fbpx
Rishika and Lohit : Wedding in Vijayawada

Rishika and Lohit : Wedding in Vijayawada

Rishika and Lohit : Wedding in 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!

 

 

 

Krishna and Akanksha : Wedding at Temple Tree Leisure, Bangalore

Krishna and Akanksha : Wedding at Temple Tree Leisure, Bangalore

Krishna and Akanksha : Wedding at Temple Tree Leisure, Bangalore

2017 has been most generous to us, where we met and captured some of the most amazing people, and Krishna & Akanksha happened to be right up there. Krishna who happens to be my batchmate from BITS Pilani is an easy going and chilled out person who fell for Akanksha’s charm, while working together in the office. Despite their contrasting personalities, they mingle like salt in water. So when the bride and groom have such amazing chemistry and understanding we are also at our best and we are happy it all showed in the photographs.

Akanksha and Krishna did the whole wedding planning by themselves and chose TempleTree Leisure in Bangalore as the venue for their wedding. TempleTree is one of the finest venue in Bangalore alongside The Tamarind Tree and Ganjam Mandap. We have shot Shruti-Akhil’s and Swati-Yash’s wedding at Ganjam Mantapa earlier. Particularly outstanding is the floral decoration done at the property on the morning of the wedding. The wedding celebration kicked off with EduruKolu where both the sides tried coaxing the other to step forward and meet at a common point. This was followed with a sparkling display of cold-pyro behind which they exchanged rings. Soon after as the crowd settled down the dance performances by the family set the stage on fire. But the highlight remained the solo and duet performances of Akanksha and Krishna with the crowd cheering their lungs out. Krishna had to re-perform on popular demand. People kept partying and dancing till everyone called it a night. 

The wedding started early with Kashi Yatra. The groom was dressed in the traditional White Dhoti and bride looked pretty in a green Kancheevaram. The entire venue was decorated with lines of marigold and Diyas which created a surreal traditional look. Throughout the wedding Krishna and Akanksha kept enjoying themselves and that was the best aspect of the whole wedding. Shooting the wedding in the daylight at peak afternoon was a difficult task, we wish the sun was a little easier on us. Nevertheless, we loved the photographs and we leave you with them for your feedback. 

Let’s peep into Akanksha and Krishna’s wedding directly and then follow it up with their first day 🙂

P.S. : Watch out for the moment when Akanksha’s peeps to have a look at Krishna’s Kashi Yatra. 

 

Aditya & Sahiti: Telugu Hyderabad wedding

Aditya & Sahiti: Telugu Hyderabad wedding

Aditya & Sahiti: Telugu Hyderabad wedding

It is not everyday that your best friend ties the knot. Aditya and I have been inseparable friends since school times. So when you receive the news of your best friend getting married it brings many thoughts, it makes you nostalgic of all the good times spend together and how time flew that your friend is about to reach an important milestone in life. 

So, Aditya was all set to marry the tall and pretty Sahiti. Aditya, an IIT Kharagpur alumni who is currently finishing his PhD, first met Sahiti, who was pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health, in their college University of Minessota in US. I first came to know about Sahiti when he was planning to propose her. Subsequently we came to know that Sahiti loved our work and our documentary approach to wedding rituals and ceremonies along with blending couple portraiture and capturing fine details. I personally wanted to enjoy Adi’s wedding and not shoot it, but as both of them were keen on us shooting the wedding, we found ourselves travelling to Hyderabad in a train along with Adi’s family.

The whole family was quite exhilarated about the wedding. On reaching Hyderabad, we set out earlier for the venue Noma Kalyana Vedika while the groom’s party left later from the station after changing clothes at the railway station. We reached earlier so that we could set up our equipment and be prepared to capture the Groom’s side being welcome by the bride’s side. Typical of Telugu weddings there were a lot of pujas and as soon as every one settled down the puja started shortly. The key opening function was Kashi Yatra where the groom sets on a symbolic journey to Kashi to continue with his Brahminism while bride’s parents convince him to enjoy the bliss of married life.  The important functions from the wedding happened like this –

Edurukolu: This is a fun filled event where the groom’s entourage is welcomed into the mandapam by the bride’s family and friends amidst traditional music played on the Nadaswaram 

Jeelakarra Bellam: Amidst the chanting of sacred vedic hymns the bride and groom place a freshly ground paste of cumin and jaggery on each other’s head to signify their eternal bond

 Talambralu: The bride and groom shower each other with Talambralu which is a mixture of rice with saffron and turmeric. This signifies the joyful beginning of a happy and prosperous life together

Saptapadi: The bride and groom take seven steps Saptapadi together and with each step they recite one vow. This symbolizes the beginning of their journey through life as partners.

As the muharatam was at 3.30 am in the night by the time the wedding got over it was already morning. After the wedding even though Aditya and Sahiti were completely exhausted they happily shot a lot of fun photographs together. This is one of our finest work in terms of documentary coverage of a wedding and its partially because of the support and love we got from Aditya and Sahiti’s family. We hope you could see the whole story of their wedding unfold through the photos.

Wedding Couture:  As I often get messages from men and women who are interested to know where to shop for wedding clothes, here is where Aditya and Sahiti got their clothes from. As the bride and groom didn’t have much time they did their wedding shopping in Mumbai and Hyderabad respectively. Aditya headed to Santacruz in Mumbai which is the best place to shop for wedding clothes in Mumbai. Having explored most places in Mumbai myself for wedding clothes I would say this is the best place for guys to buy some decent and classy clothes – Manyavar, Jinam, Kora offer amazing collection for Men. Also a lot of designers have their outlets here, so a visit here is must. 

Train Journey and the arrival

 

Snatakam and Kashi yatra

 

Pelli Kodukuni Cheyyadamu

 

Ankurarpanam

 

Edrokulu and engagement

 

Sahiti Getting Ready and Antarpat

 

The Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rucha & Ajay: Wedding in Andheri Lokhandwala

Rucha & Ajay: Wedding in Andheri Lokhandwala

Rucha & Ajay: Wedding in Andheri Lokhandwala

Rucha and Ajay, college sweethearts tied the knot on 11 Feb, 2015 amidst a lot of fanfare in a simple and classic wedding at Celebration Sports Club at Andheri, Lokhandwala, Mumbai. The two met in their college while doing MBA and that is where their chemistry sparked. They had a cross cultural marriage with ceremonies from both their cultures viz Marathi (Rucha) and Telugu (Ajay).  An afternoon wedding followed by an evening reception. The stage was very nicely decorated and it was a pleasure photographing the couple with the artsy and royal setting. Now let the photographs do the talking

 

Pin It on Pinterest