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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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London to Delhi Wedding Photography Story: Sarika + Avin, New Delhi

A (Lutyens) New Delhi Wedding Photography Story

Sarika and Avin were married recently, in a lovely, east-meets-west wedding in the heart of New Delhi. They both live in London and have spent most of their adult lives in UK. They first met at a party a few years ago, started to whatsapp each other until they hit the point of no return! And what a lovely couple they make…

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Even though Sarika left India when she was a child, she visits often and has a great fascination for Lutyens Delhi – the history, the monuments, the planned city, the greenery and beauty of it. As Delhi Wedding Photographers, we love it! She decided that whenever she was to marry, it would be in New Delhi and that too the prettiest part of it. Avin, who hasn’t been to India more than once, apart from his own wedding trip, was more than happy to help Sarika’s dream (wedding) come true. So they had their wedding – spread across lovely locations like The Park, New Delhi, the Shanghri-La and a lovely bungalow on Ashoka Road.

To fit in with Sarika’s love for the history and monuments of Delhi, we did their pre-wedding shoot at the Humayun’s Tomb in Nizamuddin.

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The official festivities kicked off with Sarika’s mehendi

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The mehendi festivities spilled over into the evening, with speeches and live folk music.

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The next day began with Sarika’s haldi

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Which turned into a haldi plastering contest!

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The evening involved some more speeches, videos and trips down memory lane, fun games, lots of dancing and Sarika-Avin masks for everyone!

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The wedding itself was a lovely early evening affair at Ashoka Road…

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The reception was held in true western style, with speeches, champagne, cake cutting, a first dance and then lots of dancing!

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Here’s to one of the most beautiful weddings this season. We wish them all the happiness in the world…

You can also view their wedding movie here:

The Grand Love Story ~ Sarika + Avin from Arjun Kartha Photography on Vimeo.


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, Kuala Lampur etc. Read each Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!

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Recap: APEX – Arjun Kartha Wedding Photography Workshop, Oct 2014 New Delhi

Recap: The APEX – Arjun Kartha Wedding Photography Workshop, New Delhi Oct 2014.

Phew! It’s been a week since the workshop, and we’re back in the office after had an amazing time! Here’s a quick post with lots of behind-the-scenes fun moments with the batch, as well as a selection of some of the images we shot during the two-day session! 

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When we announced the Wedding Workshop on the blog earlier in October, we were blown away by the response and the interest shown by folks wanting to attend it. Sadly, we had decided to only have 15 slots to be able to give personal attention to everyone. Despite not being able to accommodate more participants, the experience was an exhilarating one — interacting with a group of photographers who are as passionate about wedding photography as we are. The attendees ranged from those who are still in photography school to a 47 year old veteran photojournalist.

As some of you may know, after actually taking photos at weddings, our second favourite thing to do is talk about photography. And this workshop gave us just the right space to do so. The workshop weekend was full of energetic discussions and live shoot modules, during which we shared ideas and demonstrated techniques; then we gave each participant an opportunity to try it out for themselves. We had much more fun than we anticipated and, believe it or not, learned a few things ourselves.

Models & make-up artists were hired, outfits sourced and a mandap/vedi created! It was almost like planning a real mini-wedding. Almost.

We began both days with some theory — discussing subjects like styles and trends in wedding photography, what to expect while shooting a wedding, equipment recommendations, a-day-in-the-life-of etc.

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The live shoot module for Day 1 was held at Mehrauli Archaeological Park which, believe it or not, consists of 100 or more historically significant monuments. We are officially in love with this location. It’s beautiful and it provided us with the perfect space to give all the participants some shoot time. The idea was to simulate a pre-wedding session with a couple, and to be able to give the participants ideas and practice to be able to think on their feet while creating the perfect shot. 

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The AKP support team as well as the inevitable curious bystanders added to the fun and madness.

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Here are a few of our favourite images we shot from the Day 1 shoot:

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Our favourite shot from the day would have to be this one — it also helped demonstrate photography techniques in low light settings. akp-wedding-photography-workshops-Delhi-October-38

Day 2 began with more discussions on image curation, photo processing, album design and Wedding Photography as a business in India.

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The second live shoot module was that of boudoir photography and bridal portraiture…

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Here are some of our favourite images we shot from this module…

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Next was our carefully created mandap, where we simulated the important stages of a typical North Indian Hindu wedding.

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And one last one, to remember the batch by!

