A spectacular event again at Ganjam Mantapa.
It was an elegant wedding having the sun upon them with Colors, so vibrant.
It started off with the make upshots of the bride.
Congrats Vinay & Madhuri.
Kamesh and Krutika
John Keats said “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. This wedding will be one of my joys forever.
A wedding I will remember for all my time, as a photographer and otherwise. A splendid event in the midst of the beautiful and green North Carolina River Ridge Gold Club, at Raleigh, the venue was a sight to sore eyes and the festivities to the heart.
Kick starting with the Haldi, the bride and her cousins were all fun, frolic and laughter and they ensured the ceremony was true to its name and drenched Krutika in Haldi.
The ceremony continued with the Ganesha Pooja. The couple sought His blessings to keep their lives free from obstacles.
The couple had a Dandiya night organised later in the day, and between events, we stole some time and managed to get some lovely shots in that scenic landscape.
And finally the D day had arrived.
Though the mantap was a tad bit anglicized, the wedding itself was a true mix of Gujarathi and Tamil elements.
The day began with the bride and groom readying themselves for the big day and we got some lovely pictures of Krutika, in all her attire as the demure diva.
The day began with the bride readying herself for the big day and we got some lovely pictures of Krutika, in all her attire as the demure diva.
Luckily for us, we also had enough time to photograph the groom with his groomsmen and the bride with her bridesmaids.
Later the bride was escorted by her brothers with a veil above her, hiding her from Kamesh’s curious and inquisitive glances. The poor groom does not get to see his bride till she comes to sit beside him.
The rain shot of the couple was a spectacular idea that we couldn’t miss.
Congratulations to the happy couple and wishing you the happiness in life.
When you meet some people, you just know they’re meant to be together. And thankfully for them, fate thinks so too! Shilpa and Pavan are one such lucky couple. It began as a workplace acquaintance and destiny just took it forward from there.
Their wedding festivities began the previous day with the Sangeet and they exchanged rings.
We sneaked them into an auto parked outdoors and got some lively shots. We do have creative liberty!
Shilpa, the Kannadiga bride and Pavan, the Telugu groom brought to the ceremonies a lot more than we bargained for! The mélange of their rituals, was a mayhem, with each custom happening differently and unexpectedly! We were on tenterhooks throughout, up and ready, constantly on the lookout for frames to capture.
Pavan was greeted by Shilpa’s family into the Mantap. Meanwhile Shilpa, transformed into the adorned bride.
Her uncles escorted her into the Mantap for the Antarpata, a veil drawn between the bride and the groom. It was a ritual filled with mirth and the families were joyous.
The most poignant custom in a Hindu wedding is the Kanyadanam, and it’s that moment of realization for both the parents and the bride and groom that from this moment on, they’re pledged to each other for life.
Another hurdle for us to cross at this wedding were the harsh lights used by the videographers, but we maneuvered around them and managed to get some beautiful shots in warm and cool tones.
They proceeded with the Dhare and the groom, Pavan tied the Mangalsutra and after making the seven promises of a wedded life, he put toe rings on her. With the hope and promise of a new life the bride and groom sat together to perform a homa.
They headed outside the Mantap and very innocently looked for the Arundhati Nakshatra, a constellation that symbolizes love and affection, in broad daylight.
After the marriage hullabaloo, we found some peace and quiet and managed to get some fun clicks!
A wedding is a long drawn out process and begins much before the D day! But the excitement never dies.
The Mehendi with just the close knit family and friends was a simple and cheerful event.
The reception was magnificent and the bride, Prathibha and the groom, Srinath looked resplendent, enabling us to get some beautiful pictures.
In a shower of light, shine bright!
The glorious wedding day began at 6 am and after a fun Kashiyatra, the beautiful bride arrived to exchange garlands which saw some light hearted moments.
The decorated Oonjal was brought next, and the bride and groom adorned it! The Oonjal saw emotions swinging with it.
The Kanyadanam was the overwhelming moment when the father gave away his daughter while she sat on his lap. And the groom later tied the Mangalsutra, and we captured forever the sanctity of their bond.
While the bride and groom took their vows with the fire as their witness, we managed to capture it in slow sync giving it an ethereal feel.
The wedding ended on high with some fun shots and the bride and groom looked joyous to now have become man and wife!
Amongst the many overwhelming moments of your life, if there’s one that stands amongst the top 10, close behind your own wedding, is your best friend becoming a wife! And as a candid photographer, this is just not another wedding, or another client. It’s your best friend’s D Day and you’d leave no stone unturned to give her the best memories of it!
18 years and going strong, Chaitra is a childhood friend and it was happiness undefined to be her wedding photographer.
Festivities began the previous evening with the Varapooje and the bride was a charm and ready a couple of hours before the groom could arrive.This did have him face her wrath, but no bride can stay angry during any of her ceremonies, thankfully 😀
Vijay got some lovely shots in low light.
Some moments of fun and mirth followed with some dancing and merry making and the night ended on a high.
The big day arrived early the next morning.
Chaitra transformed to become the stunning bride and the ceremonies began with Karthik threatening to leave on a Kashiyatra, a fun event.
After coaxing him to come back, they continued the wedding with the Antarpata, drawing a veil between the bride and the groom.
The groom, Karthik’s friends held him up so high that Chaitra had not choice but to pour the jaggery and jeera over his face, instead of his head!
After a little bit of laughter there, the atmosphere turned emotional after the Kanyadanam.
