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A Kenya Destination Wedding Story | Paayal+Samir

A Kenya Destination wedding story full of laughter and love

Gorgeous sunrises, the sound of the sea waves, perfect weather every day, and two passionate people in love – this set the base for Paayal and Samir’s destination wedding in the Sarova Whitesands Resort, Mombasa

Their wedding was a stunning, crazy, three-day-long party with their closest family and friends. Their wedding ceremonies – yes, there were TWO! – were a dream! They had a Hindu wedding in the morning followed by an Ismaili wedding in the evening. It was such an honour to capture one of the most important days in Paayal and Samir’s life.

Part 1: Pre-Wedding

Their pre-wedding was just as beautiful as the country and the people we were shooting. We’ll admit, our couple was not the most enthusiastic about waking up at 5 in the morning but when they saw the pictures, they agreed that it was a great idea!

Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya
Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya

The real challenge and the beauty came when we took the boats into the sea. But Paayal and Samir were champions up there and we love the results!

Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya
Destination pre-wedding couple shoot in Mombasa, Kenya

Part 2: Welcome Party

The welcome party was a casual and informal event to kick-off the wedding festivities.

Wedding couple photo. Bride in Papa Dont Preach by Shubhika.

Part 3: Haldi and Sangeet

Samir’s haldi ceremony was an affair that even we couldn’t have imagined. After the main rituals were done, his friends and family broke eggs on his head, made him wear a garland of dead fishes, and splashed him with all the haldi around!

Their sangeet ceremony had some amazing dance performances by the family followed by a night of dancing and more dancing! So much so, that at some point, I think we were also tapping our feet while shooting.

Part 4: Hindu Wedding

Set against the backdrop of the ocean, Paayal and Samir’s wedding venue with the mirrored mandap and the pastel pink roses was truly magical. Paayal was stunning in a pink Sabyasachi lehenga and the wedding ceremony was their dream come true.

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Indian bridal entry wearing a Sabyasachi lehenga at Kenya destination wedding
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Indian couple phera photo at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian couple gets married at Kenya destination wedding
Indian bride cries as she bids her father farewell at a Kenya destination wedding

Part 5: Ismaili Wedding

The couple had a smaller and an intimate Ismaili wedding ceremony after the Hindu wedding. The joy of finally getting married is so clear on both their faces.

Couple entry at Kenya destination wedding

Part 6: Reception

The reception with a 1920’s art deco theme took us back in time. Paayal and Samir made an entry with a bang, dancing together towards the main stage. It was a beautiful culmination to the three-days of this Kenya destination wedding.

Couple entry at Kenya destination wedding

The Wedding Makers

Venue: Sarova Whitesands Resort, Mombasa
Paayal’s Outfits: Papa Dont Preach (Welcome party) | Varun Bahl (Mehendi & Sangeet) | Sabyasachi (Wedding) | Kalaniketan (Ismaili Wedding) | Nadine Dhody (Reception)
MUA and Hair: Bianca Louzado
Wedding planner: Golden Globe Events
Wedding Design: Misaki Design
Photography and Cinematography: Twogether Studios
Photographers: Arjun Kartha, Nikhil Mishra, Nihareekaa Kaur, Paras Batra, Sunil Gautam
Cinematographers: Ritesh Arora, Anmol Sharma, Sameer, Sunil Gautam
Same Day Edit: Anmol Sharma

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A Delhi Wedding Story | Sarthak+Florianne

An epic Delhi wedding spread across The Leela Ambience and A Dot that brought two lovely people together

Sarthak and Florianne’s love story is one of our favourite kinds – college sweethearts separated through time and space find their happily-ever-after!

The happy couple met eight years ago while studying in the UK. After a year of being together, Florianne flew back to The Netherlands to finish her studies. So, in the next seven years of long-distance, their love only grew stronger over time. Their tale started in the UK and culminated in a multicultural grand Delhi wedding spread across The Leela Ambience and A Dot.

Don’t forget to scroll down to see their epic wedding trailer!

Part 1: Pre-Wedding

From the very first day, we could see how natural Sarthak and Florianne were with each other; an intimacy they built on years of love and trust. We shot their pre-wedding in the beautiful Taj Damdama. In fact, the pre-wedding gave them a chance to spend some alone time with each other; something they hadn’t had time for in the hustle-bustle of the wedding. And besides, we were only too happy to be unobtrusive, and get some lovely moments of them together.

Part 2: Sangeet night

The three-day wedding celebrations kicked off in the Leela Ambience with the “Neel-Angan” themed Sangeet ceremony.

Part 3: Mehendi and Cocktail

The next day began with a joyful Mehendi function in the afternoon followed by a kickass Cocktail event at A Dot’s Xs Club in the evening. Undoubtedly, Sarthak’s side of the family showed us that Punjabis know how to truly party! Obviously, Florianne’s family wasn’t going to be left far behind. After all, it was their daughter’s wedding celebration. The amazing singer Mika had everybody dancing to his tunes!

