A magical wedding story from the beautiful mountains, this wedding is incredibly special and close to our hearts.
Devyani & Siva’s wedding in the hills of Mussorie at JW Mariott was a beautiful celebration of their love. From meeting first time at Mastercard office in US and taking a leap of faith for love, their journey has been nothing short of magical. They are such fun loving souls, that it feels like a party always around them. Before you head to the photos, immerse in their soulful wedding film – Leap of Love.
After a whirlwind romance across beautiful locations around the globe, Miloni and Nihar got married at Della Resorts, Lonavala. The best part – their pet son, Rancho was a part of the charming festivities spread across two days. It was a crazy affair, filled with happiness, joy and unlimited dances. Here is the story leading to #NVMilove.
About – Nihar & Miloni
Nihar, our groom, is a chemical engineer by profession. He grew up in Mumbai and moved to the states for university. Miloni, our bride is a psychologist by profession, and bakes cakes in her free time. Miloni grew up in Belgium and moved to London for university. Nihar and Miloni were introduced by Miloni’s best friend. Nihar was living in Dallas at the time and Miloni in Antwerp then. They connected over WhatsApp and FaceTime, and very early on they both were sure about each other. The first time Miloni and Nihar met in person was in Toronto, at Pearson International Airport. Miloni was attending a conference in Toronto, and Nihar decided to travel to see her. They had a magical time, including spending a day at Niagara Falls. They next met in Dallas, where Miloni met Nihar’s golden retriever, Rancho, for the first time. They were sure about being together, and they let their parents know of this. A few months later, both the families united in Antwerp. They were delighted to share Miloni and Nihar’s engagement to their family and friends. After all their travels and ventures abroad, Miloni and Nihar decided to settle in Mumbai.
Miloni and Nihar decided to tell their story chronologically through their wedding events. Each event was designed to be the cities they met and spent time in: – Welcome Lunch: Toronto, Canada – Mehendi: Dallas, USA – Sangeet: Antwerp, Belgium – London Lunch: London, UK – Wedding: Mumbai, India
Here is their very fun wedding film 🙂
Day 1 – Welcome & Haldi
Nihar’s side of the family put up at the Dukes Retreat, Lonavala, and Miloni’s side was put up at Della Resorts, Lonavala. The festivities started with Nihar and his parents welcoming guests, proceeded by dhol and crazy dance. Let us tell you that dance was the major highlight of this wedding, and loads of dance and craziness shall follow in this blog. Lets first start with the Welcome Dance.
Met our groom – Nihar: The one thing that will immediately strike you when you meet Nihar is that he is totally a people’s person, he is also the “center of attraction at every party” and also dance runs through his genes.
Nihar & his friends were a close-knit group. They were always there for Nihar, and up to crazy antics. We got to witness the crazy and warm side of Nihar’s friends throughout the wedding.
Post the welcome dances, it was time for Nihar’s Haldi. And our groom was not spared at all. We saw an epic Haldi where – Nihar’s clothes were torn, and thereafter his face was smeared with schezwan sauce, chutney, butter, raita and what not. Post the haldi aftermath, the friends were kind enough to escort our groom for a shower too.
Day – 1 Mehendi Ceremony
Post the Haldi, we headed to Della Resorts, where our gorgeous bride Miloni was getting ready for the Mehendi ceremony.
Meet our bride – Miloni: The one thing which is spectacular about Miloni is her smile, beautiful and genuine in every way. Her attention to detail is just remarkable and she goes out of her way to make her closed ones feel special.
The Mehendi ceremony celebrated the Texan culture of Dallas, where Nihar & Miloni met for the second time. Miloni wore a stunning lemon and pale blue Anita Dongre lehenga with multicolored motifs that matched the color palette of the decor. Nihar wore a green kurta with yellow waist-coat. Miloni & Nihar were delighted that Della Resort is dog-friendly that enabled their pet dog, Rancho to be a part of all their ceremonies. Rancho is a crucial part of their lives and complete their family now. It was quite obvious that we wanted to include Rancho for their couple shoot 🙂
And when Rancho joined them for their Mehendi ceremony entry, it was beautiful and overwhelming and beautiful in every way
Our bride and groom are really a riot, when they are together. The energy they bring out together is tremendous. They totally love each other’s company and enjoy making memories together
Friends and Family are truly the sunshine of Life. Nihar & Miloni’s wedding saw such great bonds of friendship – revisiting old ones while creating new ones. Also, time to introduce Niomi, Nihar’s sister who shares a great bond with Miloni.
The last photograph in this series is a proof.
Mehendi ceremony thereafter, saw performances and garba. It was beautiful as energetic performances went through the entire afternoon, till the wee hours of the evening. We were tired from back to back shoots the same week, but somehow the energy at the garba really got to us, and we had so much fun documenting the dance performances. Guess that’s the magic and beauty of garba and gujarati weddings!
