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Madurai Wedding Photography Story: Thiru + Radhika

Radhika and Thiru were married a few months ago in Madurai (and this post is long overdue). When Radhika first got in touch, she mentioned that they had first met at the famous Meenakshi temple in Madurai. So we decided that we just HAD to shoot at the temple — combining their first meet story and bringing in a beautiful setting for the couple shoot.

Sadly, when we reached the temple, we were informed that absolutely NO cameras — including mobile phones — are allowed in the temple compound. We can’t even begin to express how disappointed we were — we were at one of the most beautiful temples of the region and people came from far and wide to pay homage. We had a lovely couple with us, who met at this temple for the first time and it was very special to them.

So we did what we do. Made the best of the situation and shot right outside the temple! And the results were not bad at all, if we do say so ourselves!

 

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We couldn’t resist this one from the couple shoot — as soon as we saw the red fire engine and Thiru’s red shirt, the photograph was just begging to be taken! Life has so much more colour when you’re in love, doesn’t it?

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Looking at these guys, would you believe us if we told you that they met through TamilMatrimony? When Radhika told us they met at the temple, she forgot to mention that it was an arranged meeting! And we had absolutely no way of knowing/ guessing when we met them and saw how deeply in love they were…

The following day was the engagement ceremony, at the same hall where the wedding was to be held the next day. So we began with some “staged” photos (pun intended)…

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Thiru’s friends welcoming Radhika into the fold…

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The customary Will-You-Marry-Me on a microphone, no less, for everyone to hear and cheer on…

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And then there was dancing — did we mention that Radhika flew down from London for the wedding? Along with her posse of girlfriends?

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Oh! And we weren’t the only ones with SLRs!

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They did make a pretty picture though, right?

The wedding on the following day was in the morning, and the bride started to get ready pretty early! Fortunately, we could get a few of these shots before everything became a mad rush for the hall…

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She’s so excited to get to the venue and get married already!

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Some more portraits and family shots while we waited for Thiru to arrive!

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Once Radhika could make her way to the stage, all the garlands in the world couldn’t weigh down her happiness!

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Then there was the ceremony…

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The pretty ladies capturing some of their favourite moments…

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The loooong line of people waiting to congratulate the newly married couple…

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After which, they finally managed to get away for a few “Just Married” portraits before we finished for the day and they were rushed off to Thiru’s hometown for more ceremonies and introductions to the extended family!

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Aren’t they a gorgeous couple? They (almost) made us want to go through our own wedding madness all over again!

As wedding photographers we have had the opportunity to travel across many cities in India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Udaipur, Haridwar, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi and so on. Our overseas wedding photography adventures includes working with couples at beautiful destinations like Brooklyn New York, Malaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each wedding story to know how it all happened!

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Haridwar Wedding Photography Story | Namrata + Kunal

When we first got the inquiry for Namrata & Kunal’s wedding in Haridwar, we were a little apprehensive. Well maybe apprehensive is a strong word. More like, we didn’t know what was in store at the wedding. It’s such a famous pilgrimage spot that it’s hard for us to picture it as anything but a deeply spiritual destination swarming with eager pilgrims. A “normal” family affair didn’t fit in with the extraordinary image of Haridwar, in our minds!

But what we found there was a perfectly “normal”, warm and welcoming family and a wonderful couple with the readiest smiles we have ever seen! It was so effortless and a pleasure to shoot with them because each expression was a new version of a smile or laughter! You think we’re exaggerating? Then see for yourself!

The pre-wedding Haldi functions on the morning of the wedding…

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The wedding evening…

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Enter the bride…

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The ceremony…

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Looking at them, can you tell that the cold that night was bone-chilling? Everyone had a hard time keeping warm, despite the endless cups of tea/ coffee and the fantastic arrangement of quilts near the mandap. They look so incredibly happy, with each other and life, that it is truly touching.