Part 4: Delhi Wedding

Sarthak and Florianne’s wedding ceremony was a beautifully carried out musical affair with Ameya Dabli’s soulful voice. Their loved ones came from around the world to see them get married. And we loved every moment of the wedding festivities and being a part of such an enthusiastic and fun family!

Watch Sarthak and Flo party with their families in what was one of Delhi’s most epic weddings this year!


The Wedding Makers

Venues: The Leela Ambience, Club Xs – A Dot by GNH
Wedding Planner: Evolve Weddings
Makeup: SP Eastland
Entertainment: Ameya Dabli (Wedding), Funky Boyz (Sangeet), Unplugged Band Peprico (Mehendi), Magician Shankar Bakshi (Mehendi, Cocktail), Mansheel Gujral (Cocktail), Mika Singh (Cocktail), Shillong Chambers (Wedding)
DJ: DJ Ajay Nautiyal (Cocktail)
Emcee: Sonam Negi
Bartenders: Indo Fusion Cocktail Services
Photography and Cinematography: Twogether Studios
Photography: Arjun Kartha, Nikhil Mishra, Nihareekaa Kaur, Sunil Gautam, Ronak Verma, Rohit Kason.
Cinematography: Ritesh Arora, Anmol Sharma, Mayank Mishra, Sameer.
Wedding Trailer editor:  Anmol Sharma

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How we got the shot: In action

A quick look at some of our images and deets on how we got the shot

Creating beautiful and everlasting images for our couples and families is what we do. No matter what the situation or circumstance, it is THE job. Whether it’s a ritual we’ve shot a hundred times before like the chooda ceremony, haldi or the baraat or an emotional moment like the vidaai where we have to be extremely sensitive while taking a photograph, no matter the situation, it’s on us to create distinctive images every time. It’s the perspective of the photographer that makes the mundane extraordinary.

Even when you get a gorgeous location or a grand entry with fireworks, you have to be at the right place and the right time with the right camera and settings to get that shot. And if we know one thing about Indian weddings, it’s that things are often chaotic and unpredictable. How we get that perfect image is through a presence of mind, a good knowledge of our cameras and the ability to adapt quickly to changing situations. In one of our previous posts, we took you behind the scenes of some of our images and spoke about what we did to get the final result. In this post, we are going to do the same. We will talk about a few of the images we have captured over the past few months and tell you how we got there.

Starry Entry

Paayal and Samir made a point to enter big in all of their wedding functions, but this one on their reception night took the cake! We knew there would be fireworks because as all good wedding photographers should, we already had a discussion with the wedding planners and the couple beforehand to know about any big planned moments. But the key was to get the fireworks, the people and the dancing couple all together in one frame at the right moment. We waited until Paayal and Samir had passed all the fireworks so that it would make for a fantastic background and not distract from the couple. And then it was just a matter of getting the right expressions in the frame.

How we got the shot: Shot by Arjun Kartha on Fujifilm XT3 with an 8-16mm lens at 8mm f/3.2, shutter speed 1/400 sec and ISO 2500.

A change of perspective

Indian bride kaleera

We have shot this ritual many many times before. And it usually goes the same way – the bride stands while her unmarried friends/sisters kneel down and wait for a piece of kaleera to fall on them. Sanya decided to stand on a chair to perform the ritual, so the top-down shot wasn’t an option. And that gave us a reason to try something different. The photographer, Nikhil, decided it would be a good idea to turn the camera upwards and capture the moment from the point of view of the person on whom the kaleera might fall. And that gave us this amazing image!

How we got the shot: Shot by Nikhil Mishra on Nikon D850 with a 14-24 lens at 14mm f/2.8, ISO 320 and shutter speed 1/1000 sec.

Men in action

Arjun’s baraat was different from the ones we’ve shot in the sense that there was no horse or a carriage. He was walking along with his family and friends during the procession. Now we all know that a thousand things are going on during a baraat. There are so many things happening that it’s hard to keep track of who’s who and where. Which is where the keen eye of our photographer Paras came in. He noticed this incredible moment where the groom, his friend and the dholwala made for a perfect frame.

How we got the shot: Shot by Paras Batra on Nikon D4 with a 24-70 lens at 24mm f/2.8, shutter speed 1/160sec and ISO 500.

Flower Shower

Varsha’s haldi ceremony was followed by a colourful holi party with family and friends. There was so much chaos and running around that it was near impossible to plan anything. But like we have said a lot, it’s important to keep your eyes and ears open during a wedding. We saw a plate of colours and flower petals and anticipated that Varsha was going to twirl around with the plate. So we got our cameras ready, picked a spot and waited for it to happen. And voila! We have a beautiful image of our bride.