Day 1 – Sangeet
The diamond capital of the planet, Antwerp, which has been Miloni’s home was the perfect inspiration for the glitzy sangeet night with shimmering crystals, twinkling lights, and a glamorous blue glow that ruled the evening of dance and music, and of course Belgian waffles. This is how the evening started as we started documenting stories from Miloni’s room. Miloni has two beautiful sisters – Pasmi & Saloni, who were by her side throughout along with her mom.
Miloni’s embellished blue lehenga by Seema Gujral was chosen to sync in with the theme colour of the sangeet night – blue. And she looked stunning in every way.
This is how Nihar and Miloni entered and all the eyes, undoubtedly were on them.
Dance was the major highlight of this wedding, we repeat ourselves again. The evening saw some amazing next-level performances. Here is how the first half of the evening looked like. Starting with our groom, Nihar who rocked the stage.
Followed by our bride, Miloni who really danced away all her happiness with killer thumkas.
We also got to witness some family moments and family performances.
And then followed by performances of the friends.
Our bride and groom were surely having a great time.
The next performance was featuring the couple themselves. And, they surely won many hearts with their special performance.
Time for our bride to put her feelings through her solo performance through the song “Teri Ore”
Finally, after all the energetic performances came to an end with the favourite song of the season ” Sauda Khara Khara
The audience kept cheering for more.
Soon, the stage was taken over by Singer Dilesh Doshi, and he ensured that the rocking evening continues.
We also witnessed Nihar singing and everyone cheered through. Surely, it was amazing.
And the night ended with all happy memories. Along with them, we too danced a bit.
Day 2 – London Lunch
A British-themed lunch was hosted the following day to celebrate Nihar and Miloni’s time in London.
The day began with our bride basking in the glorious morning sun.
Nihar’s side at Dukes Retreat Resort saw a very fun morning with some interesting games – Banjo and Bingo
Day 2 – Wedding
Nihar’s Getting Ready Story : The mood at Nihar’s room was very chilled out, filled with hustle and bustle, and ofcourse had Rancho who kept everyone around happy and entertained
Thereafter, our groom started getting ready in the company of his friends and Rancho.
Special mention here to Atish, who is Nihar’s best friend and best man, and was there for him throughout. Even when our groom needed band-aid
Nihar was very particular that he would not take portraits alone. And he didn’t let us take his solo portraits on the first day. But we convinced and managed his portraits on the wedding day. We are sure he doesn’t regret now for the same
The party thereafter proceeded inside for a few rituals and some fun photos
Miloni’s Getting Ready Story : Miloni had her best friend Bhavi inside her room, while she got ready. Bhavi is also the one who played cupid and made the match of Nihar & Miloni
Also, we made couple portrait of Nihar and Miloni, in the nick of time just before Nihar headed for his baraat. We swear the second photograph was impromptu, thanks to our bride Miloni
We made portraits with Miloni and Rancho. For the wedding, Miloni wore a pastel Kalki Lehenga. It’s interesting to mention that Rancho also matched his outfit with his mommy. Rancho’s customized sherwani was designed by Miloni. Don’t they look cutest?
Miloni’s girl gang kept her entertained throughout, and we had to make some photos with them.
Nihar’s baraat was one of the most epic baraats we have ever witnessed. The baraat went on for almost three hours. The friends and family danced their way to begin Nihar’s new journey.
It was so overwhelming to see the family bonding at the baraat.
An emotional moment for Miloni and her mom. Her sister, Saloni also joins in. From Antwerp to Mumbai, Miloni’s life is going to change now.
But, all is well that ends with a “ladoo” & “photo” 🙂
Wait there is more. Its the same day Miloni got her PhD (Doctorate) degree. She joked later, that she got degree & dulha the same day.
Like an amazing husband, Nihar broke out the news to everyone present there. Kudos to Miloni’s hard-work, and the celebrations just doubled, and her wedding day will be memorable forever. This is how the festivities ended 🙂
Thank you Miloni & Nihar, and the entire Sanghvi & Vakil families for all the love. It was absolutely great to be a part of your wedding.
Advice for Couples Miloni shares, “The entire experience became smooth sailing once we identified our strengths and focused on those. Nihar managed the technical aspects, and I took lead on all things creative. This joint effort helped to pull our wedding together without chaos. Learn to pick your battles instead of locking horns over every decision.”
Love happens when it’s meant to be, persevering through distance or time.
So was it for Saumya, a fiercely independent girl who’s lived life on her own terms and Anuranjan, fondly and lovingly called Anu, a kind-hearted doctor based in Manchester.
Their love story began in Glasgow where they met through mutual friends and slowly but steadily gathered pace online. After combating long distance, the duo finally decided to tie the knot on the shores of Mumbai. We first met them for their pre weddding shoot at Sets in the City 🙂
Haldi The festivities kick-started with a playful Haldi function, where the couple made a dashing entry surrounded by colorful smoke bombs. Replete with dhols, boliyan, and an ornate swing, the decor stuck to true tradition with its yellow and orange color palette
Cocktail and Sangeet The sangeet/cocktail night was a dazzling affair, which had everyone up on their feet dancing to their heart’s content on the floor. With drinks flowing freely, everyone was in high spirits as Saumya and Anu along with their friends displayed their story in the form of a unique musical skit which was then followed by several dance performances.