The morning after the wedding (very early I might add), we went for a stroll with the couple to Bada Bazaar, Har Ki Pauri by the river bank to get a few portraits.

 

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The pure joy on their faces was well worth the late-night+early morning=not enough sleep!

 

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 photography spots like Brooklyn New York, Malaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each wedding story to know how it all happened!

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Delhi Wedding Photography | Yash + Pallavi’s Band Baaja Baarat wedding :-)

A Delhi Wedding Photography Story

Pallavi & Yash first met in college and discovered that they had more in common than they thought! A few years of spending time together – on and off campus – slowly but surely led them closer towards a lifetime of togetherness.

Their wedding was a beautiful winter affair, full of rich traditions and lighthearted fun with family and friends. The festivities began with the Mehendi ceremony at Pallavi’s home.

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Evidence of the previous night-long party…

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Only to prepare for another party!

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The Bhaat ceremony and Mehendi at Yash’s home…

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The sagan ceremony…

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Then there was dancing…

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Some conversation and a few photo sessions…

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The Haldi ceremonies…

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And the wedding…

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A few days after the wedding, we spent a few hours with the couple at Neemrana Fort Palace to take a few post-wedding photos…

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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 photography spots like Brooklyn New York, Malaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each wedding story to know how it all happened!

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Chandigarh Wedding Photography Story | Sonam + Vineet

A Chandigarh Wedding Photography Story

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Sonam & Vineet are one of the rare cases of arranged-turned-love marriages. I’m sure that eventually most of the arranged marriages end up with a happy story, but these two seemed so deeply in love in a short span of time, I was positive that this was a rare and special case.

The wedding was held in Chandigarh, at the JW Marriott, so that the extended family from different parts of Punjab could make it to the event easily. Spread over 3 days, the wedding was a fantastic combination of family time, traditions, fun and laughter.

We managed to get some alone time with the couple to get a few couple portraits…

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Jaipur Destination Wedding Photography| Priya + Mayank

 

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A classic story of best-friends falling in love, Priya and Mayank didn’t discover their true feelings for a very long time. But when they did, there was no looking back. Mayank sealed the deal by gifting her the greatest love of her life, Priya’s beloved Golden Retriever puppy – Oscar!

They decided to have a destination wedding in Jaipur, surrounded by their closest family and friends. It was a two-day party that left everyone unbelievably hungover yet had them craving for more. It was an extremely fun wedding to shoot, with lots of fun, laughter and happiness.

The beautiful venue – Le Meridien, Jaipur

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The Mehendi Lunch on Day 1…

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The bride taking a breather with her favourite beverage, Red Bull. In fact, she used to work with Red Bull a while ago and most of her friends attending the wedding were a part of that time…

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Gave her some wings to try out antics with the colourful umbrella props!

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The Groom, swept off his feet!

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Some stolen alone time…

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The Engagement/ Sagan evening…

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And, of course, there was drinking and dancing…

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The Chooda and Haldi (although how anybody woke up after the night-long party is a mystery)…

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The Sehra Bandhi & Baraat. And yes, there was an elephant. A gorgeous one called Madhuri that I befriended!

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Look how beautiful she is. And surprisingly friendly!

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Enter, the Bride!

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The wedding…

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Happily ever after…

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Arjun is a “non-wedding” wedding photographer with a contemporary “off-beat” approach. With years of rich experience, Arjun Kartha is one of the finest and most sought after wedding photographers in India. A husband-wife team, Arjun and Praerna are candid wedding photography specialists – and veterans of the fledgling wedding photo genre in India. Arjun is also a category winner of the prestigious Kodak Wedding Photographer of the Year 2011 award.

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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 photography spots like Brooklyn New York, Malaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur etc. Read each wedding story to know how it all happened!

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New York Wedding Photography Story – Adrienne + Vinay’s Boda Shaadi!

An Indian Wedding Photography Story in New York

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Adrienne and Vinay first bonded over food. Yes, food. Apparently the stomach is the quickest route to the heart! They are both fantastic cooks and are always obsessing over new finds – restaurants, bars, cafes and ingredients, the farmers market and so much more.

