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A Destination Wedding in Kovalam, Kerala | Paro + Dhruv

A beautiful beach-side wedding at The Leela, Kovalam

Paro & Dhruv had a beautiful, intimate wedding in Kovalam last year. They both live in Singapore but, because their respective families live in India, they decided to have the ceremony and other celebrations here. Many of their friends & colleagues from Singapore flew down to attend the wedding, which was full of personal little details thought out by the bride and groom themselves.

The couple had one clear objective — have the time of their lives, surrounded by their closest friends and family. As destination wedding photographers, we thought that the destination they chose provided a gorgeous background to do it!

Here are some of our favourites from their wedding…

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They thought of everything – along with little personalised bottles of Toddy, they remembered to give out packs of Party Smart to counter the effects of the night! It was an incredibly fun wedding and we’re so glad to have been a part of it.

We hope you like their photos as much as we do. Leave us your comments below to tell us what you think!


This is a Kovalam (Kerala) Destination Wedding Photography Story. As Indian wedding photographers we have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places in India like DelhiChandigarhJaipur, Udaipur, HaridwarBangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and so on. Weddings have even taken us overseas to beautiful destination wedding photographyspots like Brooklyn New YorkMalaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!

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A Delhi Wedding Story | Ashna & Nakul

A Big Fat Delhi Wedding

Don’t you just love watching two young people in love? The keyword here being “young”! When we heard how old (or rather, young) Ashna & Nakul were when they decided to get married, we were pretty taken aback. But watching them together changed all of that. Having known each other for a short time, they fell for each other almost instantly and it showed!

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A Destination Couple Shoot in Jaipur | Vedika & Raghav

Vedika and Raghav’s couple shoot was one of the more fun ones for us. Together with the couple, we planned their shoot weeks in advance. We did a save-the-date session with them in Delhi and a full fledged pre-wedding couple shoot in Jaipur, at The Fairmont hotel.

It was a lovely getaway and Vedika planned the outfits down to a T. We did quite a few sessions, with outfit changes in between, exploring different parts of the hotel with every series. Needless to say, the property provided an excellent backdrop for the shoot and all our planning paid off. We tried to make the very best of the light and it came together beautifully.  Continue Reading

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A Destination Wedding in Udaipur | Avantika & Samir

An Intimate, Fun-Filled Destination Wedding in Udaipur

Avantika & Samir chose to be married in Udaipur, away from the hustle-bustle of Delhi. The intimate wedding was attended by their closest friends and family and was tailored to suit their taste and personality.

They also chose to do away with the usual palace wedding and picked an off-beat resort, nestled amidst the majestic hills of Rajasthan, close to a forest reserve. Two days full of good food, good wine and excellent company made for a fabulous wedding. They had a Marwari style wedding, full of lots of little rituals, family banter and laughter. From camel, elephant and chariot entrances to a Jaimala over the pool, they thought of it all.

But, being in Udaipur, we couldn’t resist the charm of stepping into the City Palace for a quick round of couple portraits!

Here are a few of our favourites from their lovely wedding…

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Avantika & Samir had a beautiful destination wedding and we enjoyed every minute of it. We wish them all the happiness together.


This is an Udaipur Destination Wedding Photography Story. As Indian wedding photographers we have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places in India like DelhiChandigarhJaipur, Udaipur, HaridwarBangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and so on. Weddings have even taken us overseas to beautiful destination wedding photography spots like Brooklyn New YorkMalaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!

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A Destination Wedding in Jagmandir, Udaipur – Anusha & Jay

A Majestic Destination Wedding in Udaipur

Anusha and Jay had a beautiful destination wedding in Udaipur a while ago, spanning the City Palace Complex & the Jagmandir Palace island. It was an intimate wedding of 200 of their closest friends and family. Read more about this beautiful destination wedding in one of the prettiest places to get married in the world!

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Priyanka & Rohan: The Big Fat Delhi Wedding

Rohan and Priyanka were married a few weeks ago in Delhi. They had a lovely Delhi Wedding, Baniya-style, spread over 5 days, full of a lot of fun and family banter. Rohan has a humongous joint family and they all reside in a “compound” made up of 4 large buildings – so a small function with only family means a minimum of 70 people!

