At the outset of this beautiful year 2019, we covered one of the most grand weddings in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And there is a bit of a small back story we would like to share here.
Anupam says – “When I first got a call about a wedding in Dhaka, I hardly believed the person on the other side. A wedding planner in Kolkata approached for the so called wedding. He was infact speaking on behalf of Bangladesh’s biggest wedding planner and decorator Sygmaz. By the time the event got confirmed it was only 11 days left to complete all the visa formalities and travel arrangments. This would have otherwise been impossible considering it takes 10 days to just complete visa formalities and that too it had to be done from Kolkata. Being in Mumbai didn’t help at all. But all that was made possible by the event planners flying us business class and getting a stamped visa signed by High Commissioner in Bangladesh. This is hands down one of the most lavish wedding we have covered till date and to be frank it was a humbling experience. Especially when the bride’s father Mr Abdul Wahed, owner of DBL group is the textile king of Bangladesh. Striking thing is despite his wealth & the fame, he was very kind and humble. One thing we learnt is the people in Bangladesh have very similar values to ours and whether it is the language or traditions there was hardly any difference. The only gripe we had was that there were multiple teams almost 4 other teams which really made it a mess to cover the event. Nevertheless very proud of what we were able to manage and have only very fond memories and hope to go back to Dhaka soon.”
What started with an arranged marriage match for Sadia & Abraar, led to multiple meetings, and eventually they fell in love. And it’s such a beautiful match, Sadia says he treats her like a crown on his head, while he says she has changed his life in all beautiful ways 🙂
The wedding festivities spanned for four days, the events were – Holud (Haldi), Sangeet, Wedding & Reception. Sadia & Abraar already had their Nikaah earlier. Since there were not much rituals involved, we had a lot of time for the portraits & couple shoot. The first day was Holud, and it was lavish and joyous affair, and when Mika Singh was also in the house, one can only see the energy and spirit at sky-high. The next was sangeet at Abraar’s house, and it was yet another fun event. It was followed by the wedding which happened at Radisson Blue, Dhaka. Sadia & Abraar entered hand-in-hand and she left everyone in tears as she headed for her new journey. It was one of the those difficult moments that we photographers have to witness time and again. And the last and finale day was the reception. All the other functions were in Pan Pacific, Sonargaon, Dhaka. Striking decor was the major highlight in this wedding. Some of the important wedding makers :
Thanks to Sadia & Abraar and their families who gave us so many fond memories and loads of stories. Lets take you through their wedding film, and then the photo-stories. Our work in this wedding got us the Great Indian Wedding Award 2019 by ICWF in Photo-Stills category.
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! Photographs by : Anupam Maurya, Soumi Goswami & Pratik Mehta
Let us watch their beautiful wedding film before we head to the photos.
Pankaj & Priyanshi got married at ITC Grand Maratha, Mumbai, and it was one of the most beautiful weddings we covered this year. #shigotpunked is all about two amazing fun loving souls in love!
We met Pankaj & Priyanshi over a cup of coffee at Starbucks and as they went about discussing their schedule, we knew that this is going to be a great one. Pankaj & Priyanshi knew each other since very long. Though there was a certain point of time, they lost in touch with each other due to distance & the ache that comes along with it. But destiny had bigger plans for them. When Pankaj came back to India after his studies, they found love again. And then everyone knew where it would lead eventually.
What started with their amazing pre wedding shoot in Nashik, ended with fun festivities spread out for five days. And it was so much fun to document each chapter of their wedding. The pre wedding functions happened at Pankaj & Priyanshi’s houses respectively, the mehendi ceremony at Hiton, Mumbai, and the sangeet & wedding at ITC Grand Maratha. There are so many reasons to remember this wedding – the happiness & the joys of the families, the amount of fun these two had & lastly shooting the bride who had her own baraat. Thank you guys for letting us document your special days. Let us take you through their wedding story in photographs below
Pankaj and Priyanshi wanted their pre-wedding to be done at their favourite weekend getaway destination – The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik. Part of the famous Taj Group of Hotels, the property is all a photographer could ask for, from expansive green lawns to beautifully constructed halls and galleries. These two wanted the shoot to be fun, intimate and cozy. We started from their rooms and asked them to wear something comfortable and feel at home. The beautiful French windows with their white drapes let in some beautiful soft light through them and we chose to make the most of it. When Pankaj decided to play his ‘chill mix’ of songs, the vibe and the mood of the shoot was set and what followed was nothing short of a snuggle-o-thon.
Their chemistry shone through the pictures – and directing them felt effortless. We never knew so much could be done using nothing but a French window, a bed and a happy couple. Soon after this we headed out to make the most of the golden hour and click some fun and goofy pictures of the two love-birds. The hotel’s arched windows, beautiful galleries and lush gardens formed the perfect backdrop for what we wanted. The session concluded with jokes and laughter, we had fun after all and so did they and I suppose this is what pre-wedding shoots are made for, more than anything else – to get acquainted with the photographer, to trade stories and have fun along the way.
