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.
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.
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.
The mehendi function was followed by a ring ceremony & sangeet.
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!
Piyush’s mom and sister performed a short sringar ritual on Kanchan before the couple exchanged their rings…
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.
We snuck them away for a few portraits before the night ended, of course.
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.
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.
Finally. The wedding day is here. Piyush’s face just says it all, how he just can’t wait to be married to Kanchan!
Kanchan too, couldn’t suppress her excitement.
Piyush’s family brought the baraat in full swing!
The couple read out their vows in English and their genuine excitement at making those vows brought a smile to everybody’s face.
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.
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..!)
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.
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