her. Our favourite detail from the wedding is the full aisle runner for the church which Vanessa hand-painted with a beautiful note saying

Dada,
Of all the walks we have had,
this is my favourite.
Vanu”

A WEDDING WITH NO GUESTS IN ANDAMANS THAT GAVE US THE WARM FUZZIES

It was a beautiful beach day with just the right amount of sunlight filtering through the sky. The sky was clear, the light is great for some amazing Insta-worthy pictures and there were hardly 5 people sunning themselves on the sand. It was just another regular day on the beach. Only, for two people, it wasn’t. For two people in love, Akanksha and Manoranjan, it was a day they knew they’d never forget - it was their big fat wedding day with no guests except for an enthusiastic pandit, a minimalistic mandap and me, the wedding photographer who needs to capture these precious moments.

 

What was it that made these two lovebirds do this all on their lonesome, you ask? Circumstances and love. But these Bravehearts knew how to navigate difficulties, an occasional snag and got to work on their relationship. Even though there was no big fat family attending it, these two managed to have a big wedding in their hearts - it’s always the thought that counts and theirs was a larger-than-life, bigger than their dreams.

 

So off we went to Havelock Island, Andamans, a unique place for a destination wedding. The simple set-up was put up at the  Munjoh Ocean Resort with panditji giving them oodles of gyan and lots of advice, much to the chagrin of the onlookers. A pastel pink mandap stood beautifully at a distance, almost calling out their names, adorned sweetly by the hotel staff with marigolds - bright yellow, festive and auspicious.

 

The bride wore an unusual lehenga - a grey and peach concoction that gave out island feels while the groom walked in with a muted gold kurta and a silky dupatta coiled around his neck. Both of them wore a smile as large as their hearts. And you know, what makes a wedding your own? Having the courage to do something hatke. The bride walked in with a bunch of wildflowers in her hands and boy, was it a sight. It’s the details that make this wedding, most worthy of our time. As the sun hit the high notes, we hurried up with our rituals. Panditji said all that he could, gave his blessings, performed the rituals and smiled as he gave his blessings. The couple were immersed in the rituals, smiled coyly at each other and closed their eyes in prayer. It was a sight like no other - so much purity, devotion and love in one frame.

The truth is, this wedding wasn’t just a wedding for these two - it was their 5th wedding anniversary. They had done their court marriage on the same day five years back. It was an inter-caste love marriage, which was definitely not acceptable in the beginning to both their families. Soon, families accepted them but there were still some tiny conflicts among families, so a real wedding could never take place. That’s when the bride came up with this idea - a 'Just Us' wedding in Havelock where they had come a month before their court marriage 5 years back. That was the foundation and Havelock, once again became the stage for their new beginnings. “We are very happy that everything happened so smoothly that day and the day was so beautiful with the presence of people like you, panditji and others. We were sad a while ago that we did not get to have that regular wedding like everyone else, but we have this moment now and happy to have each other as life partners,” explains Akanksha.
 

And as photographers, we couldn’t ask for a more authentic story, an intimate setting to pave the way and an interesting anecdote to tell our grandkids. Soon, it was high noon and the rituals ended - it was at that moment, under the mangrove shade that we watched the couple become one - a ceremony that bonded them in a big way. That’s why, it’s a big fat wedding, for us as it is for them.

A Father's day Tribute

Wedding days are all about emotional moments and that’s what I love most about being a wedding photographer. I get to witness and capture them all.  I’m always a sucker for father-daughter moments, myself . Whether walking down the aisle arm in arm, or a father-daughter dance, it’s those moments that take us over the edge into a full-on sobfest.

If your dad is anything like most dads, you're aware that, well, he's one of a kind. 

On this Father's day , as a tribute to all the fathers out there, I have compiled my favourite pics from the weddings to get you right in the feels.

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for not holding back your tears and letting me know

for not holding back your tears and letting me know

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6 things to make your Mehendi pictures, with spouse-to- be, stand apart!

If one has to choose the filmiest event in the list of wedding functions, then it has to be Mehendi Ki Raat. Plus, it's impossible to deny that the pre-wedding scenes are something which we keep coming back to, long after we've tied the knot! And undoubtedly, the Mehendi ceremony photographs have the most candid moments captured!
Here are some ways to make those photographs with your Dulhan or Dulhe Raja exciting enough. After all, coming back to the box of memories should always leave a smile on your face!

1. Vintage car
What could be better than having a photograph with a Vintage Car to mark your promise of growing old together and travelling in the car of life?

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2. Umbrella
Long time back, it was Raj Kapoor and Nargis who made Umbrella look like an emblem of love and Romance. Add a modern twist to revive the sentiment and make your photograph look better than ever!

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3. Photo-booth
Looking back at quirky and funny photographs will never fail to make you smile. So get the most funky props and pose with your spouse-to- be!

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4. The one where he makes you eat!
Undoubtedly, like every film, every mehendi ceremony is complete when the groom comes to make her bride eat something. Make sure your photographer captures while you plunge into the beauty of this moment!

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5. Swings
To show that you'll be there when its high and even in the lows of life, what possible object could be found if not swings? Make it stand in your photograph and get clicked!

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6. Candids
Perhaps, Mehendi ceremony is that one time to be free and easy and the only event to get the maximum candid photographs! So, let yourself be and let the photographer take over!

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Beautiful Wedding Venues in Bangalore

The wedding venue is an important part of your wedding day and will add colour and character to how you remember it.

Luckily, Bangalore has some of the most beautiful wedding venues.  From old houses converted to Mantapas to Hotels designed like bungalows , there are many charming options.

Below are some of the most beautiful wedding halls that I have shot in.

1. The Tamarind tree
The Tamarind Tree is a charming wedding destination. A lush boutique hotel, its stone construction adds a regal look. Home to an eclectic collection of antiques, the space is a journey into India’s vast heritage.

2. Ganjam Mantapa

I’ve covered a couple of wedding at the Ganjam Mantapa and it is an elegant wedding venue. The venue is a home converted to a wedding hall due to which a certain old world charm pervades the Mantapa. When my brides have a wedding here, I often feel I am shooting at their home and the venue is intimate, warm and due to its relative size chaotic in a nice way. 

 

3. Temple Tree

 
Earthy in appeal and wonderfully ambient, Temple Tree Leisure is a perfect blend of modern comforts within a rustic setting.

 

4.  Panchavati, The Pavilion
Panchavati, is a contemporary space on Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. Spread across a vast open space, nature and modern architecture have come together to produce a multifaceted venue. Semi-open pavilions, open-air courtyards and an amphitheatre, surrounded by trees, beautiful landscaped lawns and paved boulevards leading to tranquil waters, make Panchavati a private and understated, yet exquisite location for the Big Fat Indian Wedding.

5. Elements
A uniquely themed open air banquet hall with a romantic mandap and a garden. This Nestled beauty haswide open spaces that blend in with nature. The banquet lawns at Elements are perfect for any celebration.