Its true that many photographers these days are shying away from doing pre-wedding photography, the once booming market for pre-weddings has surely come to a standstill. Most of them don’t find it worth their time as pre-weddings often pay less for the amount of effort and creative energies that go into it. With the apparent dearth of good photographers left in this space, the pictures often lack innovation. While many couples see it as a means of making their pinterest boards come to life, there’s little or no motivation for the photographer to try something new and challenging. However, Pankaj and Priyanshi came to us with some fresh and exciting ideas for their pre-wedding photoshoot that we couldn’t resist and ended up with some amazing pictures and a whole lot of fun. So, the next time you meet your wedding photographer, share your story before you start showing them your pinterest board!
“From the time we saw the work done by KnotsbyAMP on their Instagram page, we knew these guys were great. Now we couldn’t be any happier for choosing them to capture such an important day in our lives. Each time we go through the pictures, our hearts are filled with so much joy and unknowingly we cherish all the beautiful moments from our wedding day. There are good photos and then there those photos that make you relive each and every moment from that special day. The pictures clicked by KnotsbyAMP fall in the latter category. All thanks to them that we get to relive our wedding day, time and again through all those beautiful moments they have captured. They are definitely the best wedding photographers in Mumbai.” – Ankur & Akshata
There are some people whom you meet and instantly connect with them, as if you knew them since ages. The same thing happened to us with Ankur & Akshata. After chatting and hanging out with them over calls, Anupam and I, first met them some time in August last year in a quaint little cafe in South Mumbai. As it rained and we sipped our coffees, we got into talking about how they were planning their big day. We also got to know their story and were naturally quite excited to shoot their wedding. They had already seen our work and were very convinced about it. Such warm people that they were, that it felt more like a friend’s wedding planning rather. As the conversation shaped its way ahead, they eventually finalized us for their wedding.
The day of wedding started with Ankur & Akshata getting ready at Ramee Guestline Hotel in Dadar, Mumbai. What a beautiful day it was and we made the most of it. Ankur & Akshata got ready in their respective hotel rooms, and we started capturing them. Their friends and family were around and actively took part in all the getting ready process that was happening. Akshata got ready in a royal yellow saree paired with a red blouse. She complimented her look with a beautiful choker jewelry set. We loved how she kept her look minimalist and simple, but how gorgeous and elegant this girl looked! Her friends were very right in joking around that Ankur will go awestruck and speechless when he sees her, and we kept wondering what it would be when that happens. Ankur looked dapper in his cream sherwani. We quickly made his portraits, as he had to leave first for the wedding venue. Akshata also had the best girls as bridesmaids, and they deserve a special mention. They impatiently waited for their bestie to be dressed up as a bride. And when she finally got ready, they were all amazed in awe. What followed were some amazing photos with the bride and her bridesmaids, and literally captured the happiness around. By the time we finished the portraits with the girls, the groom had already reached the wedding venue. It was time for the bride to make an entry. One of the special memories from the was that we headed to wedding venue with the bride and her bestie, in our car. And that was really fun!
Akshata made an entry, amidst dhol playing and people dancing. Ankur was sitting on the mandap. And the moment their eyes met, it was like witnessing pure love. It was the day, a decade long love story was culminating to a forever story, and the love and happiness around was lit in every way. We got to witness cute moments unfold throughout the wedding, Ankur could not take his eyes off Akshata, and all of it somehow made our work easier. They got married, in the beautiful golden hour and everything felt just magical. The wedding was followed by an evening reception. But, as they say, words always fail to describe feelings, and for the same reasons, we have pictures. So here you go now – #ankgothispai is all for you to see now!
Their wedding waskind of more special to me as the wedding was on 18th December, 2018, which was my birthday as well. Thank You Ankur & Akshata, you both are absolute sweethearts, thank you letting us document your big day, and for trusting in us!
A love story that has all the feels right from #bkktoblr. Yes, Jatin & Levina’s story started when they were in high school in Bangkok. They were extremely fond of each other. However, life took over and they moved cities and lost touch for few years. But destiny had already made big plans for them. This time, they met again in Bangalore. And fell for each other head over heels. Things fell in place and they were all set to get married. So, #itsalevstory was set to happen at the gorgeous Renaissance, Powai.