The couple first met through some common family connections. Rohan was immediately taken by Priyanka but she wasn’t all that enamoured to begin with. But Rohan got it into his head that Priyanka was the only one for him and he pursued her relentlessly until she had no choice but to give in! She knew that such persistence could only mean that he genuinely wanted to be with her, and only her! Somewhere along those three months, her heart melted and she said yes. Finally.

By the time we met them, they were very much in love and very excited to be getting married and spending their lives with each other.

A few days before their wedding, we took them out to get a few couple portraits at Garden of Five Senses. It was a lovely winter afternoon and we had a great time during the shoot.

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Some pretty flowers and soft late-afternoon wintry sun made it quite a perfect day…

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We just love the open expanse and almost-barren beauty of this venue…

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Don’t they look delightfully happy?

The wedding festivities began with the Bhaat at Rohan’s home, followed by a lot of singing, originally composed songs for the wedding and general family fun!

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This was followed by the sagan-sangeet function, held at the ITC Maurya in Delhi.

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Once the gorgeous bride made her entry, Rohan and everybody else had eyes only for her.

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There was a small chunri and godbharai ceremony for Priyanka…

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True to tradition, the ceremonies were followed by a sangeet and dance evening. All of Priyanka & Rohan’s cousins, friends, family and even grandmother put up choreographed dances for them.

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The next day brought our favourite ceremony, the haldi. It’s usually the most emotional time and also when there is maximum family banter. There are always lovely moments to be captured.

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And, of course, the very real possibility of it turning into a haldi holi!

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The haldis were followed by the mehendi…

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The wedding day began with the afternoon baraat…

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While the baraatis did their thing, we managed to get some portraits of our gorgeous bride…

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The wedding ceremony took place on a platform built over the pool – it was a large mandap which could accommodate the large family and ensured that everyone had a view.

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We managed to sneak them away real quick for a few portraits, before they joined the rest of their family and friends.

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As always, the vidaai was a bittersweet moment, waving goodbye to your family and life as you knew it and embarking on a new exciting journey at the same time. There’s rarely a vidaai where we don’t feel a bit teary ourselves!

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And so ended Priyanka and Rohan’s lovely wedding – we had such a great time and we wish them all the happiness in the world together.

You can also watch their wedding movie trailer here:

Caught in the moment forever ~ Rohan + Priyanka from Arjun Kartha Photography on Vimeo.


This is a Delhi Wedding Photography Story. As Indian wedding photographers we have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places in India like DelhiChandigarhJaipur, Udaipur, HaridwarBangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and so on. Weddings have even taken us overseas to beautiful destination wedding photographyspots like Brooklyn New YorkMalaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!

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Canada to India – A Mumbai Wedding Photography Story: Juhi + Akshay

A Mumbai Wedding Photography Story

As Wedding Photographers, we think that wedding photography is truly a delightful thing – every single time we shoot a wedding, we find a new story. It keeps us motivated, fascinated and raring to meet the next couple and hear their story. And, of course, be a part of documenting and telling their wedding story.

In the case of Juhi & Akshay, we saw once again that two people can fall in love across immense geographical barriers. When they first got in touch, Juhi lived in Canada and Akshay in Chandigarh, India. A chance internet encounter through a mutual friend turned into long Facebook chats, then emails and phone calls over a period of months before they actually met. When they finally did, they just knew that this was for real and they had no choice but to be together.

A few more cross-continent meetings and one very romantic proposal in Bombay later, they set a date. The wedding was to be held in Bombay, as that’s where Juhi’s family is from.

Mumbai wedding photography means wanting to walk away with great photos from a couple shoot! So when we first reached Bombay for their wedding, we couldn’t resist taking some couple portraits at the iconic Gateway to India.

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Mumbai wedding photography is always fun! We had to arrive at the Gateway of India really early to avoid the hordes of people that are usually there!

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On an aside, here’s a funny story. We first met Akshay when he came to attend our Wedding Photography Workshop in 2014. Lo and behold, a year later he came down from Chandigarh to meet us and tell us about his wedding. He was so impressed by the workshop that he just had to have us shoot his wedding! This felt like the biggest compliment and success story from that workshop and we just couldn’t resist sharing it as we gear up for the AKP Wedding Bootcamp 2016!

