A Bangkok Destination Wedding Story | Trisha+Rahul

A Bangkok destination wedding that was a fairytale  

Imagine a boy who liked a girl in school. The girl? Oblivious of his love. But once they got together, nothing could keep them apart. And years later they marry each other. It sounds like a very well-written story, doesn’t it? In this case, it happens to be true! Trisha and Rahul’s Bangkok destination wedding was what fairytales are made of.

Set in the beautiful Bangkok, Rahul and Trisha’s wedding celebrations lasted for four tremendous days in the Anantara Riverside Resort. It was a joyous task to make a same-day edit for this beautiful couple. Don’t forget to scroll down to see their wedding trailer!

Part 1: Pre-Wedding in Bangkok

We shot their pre-wedding in Bangkok’s Wat Pho temple and on a boat on the Chao Phraya river. They had such easy-going chemistry that we just had to set our frames and wait for a moment between them, which were plenty!

Pre-wedding couple shoot in Bangkok
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Bangkok
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Wat Pho Bangkok
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Bangkok

Part 2: The Wedding

They kickstarted the first day with a beautifully intimate wedding. The couple wanted to marry in the presence of just their closest family and friends, so they decided to have a small wedding on the first day and welcome their other guests for the rest of the functions after.

Manish Malhotra Indian bridal photo

You can see the love shining in Rahul’s eyes as Trisha walked the aisle towards him hand-in-hand with her father. And everyone shed a tear or two, as Trisha teared up during the jaimala ceremony.

Indian bridal entry at Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian bridal entry at Bangkok destination wedding.
Jaimala at Bangkok destination wedding.
Wedding ceremony at Bangkok destination wedding.
Wedding couple photo at Bangkok destination wedding.

Part 3: Coctail, Brunch and Sangeet

The wedding day was followed by a fabulous cocktail dinner on the rooftop of Avani+ resort, the next day. The lunch themed “50 Shades of Blue” the next day was just gorgeous followed by the sangeet night.

Indian bridal photo in papa Dont Preach by Shubhika
Couple portrait at Bangkok destination wedding.
Wedding brunch at Bangkok destination wedding.

Our stunning couple entered in a vintage car and ended the night dancing on the tunes of the famous singer Hardy Sandhu. And they certainly knew how to let their hair down at the after-party!

Couple photo Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian couple entry in a vintage car at sangeet in Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian groom dancing at his sangeet in Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian bride dancing at her sangeet in Bangkok destination wedding.
Hardy Sandhu performing at Bangkok destination wedding.

We loved how they had a separate “sand vows” ceremony the next day, to make the promises to each other a little more personal and distinctive to their relationship.

Indian groom ready for his baraat at Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian bride in Gaurav Gupta couture at Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian bridal entry with father in Bangkok destination wedding

Part 4: Reception

As usual, Rahul and Trisha made a stunning pair at their reception. It was a night full of speeches, tears and love all around. While Trisha’s Dad made a speech that made everyone cry, Rahul and Trisha’s dance as a couple made everyone wish for a love like they have.

Indian bride ready for reception at Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian couple enter their reception at Bangkok destination wedding.
Bangkok destination wedding.
Indian couple dance at Bangkok destination wedding.

Watch Rahul and Trisha’s week-long Bangkok destination wedding now!

Wedding Makers

Bride: Trisha Datwani
Groom: Rahul Anand.
Edited by Anmol Sharma.
Shot by: Ritesh Arora, Mayank Mishra, Anmol Sharma.
Wedding planners: Innaz Communique
Mantra Events.
Trisha’s Outfits: Anita Dongre (Pre-Wedding), Manish Malhotra (Wedding), Trish by Trisha Datwani (Brunch & Reception), Gaurav Gupta (Sand Vows ceremony), Falguni Shane Peacock (Sangeet), Papa Dont Preach (Cocktail).
MUA: Visage by Vanita, Simran Takkar, Alina Khan Beauty.
Hair: Ritika Hairstylist.
Jewellery: Anmol Jewellers.
Hair accessories: Floristaa.
Venue: Anantara Riverside Bangkok, Avani+ Bangkok.


A Goa Destination Wedding | Nikita+Divyanu

A Goa destination wedding set on the backdrop of a dreamy beach, perfect weather, and two best friends for life

Best friends that became partners for life. That’s our crazy, amazing, energetic, powerhouse couple Nikita and Divyanu. They got married in a big and beautiful Goa destination wedding in ITC Grand surrounded by their family and friends.