Pool Party The pool party had everyone mingling freely as they danced to the peppy beats and splashed in the pool. A light & breezy chill party to wind down before the wedding festivities
With a distinctly Hawaiian feel, the party included pool and drinking games that kept everyone entertained
Wedding Held under the beautiful sky by the Arabian Sea, their beachside wedding was a celebration dipped in culture and colors. Saumya made her way gracefully down the aisle towards Anu, under the phoolon ki chaddar supported by her brothers amongst whom was the famed Bollywood director Nitesh Tiwari. Accompanying him was his wife, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari who is also a director. It was a beautiful celebration which had our hearts.
Important Wedding Makers : 1. Photography : Soumi Goswami (KnotsbyAMP) 2. Wedding Planning : Doli Sajake Rakhna 3. Venue : The Resorts, Madh-Marve 4. Decor : Vows & Bliss
When we asked Sairam his take on love, he stated “Pyaar Dosti Hai”. And this is a story when two best friends married each other. Yes, total “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” feels. Another interesting part, Sairam & Pooja are neighbours in the same building, Soumya Towers in Chembur. And their journey from neighbours to friends to lovers brewed from there!
For the longest time, we wanted to shoot a full-fledged tamil wedding. We have ofcourse shot many of them (Akhil – Shruti, Swati – Yash ), but majorly they were all cross culture weddings, having one essence of tamil wedding, blended with the other culture. And thats when some time in October last year, we got a call from Sairam for the coverage of his wedding. Both Sairam & Pooja are tamilians. Since both of them stay in the same building, it was easy to have a meeting with both of them, plus their families. And soon we were on-board for their wedding in January 2019.
The wedding festivities spanned for three days, starting from the mehendi. Dressed in yellow & surrounded with all happy vibes were how Sairam & Pooja started their mehendi function, and we got to document a lot of happy stories there. It was followed by a very fun sangeet function in the evening. Friends & family danced their hearts out and it was such an amazing sight to see. The next day was followed by dance and engagement. The finale day was the wedding day. Pooja started getting ready very early in the morning and we started documenting the process from her house. What followed thereafter was beautiful, colourful & striking tamil wedding.
Pooja’s choice of saree & jewellery is worth mentioning here. She looked stunning in all the sarees Credits to MUA @shruthijulta for creating magic with her looks. Also, Sairam is hands down our quirkiest groom, his expressions says it all!
Let us watch their beautiful wedding film before we head to the photos.
From Friendzone to the Endzone: Naiya and Darshan’s Desi Beach Wedding in Kenya
What would you say if your brother prophesizes your wedding with the girl you had just met? This is the magical story of the lovely couple Darshan and Naiya, both NRIs residing in Uganda & Kenya respectively, who met at their friend’s wedding in 2014 and parted ways. A chance meeting brought them together again, where they became friends and stayed friends for a long time (much to Darshan’s dismay), before finally transforming into a couple (much to Darshan & Naiya’s joy), who decided to spend eternity together. We were so happy to be a part of their beautiful beach wedding when called by the duo, who wanted the Best Wedding photographers in India to capture their wedding held at Nyali Resorts, Mombasa, Kenya.
Naiya, a hotelier from Nairobi and Darshan, an industrialist from Uganda, are both Gujratis settled in the Pardes, with shudh desi hearts, something that shone through all the ceremonies they held, be it the Sangeet, the Mehendi, or the Holi Pool Party – which made for great fun and some amazing photos!
The wedding festivities kicked off with an African themed-party. Balancing their African roots with their Indian heritage, the event had enthralling performances showcased by the African dancers. It was a true delight to capture the two love birds, who were decked up in traditional jazzy African attires, having an absolute blast with friends and family, as they shimmied the night away.
If Day One was a rocker, Day Two was nothing less of Rockfest! What started as a Haldi-applying ceremony, soon saw many more colors thrown in. We reached the pool to find the air lit up with an array of colors, as people drenched each other in water and played Holi to their heart’s content. True to their party animal spirits, the merriment continued throughout the day, into the evening, with the Sangeet ceremony, followed by yet another round of, you guessed it, a DJ party!
D-day arrived and saw the handsome couple turn up in color coordinating outfits as they walked down the wedding Mandap. The Palatial look of the Venue, with the attires worn by the guests, gave us major #Royaltyfeels. With the Var Malas exchanged and Vows said, Naiya officially became Darshan’s wife! The Vidai, as she rightly puts it, should be seen as an happy affair, for although you are moving away from your family, you are also moving towards the life of your dreams, with the person you love. The photos we captured are the testimony of that love. Naiya was extremely overjoyed when she saw these photos & the film and stated “KnotsbyAMP – Best Choice Ever”. We wish you two nothing but a lifetime of happiness and abundance. Look on!
Before you head down to see the photos, have a look at the short film we made.