College besties Karishma & Bhanu tied the knot before their friends and families in an intimate celebration at Karishma’s hometown in Pune.
The festivities started at The Market with vibrant decor and upbeat Bollywood music. The couple entered dancing to the beats of live Dholwalas even as their loved ones cheered them on. The lively function was the perfect ice-breaker for the two families to meet and mingle before prepping up for the upcoming revelries.
The sundowner Sangeet was hosted at [email protected] Cheered on by their loved ones, the couple’s ring exchange was followed by great revelry that included performances, dancing, music, and cocktails. The décor was kept breezy and elegant with lights and pastel colors. This was followed by a vibrant haldi.
In amazing colors of white and pink, the wedding was hosted at the rooftop venue of The Lounge at dusk with gorgeous views of the river overlooking the city. A rocking baraat kickstarted the wedding procession leading up to the ceremony, where the couple exchanged their vows under a stunning mandap with a cascading canopy of pink blooms. The decor beautifully matched the bride and groom’s wedding outfits. Now its time to go through their beautiful film and wedding photos.
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!
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.
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!
We love bringing stories from all parts of the country as much as we love shooting them. But, the wedding season really keeps us on our toes that we often miss out sharing some really great stuff due to new weddings coming on our way. Struggles of a Wedding Photographer! (Sighs) . This one is about an year ago, when Vishesh and Priyanka got married at Sun and Sand hotel in Nagpur as per sindhi rituals. They celebrated their wedding anniversary a month ago. Priyanka, a CA hails from Indore while Vishesh is an IT engineer who works in U.S, belonging from Nagpur. Thus, the destination Nagpur. How the photographs do the major talking for the gorgeous bride and the good-looking groom on their wedding, you shall spectate here.
Priyanka and Vishesh had separate ladies “Sangeet” functions. We covered the groom’s Sangeet function which was clubbed with his thread ceremony. While everyone were having a blast, we were on our toes capturing all the action as real as it could get. That involved going frighteningly close to people dancing frantically. We love the unhindered candid action shots and to get them right we often had to push ourselves off the limits. The next day the baraat started late afternoon in the blazing heat of May in Nagpur and it was excruciatingly hot! We were really surprised with the enthusiasm with which everyone danced in the blazing sun. Photographs don’t come out well when the sun is high in the sky, it casts ugly dark shadows on the faces. So we waited for the baraat to pass through the shade of a tree and then sprung to action. It is important to see how the light is falling on the subjects. Sometimes even during the bright sunny day because of light reflecting from a nearby light colored wall or glass buildings, the light can come at just the right angle. It is also a good idea to use a flash along with a ND filter. Okay, enough of technalities now, Right (blushes)!
After the baraat was welcomed the groom headed for bride’s room where a small ceremony was performed. The room was filled with laughter with women cracking and teasing the couple throughout the ceremony. Thereafter they proceeded together to Mandap and we will surrender you to the photographs of the day to narrate the rest of wedding.
Priyanka looked like a beautiful “Red-dream” in her stunning Red Lehenga, matching it with golden jewellery whereas Vishesh looked suave in his White Sherwani.
After the wedding, there was a reception ceremony where the bride and groom made a fashionably late entry, hand in hand. And as soon as they got on stage the sky burst into fireworks and the stage was lit with pyro-works. By the way, it was really hard to believe that this stunning couple had an arranged marriage, because their chemistry reveals that they know each other since ages altogether. We had an amazing session with our enthusiastic couple who took out time after reception for some beautiful photographs in the hotel premises. The recreation of a ball dance and a date for some romantic fairy tale photographs paid off all our hard-work.
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