Nikita and Divyanu met in college, became friends, and stayed friends long after graduation. Everyone who knew them could see their chemistry and how great they were together. Even they knew that they were the best of friends – they cared for and supported each other and through the years they came to trust each other. So naturally, when it came to choosing life-partners, Nikita and Divyanu chose their best friends, they chose each other.

When we shot Priyanka’s wedding about five years ago, we had no idea that half a decade later we would also be shooting her sister Nikita’s wedding. And to top that off, just after this wedding, we were also part of Priyanka’s sister-in-law, Sunandini wedding!

Part 1: Delhi and Goa Pre-Wedding

We had two pre-weddings for the couple! Their amazing chemistry comes through right at the first minute you see them together. We shot a super-fun and casual save-the-date for them at Divyanu’s gorgeous house. It was a fun day running around with the duo, playing basketball, and cuddling with Divyanu’s dog. Divyanu had a small movie room with a projector in their house; we decided it would be fun to project some graphics on the couple and shoot them there.

Here’s a small snippet from their pre-wedding in Delhi.

When we reached Goa, we didn’t want to let go of the opportunity of getting some pictures of the two together by the sea, so we planned a quick pre-wedding session a day before their wedding festivities began.

Prewedding couple shoot in Goa
Goa prewedding couple photoshoot

Part 2: Sangeet

The sangeet was packed with some amazing dance performances. When Nikita and Divyanu dance together, their chemistry is just electric!

Bride in Manish Malhotra sangeet outfit for her wedding celebration

Part 3: Haldi Ceremony

Divyanu had the craziest, and we mean in a good way, haldi ceremony we have ever seen! His friends and cousins could hardly wait for the pooja before they started the haldi wars and the flower showers. Nikita’s haldi ceremony was the same. Her friends and family had a lot of fun colouring her and she got her revenge on them too.

Groom haldi ceremony in Delhi
Happy bride haldi Goa wedding
Goa destinaton wedding bride haldi portrait

Part 4: The Wedding

Their wedding day was gorgeous with clear skies and the beautiful scenery of ITC Grand Goa. Nikita had the most beautiful sunset bridal entry and the mandap set on the beach made it all dreamy.

Indian bride in Sabyasachi lehenga for Goa destination wedding
Indian bride in Sabyasachi lehenga for Goa destination wedding
Indian bride in Sabyasachi lehenga for Goa destination wedding

Part 5: Reception at A Dot, Delhi

The party didn’t end there. If you know the Guptas and the Khandelwals, you would know that they certainly know how to party! They had a grand reception in Delhi at A Dot to welcome Nikita into the family.

The Wedding Makers

Venues: ITC Grand Goa, A Dot by GnH
Wedding Planner: Siddhi Vinayak Events by Bhavani
Nikita’s outfits: Punit Balana (Pre-wedding), Divyam Mehta (Mehendi), Manish Malhotra (Sangeet), Sabyasachi (Wedding), Shantanu and Nikhil (Reception)
Divyanu’s Outfits: AjeX (Mehendi & Sangeet), Diwan Saheb (Wedding), Heritage (Reception)
Make-up: Niketa Kaur
Hair: Lawang Tamang
Jewelry: Shri Ram Hari Ram Jewelers
Photography and Cinematography: Twogether Studios
PhotographyArjun Kartha, Nihareekaa Kaur, Ronak Verma, Rohit Kason, Sunil Gautam
Cinematography: Ritesh Arora, Mayank Mishra, Sameer

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Bridal Portraits: How to shoot in a crunched timeline

Tips for shooting bridal portraits when you have just under five minutes

If you’ve shot even one Indian wedding, you know how chaotic and unpredictable they are. And if there’s anything we have learned in a decade of shooting weddings, it’s that anything can happen on a wedding day. Even the best-planned timelines can run late. The sweet one hour that your bride promised you for her portraits, could very well change to only 5 minutes. Now you can complain and blame the next person you see for putting a dent in your plans, or you can buck up and plan ahead so that you deliver the amazing bridal portraits you promised your bride. After all, that’s what we’re here for right? Creating beautiful images from the wedding that our couples and their families will cherish years from now, no matter what happens.

We’ve broken down our game plan into four simple tips to follow. Follow them calmly and we promise you will nail those portraits even if you have five minutes to get it done!

#1 Prepare beforehand and recce the location thoroughly

This one has a lot of moving parts, so we’ll get right to it. The basic is of course, while you’re waiting for the bride to get ready – and you know this is a LOT of time – move around and recce the location for good spots. Keep in mind that the location you finalise should NOT be too far from where the bride is because if you have just five minutes, you don’t want to spend all of them walking over to the location and then getting only a minute for one shot.

