Christian Wedding Mumbai: The Monirun-way

Christian Wedding Mumbai: The Monirun-way

Christian Wedding Mumbai: The Monirun-way

 

February started with a bang with one of the most fun-filled weddings of the season so far. Love was in the air as Monisha Rao – a cabin crew at Etihad Airlines fell in love with a Varun Shetty from Fly Dubai over drinks. The two decided to get married and got in touch with us to document their special day – KnotsbyAMP style. Monisha & Varun wanted the best wedding photographers in India to capture their special day and they went ahead with booking us 11 months in advance. 

We, as wedding photographers, always look forward to white weddings for their no-nonsense, merry and jovial vibes – Monisha & Varun’s wedding was not an exception.  After two gruesome months of back-to-back shoots, hectic schedules with little to no sleep, this wedding – with more than its fair share of dance, drama, music, games.. and some more dance – was just what the doctor prescribed.

Monisha & Varun celebrated their nuptials at The St. Blaise Church, Amboli followed by a night of ‘Drinks, Dinner, and Dance’ at The Peninsula Grand Hotel.  Before their wedding ceremony, Monisha and Varun got ready at their respective residences in Andheri.  Monisha’s quaint little house served as the perfect backdrop for the honest and quirky storytelling pictures that followed. Her house was a hub of activities as the bridal entourage helped each other with their wedding attire. The buzz and chaos is palpable from the pictures and so is the excitement as the bridesmaids help the bride with her final look. The highlight being the cute little messages the two had written to one another on the sole of their shoes – Solemates indeed!!
Varun got ready with the help of his groomsmen and boy did he look dapper in his white tuxedo, complete with his uber cool wayfarers and those superman cufflinks. This was followed by a short blessing ceremony before the bride and groom’s entourage left for the church.

Monisha was escorted down the aisle by her parents as everyone in attendance including Varun looked at her in awe. Soon after there was a short mass and the ring exchange ceremony thereafter.
Churches present a unique challenge for us as photographers in the form of restricted movement during the mass. It was important that we placed ourselves such that we wouldn’t have to move much and set our lights in such a way that it didn’t restrict anyone’s view. Our tele lenses came in handy here.  We decided to get hold of the couple and their close family members soon after the nuptials for a family photograph. Couple portraits and the photos of the bride and groom entourage followed thereafter. The sheer number of pictures we have of the couple kissing each other is a testament to their chemistry.

Alcohol – Because no great story started with someone eating a salad” – This is what we first read as soon as we entered the reception venue at The Peninsula Grand and we got a rough idea of what was in store for us. The venue had a central dance floor surrounded by a banquet style seating for the guests.  The bride and groom danced their way into the venue to the tune of their favourite song . They were showered with confetti as they danced around the dance floor for a bit before settling down for the cake cutting ceremony. The champagne was popped, the best man and the maid of honor raised a toast to the bride and the groom respectively. The father/daughter dance and the first dance followed thereafter and the two were seen exchanging glances and making faces to each other throughout. This was followed by some fun games before everyone dispersed for dinner and drinks. Meanwhile, the couple decided to meet and greet their guests and we snuck in some couple portraits soon after. After everything was done and dusted, it was time to unwind as the close family and guests gathered for an after-party in the banquet hall. The party continued till late in the night and we stuck around clicking pictures until everyone decided to call it a day.

This is how the wedding was planned and executed the MONIRUN-way. Now take a moment, hold your breath to witness this beautiful wedding in KnotsbyAMP style. 

 

Mayank and Roshni: Multicutural Wedding

Mayank and Roshni: Multicutural Wedding

Mayank and Roshni: Multicutural Wedding

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.