Multicutural Wedding in Ambarnath, Thane.

Multicutural Wedding in Ambarnath, Thane.

Multicutural Wedding in Ambarnath, Thane.

At AMP we have shot diverse weddings starting from Tulsi Vivaah, Sangeet party, Catholic wedding, many kinds of Hindu weddings and almost everything under the sun. Just as we were about to define diversity we stumbled upon Mayank and Roshni’s wedding that had it all in one. A true celebration of love that is bound by no culture. The joy of being together for a life time, flashed with the same energy and enthusiasm in all forms. If someone has taken mixing of diverse genes for superior progeny most seriously, it has to be them.

While Mayank is half punjabi and half malayali christian, Roshni comes from a Mangalorean Hindu family. Their union is perfect example of unity in diversity of India and how love can bring two different families together. 

Their wedding was a three day affair. While Mayank knew Anupam from school, when Roshini stumbled across our work on facebook she suggested that they hire us. This came as a no-brainer to Mayank, and we were on-board to capture this amazing wedding. 

The wedding took place in Ambarnath, Thane. The pre-wedding jitters were expressed in the form of endless dancing and a bunch of cocktails. The ambience was all set for a three day long gala wedding. The next day began with the Bride and the Groom taking the vows at the altar. Roshini was dressed in an alluring white gown with a glittery tiara on her head. Mayank walked into the church in a black suit and bow tie. The wedding was followed by an evening reception where Roshini wore a pink lahenga and of course, her dazzling smile! It is worth mentioning that the couple’s enthusiasm for the photographs was immense and during the couple shoot where couples generally get tired after 15-20 minutes of exploring the venue for perfect backdrops for some classy and memorable couple photographs, they were super thrilled to go on till 3 am in the night. Most weddings end there, but given the dynamite of energy that these guys were, this wasn’t the end!

The third and most fascinating day of ceremonies began when Roshini stepped down in a stunning purple saree for going through a Mangalorean style wedding. The ambience of the wedding suddenly changed into one with Nadaswaram and Thavil (shehnai and drums) pepping up the mood, gorgeous ladies in silk sarees and men wrapped in traditional munds. The ceremony began with a morning pooja followed by pheras. Roshini changed into a traditional Orange Kanjeevaram saree for the pheras. Throughout the wedding Mayank and Roshini enjoyed the energy in the room for their union. The day ended with this zealous couple walking to a 12th century ancient temple in Ambarnath, where we captured some of their shots with the magnificent architecture in the background. This wedding gave us so many opportunities to just keeping on capturing the marvel of so many cultures. We saw the couple walking the isle and taking the vows at the altar and then saw them the next day holding hands around the sacred fire. Love is indeed defined by the sparkle of smiles on the faces of the two people, whether in a church or a temple. 

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Two States Wedding

Two States Wedding

Two States Wedding

One wedding that instantly comes to my mind whenever someone mentions the Two States movie is of Shruti and Ankit. While their families came from two different cultures, they mingled with each other very well without the usual shenanigans . While the bride was a Tamil Brahmin the groom hailed from Gujrat. They had a four day celebration in western suburbs with Sangeet, Mehandi, Wedding and Reception on all separate days. Just like the Two states movie the wedding venue was a temple in Dahisar, Vithal Rukhumai Mandir. A modern multi-story temple with its own banquet albeit not an ancient one with granite pillars. 

Their functions kick-started with  Sangeet function in an open lawn setup which was full of enthralling and fun-filled performances. The photographs certainly do a better job of describing the excitement of the day. Shruti wore kurta styled lehanga designed by her friend Namrata who was a fashion designer while Ankit wore a sherwani.

 The wedding day started early in the morning. While the bride started to get ready at 6 am, the baraat started at Ankit’s house at 6.30 am and the baraat reached the venue by 7.30 am. Ankit and Shruthi got married by both Tamilian and Gujrati traditions. For her Tamil wedding, the bride wore a pure silk Kanjivaram saree and accessorized her look with a stern gold Kamarbandh and multi-strand gold maathapatti patterned with beads. Ankit wore a traditional South-Indian groom’s outfit, a white dhoti and angavastram and complimented Shruti perfectly. Their wedding was full of traditional ceremonies, one of which included, the “Oonjal”, in which the couple are made to sit on a swing which is rocked gently. The swing’s oscillating motion is a message to the couple that they must stay strong together during both, the challenges and the joys of life.

The most emotional part of this delightful marriage was the Kannika Dhanam. An emotional wedding ritual practiced in South Indian culture, in which the father of the bride gives away his beloved daughter to the groom. Every stunning photograph taken at this wedding speaks of the efforts we put to nail the lighting and bring out the story. We wanted to give it a warm tone which was difficult considering the bad lighting in the hall. So we got cinema lights and bounced them from the ceiling at every corner and that did the trick. 

Let’s have a look at a few of their precious moments captured so perfectly!  Let us start with the wedding day.

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