The next thing to figure out is your lightmap based on your location. Are you shooting in the bride’s room, outside, in the dark at night, in early or harsh daylight?  Whatever the situation is, keep your light set-up ready beforehand. Place one of your team members as the subject, test the shot and have it ready before the bride is. Remember, you have only 5-10 minutes to get some amazing bridal portraits, so don’t waste the time by setting up your light after the bride comes.

#2 Keep a few go-to poses in your mind

When you know you don’t have much time in hand, you know it’s also definitely not the time to experiment with poses. Don’t waste the time you do have to get your bride into some complicated set-up. With time running out and stress levels running high, your job is to keep things simple and worry-free for your bride. You also don’t want to draw up a blank on directing her when she’s ready for her portraits. A photographer who doesn’t know what to do doesn’t really inspire confidence. So have a basic list of 4-5 easy-to-do poses burned in your mind. Of course, if you get your safety shots and are still left with a few minutes, go ahead and experiment a little. But do get your basics done first.

#3 Be clear and direct with your instructions

We know we keep emphasising about time, but that’s exactly what this post is about. If you only have a few minutes, know that the bride will also be in a hurry. So be clear and precise with your instructions. Tell your bride exactly how to want her to stand, where to place her hand, which direction to look in and what facial expression to go for. Be direct, but keep your tone relaxed and friendly. Your bride will be stressed enough as it is, and you don’t want to add to her tension. Now if you have #2 from above sorted, you will know how to guide the bride as well.

#4 When in trouble, keep your bag of tricks handy

If after going on a recce, you find out that the location is not that gorgeous, then it’s time to pull some tricks out of your bag. First, see if there are any of the usual techniques that you can use for a portrait. Are there any trees, tall plants or flowers around for a shoot-through image? Have you been lucky with time and there’s an amazing sunset you can use for a silhouette shot? Any water fountain or reflective body around for a reflection shot? If it’s the middle of the day and the light is harsh, can you think of an interesting contrast image? Or how about playing with shadows, or planning high-key shots with a large blank wall? If nothing in your surroundings inspire you, then fall back on your bag of trinkets. We have always suggested that photographers keep a few things handy to add an element into a photograph if the location is not encouraging. Anything from battery powered fairy lights and shiny pom-poms to mirrors, lens balls, and prisms can do the trick. Our bag of these little devices has always saved the day in a hot spot.

So there you go! Our two cents about shooting a bride when you have just 5 minutes. Remember to keep a calm exterior first and foremost, even if you’re panicking on the inside. Your demeanor and calmness will help the bride stay positive and the session will go much smoother and be more rewarding. Tell us what you think about our tips and if you think there’s anything else we can add to the list, do let us know!


An Udaipur Destination Wedding Story | Harsh+Sanjana

A grand Udaipur destination wedding spread across Oberoi Udaivilas, Chunda Palace and Jagmandir

In the very famous Bollywood movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Shahrukh Khan says “Love is friendship”. And that’s what became true for Harsh and Sanjana. They got married in the beautiful property of Jag Mandir with celebrations spread across Chunda palace and Oberoi Udai Vilas in and Udaipur destination wedding.

Their wedding hashtag #Sansh is perfect because that’s what they are when they are together – one spirit. Even across a room full of people, they have eyes only for each other! Here are our favourite moments from their wedding.

Part 1: Pre-wedding in Delhi

We had so much fun during their pre-wedding shoot. They have a lively and fun chemistry that made it so so easy to shoot them. And we think the pictures have turned out quite amazing!

Part 2: Mehendi and Sangeet night

Their mehendi functions took place in the Chunda palace with old folk songs and both the families having a playful singing competition with each other.

They had an energetic Sufi-themed sangeet night where family and friends performed for the couple.

Part 3: Cocktail

The couple dance was saved for the cocktail night and because of the right reasons! Harsh had a special surprise planned for Sanjana for their dance performance that he had been practicing with their choreographer for months! He proposed to her with the engagement ring during their dance performance in front of their closest family and friends.

Part 4: Haldi

The couple had separate haldi ceremonies equally as crazy and as fun as the other with lots of love and haldi showers.

Couple photo at Oberoi Udaivilas in a Udaipur destination wedding
We managed to sneak in a quick portrait session in the famous courtyard of Udaivilas before the haldi began.

Part 5: Destination Wedding

Indian bridal photo at Udaipur destination wedding
Indian bridal entry at Udaipur destination wedding

The wedding was a celebration of their love and the union of two big loving families.

udaipur destination wedding
The much anticipated jaimala ceremony at the Jagmandir palace.

We hope you love the trailer as much as we loved creating it!