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Credits – Day 1

Location: Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Models:
Akanksha Sareen & Vaibhav Keswani

Outfits: Models’ Own
Makeup & Hair: Makeup Mafia

Credits – Day 2

Location: APEX Basement Studio and Terrace
Models:
Akanksha Sareen & Vaibhav Keswani

Outfits: Mad Sam Tin Zin (for Akanksha) and Shashank & Prajwal (for Vaibhav)
Makeup & Hair: Makeup Mafia

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Delhi Engagement Photography Story: Karishma + Aditya, Taj Mahal Hotel, India

A New Delhi Engagement Photography Story

Karishma and Aditya got engaged a few weeks ago in New Delhi, at the lovely Taj Mahal Hotel. When Karishma and her mother came to meet us for the very first time, we joked around with her about how she is too young to be talking about marriage – literally. She’s a design student at Pearl, barely in her final year! But 2 minutes of chatting with her and we just knew she was smitten!

After countless conversations within the family about “looking out for a good match for her”, Karishma warily gave in to exploring the idea of (an arranged) marriage, based on the assumption that it would take quite a while to find one. By then, she was sure that she would feel ready to get married. Little did she know that the very first meeting with the very first “proposal” would feel so right.

They hit it off instantly and, even during the engagement, obviously couldn’t keep their thoughts, eyes or hands off each other. They share such a lovely chemistry that it was a real pleasure to spend time shooting their special day.

We began by joining Karishma while she got ready for her big day...

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She tried very hard to keep a straight face while we cracked some very silly and very inappropriate jokes!

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And our very favourite portrait of her…

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A quick moment with her family before the madness began…

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And here we go with the grand entry…

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We love this space at Taj so much — of course, the hotel staff is predictably dignified and more than a little serious – they wouldn’t allow any photos even a few steps outside the venue hired for the event. So we had to work very quietly and very quickly on these!

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There was a lot of excitable meet-and-greet between the couple and their families…

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Then came the engagement and the families blessed the couple. And fed them lots of sweets, in true Indian style.

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The newly engaged and ecstatic couple…

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Before we wrapped up for the night, we snuck them away for a few portraits. Under the radar from the hotel staff, obviously!

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Can’t wait for their wedding! Congratulations, once again, Karishma & Aditya!

 

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 Indian Candid Wedding Photography story to know how it all happened!

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Oz to India – A Wedding Photography Story in Delhi: Nikita + Sameer

Wedding photography is a curious thing – we truly believe that some marriages are created in heaven…even if they are arranged here on Earth! Nikita and Sameer wed a few weeks ago in the NCR and we had such a wonderful time shooting their wedding. Even though we do this for a living, it is always an incredible experience to be around a couple who are deeply in love.

Nikita & Sameer both live in Australia, as their families relocated there many years ago. Sameer’s parents saw Nikita at a friends home, during a Puja and instantly decided that they just had to introduce her to their son. The attraction and connection between the two young people was fairly instantaneous too — not very long after they met and began to date, Sameer organised an elaborate day out for Nikita, going around town in a carriage, and proposed! She obviously said yes, after which they met up with the parents to celebrate and seal the deal.

They decided to have the wedding in India, where both their families are from. The wedding in Delhi was a one-day affair, held at the Kempinski hotel in Ghaziabad. It was a medium sized affair, but so full of love, laughter and camaraderie that it was a delight to shoot.

We managed to squeeze in a small couple shoot at Rajpath in Central Delhi.

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Oh, we just LOVE central Delhi!

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#HAPPY! We’re happy too!

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Curious bystanders notwithstanding – we just wanted to build in an element of Delhi to their wedding story

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They make such an adorable couple!

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We got in a little early, on the day of the wedding, to take a few pictures before they got ready for the wedding…

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away…and your rings together too!

Sameer had a few of his friends from Australia over for the wedding too…

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Show us your mahendi!

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Strike a pose!

 

We found a pool table near the area that was being used to place Sameer’s pagdi!

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Too many caption ideas come to mind 🙂

We loved the day(light) baraat outside the hotel…

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This would have been a nice time for a selfie

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Rocking the baarat – Australian style!

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We found a few moments alone with the bride before she made her grand entrance…

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The ceremony was simple yet beautiful…

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The simple mandap during twilight

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The happiest moment of all — laddoo time!

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Open wide..aaaaaaa!

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With a quick change of clothes, the couple returned for the reception…

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Nikita was looking gorgeous in her reception outfit too!

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Jaimala part 2…

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After a few group pictures, there was dancing…

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The first dance

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It ain’t a wedding until the epic selfie has been taken!

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There were emotional speeches…

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And, finally, the tearful Vidaai

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It really was a wonderful wedding — don’t forget to watch the trailer from their wedding movie to hear their story, from Niki & Sameer themselves…

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We wish them all the very best and a wonderful life together…