India is a land of cultural diversity and so are its marriages. If Punjabi weddings are considered loud then Tamil weddings are simple and serene. Gujarati weddings are filled with traditional rituals and Christian weddings are modern and fun-filled. When two cultures come together and celebrate, it can only be fun and lively. Let us show you what happens when North weds South!
The Finance Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Jagdish Devda, had his son’s grand wedding with all pomp and show in the tranquil surroundings of a residential palace.
Ashmita and Harsh’s wedding celebrations were magical and spread over three days in Noor-us-Sabah, Bhopal which is perched on a hillock with a commanding view of the lake. It’s a world apart from the busy streets of Bhopal!
Mayra & Sajjan Goth
Harsh’s mother greets Ashmita’s extended family, who arrives with much fanfare with the traditional welcome. They come bearing gifts, signifying their love and blessings to the groom. Later, the families are seen enjoying a sit-down ‘Sajjan Goth’ with delicious food.
Taj Lakefront, Bhopal this surreal, opulent, and majestic property hosted the Engagement. Ashmita taking full advantage of nature’s magic hour gave us all the fabulous portraits we needed to gush over!
Her band of boys join her and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
The rest of the night was spent enjoying the rest of the evening.
This wasn’t a traditional Haldi at all! No tumeric was to be seen and neither was pales of water.
Ashmita had her girls wear matching outfits and did they slay? Yes, they did!
The bride and groom made heads turn as they made their way through the crowd. Their friends and family showed a little swag on stage for Ashmita and Harsh! Ashmita looked striking in her golden embellished lehenga as she danced for Harsh.
Everyone hooted as Swaroop Khan sauntered on stage. The audience escorted themselves to the dance floor to enjoy his stately music.
The morning started with Ashmita and Harsh getting ready with the help of their closest friends and family.
Harsh’s baraat was kicked off by his close friends and his family members danced their way to the wedding ceremony.
Later that evening, they hosted their lavish reception on the property’s lush outdoor grounds. The Chief Minister of Bhopal, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, made a brief appearance to congratulate the happy couple.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, the minister of Civil Aviation, Digvijaya Singh, the ex-chief minister of MP, and Ramji Lal Saman, a former Union Minister were also present to give their regards.
The rest of the evening was filled with love, laughter, and of course delicious food.
Some things are just meant to be. And some stories are meant to be. That’s the case for Bhagya & Vignesh. They met in college in 2011 and became very close friends. But the real story started when they landed in the same city, New York for their masters. And very soon, their friendship turned into romance. In the summer of 2021, they made things official over an engagement on the yacht in the beautiful landscape of Maui. And they got married in the most beautiful way in a telugu wedding in December 2021 at Radisson Blu, Vishakhapatnam – and we were there!
We have covered a few telugu weddings before ( Lohit- Rishika, Saket – Sri Lakshmi), and we love covering telugu weddings 🙂 Here’s sharing the photo story of three beautiful days spent at the Radisson Blu, Vishakhapatnam with Bhagya & Vig (as Vignesh is fondly called). The first day started with pujas and small rituals at Bhagya’s house in Vizag. The quaint homely setup with garden and greenery around was a treat to the eyes. The setup was totally intimate and beautiful, and we made some great portraits of the couple and both the families.
Later, the next day, the party. shifted to Radisson Blu, Vizag. The next day started with a very vibrant Haldi. Happy yellow faces took over and didn’t spare Bhagya & Vig at all. To which Vig exclaimed “If these are friends, don’t know what would be enemies”. Post the Haldi aftermath, there was an afternoon carnival where everyone dressed up and let their hair down for a fun afternoon. It was followed by dance and bonding with each other.
Everyone waited for the sangeet scheduled later in the evening. Our groom Vig is one talented man, and he stole the show with his band performance. The night saw heart-warming performances and some epic moves. New stories were created, while old friendships were relieved. When you get together with your friends and family post covid, it leads to creating great memories, and that’s what we witnessed here 🙂
The wedding morning started early with Bhagya & Vig getting ready. The south Indian attires, the sounds of nadaswaram, the filter coffee set for a great wedding mood. The wedding was beautiful and mesmerizing. Everything worked in our favor and we have such fond memories. Thank you Bhagya & Vig and both the families for having us, we are so thankful that our paths crossed 🙂
A magical wedding story from the beautiful mountains, this wedding is incredibly special and close to our hearts.