A Delhi Wedding Story | Anuroop+Kabir

A journey of loyalty and deep faith that led to a heartwarming celebration of love in a Delhi wedding

You know it’s love when you cannot imagine your life without a person, no matter what the distance or situation is. Kabir and Anuroop’s journey is one of adoration, loyalty, and deep faith. They got married in Karma Lakelands in one of the most heartwarming and beautiful celebrations of love we’ve shot this year.

Kabir has lived in Australia his whole life but was always connected to his Punjabi roots. That’s what attracted him about Anuroop – that she was also so in touch with her culture and religion. Love and marriage meant everything to them. And they truly believed that a larger divine force brought them together. See our favourite moments from this Delhi wedding below.

Part 1: Pre-wedding in Neemrana

We had a great time shooting them for their pre-wedding in the royal Neemrana Hillfort Kesroli. They were so comfortable and in love with each other that all we had to do was press that shutter button.

Neemrana pre-wedding couple shoot in India.
Neemrana pre-wedding couple shoot in India.
Around sunset, we decided to drive out into the fields behind the Hill Fort and take some pictures of the duo there.
Neemrana pre-wedding couple shoot in India.
Neemrana pre-wedding couple shoot in India.
Neemrana pre-wedding couple shoot in India.

Part 2: Mehendi and Sangeet night

This was an intimate event with the couple’s closest family and friends. While Anuroop got her mehendi done, her family performed for her and she joined them on the dance floor later in the night.

Indian bride portrait at a Delhi wedding.
Groom getting mehendi done at a Delhi wedding.
Indian groom mehendi at a Delhi wedding.
Indian bride portrait at a Delhi wedding.
Indian groom dancing at a Delhi wedding.
Indian bride dancing at a Delhi wedding.
Indian couple photo at a Delhi wedding.
We sneaked out with our couple during the sangeet for some portraits and found this little arch that was lit by fairy lights.

Part 3: Haldi and Wedding reception

The couple had separate haldi ceremonies. Kabir’s ceremony was the quintessential Indian haldi ceremony where his friends tore off his clothes and doused him with haldi and water.

Indian groom haldi ceremony at a Delhi wedding.
Indian groom haldi ceremony at a Delhi wedding.
Indian groom haldi ceremony at a Delhi wedding.

Meanwhile, Anuroop’s haldi was a gentle and loving affair with a fun twist at the end where her brothers carried her up the stairs.

Bride haldi at a Delhi wedding.
Indian bride haldi ceremony at a Delhi wedding.
Indian bride haldi ceremony at a Delhi wedding.

The couple had a wedding reception before the day of their Anandkaraj. Anuroop made for a most gorgeous bride.

Indian bride red lehenga photo at a Delhi wedding.
We couldn’t help but capture the bride’s most priced possession against this stunning sunset.
Indian bridal photo at a Delhi wedding.
A bridal portrait made literally in five minutes!
Indian bridal entry at a Delhi wedding.
Kabir’s friends teasing Anuroop by lifting him up in the air so she can’t reach up to him with the jaimala.
Indian couple dance at a Delhi wedding.

Part 4: Sikh Delhi wedding

Kabir and Anuroop married each other in a beautiful Sikh wedding ceremony in the Pahari Wala Gurudwara in GK.

Gurudwara Delhi wedding in GK.
The happy couple just after the Anandkaraj (wedding ceremony).
Indian groom with his groomsmen at a Delhi wedding.
Indian groom with his groomsmen at a Delhi wedding.
We made some fun portraits with the groomsmen after the wedding.

Watch Kabir and Anuroop marry each other in this beautiful Delhi wedding.

Wedding Makers

Pre-wedding Shoot Venue: Neemrana Hillfort Kesroli
Wedding venue: Karma Lakelands
Make-up artist: Makeovers by Aanchal
Wedding photography and cinematography: Twogether Studios
Photography: Arjun Kartha, Nikhil Mishra, Nihareekaa Kaur, Paras batra, Sunil Gautam
Cinematography: Anmol Sharma, Ritesh Arora, Sanjay, Durgesh


A Delhi Wedding Photography Story | Abhishek+Annissa

Two souls joined together in a beautiful Delhi wedding photography story

They say that third time’s a charm. And it was certainly true for Abhishek and Annissa. Something magical happened when they met for the third time, something that couldn’t be defined or explained. But it felt like a larger force bringing them together irrevocably. It felt like destiny.

Everyone in their families described the pair as a match made in heaven. Annissa’s affectionate bond with her sister-in-law’s and her mother-in-law was so sweet to witness. And her family couldn’t be happier at finding a caring, loving gentleman for their beloved daughter.

