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Ankita & Varun : Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Pune

Ankita & Varun : Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Pune

Ankita & Varun : Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Pune

Ankita and Varun’s love story started with a simple swipe right, and thereafter very soon, they decided to get hitched. They say, marriage wasn’t a conscious next step, but it happened quite naturally to them.

Ankita always dreamt of having a proper proposal, a dream that even Varun knew about. So, Varun planned an outing for them in Mahabaleshwar where they were keen on going and picking strawberries. However, Ankita’s suspicions arose when he asked her to wear ‘something nice’ the day before! On the drive over, She knew that he was planning to propose as she spotted a square-shaped box in his jeans pocket. After the strawberry picking, they went to Le Meridien and were taking a tour of the property when he led her outside to a foyer which was beautifully decorated with roses, candles, and a custom-made pillow read Ankita, will you marry me?’ Ankita recounted that nothing could take away the magic of that moment when it actually happened, and ofcourse she said ‘yes”.

We were Ankita & Varun’s core entourage throughout their journey of “starting a lifetime” – starting from the Roka, Pre Wedding and finally the Wedding. Before you proceed to see the photo-set, checkout their quirky pre wedding film, including the vibes and feels of Pune City!

 

 

Mehendi  

Ankita & Varun’s nuptials kickstarted with a mehndi ceremony for both of them. Ankita’s mehendi was hosted by the pool while Varun had his mehndi on the rooftop. Their mehndi also doubled up as a welcome party which let guests break the ice with plenty of dancing, all thanks to the dholwalas and boliyaan, who were present at the venue. This was definitely a fun-filled event where everyone mingled freely without formality. Dressed in a contemporary turquoise blue lehenga with floral embroidery, Ankita was all smiles as she posed with her girl squad. Varun, however, made a striking contrast while complimenting her in his white bandhgala.

 

 

Engagement, Cocktail and Sangeet
The same evening after the mehndi, they had their cocktail and engagement party that also doubled up as their sangeet, which surely was a grand event. Just before the performances began, they presented their Pre-wedding Film before everyone which we had shot for them. They also surprised their guests with a performance by Sophie Choudry, who packed an energy-fueled performance. Following which, all their family and friends joined in on the stage as they exchanged their rings. And the party went on till the wee hours of the night, one memorable night to remember surely. Keeping the decor in mind, Ankita wore a stunning mermaid purple gown as she made an entrance hand in hand with Varun, who donned a deep blue velvet bandhgala.

 

 

 

Chooda & Haldi

The morning of the wedding saw an intimate and beautiful chooda and haldi ceremony of Ankita. True to tradition, Ankita donned a simple bright yellow salwar kameez for her chooda ceremony.

Wedding 

For her big day, Ankita chose an off white and gold embroidered lehenga, and she looked stunning in every way. Her room was filled with the banter of friends and family, who simply could not stop raving about how gorgeous she looked. Later, we made portraits with her bridesmaids and family, and as she headed for her new journey, she raised a toast with her girls.

Varun on the other hand looked dapper in a pastel hued sherwani. The baraat was a crazy affair, as the groom made an entry amidst a lot of dances, in a vintage car.

 

The couple wanted the phere outdoors and kept that in mind, as they scouted for wedding locations. Spurred on by the news that The Ritz-Carlton was about to open in Pune, they visited the property just as it was nearing its finishing stages. The victorian interiors and its overall grandeur truly impressed them, and that way the decision was made.

For the wedding, The Foyer at The Ritz-Carlton was magically transformed into a pastel-hued venue to accommodate their vision of a floral wedding mandap.

Thereafter, the dreamy wedding happened. Ankita and Varun made an entry together, hand-in-hand, a beautiful sight to behold forever!

Reception
The festivities concluded with a reception held at the same venue as the engagement and cocktail. Dressed in a silver lehenga paired with elegant diamond jewelry, Ankita looked radiant as she posed with Varun who donned a subtle polka dotted three-piece suit for the occasion.