The Muhurtham had Chaitra’s eyes welling up with tears when Karthik tied the Mangalsutra . Amruth and Vijay managed get some shots of sister bonding with her sister.
Some fun with Rice.
The craziness of the couple and their friends is always a spill over which we only get to see after the festivities!
A personal favorite, and a completely jovial moment during the Muhurtham was when Chaitra’s nephew found a garland and surprised me with it and claimed to have married me! The kids and their histrionics were a major uplifting part of the wedding!
Shwetha, the bride, is somebody I’ve known from school and when I was asked to be their candid photographer I was more than pleased to be a part of her wedding.
A typical Iyengar wedding is known to have its limitations for us as photographers, but this was our lucky day! Simple and sweet, Shwetha took almost no time to get ready and we simultaneously had the groom, Bharath prepare for his Kashiyatra.
Demure, and delighted Shwetha arrived with a garland.
A decorated swing, and a happy couple- enough to work wonders with!
Indoors, the Kanyadanam began and Shwetha’s father ceremoniously gave away his daughter while she sat on his lap.
Getting ready for Muhurtham.
The Muhurtham had a few rituals, the groom tied the Taali and the couple took their vows around the ceremonial fire.
was a fun filled event and we captured the bride and groom in true high spirits! Keeping the mood up, we followed with some fun shots for the couple and their friends.
After the wedding, there was just a few final rituals.
Thank you Shwetha and Bharath for having us capture your D-day, and we’re glad to have experienced our first ever hassle-free Iyengar wedding!!
There are always surprises at a wedding. Every candid photographer knows that you can never be fully prepared. But there’s also the notion- never say never. And this was one such wedding. Pleasantly surprising us, everything at this wedding was as smooth sailing as a dream. Aparna and Rohan were living theirs.
The wedding took place at Chairmans Club Sahakarnagar.
Ready well in advance, Aparna, the bride was a charm. A calm and composed bride, a rarity, she had no bridezilla issues in the last moments of her singledom!
The groom, Rohan, arrived in true Bengali style.
But it didn’t take him long to switch to his bride’s south side traditional attire.
And from there he set off on his Kashi yatra, but there’s only so much tradition can do to keep away people, who are meant to me.
He didn’t need much coaxing and he was back to see the veil drop and catch the first glimpse of his bride.
The bride’s father gave her away to the groom as Kanyadaan.And the Muhurtham rituals followed.
The most prominent being the Sindoor daan, which is the highlight of a Bengali wedding.Another thing we fell in love with was the fancy headgear which has so much character and adds to the elements of awe at a wedding.
On completion of the ceremony, it was an outpour of emotions,the bride looks at her mother ahead while the groom is seen behind. In essence it brings out the irony of how her farewell is a reversal.
That moment captured in the bride’s eyes.We soon had the bride smiling and caught their magic on camera!.
It was wonderful to be a apart of your wedding.
As a candid wedding photographer, each day brings something new. Pranaesh and Archana’s wedding brought many firsts. For starters, we reached the Mantap well before the bride and the groom were ready. And lucky for us, we got to click some shots of the purohits preparing the Taali, a first for us.
And our second surprise was how quickly the bride and groom got ready. They had an early muhurtham, and the ceremonies started by 6 a.m. And it was delightfully over in a couple of hours. The usual conundrum at every wedding was missing, for which we are grateful, but this also meant we had to get our shots quickly and the entire event kept us on our feet!
On a chilly morning, in just about half an hour, the Mantapam and decors were ready for wedding ceremony of Sowmya and Suraj to begin.
Soumya and Suraj were classmates in school and happened to get back in touch with each other in Boston. They started seeing each other after which they decided to spend the rest of their lives together.
At 7AM, Suraj was set for ‘Kashiyatra’ when Soumya ’s mom came and dressed him with round rings around his ear. Suraj had to jump till he could get the rings off his ears.
This is where the bride and the groom are made to stand opposite each other till Muhurtam. The cloth is then dropped and the bride and the groom are brought face to face, blessing each other with bevu bella.
This is my most favourite ritual. We can get some really nice depth shots. Also the significance is beautiful, the couple are protected around this “Raksha Thread” by all the important members of the family.
.And that’s Soumya sweeping Suraj off his feet.
.It was a long day, indeed. The couple finished lunch at 4 and Soumya was all set to start make up for the reception by 4:30.
Thank you Suraj and Soumya For allowing us to be a part of this wonderful wedding.
Special Thanks to Amruth for shooting some amazing detail shots.
It’s amazing how being in the midst of true love can turn any cynic into a believer. I’m so glad Sandhya and Arjun chose to include me in their wedding laden with such love. Having known each other for eight years, I’m sure they were both waiting for this day! Sandhya had a little mehendi ceremony before the big day, and the henna grew in colour as the bride blushed! Before the soon-to-be couple proceeded to greet guests at the reception, i whisked them off to shoot a few images of the dapper couple in the lovely bright lights.
. The wedding The traditional Kannada wedding ceremony began with the Gowri pooje in the divine and beautiful early morning light, for which Sandhya was ready by 6AM! . The Pre-Wedding rituals went about smoothly with warm and wonderful people all around.
Our groom Arjun was so tall that Sandhya’s brother had to stand on a chair during the kashiyaatre ceremony to ensure the flowers fell on him! Antarpatta Deeply in love couple stayed stress-free and enjoyed every bit of their dream wedding! . . . “ Helloo thats cause of Homa”