Getting back on track, the wedding festivities started with Juhi’s mehendi ceremony – held at her family home in Bombay.

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The mehendi was followed by the tilak and chunari ceremonies…

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The best part about shooting Juhi & Akshay as a couple was definitely their ever-ready smiles, for each other and for the camera. It was just such a great pleasure.

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The wedding day began with their respective haldi ceremonies.

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The haldi ceremony is one of our favourites – the fun moments with siblings and cousins makes our day.

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We loved the fact that both Juhi & Akshay had picked complimentary outfits, paying attention to the small, but important, details…

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And finally, here comes the happy bride…

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This Mumbai wedding photography story concluded at the lovely ISKON temple.  Their beautiful wedding took place in the ISKON Temple complex in Juhu, amidst their closest family and friends…

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We managed to sneak them away for a few quick portraits before it was time to say goodbye.

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And, finally, they drove off into the night towards their Happily Ever After!

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We loved being a part of their wedding – it was full of fun, laughter and family camaraderie! We wish them a very happy married life together.


 

This is a Bombay Wedding Photography Story. As Indian wedding photographers we have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places in India like DelhiChandigarhJaipur, Udaipur, HaridwarBangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and so on. Weddings have even taken us overseas to beautiful destination wedding photographyspots like Brooklyn New YorkMalaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!

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An Indian Destination Wedding in Sheraton, Hua-Hin, Thailand

A Destination Wedding Photography story

Hong Kong based investment banker ties the knot with Dubai based advertiser in a destination wedding in Hua Hin Thailand – a true global-desi wedding, if ever there was one! The bride tells us how it all came together, in her own words.

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How we met

Anool is a Hong Kong-based investment banker turned HR Head for a Swiss private investment solutions company with a very soft spot for me. I am a creative thinker, co-founder of a Dubai based advertising company, lover of kathak and my big fat family. We met at a friend’s wedding in Cebu, Philippines but it all really started when we both missed our respective flights back home. Initially both of us thought nothing of it but, despite the distance and time difference, our similar interests and attraction towards each other made us come together. Our very first phone call will always be a memorable one (it lasted close to three hours) and, like many other long distance couples, we have paid a fortune in exorbitant phone bills and flight tickets.

Anool surprised me with a proposal in Mumbai, where he had brought both sets of parents together and asked my father for his permission before going down on one knee. Even though everything was moving quite fast, it felt right. Being with Anool felt right and I accepted his proposal.

Our Destination Wedding Venue

We both wanted a destination wedding by the beach at a resort where family and friends from both sides can come together with no distractions so that they could cherish all the functions and have the time of their lives. We narrowed it down to Thailand so that it could be relatively central for our guests from UAE, Hong Kong and India. We looked at many venues in Kao Lak, Phuket, Bangkok and more but none of them fit our requirements like The Sheraton, Hua Hin. It is a spectacularly beautiful resort with direct access to the beach, oceanfront lawn venues, and a lovely lagoon pool which runs through the entire property. The ballrooms were just the right size to accommodate our friends and family, they have chefs from across the globe to handle all of our complicated food requests and a whole bevy of warm and friendly staff. There were plenty of vendors to choose from in Bangkok so it was convenient for them to be available at Hua Hin and for us to coordinate with them.

Our Destination Wedding – Functions and Themes

We had a big, fat Sindhi wedding with great pomp and fanfare. A lot went into planning it – both families took multiple trips to Thailand to finalise the decor, food and the logistics for everything. Even though we had hired a great wedding planner, we all took personal interest to stay on top of things and maintain a personal touch with all our vendors. Both, Anool and I, are very detail oriented and wanted to be involved in everything.

The wedding theme was something that took us a lot of time to come up with. We wanted something that had a flow to it, and could give meaning and substance to all our functions. We finally decided upon “Seasons of Love”, i.e. (White) Winter Engagement, Summer Mehendi, Monsoon Sangeet, Spring Pheras and an Autumn Reception. These seasons and colours were reflected in the decor, in the food menu and even our outfits for each and every function.

One of the most special part of our wedding decor was that we wanted to always get married in a Thai-type temple structure and that was made possible by Oriental Events.

