White Wedding : The Monirun-way

White Wedding : 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. This wedding is also our official entry to Wedding Sutra Photogrpahy Awards 2018-2019, GIWA 2018-2019 [the Great Indian Wedding Awards] and, Sony & Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018-2019 Awards. 

Photographs by : Pratik Mehta & Leon Borges

 

Smita & Gary : Couple Shoot in Mumbai

Smita & Gary : Couple Shoot in Mumbai

 

A couple shoot in the action packed city of Mumbai has to be amidst a lot of action. Mumbai is a city which never sleeps and life goes on from the early hours in the morning to midnight. 

This time we tried to do something different. So, we juxtaposed the couple against the usual morning scenes at some of the unique & iconic places in Mumbai – Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Ballard Estate & Express Freeway. What we came across were the early morning jogs, people travelling to work, people working hard to earn their livelihood & simply onlookers staring as we were at our work. Each frame is unadulterated, and our approach was documentary & story telling. Hope you all like it! Scroll down for the photo-set below!

This wouldn’t have been possible without Smita & Gary, and their sporty spirit. So thank you two, you guys were amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

Mugdha & Ravish : Celebrity Wedding in Mumbai

Mugdha & Ravish : Celebrity Wedding in Mumbai

This is the story where one of the most loved couple of Telly town, took their relationship from reel to real life. TV actors Mugdha Chapekar and Ravish Desai got married on 14th December, 2016 at Flags Avante Garde, Mumbai in a private ceremony attended by family and close friends. We were the official photographers covering the beautiful maharashtrian wedding followed by a reception later in the evening.

Mugdha looked gorgeous in a baby pink chanderi silk saree, followed by a yellow Navvari and gold jewellery. The dapper groom opted for a kurta and silk safa with blue feather before changing into a white sherwani.  The wedding was also covered widely by media and various wedding portals viz. ZoWed, Weddingz.in, Bollywood Shaadi, thebridestory, TimesofIndia, etc. 

All in all, how we loved shooting this celebrity couple who looked stunning, overjoyed and more importantly, so much in love. 

For the Reception, Mugdha wore a stunning golden lehenga while Ravish chose a grand nawabi. Her twirling shots are pure delight to the eyes. The reception also saw the presence of some of the veterans from the film industry. We wish the lovely couple truck loads of happiness for the new journey of their lives! Over to the pictures from their special day.

 

 

Anuradha & Ameya: Black & White Wedding

Anuradha & Ameya: Black & White Wedding

An entire wedding captured in black and white, this project is a first in itself. Oh yes, our long cherished wish to add a full black and white wedding to our portfolio is finally fulfilled. This idea had been high on our minds for a long time but finding a client who could be equally excited about it wasn’t easy and it didn’t happen for a long time. But then if you really want something, as SRK said, the whole world will conspire to make it possible. Well it wasn’t exactly like that, it was much simpler. We suggested the idea to Ameya and Anuradha which they gladly allowed us to execute. 

Ameya and Anuradha had an early morning Maharashtrian wedding followed by a quick reception where everything got done by 5 pm. Sweet! Let’s have a quick look at the story of our bride and groom. 

Love that inspires, invigorates hope and redefines everything said about ‘being together’, is the kind of love that the universe conspires to ‘make it happen’.

Anuradha and Ameya’s love story began at St. Xavier’s  College in Mumbai, under the magnificent arches, evolved over cups of tea, grew over pieces of Indian classical music and lived through the winds of long distance. Standing the time of six years, they decided to take the plunge in May 2016. Ameya, an MBA student at Harvard Business School and Anuradha soon to pursue Human Resources at University of South Carolina, recollect their early days spent at a tiny chai shop called ‘tum-tum’ in the busy streets of Crawford market in Mumbai. Making time to meet each other, before the city woke-up, is how their love grew through tough times.  It was a moment of great joy for their friends and family, who stood witness to this love story, couldn’t believe that it was finally happening.

At AMP we make these little emotions and efforts come alive. We tell a story that grows over a decade, in the expressions captured in one day, some times in half a day! The couple embraced all the traditional rituals of a Maharashtrian wedding and experienced them with a lot of fun. 

While Anuradha was hustling with wedding preparations here in Mumbai, Ameya barely had anytime as he just finished a year at Harvard and flew down to India just in time to get married! For her wedding rituals Anuradha chose all Kanjeevaram sarees as she is half Tamilian and half Maharashtrian and for her reception she wore a beautiful blue lacha. In the makeup room as the makeup artist went about brushing compound on her face she was anxiously waiting for Ameya to arrive. Her room was filled with her best friends going gaga over her look. Anuradha was a gushing bride who cheerfully made her way through the wedding smiling and waving to everyone. Ameya was equally exuberant and he looked dapper in a silk kurta and a traditional pagdi made famous by Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Every photograph expresses the enthusiasm they had for this long awaited day.  When the emotions are so vivid, they speak a volume for themselves. So here we present a reel of retro images of this ever charming couple who helped us fulfill our long cherished wish to add a full black and white wedding, to our portfolio. 

We at AMP strive to make our photographs unique and create what the couple feels most connected with. Creating a Black and White wedding album, demands a great amount of precision in handling the lights such that we get good contrast, which is essential for these photographs to capture the essence of such a high-spirited wedding. It has not even been a week and we edited the photographs. 