How we got the shot: Shot by Nikhil Mishra on Nikon D850 with a 24-70 lens at 24mm f/2.8, shutter speed 1/2000 sec and ISO 80.

Tearful Farewell

Vidaais are incredibly emotional affairs in Indian weddings. And it’s important to be respectful of the family’s emotions while also making sure that we capture the story. Sanya’s vidaai was a very emotionally charged affair with everyone crying because their beloved daughter was saying goodbye. When she hugged her father just outside their home, this shot was captured. We had already anticipated this moment, now we just had to decide the framing, composition, focus, lighting and all of that. Our photographer decided to focus on the anguish of the bride and so he killed all the other ambient light except for the bokeh in the background. The focus on just the bride’s face and cutting out on other distracting elements makes this image more powerful.

How we got the shot: Shot by Nikhil Mishra on Nikon D850 with a 35mm lens at f/1.8, ISO 800 and shutter speed 1/500 sec.

It’s always a challenge to create something new and unique at a wedding and one that we welcome happily. Nothing gets our creative juices flowing like the drive to create special images for our couples and their families. If there are any other images you would like us to go into detail, please comment and let us know! We would also love to hear your behind-the-scenes stories!

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Him and I | A Phuket Destination Pre-Wedding Story

The story of an awesome couple in love taking Phuket by storm

When we spoke to Sanya and Aman about their pre-wedding a few months ago, they were sure that they wanted something casual and real. And after spending a little time with them, we knew that it was going to be amazing! They had a playful chemistry and were very comfortable with each other. After all, they’d been together for more than ten years!

Pre-wedding couple shoot
Pre-wedding couple shoot

The two days in Phuket with these two was almost like a vacation with friends. We followed the two around Phuket as they roamed on the streets of Phuket Old Town, danced in Illuzion, took a ride in the famous Tuk-Tuk’s, hugged a tiger, and saw the beautiful sunset in Patong beach.

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Pre-wedding couple shoot in Phuket.
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Phuket.
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Phuket.
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Phuket.
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Phuket's Big Buddha.
Pre-wedding Phuket sunset couple shoot
Pre-wedding Phuket sunset couple shoot
Pre-wedding Phuket sunset couple shoot
Pre-wedding Phuket sunset couple shoot

What was interesting was that the majority of the shoot was not precisely planned or strictly scripted, as is the case with pre-wedding shoot sometimes. We just let the two be, and what we got was a couple in love having the time of their lives.

Pre-wedding couple shoot in Phuket.
Pre-wedding couple shoot in Phuket.

So gear up, and watch Sanya and Aman’s retro style VHS story “Him and I” as they take over Phuket with their sizzling chemistry!

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5 Shots We Love to Capture on a Bridal Shoot

Must-have shots for a bride on her wedding day

We love weddings! And we love shooting weddings! Through our years of experience, we know the ins and outs of a wedding day. And we know just how special it is for a bride. It’s the day you’ve been dreaming about for months, the day when all your preparations come together in a beautiful ceremony. It’s your day! But in the hustle bustle, excitement and nervousness of your day, it can be hard to remember or even take out time for photos. Which is where we, the wedding photographers, come in! We love getting creative and spending time taking bridal portraits. And while we love every aspect – the mehendi, the jewellery, the shoes – there are certain things we never forget to capture on a wedding day. Here’s a list of shots we love to capture on a bridal shoot.

#1 Lehenga shot

We know you’ve spent so many hours and days pouring over bridal magazines, visiting boutiques, following bridal trends and getting that blouse fit juuust right. All for that perfect lehenga for your wedding day. So why not let your photographer take that shot of your lehenga swaying in the wind? We love going on a hunt for that quirky place to hang our bride’s gorgeous lehengas and make it the star of the image.

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#2 Getting Ready

We love capturing the process of a girl becoming a bride. It is one of the parts of your wedding story. This is also a perfect time for us to capture fleeting emotions our bride’s go through before their wedding. Her excitement, nervousness, that beautiful bridal glow on her face. It’s also a great time to capture those intimate moments with her family while she’s getting ready. When the bride’s sister helps her put on her jewellery, or when the bride’s Mom settles that dupatta on her head. The look on the father’s face when he sees his daughter for the first time as a bride is priceless!

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#3 Bridal Portrait

All your wedding preparations for months have been leading up to this moment – when you’re finally dressed as a bride. And we love capturing our brides in all their glory! This is where we take our own sweet time to give you a portrait that transcends time and trends. We really work towards creating an image that highlights the best of you on your special day.

