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.
Wedding is a celebration that brings together the dearest of one’s relations with a reason to rejoice the new bond between two people. In the Indian culture these reasons are multiplied by having several facets to them. Engagement being the smaller promise to commit with each other for a lifetime, is the first of the many days of excitement to wedding. Photographing an engagement, which is more personal, has its own charm. Especially when the family is known and the environment is so humble. After shooting Nishita’s Tulsi Vivaah it was more exciting to photograph his brother Saahil’s engagement with the gorgeous to-be bride, Shivani. The engagement happened in a Lakshmi Narayan temple in Vile Parle. Just like a snapshot from a fairytale, Saahil went down on his keens to propose Shivani. The two began their journey towards a new life with the blessings of their family and friends. The wide smiles and vibrant joy on everyone’s faces, lit up the engagement day, blessing Saahil and Shivani the best to come!