 It was interesting how we ended up doing Anuradha and Ameya’s wedding! At Kanan and Nirav’s wedding, yet another couple from Xavier’s whose wedding we covered in December, we met Anuradha.  She appreciated our work and started a conversation to craft their wedding.”At their wedding we met Jyotika’s parents and refreshed our memories of shooting Jyotika’s wedding in Bangalore just four days ago. The world is indeed a small place and we are getting close enough to becoming the ‘Favorite’ among Xavierites. Four Xavierite weddings and counting!

As always we have tried to be as non-invasive as possible with a strong documentary approach with great candid photographs. Hope our attempt to create something different appealed to you in the same breath as it excited us. If this excited you enough to have similar photographs of your wedding, then we are just a mail away. You can reach out to us at mail@knotsbyamp.com and let us do the thinking to create your story. 

Azra & Murtuza : Couple  Shoot in Mumbai

Azra & Murtuza : Couple Shoot in Mumbai

We dont know about you, but we do believe in fairytales and cliches, that bring out the love story of the couple. Azra & Murtuza’s story, right from meeting each other for the first time to deciding they were made for each other and taking it to the holy vows, was indeed a “fairytale”

They wanted a dreamy location for their Pre-wedding shoot, without compromising the connection with the place where they first met! The City of dreams – Mumbai met the deal perfectly! Exploring the architectural beauty of Gateway of India, the sparkling ocean, the bobbing boats in the waters and the flying wonders made way for some stunning pictures! Its always been a pleasure shooting here in The Maximum City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#MohgotNat Wedding in Taj Vivanta, Mumbai

#MohgotNat Wedding in Taj Vivanta, Mumbai

“KnotsbyAMP are a team of excellent photographers especially with candid shots. They are very professional, accommodating and creative. They cater to your requirements with an eye to capture the best moments. Would highly recommend!”

For a couple, who value detailed little things and the intricacies that go behind it, choosing a photographer to capture their wedding had to be thoughtfully done. The groom, a hobbyist photographer himself understands the nuances of photography. Initially, they were planning to hire a photographer from NY itself. But when they saw our work on Facebook, they were particularly impressed by the candid timing of the pictures, the details we captured at the weddings, and our creative lighting setups. So after a series of calls, e-mails and meetings, we were booked and all eyes were set on 28th May, 2015; when the handsome groom and the exuberant bride were tying the knot. Our experience of covering this wedding was totally remarkable as there was so much love and energy spread throughout the 2 and 1/2 days. 

The marriage function kick-started with groom’s haldi on one side and Natasha’s mehendi on the other. Groom’s haldi was a fun-filled event, where the groom-to-be was pampered with yellow hues all over his face by his family members and relatives. On the other hand, Natasha’s Mehendi ceremony was spectacularly beautiful. She adorned herself in a baby pink lehanga with a stellar white earring set, jhoomka on her forehead and a long neck-piece set. It is interesting to mention here that Natasha’s entire ensemble for her wedding was designed with a lot of love by her own mother. 

Post the haldi and mehendi functions, we headed to cover the most happening cocktail party at the NSCI club (National Sports Club of India). The sangeet and the cocktail functions were clubbed together, and the fun we saw is too hard to describe here. The couple   conceptualized a Bollywood theme which was executed flawlessly with the help of their friends; the highlight being cameos by Govinda and Amitabh Bachchan look-a-likes. The function saw the presence of a star-studded guest list and the happening crowd of South Bombay. So, there were lights, props, photo-booths, a magnificent stage, a bunch of crazy friends and last but not the least, alcohol. The night saw some sexy and killer moves and grooves of the friends, and the stars of the night who were dressed in Indo-western fusion attire. New friendships were made, old ones were relived, crazy antics were done and new stories came to life on this memorable night. Cocktail-parties surely loosens  up everyone as they plunge into dancing, singing and sharing the joys of their hearts with their near and dear ones.

After back-to-back eventful functions, all of us were eager to capture the D-day. The wedding was to be solemnized as per Arya Samaj rituals at Taj Vivanta (The President Hotel), Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. Natasha looked stunning in her beige and golden lehenga. Credits again to her mom. For jewellery, she chose a heavy Kundan work neck-piece set, coupling them with matching sets in her ears and forehead. Her make-up was flawless and aesthetically done to suit it with her bridal wear and accessories. Her striking look totally set her apart, so much that we received a lot of queries from our friends and clients, asking details about her ensemble, make-up and jewellery, when we posted the wedding pictures on Facebook. The groom chose a white sherwani topping it with a golden pagdi and a shining green neck-piece set and looked dapper in every way. Natasha wearing kaleera in her hands, was escorted to the mandap by her father and loved ones under the cover of a red chunri. As he was waiting eagerly for his bride and when their eyes met, he was totally in awe and bowled over. 

As he also mentioned in the wedding film –

“When we were sitting in the mandap getting married, exchanging vows in front of our parents, our friends; it was a bit scary and made me realize — this is legit, this is real; this is two people coming together and committing to spend the rest of their lives together through thick and through thin; and it was a very serious and deep moment, but a meaningful one”

After the traditional rituals took place, there were a flurry of friends and relatives who were eagerly waiting to wish the couple, followed by a cake cutting. And that is how, they got one step closer and each picture brings out the essence of this fun-filled ceremonies and the charming chemistry of the couple 🙂

Also checkout the beautiful short film we made on their wedding. It beautifully captures their journey and the essence of their story and wedding. 

P.S. The groom’s name is not mentioned at his request. 

 

 

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