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!
Some Important Wedding Makers : Bride’s Attire : Saree from Paneeri, Dadar Bride’s Jewelry: Jaipur Jems, Hughes Road Groom’s Attire : Sherwani from Telon, Santacruz MUA: Sana Khan (Asif the Salon) Photographs by : Anupam Maurya & Soumi Goswami
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 –
1. Groom Wear – Manyavar & Raymond 2. Bridal Wear – Frontier Lehenga House 3. Florist & Decor – National Decorators 4. Mehendi Artist – Rajwadi Mehendi 5. Rajasthani & Punjabi Dancers – Ajay Dholwala & Group 6. MUA – Neha Aadvik Mahajan
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 wedding teaser below,
First wedding shoot of this season commenced with this beautiful wedding in Goa. This couple had the best time of their lives and got married as per two traditions — Church wedding & Indian wedding.The Church Wedding follows in this one!
The venue for this grand destination wedding was Alila Diwa, Goa. Surrounded by greenery, an infinity pool, this polished hotel has high vaulted ceilings and wooden work throughout, offering a stylish take on a traditional decor.
The bride is a perfect blend of being all classy, beautiful and modest, at the same time. And no wonder, her impeccable choice reflected in every aspect of her wedding. Bride’s sister & her sister-in-law practically never left her side and were her Maids of Honour. Her Bridesmaids were color coordinated in blue. The groom is very shy on the other hand, rather we should say camera-shy. But the story gets different with a few pegs down, as evidently seen. The couple were classmates and have been in a decade long relationship, and they just look adorably cute together!
The Church Wedding happened at Our Lady of Remedios Church, Betalbalim Goa. We love shooting church weddings. Churches are very special and there are certain things about a church wedding, which you wouldn’t get anywhere. The best part is that you can make amazing vows and promises for your new journey totally engulfed in peace and serenity, which we totally evidenced and captured. Jivesh made a stylish entry in a vintage ford car and left the church with his newly wed bride in the same car and we were all amazed!
The celebrations for the day ended with an after party! There were speeches, karaoke, singing, dancing and rock n roll in the beautifully decorated lawn in Alila Diwa.Both the families have known each other since a very long time, and there was so much ease and comfort in their interactions. Hats of to an amazing planning and execution! Everything proceeded just as planned, as the functions were simplified by keeping only the key functions. But, before we conclude, wait for the next blog to see their beautiful Indian Wedding in detail.
“Jodhpur, a stunning little town in Rajasthan which I get to call home, is full of old world charm and regality. It was the easiest thing in the world to decide that this would be our wedding destination. We fell in love with The Bal Samand Lake Palace and it’s sprawling lawns, incredible heritage and the warm Rajasthani hospitality.
As aptly described by our dearest bride, we couldn’t help but agree to each and every thing. Before, we start with the wedding story of Abhilash & Richa, we feel this visual tour of the Bal Samand Lake Palace is essential. So here you go!
Abhilash, a fellow Bitsian got in touch with Anupam about an year ago for his wedding. However, post the initial talks there was a long gap, due to busy schedules and stuff. The talks resurfaced as both of them met at another bitsian wedding (Krishna-Akanksha) at Bangalore. Thereafter, things moved pretty fast from there and very soon we were booked to shoot their royal palace wedding at Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur.
Over stories of sky diving in Spain, crazy BITSian escapades, quick little coffee meets turned into the most incredible first date, recounts Richa. Whereas Abhilash has been a firm believer of destiny, and says he always knew this was meant to be. And ofcourse, this is meant forever, and in a total dream-come-true way at the royal Bal samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur. With a North (Richa) meets South (Abhilash) wedding & friends and family coming in from all over the world, they wanted their wedding weekend to be an experience that let their families getting to know each other well, and most importantly, letting them spend time with their closest people. That’s why the focus was on being an easy going wedding, and not being tied down with too many processes. There were three major functions – Cocktail, Haldi & the Wedding, each dreamy & beautiful in their own way.
Cocktail – The Bride & Groom got ready at the Bal Samand Lake Palace. We quickly made some couple portraits. And then the party shifted to Ranbanka Palace, Jodhpur, with friends & family rejoicing in happiness.
