Muslim Wedding in Kashmir

Muslim Wedding in Kashmir

Muslim Wedding in Kashmir

Ain had always dreamt of a man who’d be halal, i.e. genuine, warm and accepting of her. Sarmad too had a dream woman in his mind – someone down to earth, simple, and not materialistic. It was a sheer stroke of destiny how these two, who had met at the birthday party of a mutual friend during college, kept in touch and separated, only to meet again, years later!

Though Sarmad had shown his interest in Ain during college itself, she had remained focused on her studies and the distance grew them apart. Flash forward to a few years later, a friend asks Ain about Sarmad’s marital status for herself, which leads to Ain inquiring him. The two get talking, sparks fly and they decide to get married in turn!

When we received the news of them getting hitched, we were beyond thrilled. This meant covering another wedding in the valley, after Ain’s sister, Hafsa’s Wedding, which we had covered four years ago and kept in touch with them ever since. From then on, Ain loved our work, always encouraging us and stating that when it would be her turn to marry, she’d definitely hire us. And true to her words, she did!

We were in Kashmir during the communication shutdown situation, we were challenged. Nonetheless, we persevered and witnessed, as well as captured, a beautifully done Kashmiri Wedding. Following is their love story, in shots. Before you scroll down to check them out, catch some glimpses of the god’s paradise that is Kashmir!

You might have noticed that we put up a picture of Ain’s decked-up home in the post as well. That’s because the beautifully decorated home with its humongous size and architecture had us so bowled out that we couldnt help but be awed. Legend has it that homes like these can accomodate close to 200 people in the living room itself! For this very reason, we couldn’t resist capturing it and decided to let you have a look as well!The wedding, or Nikah, took place in the evening at Moghal Mahal. It was an Asalatan Nikah, which meant that the bride and all her female relatives were on one side while the groom and all his male relatives were on the other with a curtain placed between the two as a partition.  Ain’s entry was marked with Wanwun, which were traditional folk songs sung by the womenfolk in the room, to honor the occasion. The Qazi recited Quranic verses, asked for the consent from both sides and then prayed for the newlyweds.  Looking back, we realize that our bride’s wedding ensemble was nothing short of artwork! Ain was truly pretty as a picture in an ensemble that was encrusted with beads, pearls, and sequins. She paired the cream-colored outfit beautifully with stunning blue jewelry set, complete with meenakari and polki work. Just as handsome was our groom Sarmad, who wore a black sherwani and grey churidars, accessorized with an embroidered pashmina with intricate Kalamkaari work and a grey sehra. The final Ceremony, called Satim Doh was held on the seventh day of the wedding. For this occasion, Ain wore a teal blue gharara with a lemon-colored dupatta, hand-embroidered in zari and dabka work. Sarmad went with a deep bottle-green kurta from Vikas Makhija with white churidars and a printed Nehru jacket. Guests from the bride’s family were invited over for a feast at the groom’s house and Wazwan was served here as well. Scroll down to see this beautiful wedding set 🙂

 

North Indian Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

North Indian Wedding at The Resort, Madh-Marve

North Indian 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.

 

 

 

 

Rishika Lohit – Tennis Player Rishika’s Wedding at Vijayawada

Rishika Lohit – Tennis Player Rishika’s Wedding at Vijayawada

Rishika Lohit – Tennis Player Rishika’s Wedding at Vijayawada

A love-story unlike any where India’s Lawn-Tennis champion Rishika was  won over by an IITian and Data Scientist – Lohit. 

Rishika and Lohit, first came in contact through their parents. Being a professional Tennis player, Rishika’s parents were finding it difficult to look for a good match for her. Their initial thought was to look for proposals from boys settled in US and hence Rishika parent’s decided to send her for Lawn Tennis training for a whole year to US, just to see if she would like US to settle in. By the time Rishika started liking US, the destiny had Lohit for her who was based in Hyderabad itself.  They started texting each other and hit it off immediately. The first thing she noticed was their shared sense of humor as she puts it, “He laughs at my lame jokes”. You will get a better glimpse in their chemistry from their film itself. 

Lohit, on his part, was armed by the information passed on by his parents, and a few google searches knew that Rishika was a catch! Meanwhile, Lohit was charmed by Rishika’s humility and down to earth nature and decided that she was The One. So when she returned home from the US and met him for the very first time at the airport, he proposed!