And we are delighted that our photography team, Arjun Kartha Photography, was able to capture the beauty of our wedding with their unique destination wedding photography. They made us very comfortable and were fun and friendly to work with.

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Wedding Shopping

Wedding shopping is always the most stressful aspect of a destination wedding – we made multiple trips to Mumbai for a lot of our things including our outfits as well as outfits for our families. Although we used a few different designers, Anool and I generated a lot of our own ideas and details which were beautifully executed by them. The planning and shopping phase lasted the course of a year but it went by like a breeze. It gave us even more time to work together on the wedding like a project, gain a deeper understanding into each other and our respective families. It brought everyone closer together and this beautiful phase will always have a very special place in our hearts.

Wedding Makers

Designers for Taruna: Nova Krishnan, Rubina,  Shantanu & Nikhil
Designers for Anool: Just Men,  Badasaab, Seema Mehta, Brandy & Co.
Planners & Decor: Rimjhim Events & Oriental Events
Music & Entertainment: DJ Manoj Punjabi, Trav Saxsingh Panesar (Sax), Anish Percussionist, Rodney (Singer Performer), Anushka Manchanda (Singer Performer), Paul Veer & Gursewak Singh (Dhol)
Cinematography: Doodle Studio
Destination Wedding Photography: Arjun Kartha Photography


This article first appeared on Wedding Sutra – you can view the original article here

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A New Delhi Wedding Photography Story: Kanchan+Piyush, Taj Vivanta, Gurgaon

As Wedding Photographers based in Delhi, it’s always fun to shoot a wedding right in our backyard! Kanchan and Piyush got married earlier this year in a grand, three day wedding at Taj Vivanta. Kanchan and Piyush first met at work in Auckland, where they both lived. In fact, for both of them, it was more like a part time/ summer job, while Kanchan was still 17 and Piyush was already at University. As Kanchan tells it, she was pretty awestruck with this Uni kid who showed an interest in her! They clicked together instantly, in so many ways. But they only realised how important their connection was when Kanchan moved to Sydney. Something seemed to be missing for them both, until Piyush decided to make the move to Sydney as well. From what we saw of the couple, it was a brilliant decision on Piyush’s part! 

After dating each other for about 8 years, when Kanchan & Piyush decided to get married, it seemed like the natural choice to have the wedding in India. Even though both their parents’ live in Auckland and Sydney, the rest of the extended families were in India. It was a great way to be amidst them all for their big day(s) and also somehow feel like it was a destination wedding since they were all based in the hotel!

We met up with the couple a few days before the wedding events started to get some relaxed portraits with them. They were totally stoked for the shoot and happy to pose for as long as we wanted, which is always a pleasure! They couldn’t keep their hands off each other and always had a ready smile for us and, more so, for each other. Here are a couple of our favourites from the session. 
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Having spent such a lovely evening with them, we couldn’t wait to get started on their wedding. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait too long. The events kicked off with a milni, where both sides of the families met and greeted each other. 

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Next day, the fun started with Kanchan’s mehendi  – she began first, surrounded by her closest friends and family. This is one of the most fun times for us to shoot because of all the banter between them all – it’s a great time to capture some intimate moments as well as fun girly portraits and group pictures.

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The mehendi function was followed by a ring ceremony & sangeet.

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Piyush’s family decided that this was as good a time as any to have a mini baraat – they brought on the dhol and showed the ladkiwallas who’s boss! 

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Piyush’s mom and sister performed a short sringar ritual on Kanchan before the couple exchanged their rings…

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Once the traditions and ceremonies were taken care of, it was time to party! there was lots of cake, cocktails and dancing. And we enjoyed every second of it.

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We snuck them away for a few portraits before the night ended, of course.

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Next day, there were a series of rituals and poojas on both sides of the family, including Sagri & Jaago. For a short while, Piyush’s family came in to join the festivities on Kanchan’s side.

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Even though most of the rituals on Kanchan’s side followed their Sindhi tradition, the family has a lot of Punjabi friends. So the night ended with an impromptu Punjabi sangeet, with all the friends singing traditional Punjabi wedding songs and boliyaan. And of course, there was more dancing.