Haldi – Haldi is clearly the most fun event in a wedding and Abhilash & Richa’s families & friends ensured they weren’t spared with any shortage of haldi on them. The result you get to see in the photographs. What also followed was a after party dance, lighting all the mood before the evening wedding.
Wedding – One word – Dreamy! It started with us capturing the wedding details. The Bal Samand Palace is rich & green with flora & fauna, and served as a stunning backdrop. Before the sun got down, Richa got ready in her stunning Dabka Dori ensemble and we got some stunning portraits. A tip to all future brides – Get ready before the sun sets for your evening wedding & you will be overjoyed to see the outcome in the photographs. There were fireworks as the jaimal happened &thewedding happened late evening under the stunning dreamy light decor. Credits to R19 Entertainment for the fabulous decor.
Lastly, if you plan on a destination wedding, here are some tips from our couple, Abhilash & Richa –
Start Planning Early.
Be involved in planning your wedding
Involve your close friends & family
Most importantly, have fun. The madness can get to you but you will miss it when its done.
Weddings are a proof that happiness is possible if you create it with all your hearts & love, and that’s what we have to say for this wedding. It was absolutely magical, and even days after getting back from Jodhpur, we were hungover with this palace wedding. Thank you Richa & Abhilash for being so warm and letting us document your special memories!
They rightly say there is beauty in simplicity and we should never overlook the power of simplicity. We literally understood this when we reached this particular wedding venue in Bangalore last month. “Ganjam Mantapa”, located in heart of Basavanagudi is a huge medieval house converted to a charming and intimate mantapa by the renowned architect Renu Mistry. The typical south indian setting, the old world charm and the elegance of the place took our attention completely the moment we stepped in. The key highlights of the venue is in the details, including the beautiful ponds outside the venue decorated with rose and marigold, the spiral staircase for the bride to walk down to the mantap, the traditional Kolam around the doors of the main mantap and the walls painted with mango leaves and the traditional slopping roof.
When you see the pictures, you will see some incredible shots of the finest minute details – the golden necklace on the shiv lingam, the bride’s jhumkas playing in the lights, the divine necklace on the wooden sculpture. But the essence of the photography remained the precious and simple moments captured in a documentary style – no distraction, just pure bliss of the photographs in its native form.
The Bride and the Groom, Shruti and Akhil, (both BITS Goa Alumni) fell in love over multiple lunches, movies, zillion bike rides and many peaceful park walks, while they worked together in Amazon.
They wanted to deviate from the concrete mantapam wedding, and so very thoughtfully chose the venue considering the peace and calmness surrounding it. To brew some more “South-Indianess”, it is very interesting to note that the bride’s dad is telegu, her mom is tamil and her groom is mallu. The South Indian states’ diverse fusion is the main essence of this wedding, which is clearly reflected in the photographs.
The bridal wear consisted of pretty and flair display of Kanjeevarams consisting of yellows, blues, oranges and pink. The golden accessories paired with the variety of colourful kanjeevarams lit up the bride’s face, as she personified elegance in every frame. On the wedding day, Shruti wore the nine-yard Kanjeevaram silk saree (Madisaree) in shades of yellow and green border. A very integral part of the bridal jewellery was the typical temple jewellery and amazing golden necklaces and ear-rings which were designed out of temple art. Also, what caught the eye were the beautifully done little flower garlands wrapped around the hair, making a long braid. The expressive Groom, on the other hand wore the traditional attire and matched his bride’s exuberance in every frame. The two day festivities included, Naandi (invocation of ancestors), Varpooja, Malaai Matra ( Varmala exchange ) Nichyathartham ( Engagement ceremony ), Kashi Yatra, Oonjal and finally the Tamil-Telugu mixed style wedding followed by Satyanarayan Puja on the last day. Not forgetting to mention, the couple shoots of the fun loving couple turned out to be amazing, as they were thrilled to explore the different facets of the gorgeous venue. Now let the photos enthrall you ! Do give us your feedback and comments, likes and shares!