Devyani & Siva’s wedding in the hills of Mussorie at JW Mariott was a beautiful celebration of their love. From meeting first time at Mastercard office in US and taking a leap of faith for love, their journey has been nothing short of magical. They are such fun loving souls, that it feels like a party always around them. Before you head to the photos, immerse in their soulful wedding film – Leap of Love.
The wedding happened in two styles – North Indian & Telegu in freezing November Winter, but the happiness, fun and endless laughter and smiles made it really warm to capture these beautiful stories 🙂
P.S – Their getting ready photo also won the Runner Up Award in the “Getting Ready” category of Weddingsutra Awards 2020
Royal Palace Wedding at Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
“Jodhpur, a stunning little town in Rajasthan which I get to call home, is full of old world charm and regality. It was the easiest thing in the world to decide that this would be our wedding destination. We fell in love with The Bal Samand Lake Palace and it’s sprawling lawns, incredible heritage and the warm Rajasthani hospitality. – Richa
As aptly described by our dearest bride, we couldn’t help but agree to each and every thing. Before, we start with the wedding story of Abhilash & Richa, we feel this visual tour of the Bal Samand Lake Palace is essential. So here you go!
Abhilash, a fellow Bitsian got in touch with Anupam about an year ago for his wedding. However, post the initial talks there was a long gap, due to busy schedules and stuff. The talks resurfaced as both of them met at another bitsian wedding (Krishna-Akanksha) at Bangalore. Thereafter, things moved pretty fast from there and very soon we were booked to shoot their royal palace wedding at Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur.
Over stories of sky diving in Spain, crazy BITSian escapades, quick little coffee meets turned into the most incredible first date, recounts Richa. Whereas Abhilash has been a firm believer of destiny, and says he always knew this was meant to be. And ofcourse, this is meant forever, and in a total dream-come-true way at the royal Bal samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur. With a North (Richa) meets South (Abhilash) wedding & friends and family coming in from all over the world, they wanted their wedding weekend to be an experience that let their families getting to know each other well, and most importantly, letting them spend time with their closest people. That’s why the focus was on being an easy going wedding, and not being tied down with too many processes. There were three major functions – Cocktail, Haldi & the Wedding, each dreamy & beautiful in their own way.
Cocktail – The Bride & Groom got ready at the Bal Samand Lake Palace. We quickly made some couple portraits. And then the party shifted to Ranbanka Palace, Jodhpur, with friends & family rejoicing in happiness.
Haldi – Haldi is clearly the most fun event in a wedding and Abhilash & Richa’s families & friends ensured they weren’t spared with any shortage of haldi on them. The result you get to see in the photographs. What also followed was a after party dance, lighting all the mood before the evening wedding.
Wedding – One word – Dreamy! It started with us capturing the wedding details. The Bal Samand Palace is rich & green with flora & fauna, and served as a stunning backdrop. Before the sun got down, Richa got ready in her stunning Dabka Dori ensemble and we got some stunning portraits. A tip to all future brides – Get ready before the sun sets for your evening wedding & you will be overjoyed to see the outcome in the photographs. There were fireworks as the jaimal happened &thewedding happened late evening under the stunning dreamy light decor. Credits to R19 Entertainment for the fabulous decor.
Lastly, if you plan on a destination wedding, here are some tips from our couple, Abhilash & Richa –
Start Planning Early.
Be involved in planning your wedding
Involve your close friends & family
Most importantly, have fun. The madness can get to you but you will miss it when its done.
Weddings are a proof that happiness is possible if you create it with all your hearts & love, and that’s what we have to say for this wedding. It was absolutely magical, and even days after getting back from Jodhpur, we were hungover with this palace wedding. Thank you Richa & Abhilash for being so warm and letting us document your special memories!