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#4 Bridal Entry

Now that you’re all ready, all eyes are waiting for you. And so is our camera’s lens! It’s quite heartwarming to capture the bride’s entrance with her entourage of loved ones. Every bridal entry is different. Some walk in with a phoolo ki chaadar overhead, some make an entry while their family holds sparklers, or some brides go big and enter in a grand palki. When all eyes are on her, every bride reacts differently as well. Some blush and get shy, and some dance and walk confidently through their entries. Whatever your style is, make your bridal entry and be assured that we’ll be there to make it a memory for you!

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#5 Vidaai

Vidaai ceremonies are truly heartwarming and extremely emotional moments in an Indian wedding. It’s a bittersweet moment as the bride says goodbye to her family. We love how all the emotions just burst forth during a vidaai. It’s extremely important for us to capture this moment of great sentiment as the bride leaves her family and loved ones.

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Of course, these are not the only images we create for a bride on her wedding day. We go far and beyond to give our brides what they want and deserve. Every bride is unique in her own way and her bridal shots are created to suit her style. We suggest that whatever you do, make sure you take some time out for portraits. This day will not come back again and we know from experience that you will cherish the memories from this day for life.

Any questions? Drop them in the comments and we’ll answer! If you’d like to talk about the possibility of us shooting your wedding, please contact us here. We’d love to be a part of your day!

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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.

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#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.

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#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!

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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!

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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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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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Finding a Destination Wedding Photographer in India

You’re getting married.

If you’re looking for a Destination Wedding Photographer in Goa. Or Udaipur. Or Jaipur. Or Bali. Or in Malaysia. Read on!

You’ve scoured the internet, you’ve checked Facebook, you’ve asked around…you’ve all set to plan that PERFECT wedding. Here are five simple things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect Destination Wedding Photographer for your perfect wedding!(Psst, to see more of our work – visit our showcase here).  To check our availability, get in touch with us here! [/su_highlight]

#1 Don’t only look for a local photographer

Most leading photographers worth their salt travel all over the world on assignment. It doesn’t matter where you’re getting married…your photographer will come to you! While there can be certain advantages to hiring a local photographer in the location you’re getting married in (like them knowing the place, saving on travel costs etc.), chances are that smaller places may not have high calibre talent locally available. Find a photographer you LOVE – regardless of where they’re based. Chances are that they’ll be more than happy to travel to your wedding at no extra cost! Moreover, foreign locations won’t have photographers who know Indian weddings inside out.

#2 Invest the time

You’ve chosen the place to get married in for a variety of reasons. One of them will certainly be the fact that the location will be gorgeous. Remember, after the years pass – it’s your wedding photos that will bring your wedding memories to vivid life. Choose a destination wedding photographer who will be able to take spectacular pre- and/or post-wedding photos for you that will leverage the location as much as your wedding. Spend the extra day with your photographer either before or after on a couples shoot…these pictures will really stand out in your wedding album.

#3 Three’s a crowd, four a mob

Many times, wedding photographers land up with an army of assistant photographers and their assistants in turn. In addition, the video team will have their own set of people. All in all, there could be upwards of 10-12 people whose job it is to shoot your wedding. At times like this, you have to ask yourself…do you really need so many people shooting your destination wedding? Well, if you ask me – maybe, and maybe not. I prefer to err on the side of a smaller team – and a team that is trained to be inconspicuous. The last thing a professional wedding photographer wants is to spoil the experience for the bride or her guests. Discretion is key. Discuss this with your photographer and make sure you have the right number of people at your wedding.

 

4. Consider honeymoon shoots

Did you know that certain photographers may agree to spend a day or so with you during your honeymoon? There are plenty of advantages to this:

  1. Many couples (especially those who go to non-English speaking locations) come back with “long-arm” pictures – the ones where you hold the camera out while trying to fit yourself into the frame and click. Mostly because it’s difficult asking for people to take your photo
  2. Moreover, you wind up with pictures that you take of each other. You take mine, I take yours. What about ours!
  3. Lastly, the photos just don’t do the place justice.

Ask your photographer to do a couple shoot of you during your honeymoon. You’ll come back with WOW pictures of the gorgeous place you were at, much to the envy of all your friends! If nothing else, there’s this really strange trend that’s starting to pick up.

 

#5 Have you taken your make-up artiste with you?

The relationship between a bride and her MUA (make-up artist) is truly a love-hate one. But after shooting many, many weddings and having seen this relationship first hand…I can tell you that there are times an MUA has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help a bride in need. If the destination wedding you’re planning has good talent locally available, then that’s great! However, remember that especially in foreign locales – makeup styles may be very different than what goes into your big fat Indian Wedding. Make sure you’ve thought of this!

 

#5 Share the love with your guests

Many photographers will help you create smaller “give-away” wedding albums apart from your main wedding album. It’ll be a nice surprise for your guests to receive a small give-away album with pictures from the wedding in the gorgeous location you’ve picked.

To see more of our work, check out our photography showcase here!