It was such a pleasure to shoot their pre-wedding in the picturesque Roseate. We could see the spark between them that only comes from a deep love and bonding. When Abhishek is around Annissa, nothing else matters to him. They both just go in their happy bubble when they’re together, which is perfect for us since it gave us the chance to capture some loving and intimate moments between them!

Their sangeet was a vibrant and energetic affair with dance performances and music. Not to mention, the heartwarming celebration of love between two families.

The gorgeous duo got married in a two-day celebration in the regal ITC Maurya in Delhi. It was such an honour to shoot the very first wedding to happen in ITC Maurya. We loved the intimate feel of the wedding functions.

Watch Abhishek and Annissa come together in a beautiful celebration of their love in the ITC Maurya in Delhi.

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Tips for Creating a Good Photography Blog

The secret to a good photography blog at your fingertips

As photography professionals, we are always looking for ways to increase our reach and gain more audience. And an audience is what a photographer needs the most. And as a company that has built a community of thousands of loyal online audience over the past decade, we think that creating a photography blog is definitely the step towards it.

You might be wondering why we’re writing about creating a photography blog when there are so many other social media outlets to reach people. Well, we’ll tell you. It’s definitely not the same as social media, but blogging has its own host of advantages to you and your business as a photographer. It gives you a separate platform to showcase more of your work, images that don’t make it to your social media. You can engage more personally with your audience, show the people the person behind the work and connect with them on a more intimate level. In the past years, blogging has become a significant marketing tool used to attract audiences and boost businesses.

What you intend it for and how you use the platform is on you, but we’re here to just tell you the basics of establishing a good photography blog. So if you’re an aspiring photographer who wants to expand your business potential or just someone who is an enthusiast, read on to know more.

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#1 Know the basics

It goes without saying that frequency is important in establishing a good blog. If a visitor lands upon your blog and sees a post that is at least a month or two old, they’ll assume that your blog is inactive and move on. So try and post at least once a week. Posting regularly also helps in building good SEO, which we will come to later in this post. But when you keep posting consistently, your audience will also come to expect your posts and look forward to them. If you want to build a long-term community of readers and photographers, you should follow a schedule and stick to it. Posting content regularly is the only way to keep people coming back to your blog and build your audience.

Bring your personality out in your writing. People may see and admire your photos but they also want to know the person behind the work. So keep it conversational and light, and bring your quirks, funny observations out in your writing. It’s quite possible that whatever you choose to write about may have been done before, but what will make it different is the things you add to the writing.

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#2 Make sure your photos take centre stage

As a photography blog, people will expect to see more of photos when they visit. Of course, writing is a huge part of blogging, but it’s the pictures that are central to your work. So choose a template that best displays your pictures. Even in your articles, add at least 4-5 images between the text. This will serve two purposes – one, it will break the monotony of the text by a visual, two, your audience will relate to the text more when they see a related image with it. So always accompany the text with an image in context to it.

When you add images with alt titles and tags in your posts, you will also generate traffic to your website from image search engines. For example, when writing about “Tips for Shooting Good Bridal Portraits”, add alt tags to your bridal photo. This way when a bride searches for “bridal photos” on Google, you might come up in search results.

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#3 Blog for the right reasons

If you start a blog with the intention of getting free deals, gear, and cameras, you’re doing it wrong. It should never be about money and products. You should do it for your passion for photography, and the money and deals will come to you eventually. When you focus on content, it shows in your writing and your audience will see it too. Once you have the attention of a large number of people, brands and other companies will realise the worth of collaborating with you. So blog to inspire, to put your ideas out there and to engage in conversation with your peers. Correct motivation is the key to a successful photography blog.

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#4 Find your niche

Decide what you want to write and talk about and who is your audience. Starting a photography blog is great and all, but you need to figure out what you want to say when you start one. Is it going to be an extension of your website with more work and portfolio pictures for clients? Do you want to be a thought leader and voice your opinions on ideas related to the industry? Or will you help aspiring photographers with your knowledge and inspire them to do better? Whichever direction you want to go, it’s important to make a decision. Once you’ve defined the category in which you’re going to play, tailor your content accordingly. Defining your niche will also help you target a specific set of people and market your content so that it reaches the right audience.

#5 Stay relevant

Once you know which topics you’re going to write on, stay relevant. Keep up with the latest news in that sphere and write about topical things. If you’ve decided to write educational posts about photography, stay updated on the current trends, issues, and discussions pertinent to photography. Give your audience tips to improve their skills, voice your opinions on the problems plaguing the industry or encourage a discussion on the current trends in the industry. Whatever you choose, make sure it interests your readers and is of use of them.