In her own words, this is how the crazy proposal went –

“When we finally were going to meet, we both were so nervous, we barely slept that night. We knew the connection was strong but the fact that we never saw each other and wanted things to be exactly how we are imagining it to be made us feel that way. Fortunately, things did turn out the way we wanted and the connection was true! He proposed on day 2 with a no-option-answer, as his note said – “Will you marry me”? 1. Yes, 2. Not no.”

The first event we covered for the two was at Tatipaka. The ceremony was called Pellikoduku and started early in the morning. Purifying the groom was the purpose of this ceremony. Lohit, dressed in a sherwani-chudiar attire, saw his outfit quickly change colors as he got covered in oodles of turmeric paste, flowers and water. A fun scene indeed!

Day two began with shooting the Mehendi Ceremony at Vijayawada. This was followed by Sangeet, where the couple, with friends and family in tow, danced the night away.

The duo looked picture perfect with Rishika dolled up in a Peachy-colored Lehenga and Lohit in a Nehru jacket and Kurta-Chudidar. We were so thrilled to capture them having an absolute blast. Their beaming faces and wide smiles just spoke volumes about the fun they had!

The next day’s ceremony, called Pellikuturu, was held for the bride and took place at Vijayawada as well. With daybreak yet to happen, the ceremony began at 5.30 am. Rishika was a vision in pastel-colored Kanchi Saree, accompanied by flowers that adorned her and completed the look.

Following this, the Wedding took place in the evening, at the SS Convention Hall, and continued late into the midnight, ending with the Muhuratam Ceremony.

For the wedding, Rishika had dressed to the nines and looked every bit the South Indian belle in a red Kanchi Saree. No less was Lohit, who looked just as dashing in a red and beige Sherwani Chudi suit!  Together, they made up for some lovely couple shots!

Amidst the chaos of the wedding, our sporty bride kept her spirits high and flying. The funky photo-shoot we had with her friends is a testimony of just that.

The wedding came to an end with the Vratam Pooja, which was held at Hyderabad. Starting relatively late, at 7.30 am, we captured the couple taking part in the function with Rishika decked up in Kanchi Saree again and Lohit, in a Kurta and Chudidar piece, as they headed for the home run.

We truly enjoyed covering this wedding. The beauty of the coastal Andhara, replete with its overarching Palm trees, endless green cover and traditional homes has shone through our photos. Our time spent with the duo was an enriching experience. We got to immerse ourselves in their culture once more, after covering Rishika’s cousin’s Saket and Sri Lakshmi’s Wedding at Vijaywada in 2018 and witnessing the joys and nuances of a traditional Telegu Wedding. Thank you for choosing us again, we wish you both a healthy and happy married life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divya & Rohit: Punjabi Wedding in Nagpur

Divya & Rohit: Punjabi Wedding in Nagpur

Divya & Rohit: Punjabi Wedding in Nagpur

We are lucky to be in a profession that lets us meet new people, and be remembered as a small but very significant chapter in their lives. Thats because whenever they go back and relive their days through these pictures, they will remember the good work and a whole of heart and efforts put there!

Divya & Rohit’s wedding in Nagpur was one such beautiful affair. Their wedding was vibrant and colourful, just like their personalities. They planned their wedding in a matter of three weeks, and kudos to them for executing it so well! Lots of smiles, hugs, dance went on in this wedding, and we have such warm memories. Do watch their wedding film first, before heading on to the pictures!

Thank you guys, for having us for your special days!

 

 

Christian Wedding in Madh Island

Christian Wedding in Madh Island

Christian Wedding in Madh Island

We always enjoy covering a white wedding because of it’s fun nature and chill vibes. This one was held at Andy’s resort in Madh Island. Our couple got ready at their individual homes and turned up at the Church where a ceremonial mass was held for them, followed by the ring exchange and a Reception. 

Reema and Andy met through the matrimonial site, Jeevansathi.com and had mixed feelings about each other initially. They did not know, however, that cupid had already struck them as they continued talking to one another well after their date. This soon progressed into liking one another and ultimately, culminating in the decision of getting married!

There was no proposal, mind you, but their hearts were already set on one another and like they to say, love was in the air! 

Along with the Wedding, we also captured a pre-wedding shoot for the adorable duo. Head on below to have a look!

 

 

 

Sikh Wedding in Lucknow

Sikh Wedding in Lucknow

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!