When they were married, they wanted to integrate parts of both their traditions – Indian and Puerto Rican – into their wedding. Calling the event Boda Shaadi was the first step. Some of you might know that saying Boda Shaadi is like saying Chai Tea. Both words mean the same thing, but it made for an interesting first step – allowing their wedding festivities to be unique and special.

The couple picked a venue called the Green Building in Brooklyn, on the Gowanus Canal. True to their off-beat taste, the building was an old brass foundry, converted into a wedding and party venue. It was only poetic that their wedding take place in Brooklyn, where they first met, explored together and fell in love. From the wedding cupcakes to the Indian meal and freshly brewed craft beer, from the baraat to the secular civil ceremony, the wedding was a perfect blend of both traditions. Here are a few highlights of the wedding.

The Venue…

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The bride…

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Bangalore Wedding Photography Story: Savio + Rinchen

 A Bangalore Wedding Photography Story

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Have you ever come across a gorgeous cabin attendant on a very boring flight and wondered what would happen if you asked her out? Have you always thought that it’s an impossible notion and feared being arrested on landing for harassing the crew? Or have you tried it, been rejected and sworn never to make the mistake again?

Well I’m about to tell you that not only is it possible to get a date with that gorgeous attendant, but also end up with Rinchen & Savio’s happily ever after. Yes, I kid you not. Savio met Rinchen on a flight. After a slight disagreement about the in-flight-service, he ended up asking her out. One thing led to another until, finally, they wed in Bangalore earlier this year. Here are a few highlights from their fairytale wedding…

 

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Anubha + Saahil Wedding, Sonepat, India

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Anubha & Saahil wed last year, in Saahil’s hometown Sonepat. They first met 4 years earlier, at work. Whoever said that office romances don’t have happy endings clearly didn’t know what they were talking about.

When they finally decided to wed after an exciting courtship, painting all of Delhi red, it didn’t come as a surprise to their friends and family. In fact, they couldn’t understand what took them so long!

When they decided to hire us, we were very excited for the shoot. While Saahil loves to play around and make everybody laugh, Anubha is the perfect sport and goes along with all his ideas. Their pre-wedding shoot has definitely been one of the most fun ones we have done. It spanned the length and breadth of India Gate, Habitat Centre, the Saket Malls and a lot of it was centred around food since they are both foodies. It was a deliciously decadent day.

Saahil’s car played a very important role in their courtship…

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Kerala Wedding Photography Story — Sonam + Vivek Wedding in Kochi

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Sonam and Vivek tied the knot in a lovely, and very traditional, Syrian Christian ceremony in Kochi. The much feared July monsoon held out for their perfect day. To add to the beautiful Church and ceremony, the couple took a keen interest in the smallest of details – from the matching groom & bride cars, to the fantastic violinist Balabhaskar, the photo booth to the flash mob – to ensure that their guests have a wonderful time and take home many fun memories.

The couple first met 6 years ago, when Vivek moved in as the “boy next door” in Bombay. While Sonam’s mother began to lose sleep over how the new boy would influence her daughters, little did she know that in a few years she would welcome Vivek into the family!

The Syrian Christian ceremony, which took place at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, was very different from anything we’ve seen before. It was conducted primarily in Malayalam with chants and prayers in Aramaic by a panel, yes a panel, of priests and presided over by a Bishop, who is also the head of the Syrian Orthodox Christian community in Kerala. The ceremony was particularly interesting as it shows how the faith has evolved in India, and incorporates many rituals and elements that may be considered of Hindu origin, like the lighting of brass lamps in the church, the tying of the taali and the gifting of a saree to the bride. Melting pot of a wedding that is Christian in faith, Hindu in tradition and Aramaic in liturgy. Here are some highlights from their beautiful wedding.

Having some fun with the couple while they were waiting to get married…

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