#6 Follow good SEO practices

Start with building good quality internal links and backlinks. You gain credibility when a website or blog other than yours links to your website (backlink). Imagine it like a good reference in an interview. Ask for a link to your website/blog when wedding blogs mention you. Also, link any of your older posts in your text, but keep the internal links limited to 2-3 in one post. This is a good way to improve your bounce rate.

The next step to a good SEO is using the right keywords in your post. What would your average consumer search for when looking for a wedding photographer online? Choose one keyword relevant to the content of your post and use the same in the following – post title, URL, H1/H2 tags, meta tags and spread them evenly throughout your text, but don’t spam. We’ve spoken in detail about good SEO practices for wedding photographers, so head on over there to read about how to rank your website better.

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#7 Engagement and marketing

Encourage discussion on your post, so that people keep visiting and coming back. End your post with a question or encourage readers to comment about their experiences, give suggestions or ask questions if they have any. Another way to get more engagement is by commenting on others’ blogs. When you consistently engage with other blog-writers, eventually they will come to your blog and comment too. Make sure to reply to comments and questions on time. Readers appreciate prompt replies and will be more inclined to comment again. You could even get another photographer to be a guest-writer for you.

Another way to increase engagement is by making it easy for friends and family to share your posts. The more people share articles from your website, the more it adds to your blog’s credibility and Google ranking. This will also add to the traffic on your website.

It sounds like a lot of work, but we assure you it isn’t. If you don’t think of it as a chore, it won’t be. In fact, we can tell you from experience that it becomes a fun process along the way. You can always decide how often you want to write and choose a pace that suits you. But also remember, that this isn’t an overnight process. It takes a while to build a community of loyal readers and gain credibility.

If you have any questions or tips you would like to share, please drop a comment. We’d love to answer any queries and take your suggestions.


Tips for Choosing a Photographer for Your Destination Wedding

Hire a photographer for your destination wedding with our help

We believe that choosing a photographer for your destination wedding is one of the most important decisions you will make with regard to your wedding checklist. The fun and the physical experiences you will have will only last for the duration of the wedding. But as time fades, memories of your wedding will be kept alive only through photographs. Pictures make memories tangible. They give memories colour, and context. How many times have you all leafed through your parent’s wedding album gushing over each detail and asking your Mom to tell you their story just one more time? If you’re anything like us, our guess is more than a hundred times. And we bet that it never gets boring. The story gets better with each re-telling.

If you’re one of those couples that prioritise wedding photography, this post is for you. It can get overwhelming to make so many decisions and choose from so many options while planning a destination wedding. And we’re here to make it just a little bit easier for you to make a decision. Read our tips on choosing a photographer for your destination wedding who will give you eternal and timeless wedding pictures.

#1 Don’t only look for local photographers

A lot of wedding planning websites and portals will tell you that you should hire the venue photographer or someone local to the destination of your wedding. But we strongly suggest that you take your wedding photographer along with you to the destination. There are a couple of reasons for this and not just because we have a vested interest. All leading wedding photographers in India travel all over the world on assignments. We have enough experience and calibre to be able to create stunning images in stunning locations. We understand the rituals and customs of weddings in our country and know which moments are important to a couple and their families. In case of local or venue photographers, there’s a chance that they might be unqualified for shooting, inexperienced in your customs or ill-versed with your language.

Another reason is that if you hire someone closer to home, you will have the chance to meet them in person and discuss your expectations clearly. Your photographer needs to know which moments are important for you. Personally, we make it a point to spend some time getting to know our couples in the months before the wedding. It sets a base for us about what the couple is like and what they are looking for.

Railay beach Krabi destination pre-wedding couple shoot photography

#2 Take your time

Don’t rush and hire a photographer just to tick off one thing off your wedding to-dos. If photos from your wedding are important to you and your partner, then take your time finding the right one. Go over portfolios, wedding trailers and any work that is available online. In fact, have face-to-face meetings or Skype calls with your shortlisted photographers and see if you like them and vibe with them. You are going to be spending 90% of your time with your photographer and being comfortable with them is very important. It’s an important decision, so if you don’t like someone, communicate your reservations with them. In most of our cases, a conversation helps clear our couple’s worries. If you still don’t like them, move on to the next person on your list.

Kochi backwaters destination pre-wedding couple portrait wedding photography

#3 Understand the photographer’s process and style

This part is very important in making the right choice. Every photographer has a distinct and different style of working and shooting. The kind of wedding you envision should also weigh in when you’re making a decision. So when you’re talking to your shortlisted photographers, tell them the style, mood, and themes of your wedding. However great the photographer might be, if you don’t gel with them or vice-versa, you won’t be able to make great images with them. Ask them about their style and approach of shooting and tell them to prep you beforehand about how the shoot will proceed on the actual day. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or tell them what you want. If their style and work matches your perspective, there’s nothing like it!

