SHRUTI + CHANDRU
RINA’S VENUE , CHENNAI
No city does Carnatic music and old world charm like Chennai does.
On a day with the most perfect weather for an outdoor wedding, we entered an amazingly serene escape inside the city of Chennai to shoot a lovely wedding. The wedding venue was a quaint location, a vintage style south-Indian bungalow known as Rina’s Venue, complete with a court-yard surrounded by the trademark wooden-pillars and ornately engraved antique archways.
The warm glow from the sacred fire set in the centre of the courtyard coupled with the vivid yellow from the garlands of Marigold, added such a charm to the festivities of Shruthi & Chandru’s traditional Tamil wedding . Shruthi was draped in a sari which was resplendent green, completely in contrast to the dark red ochre of the henna on her hands. Chandru was in a white dhoti and ivory turban as is completely customary.
What was memorable from this day was the endearing smile on the his face as the clock ticked closer to the moment he would set his eyes on the Shruthi and the striking smiles of both the bride and the groom while they went through every ritual while the relatives and friends showered their blessings.
The walls adorned with intricate wood work with mirrors and Raja Ravi Varma’s beautiful oil paintings screamed elegance and made for such stunning background for all the pictures.
Much like the effortlessly elegant Spanish wedding we shot last year, this wedding was every bit as simple, traditional and beautiful as it sounds. We have had our fair share of shooting weddings set in palaces and other exotic locations but the charm of rustic venues never ceases to amaze us, for, there is a special kind of joy in simplicity.