Ishita & Snehasish : Lavasa

Ishita & Snehasish : Lavasa

Ishita & Snehasish : Lavasa

Ishita & Snehasish, are one couple we came across, who are totally pumped up and are always at the edge of their seats when it comes to planning and executing — their Pre-wedding & Wedding! You have to see their kickass pre-wedding shoot to believe us when we say that! 

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLUkuFyio20

Dating each other since a decade, knowing each other in and out, they still have those cute moments of immense love and intense playfulness. Re-creating some of their favorite memories and never shying away from trying new things, we had a ball in Lavasa, where we shot their pre-wedding. Exploring the coloured walls, strolling the streets in a cycle and lighting up their smiles in the night, each frame has a story from that crazy day. Ishita ensured our energy were restored from time to time with tea breaks and small stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hans & Avantika: The court wedding

Hans & Avantika: The court wedding

Hans & Avantika: The court wedding

We all must admit that most of us men have at least once or more have fantasized about getting married in a court. The brevity, simplicity and yes the savings coupled with absence of long guest-lists and annoying relatives make it a icing on the cake. While I didn’t have the fortune of getting married in the court, but my long cherished desire to cover a court wedding was fulfilled when, through a client-reference, We got an enquiry from Hans Dalal. The groom and the bride are wildlife photographers and work for preservation of wildlife at Tadoba National Park, Maharastra. It is always a privilege when you are selected by photographers to shoot their wedding and more so when they are such distinguished set of people trying to make this world a better place for everyone.

Hans despite suffering from cerebral palsy was a sound engineer who worked on many Bollywood scores before getting into wildlife conservation. The bride, Avantika Chandra, worked in the airline industry with KLM before two of them started their NGO – PROWL.

 

 

Jasjeet & Ansh: Lonavala

Jasjeet & Ansh: Lonavala

Jasjeet & Ansh: Lonavala

Jasjeet and Anshadeep were very particular that they wanted their pre-wedding shoot in natural environment amidst scenic beauty, Moreover they wanted something closer to Mumbai, so Pawna lake in Lonavala came across as the obvious choice. So while we decided on Pawna to be our destination, we took full advantage of the natural treasures that lay en-route. As they say, journey is more beautiful than the destination. So, while you will see a lot of photographs are around Pawna Lake, a significant number were taken all over Lonavala. For this shoot we preferred environmental portraits than using different props as we didn’t want to keep the frames simple and more about the silent symphony of their chemistry and the splendid beauty of the nature.

 

 

Jyotika & Ravi: Kannadiga-Bangalore wedding

Jyotika & Ravi: Kannadiga-Bangalore wedding

Jyotika & Ravi: Kannadiga-Bangalore wedding

 

On 16th May, 2016 we covered Jyotika & Ravi’s wedding in Bangalore as a part of a promise which we made when Jyotika won in our Facebook contest for free wedding photography. She was super excited and could barely sleep the night she came to know of results.

She visited our boutique in Mumbai with lot of excitement which made us realize how our work can make someone so happy. This was a huge responsibility and it made us more determined to deliver her our best.

So it was decided that Anupam and Sunny would cover her wedding in Bangalore. On arrival at Bangalore airport, Anupam was gripped with Nostalgia where he had spent more than 2 years of his life fresh after graduation. When we arrived at the venue – Saraswati Convention Centre at Magadi Road, Jyotika had started to get ready. At the entrance we met her father who was visibly happy and told us that he loved photography himself. When we met Jyotika her fears were put to rest, whether we would really make it for her wedding. 
 The day was set for an early morning marriage with traditional Hindu customs and rites as prevalent in Karnataka. As a matter of fact the customs on groom’s side were a bit different compared to the bride as they belonged to different parts of the same state. India’s diversity in culture is clearly evident in its weddings. Every place has its own set of customs and traditions and it also depends on the community to which one belongs. This very diversity makes our job as documentary photography so interesting. For all its diversity the common threads of similar beliefs are also well reflected in many customs – for eg. Kashi Yatra, Kanyadan, the Pheras, the Promises, Mangalsutra, Antarpat etc. Our experience with the richness and diversity of Indian weddings can very well form a good subject for PhD research. 
Like all Indian weddings there are a number of functions that happen in a Kannadiga wedding. Jyotika chose to wear different Kanjeevaram and Silk sarees for her functions adorned with elegant and simple Gold jewellery . For the wedding she looked splendid in a cream white and orange Kanjeevaram while Ravi looked every bit the proverbial tall, dark and handsome in the traditional silk dhoti with zari border with white and gold pagdi. During the fun couple shoot the ladies quipped to see his abs which made him blush.
As it was a early morning wedding we were happy to start the day early with beautiful early morning hours perfect lighting for photographs. We had great fun shooting their wedding and photos came out just as kickass as we had hoped.

A week later while we were shooting Ameya and Anuradha’s wedding (next on the blog) in Mumbai we met Jyotika’s dad again and he couldn’t help but exclaim, “You guys are shooting everywhere!”

We tried to keep the photographs as documentary, candid and non intrusive in nature as we could and we hope you like them. If any of you is getting married in Bangalore and would like to hire us, give us a shout. We are in absolute love with Bangalore and its culture. In August we would be covering one more wedding in one of the most beautiful venues of Bangalore for weddigns — Ganjam Mantapa, near Bull Temple. 

But for now just experience the photographs from this elegant and simple South Indian Wedding and let us know in the comments how you find the photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harshit & Kinjal : Acres Club gujrati wedding

Harshit & Kinjal : Acres Club gujrati wedding

Harshit & Kinjal : Acres Club gujrati wedding

 Some stories are created with the sheer presence of wide smiles and true love. Harshit and Kinjal, with whom we spent a second innings on their wedding day, are just the kinds who would make photography truly pleasurable. After their Bollywood clad pre-wedding shoot it was a day we all were looking forward to capture. Harshit a CA and Kinjal a dentist, met through their families and this arranged marriage blends so beautifully that one cannot believe how young their love is. The eternal smile on their faces when they look at each other and the endless excitement defines their wedding day!
The wedding took place on the 2nd of February at Acres Club in Chembur. The bride’s flawless make-up team made sure that the groom held his breath when he saw her. A bunch of fun-loving people who didn’t miss to take a shot of any side of the bride’s glowing face and were captured in action in several of our pictures. The Baarat arrived at the venue at noon headed by beautiful cousins, energetic friends, charged up relatives and non-stop band-baaja, all moving to the tunes of Garba and celebrating the most joyous moment of the groom’s life. The groom sat in the car with his sister who was carrying a small bell in her hand, which in the Gujarati tradition is said to protect the groom from evil eyes. As the Baraatis entered the venue, the bride and the groom exchanged Varmala, after going through the intense struggle of reaching out to each other at unusual heights. The wedding followed through the other rituals of kanyadaan, pheras and Bidai. The bride’s mother always carried a mixed feeling of joy and remorse, seeing her little princess starting a new life. Often behind her wide smile she hid her tears, which she finally let lose during Bidai. Both the families together created a huge funfair at the wedding where every moment was lived with full energy and enthusiasm.