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#4 Don’t get bogged down by budget

The budget is certainly one of the major factors in deciding on a wedding photographer for your destination wedding. Any good quality product doesn’t come cheap. And so is the case with good wedding photography and cinematography. The top-end photographers are definitely on the higher side of money, but the investment is absolutely worth it! We’ve had countless couples come back and tell us that spending on wedding photography was the best decision they made for their wedding.

Nevertheless, we understand that money does count in while making a decision. If the photographer that you love is a little over your budget, we suggest you talk to them about it. No photographer, including us, wants to let go of a couple they really like. We tend to get attached pretty soon. So talk to them and find out if they can customise a package for you. Over the past years, some of our couples have chosen to cut down budget from one or two of the other areas of their wedding, to spend on photography. And we can safely say that they haven’t complained. Usually, we suggest that you keep a budget of about 10-15% of your total wedding budget for photography. We have spoken previously about how you should set your wedding photography budget. You can read it in detail here.

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#5 Consider the coverage

With a photographer from the venue/resort, you might only get certain hours of coverage. Indian weddings tend to go on for days and into late hours of the night. So the hour-based coverage doesn’t really work well into the equation. Bringing your own photographer will ensure that you have all their attention and commitment for all the days of your wedding celebrations. Make sure that you talk about the coverage they offer and discuss extra charges if the events run late so there are no surprises later on. Once we sign on a couple, we give our 100% to them. From the first function to the vidaai ceremony, we’re there. We’re always up for the challenge that different locations throw before us, even if it means shooting in the middle of the night to get that couple portrait under the starry sky!

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#6 Can they adapt?

While hiring a photographer, make sure that the person or company that you’re talking to has enough resources to be able to pull off a destination wedding. We’re not talking in terms of the size of the crew, although that’s certainly a consideration. If you’re planning a large-scale destination wedding with grand festivities and 100-200 people, then make sure that the photographer has enough resources to capture your entire wedding without any compromise on coverage. Wedding photography companies, like us, often have enough in-house team member to be able to pull that off. Independent photographers usually hire freelance photographers to complete their team. But whoever you’re talking to, it’s important that you know if they can arrange a competent crew to manage the scale of your wedding.

Even if the wedding is small, there are other issues like camera, lenses and memory back-ups. Can they manage if one of their cameras, lenses, cards or any other piece of equipment fails in the middle of the wedding? It’s important because replacements or repairs in some of the destinations aren’t easy. So the team should be prepared for any situation and can adapt to different environments.

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Please remember that these are not rules that you have to follow. These are some basic guidelines to help you navigate through thousands of photographer options. One of the above might apply to you, all of them might apply to you or none of them might apply to you. You might even end up finding a great photographer local to your destination. But most of the above guidelines apply even in that case. Please do lots of research and ask your photographer tons of questions before making any decision.

We’d love to know how you chose your destination wedding photographer. If you’d like to ask anything, please write to us in the comments. As always, we would love to answer and help make your wedding day as magical as you imagined it to be!


6 Simple Ways to Personalise Your Wedding

Add a personal touch to your wedding with these easy-to-do ideas

Gone are the days when weddings were a mostly traditional event, designed and executed according to the parents’ vision. Today, you can plan your wedding personally, down to the last detail. Whether you choose to have a small intimate affair or a big destination wedding, personalising the little details can go a long way in making the celebrations exceptional and memorable for your guests.

You and your fiancé have had a unique and beautiful journey with each other; so why have a wedding that is like any other? It’s really easy to infuse your wedding with your personality and your story, add some flair to the ceremonies and rituals by lending your personal taste!

You know what the best part is? You do not need to burn a hole in your pocket to personalise your wedding. We know that this exercise can sound like an expensive proposition but all it requires is a little bit of thought and plenty of imagination. So we’ve put together a few easy-on-the-wallet and easy-to-do ideas for you to make your special day stand out. These ideas can make not only your day special, but also leave your guests with some lovely memories!

#1 Say it with pictures/Personalise your wedding tables

Add a bit of story to your décor by personalising the centrepieces in your tables. For example, you can have a picture of the city you met in, with a little card describing in short how and where you met. Each table could have a picture of something unique to your journey as a couple – your favourite food, the place where he proposed, the restaurant you always eat at, etc. Not only will the pictures look pretty, but your guests will feel more involved with your in the wedding if they know more about your story. Another great way to connect with your guests is to create a picture slideshow. Use photos from old albums, photos of when you were kids, from your time together as a couple, and even pictures from your parents’ wedding. It always brings on lots of laughter as well as a sentimental tear or two!