So, it goes out to mention how amazing the wedding was planned. Jatin & Levina were sure about one thing, they wanted their wedding to be close to the nature. And Renaissance Powai, having its proximity to the lake and the swooning greenery made the ideal choice for the big day. Since Jatin was in Bangalore, and Levina in USA, the wedding planning responsibility was given to Shubhi & Amritanshu (Jatin’s sister & brother-in-law). They had just one directive from the couple – to get the best wedding photographers in Mumbai onboard for the wedding. Hence, it was both of them who approached us and very sooner we were all set to shoot Jatin & Levina’s big day. The festivities began with mehendi ceremony which was flavoured with Rajasthani folk dance and Punjabi Dhol in line with the two cultures which united for this wedding – Rajasthani & Punjabi. It was such a joy to witness the happiness around.
The wedding day started with Levina’s getting ready. The wedding was planned beautifully and was a sort of an intimate wedding. Levina looked like a dream in red. Jatin was left totally awestruck as he entered her room and their eyes met. Such a beautiful day it was with so much warmth and positive vibes all around as the friends and family gathered to celebrate the union of Jatin & Levina. Levina walked down the aisle with a gorgeous smile and happiness in her heart, with her sister & friends carrying the phoolon ki doli all the way. Wish time could have stayed still then, but no that would have been unfair to Jatin, who was waiting at the mandap very eagerly for his darling bride. One of the cutest moment to see was how he lent forward, reached out to Levina as she got on the mandap. As their eyes met, she had the brightest smile. This was the moment they waited for so long, and it was finally happening. Glad to have witnessed and also captured the moment. Thereafter, in the beautiful golden hour, Jatin & Levina took their vows and made their promises to be with each other forever and got tied in holi matrimony. The night ended with the reception, which was all about dancing and grooving to music and have all the fun. This wedding is all the more special to us, because of all the love, warmth, support, encouragement, appreciation we received from both the families. So, thank you Jatin, Levina, Shubhi, Amritanshu, Angela and both of the families for making us a part of the two special days! 🙂
And now, special mention to the various important wedding makers –
Over past 5 years we have covered 250+ weddings, won multiple awards along with featuring in Best Photographers in India lists but nothing has come close to the review that Amritanshu has given us. The review is a blog in itself and perhaps deserves a separate post but for the sake of inclusiveness helping all our future brides and grooms to select their dream wedding photographers in India here is the full text as also mentioned in our Google Review.
“We enlisted the help and services of KnotsbyAMP for the wedding of my brother in-law Jatin and his (now) wife Levina which happened this January at the Renaissance, Mumbai. Before, I move on to the specifics of our review, I would like to summarise by saying that with KnotsbyAMP what one can expect is amazing, elegant, detailed, high on technique, creative and artsy photography; the most vibrant and fun-filled videography and the opportunity to work with a highly dedicated, passionate, professional and trustworthy group of good human beings. I’ll rate them as follows under the following categories out of a maximum rating of 5:
Candid Photography : 5 / 5 Portrait Photography : 5 / 5 Location Photography : 5 / 5 Wedding Videography : 5 / 5 Video Editing and Composition : 5 / 5 Ease of doing business : 5 / 5 Professionalism on deliverables : 5 / 5
Quality of work delivered: The pictures shared with us are beautifully captured and they brilliantly document the happiness and joy being experienced by the couple on their special day. It is actually like a photo-story. We love the clean elegant frames, the clever angles, the interplay between lights and shadows, the switches between blur and sharpness, and the amazing colour balance and tone of the photographs — all of which is really owing to their masterful application of technique and talent. It is as well very refreshing to see some interesting, intelligent and visually engaging concepts in the work shared with us.
On a more personal note, what makes their work standout is their understanding of the people they are shooting. What impressed me the most is how balanced their work is. It is incredibly difficult to shoot weddings where so many things are happening parallelly. To capture all the fun, the drama, the emotions, one has to be well synced with their team, one needs to have a high level of awareness and be a master of timing, as the real difference between a good photograph and great one is timing, angle and the right frame. With the KnotsbyAMP team led by Anupam Maurya, you will get all of this and much more. More specific to our wedding, team KnotsbyAMP have masterfully framed all the beauty of the bride and groom and all of our family and friends so perfectly retaining all the essence of reality and making it possible for us relive and cherish all the precious moments from our family event — as many times as we want now.
Overall, we couldn’t be any more happier and content with the photos and the teaser video and our family is waiting with eager anticipation for the wedding film. On a concluding note, I must mention that along the way while we prepared for the wedding, we have had the good fortune of meeting some amazing people who have made sure that everything associated with the wedding happened perfectly. KnotsbyAMP are a huge irreplaceable part of that, I would once again like to thank the entire team from the bottom of our hearts for their positive presence, professionalism and for the incredible talent that they brought on board for our event.”
Before you proceeed to the photos, take a look at their full film below which also won the GIWA 2019 by ICWF. GIWA stands for Great Indian Wedding Award 2019 by International Convention of Wedding Fraternity which was held this year in ITC Royal Bengal in Kolkata. We also won in the Photo-Stills catgegory for our A Saga in Dhaka in Bangaldesh.