After a heartwarming speech by Ankita’s dad, they met all their family members and exchanged greetings. The celebrations ended on a high note, as Ankita & Varun converted a part of the ballroom into a dance floor so that everyone could groove the night away. Thats how #varuntheankswerisyes happened in full glory. We are thankful to Ankita & Varun and the families, for making us a part of their beautiful celebrations!

Important Wedding Makers :

1. Photography : Anupam Maurya (Pre Wedding Shoot), Pratik Mehta & Haris S (Wedding)
2. Venue : The Ritz-Carlton, Pune
3. MUA : Amrita Bokey
4. Wedding Planner : Event Dynamics
5. Wedding Outfits : Shymal & Bhumika (Varun) & Pratap Sons (Ankita)

Saumya & Anu : Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

Saumya & Anu : Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

Saumya & Anu : Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

Love happens when it’s meant to be, persevering through distance or time.

So was it for Saumya, a fiercely independent girl who’s lived life on her own terms and Anuranjan, fondly and lovingly called Anu, a kind-hearted doctor based in Manchester.

Their love story began in Glasgow where they met through mutual friends and slowly but steadily gathered pace online. After combating long distance, the duo finally decided to tie the knot on the shores of Mumbai. We first met them for their pre weddding shoot at Sets in the City 🙂

Haldi
The festivities kick-started with a playful Haldi function, where the couple made a dashing entry surrounded by colorful smoke bombs. Replete with dhols, boliyan, and an ornate swing, the decor stuck to true tradition with its yellow and orange color palette

Cocktail and Sangeet
The sangeet/cocktail night was a dazzling affair, which had everyone up on their feet dancing to their heart’s content on the floor. With drinks flowing freely, everyone was in high spirits as Saumya and Anu along with their friends displayed their story in the form of a unique musical skit which was then followed by several dance performances.

Pool Party
The pool party had everyone mingling freely as they danced to the peppy beats and splashed in the pool. A light & breezy chill party to wind down before the wedding festivities

With a distinctly Hawaiian feel, the party included pool and drinking games that kept everyone entertained

 

Wedding
Held under the beautiful sky by the Arabian Sea, their beachside wedding was a celebration dipped in culture and colors. Saumya made her way gracefully down the aisle towards Anu, under the phoolon ki chaddar supported by her brothers amongst whom was the famed Bollywood director Nitesh Tiwari. Accompanying him was his wife, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari who is also a director. It was a beautiful celebration which had our hearts.

 

 

 

 

Important Wedding Makers :
1. Photography : Soumi Goswami (KnotsbyAMP)
2. Wedding Planning : Doli Sajake Rakhna
3. Venue : The Resorts, Madh-Marve
4. Decor : Vows & Bliss

 

Sonal & Rajat: Royal Wedding in Delhi

Sonal & Rajat: Royal Wedding in Delhi

Sonal & Rajat: Royal Wedding in Delhi

Today is the last day of 2018. It has been a special, mad and crazy year. Also, leading to a very crazy wedding season. It was one of our agendas to blog one special wedding of this wedding season, before the year ends. And so here it is – Rajat & Sonal’s Royal Two States Wedding at Delhi. 

Delhi weddings are unique, and have their own flavour. We have realised this at all the times we have covered weddings in Delhi (Previous Delhi WeddingsSidhant – Barkha, Ishita – Snehasish). Its also because of how the celebrations turn out to be “larger than life” & “whole roller coaster” of emotions, vibes, decor, food, clothes and so much more. And Rajat & Sonal’s wedding was no different. Rajat got in touch with us sometime in September 2018. He got to know about us through his common friends, and mentioned in the first conversation itself how he loved our work. Then, next what happened was a meeting over coffee with Sonal in Mumbai, and we were onboard. 

Rajat & Sonal, have been together since a decade. And November 2018 was the time for this malyalipunjabi couple to culminate their decade long love story to their forever story. It amazes us all the time that how relationships like this stands the test of time, only to churn into a new beginning in the form of marital bliss, and how we are entrusted with the job of capturing the memories that would last more than a lifetime. Co-incidentally, these folks got married at the same time as Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone!