#2 Get customised wedding badges made for the guests

You can get quirky badges custom-made for your wedding and hand them out as accessories for the celebrations. It could be your initials designed in a custom font with your wedding date or caricatures of you and your partner. You could even have their names with their relation to you printed on the badge. This can be a great icebreaker for your guests who may not know each other as well as they know you. Also, we’re sure your friends would love to have a wedding souvenir!

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#3 Wedding vows and speeches

Some wedding ceremonies in India involve the priest or an officiant having the couple recite vows from scriptures. But more often than not, the meaning of those words gets lost in translation. Why not make those sacred vows more meaningful by writing your own? They need not be elaborate or grand, but it’s important to speak from the heart and that the promises you make are true to you and your partner’s relationship. This is truly a special way to proclaim your love for your beloved in front of family and friends.

To make your wedding functions a more involved affair, you can ask a few of your closest friends and family members to make speeches. It’s always lovely to hear them speak about fond memories that they may have shared with you and your partner and, of course, humorous anecdotes are always enjoyable by all. These speeches always make for great wedding memories.

#4 Set up a signature cocktail or food station

Organise a separate corner for your own bar and buffet station. The bride and groom can name their favourite drinks as the ‘signature drink’ of the cocktail party.

You can even have your favourite dish/dessert as the ‘special of the day’. A small placard saying ‘The Bride’s Special’ can describe why she loves the dish so much. If you’re pro at making that killer cocktail or baking a pizza, don’t be afraid to get behind the table and show them how it’s done! Your guests will really remember that!

#5 Design your own wedding favours

Instead of giving out traditional fruit and sweet baskets as return gifts, have your wedding planner arrange wedding gifts/favours for your guests that mean something to you. You could get them a box of your favourite chocolate or coffee beans with a little personalised ‘thank you’ note. Getting custom-made labels for favours is also a great idea to add a personal touch and inexpensive to boot. This little heart-felt gesture will work wonders in keeping the memory of your wedding close to their hearts.

#6 Let there be music… and singing and dancing

Customise the playlist for your functions and ensure the DJ plays music you love and not just the latest chartbusters. Throw in songs that are special to you and your partner – from your first concert together or the song that you first danced to. If you have any artistic leanings, nothing can top a special performance by you for your fiancé. Sing a song, play an instrument or prepare a flash mob sequence for your fiancé. You could even write a poem, which is sure to bring out some laughter or even a tear!

We totally agree that leaving it to the wedding planner is much easier than getting involved in all of the detailing. But your wedding is, after all, a very special occasion for you and your family. It’s a time to make very special memories with those you love the most. So go on, give it a good think and add your very own personalised touch to your wedding!

How did you personalise your wedding? Do let us know in the comments!


Leap of Faith | A Goa Destination Wedding Story | Sia+Ashu

Sia and Ashu take a leap of faith for life in a splendid Goa destination wedding

When Ashu first saw Sia, he thought that she was simply beautiful. He instantly felt a sort of kinship with her, like she was ‘one of us’. And that is exactly what he told everybody after he met her. He could already see her as a part of his life and family. In Ashu’s words, the decision was ‘a no-brainer’ for him. He knew Sia would become a part of his world seamlessly.

As a couple, they checked all the boxes on each other’s list. Having a partner who valued family was important for Ashu and he found his match in Sia. Both of them are from large, close-knit families, and extremely considerate of their loved ones.

Their friends and family had the most wonderful things to say about them. And the more we listened to them talk, the more we realised that Sia and Ashu were kindred souls – kind, loving and compassionate. Everybody described them individually as people who took care of the people they loved no-matter-what. And that is why, everybody said, that they are perfect for each other.

They got married in the beautiful Grand Hyatt in Goa with celebrations that went on for days. Their friends and family enjoyed the wedding to their fullest and showered them with the best wishes for a happy future as Sia and Ashu made eternal promises to each other.

Here are some of our favourite moments from their Goa destination wedding.

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This is a Goa Destination Wedding Photography Story. As Indian wedding photographers, we have had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places in India like DelhiGoaJaipur, UdaipurKovalamBangalore, Mumbai, PuneKochi and so on. Weddings have even taken us overseas to beautiful destination wedding photography spots like Brooklyn New York, Malaysia, Langkawi, Kaula Lampur, Thailand, Hua Hin etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!