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Finally. The wedding day is here. Piyush’s face just says it all, how he just can’t wait to be married to Kanchan!

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Kanchan too, couldn’t suppress her excitement. 

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Piyush’s family brought the baraat in full swing! 

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The couple read out their vows in English and their genuine excitement at making those vows brought a smile to everybody’s face. 

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We snuck them away for a few more portraits, right after the wedding, before they got caught up with all their guests and well wishers. 

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For the vidaai, Piyush had arranged a little surprise for Kanchan — a vintage car to whisk her away in! You can totally see how pleased she was with this unexpected gesture. (It may even have distracted her from the emotion and nostalgia while bidding her parents farewell..!)

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The wedding was a lovely one – very well thought out and personal. We really enjoyed being a part of it and, as always, are delighted to have found more friends in the couple and their family.

We wish them all the very best for their married life.

Hear Kanchan and Piyush talk about their story in their own words by watching their wedding movie trailer below…

Best Friends & Lovers ~ Kanchan + Piyush from Arjun Kartha Photography on Vimeo.


This is a Delhi Wedding Photography Story. As Indian wedding photographers we have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places in India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Udaipur, Haridwar, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and so on. Weddings have even taken us overseas to beautiful destination wedding photographyspots like Brooklyn New York, Malaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!

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Pune Wedding Photography Story: Shampa + Matthias

An India-meets-Germany Wedding Photography Story in Pune, Bengali style

As wedding photographers, it’s always great fun to travel – and Pune is always one of our favourite places to be in! Shampa & Matthias had a lovely 3 day wedding in Pune a few months ago. It was truly a multi-cultural wedding with a lot of participation from both their Indian and German friends + family.

Even though Shampa is originally from Pune, she has lived in Frankfurt (Germany) for many years and which is where she met Matthias for the first time. Currently they both live in Frankfurt. They were introduced by a common friend — they met for the first time at a wine bar and discovered that they actually live on the same street. Well, initially Shampa didn’t believe Matthias. When he offered to walk her home the first time, stating that he lived on the same street, she thought he was pulling a fast one and just making it up to spend more time with her. Fortunately, she took it as a compliment and things just went from there!

Around 30 of their German friends and family flew down to Pune for the wedding. They were very excited to be a part of the festivities and learn choreographed dances to Bollywood songs for the Sangeet cocktail evening. So Day 1 began with a welcome lunch and a round of dance practice.

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With famed German efficiency (and the help of 1 choreographer + dance practice videos + beer and some encouragement from the couple), they caught up with the dances that the Indian cousins and friends had already been practicing for days! Apparently, when the friends had been asked in Germany whether they would like to learn a few dances, only a handful of them had volunteered. But once they saw how much fun it could be, they got into the spirit and almost everybody participated in at least one song, if not more! 

The evening was a relaxed cocktail for friends and family to get to know each other better — a leisurely evening with good wine, food and music. 

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The next day brought on some more dance practice and mehendi for all the ladies, while the men were whisked off for beer-and-biryani to another location! 

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Before the mehendi, there was a short blessing ceremony for the bride, which almost always makes the family emotional…

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The evening brought on the dancing for real, and everyone pulled it off with great panache…

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The wedding day began with the sehra bandhi & the making of the bride…

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Matthias was definitely the most enthusiastic dulha (groom) we have ever seen. He was very excited to be seated on the ghodi (horse) and danced along with all the baraatis from his perch!

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The ceremony took place in the Bengali style…

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The bride’s mother translated most of the happenings to German so that all the guests could follow…

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The wedding was followed by a reception dinner…

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Matthias was a great sport with the joota chhuppai! After the requisite amount of negotiation, Shampa’s cousins walked away with some cool winnings…  

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On this high note, we wish Shampa & Matthias all the very best and hope they have a wonderful married life together…

To hear more about their story, in their own words, do watch the trailer of the wedding movie we made for them below:

Happiness ~ Shampa + Matthias from Arjun Kartha Photography on Vimeo.


This is a Pune Wedding Photography Story. As Indian wedding photographers we have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places in India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Udaipur, Haridwar, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and so on. Weddings have even taken us overseas to beautiful destination wedding photographyspots like Brooklyn New York, Malaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!