The festivities started with Sonal’s mehendi. Dressed in yellow- green attire with a yellow backdrop in the backyard of Sonal’s house, this was a simple yet such a thoughtful setting for the mehendi. Morever, it was November, so the Delhi wintry weather did a lot of wonders. And the result are the photos with happy vibes and vibrant colours. Next was the engagement, where interesting stories from Rajat & Sonal’s dating times were shared by the bride’s sister followed by dance and ring exchange. The couple portrait session happened too, and we are so incredibly glad about how the couple took out a good deal time for them. The day of the wedding started with bride’s haldichooda & kalire ceremony at her house. It was so much fun to watch the bride, shaking her chooda and kalire on the heads of all the unmarried friends present. The room was filled with all giggles, as the parts of kalire fell on the friend’s heads.

And then came the time, which everyone waited for so long. The wedding venue Airforce Auditorium Lawn was lit and decorated to its best. Sonal’s family welcomed Rajat with all smiles. And the stunning bride Sonal made an entry making all the heads turn. The entry surely would remain as one of our best captured bridal entries till date. We all got goosebumps as the Jai-maal happened in the lit fountain structure created in front of the mandap. The happiness on their faces that day, and the way they looked at each other was just priceless. And with them surrounding and sharing that happiness were their parents, siblings and friends. And thats how forever happened for Mr & Mrs Menon.Thank you Rajat & Sonal for choosing us and getting us on-board to document your special day, and all the warmth showered by both the families.

 

 

 

Mamta & Shekhar : Sikh Wedding in Lucknow

Mamta & Shekhar : Sikh Wedding in Lucknow

Mamta & Shekhar : Sikh Wedding in Lucknow

Love stories that begin as friendships are our favorites. They hold within them a special quality of ease and comfort, something which cannot be brewed artificially, which we witnessed at Mamta and Shekhar’s Wedding. 

The duo met each other during their college time and became really good friends. Cupid decided to intervene and struck the unwitting duo and they soon started dating. 

When college ended, the prospect of going to different cities came to the forefront. But for these two, it worked wonders in terms of bringing them closer and things got official real quick. And here we are now, capturing them as they head towards their matrimonial bliss! Have a look!

 

Neha & Shubham: Hua Hin, Thailand

Neha & Shubham: Hua Hin, Thailand

Neha & Shubham: Hua Hin, Thailand

It is not everyday that you cover an Olympian’s wedding. We had the good fortune of covering Neha Aggarwal’s wedding, an Olympian who represented India in Table Tennis in Beijing Olympics at the age of 18 in 2008. The ace player got hitched to a businessman and erstwhile TT player Shubham Sharma from Hyderabad. Their wedding was a beautiful destination wedding at Sheraton Hua Hin, Thailand.  So let’s begin with a small teaser of their wedding. 

The wedding festivities were spread over 3 days with people attending the wedding from all over the world. The Sharma and Aggarwal family wanted to throw a grand wedding where everyone can have non-stop fun and the obvious choice was the popular destination of Thailand, a country which has become a favourite with Indians for its spectacular natural beauty, hospitality and easy accessibility from all major cities of India. Hua Hin a popular coastal city, 3 hours away from Bangkok has some beautiful 5 star hotel and resorts and Sheraton Hua Hin has the distinction of hosting most number of Indian weddings than any other property in Thailand. 

As soon as the guests landed at the gates of the hotel, they were greeted by the traditional Thai dancers with Sharma and Aggarwal family ready to welcome them. For us the real thing started with the bride’s Mehendi in her suite. As soon as we entered her room an excited Neha greeted us with a wide grin and at that moment we knew we are going to have a great time covering this wedding. 

Following the Mehendi we took some fun photographs outside where she jumped, she smiled and even posed with a TT racket for us! Soon the evening arrived and the sea facing lawns overlooking the pool were decorated for the Mehendi function where cocktails flowed and the bride and groom made an entry on a ATV vehicle. The DJ and the music kept rolling and people danced throughout the night. Now normally the day would end there, but it was followed with a black after party in the Resort’s club. As soon as the door the club opened a dancer welcomed people with her seductive moves. It was a sight to behold where one dancer was swaying on a swing and another was dancing in a big metal cage.  While we could go on and on about the after party we feel its best left for the photos to do the talking as they say a good photograph is worth more than a thousand words. 

The second day started with Haldi ceremony of the bride and the groom which was followed quickly by a bohemian themed pool party. A carnival set up offered people chilled coconut water in the scorching heat. But the highlight remained the Table Tennis game between the bride and the groom! Any guesses who won? 

Then came the evening and the grand ballroom was lit with lights and a grand stage was set for the Sangeet night. The groom arrived and soon was surrounded by pretty ladies all over. He made his way to the stage and while he  performed the ceremonies he waited for his bride anxiously. As soon as the bride arrived, all eyes were set on her. Both the families took the stage by storm and it was a beautiful spectacle with some great light work by the lights team. Pink Palki, the event organisers did a brilliant job with the decoration and setup. Once the performances ended, the DJ took over and people danced till late in the morning. 

The third day started with Gaur Pooja  and post lunch the bride and groom went for a relaxing spa. After all a trip to Thailand is incomplete without experiencing the Thai spa. Immediately after the bride and the groom left to get ready for their big day and their excitement was palpable that it spread to us. The bride made her entry with her brothers and father. It was an emotional moment when her father held her hand and walked her to the mandap. Sparkles lined up their entry and a cute little girl held the sign board – Here comes the bride. The bride and grooms eye met during as she climbed the staircase for the JaiMaal. The groom popped a bottle of champagne post the Jaimaal. Finally they took the pheras in a beautiful Hindu ceremony and when it finally came to Neha’s bidai it was yet another emotional moment. She got ferried in a Thai style Palanquin and she also danced her way through the journey and thus this beautiful wedding marked a new beginning in Neha and Shubham’s new #MixedDoublesForever journey!

 

 

Sidhant & Barkha: Wedding in Delhi at Atrio

Sidhant & Barkha: Wedding in Delhi at Atrio

Sidhant & Barkha: Wedding in Delhi at Atrio

Sidhant and Barkha’s Delhi December Wedding stands out for lot of reasons. Every couple puts their heart and soul into their wedding planning but yet often something or the other goes wrong. Sidhant and Barkha’s wedding on the other hand begs to be different where everything worked well for them. From bringing in different flavours and feels, they hit the right notes in balancing simple home functions like Mehandi and Haldi to a typical grand Delhi wedding at Atrio, Gurgaon and last but not the least their choice of wedding photographers in us, all the way from Mumbai. Finally, the chilly cold weather of Delhi made it even more joyful. But most of all what truly caught our attention is that Barkha chose to wear her mother’s wedding saree for her big day!  

Sidhant and Barkha’s wedding festivities spanned over two days- 
Day 1 : Engagement at Engineers Mess in Delhi Cant, Evening bridal mehandi at her residence. 
Day 2:  Bride and Groom’s Haldi at their residence  in Gurgoan and Delhi Cant respectively. Wedding at Atrio, Gurgoan 

The Engineers Mess in Delhi Cantonment made for an offbeat and private venue for the engagement. The photos of decorated officers on the walls, the greenery and the calmness of cantonment created a venerable aura about the place. The engagement was followed by Mehendi and Sangeet in the evening at Barkha’s house in Delhi. The bride, her family and friends danced till the wee hours of the night, with the groom joining the scenes too. The next day started with the haldi at both the sides. Sidhant’s haldi happened in the open lawn in the natural light with friends arriving and making it a holi haldi, Barkha’s haldi happened at her house, joined by her friends and family. Lastly, the grand wedding happened at Atrio, Gurgaon summing up the wedding festivities perfectly. The venue was gorgeously decorated with lights. The groom reached the venue before time and the crazy friends went frenzy at the Baraat. And as it neared midnight, Sidhant and Barkha said their vows to each other and promised to be together forever.

Thank you Sidhant & Barkha for choosing us to capture your special day. We absolutely loved to be a part of your big day and totally grateful to both the families for the warmth and love.

 

 

 

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