KnotsbyAMP founders Anupam & Soumi were approached to cover this beautiful wedding at Renaissance Hotel Powai, Mumbai by Amritanshu who is groom’s brother-in-law. Jatin & Levina’s story started when they were in high school in Bangkok. They were extremely fond of each other. However, life took over and they moved to different cities and lost touch with each other for few years. Thankfully, destiny had big plans for them so eventually they met again in Bangalore and fell for each other, head over heels. Subsequently, they kept travelling across different continents to meet each other and eventually Jatin proposed Levina in Sri-Lanka. She said yes, and they were all set to get married.
From the beginning Jatin & Levina were sure about one thing, they wanted their wedding to be close to the nature and Renaissance Hotel in Powai with its close proximity to the lake and the swooning greenery made it ideal choice for their big day. As Jatin was in Bangalore, and Levina in USA, the wedding planning responsibility came to Shubhi & Amritanshu (Jatin’s sister & brother-in-law) who are based in Mumbai. They had just one directive from the couple – to get the best wedding photographers in Mumbai onboard for the wedding. Hence, it was both of them who approached us and very soon we were all set to shoot Jatin & Levina’s big day. The festivities began with mehndi ceremony which was flavored with Rajasthani folk dance and Punjabi Dhol in line with the two cultures which united for this wedding – Rajasthani & Punjabi.
The wedding was planned with great attention to detail and National decorators did a fabulous job of making the couple’s dream come true. On the wedding day, Jatin was left totally awestruck as he entered Levina’s room and glanced at her, she was a beautiful vision in red. As the sun came out in the sky and sneaking past white-foamy clouds it lifted everyone’s spirits. It was a beautiful day with warmth and festive vibes all around as the friends and family gathered to celebrate the union of Jatin & Levina. After getting ready and clicking lots of pictures with Jatin and her friends Levina walked down the aisle with a gorgeous smile and happiness in her heart, with her sister & friends carrying the phoolon ki doli all the way. Meanwhile, Jatin waited with his breath held tight to glimpse at her. One of the cutest moment to see was how he lent forward, reached out to Levina as she got on the mandap. As their eyes met, she had the brightest smile. This was the moment they waited for so long, and it was finally happening. Thereafter, in the beautiful golden hour, Jatin & Levina took their vows and made their promises to be with each other forever and got tied in holi matrimony. The night ended with the reception, which was all about dancing and grooving to music and have all the fun.
This wedding is very special to us, because of all the love, warmth, support, encouragement, appreciation we received from both the families. So, thank you Jatin, Levina, Shubhi, Amritanshu, Angela and both of the families for making us a part of your two special days! 🙂
Over past 5 years we have covered 250+ weddings, won multiple awards along with featuring in Best Photographers in India lists but nothing has come close to the review that Amritanshu has given us. The review is a blog in itself and perhaps deserves a separate post but for the sake of inclusiveness helping all our future brides and grooms to select their dream wedding photographers in India here is the full text as also mentioned in our Google Review.
“We enlisted the help and services of KnotsbyAMP for the wedding of my brother in-law Jatin and his (now) wife Levina which happened this January at the Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. Before, I move on to the specifics of our review, I would like to summarise by saying that with KnotsbyAMP what one can expect is amazing, elegant, detailed, high on technique, creative and artsy photography; the most vibrant and fun-filled videography and the opportunity to work with a highly dedicated, passionate, professional and trustworthy group of good human beings. I’ll rate them as follows under the following categories out of a maximum rating of 5:
Candid Photography : 5 / 5 Portrait Photography : 5 / 5 Location Photography : 5 / 5 Wedding Videography : 5 / 5 Video Editing and Composition : 5 / 5 Ease of doing business : 5 / 5 Professionalism on deliverables : 5 / 5
Quality of work delivered: The pictures shared with us are beautifully captured and they brilliantly document the happiness and joy being experienced by the couple on their special day. It is actually like a photo-story. We love the clean elegant frames, the clever angles, the interplay between lights and shadows, the switches between blur and sharpness, and the amazing colour balance and tone of the photographs — all of which is really owing to their masterful application of technique and talent. It is as well very refreshing to see some interesting, intelligent and visually engaging concepts in the work shared with us.
On a more personal note, what makes their work standout is their understanding of the people they are shooting. What impressed me the most is how balanced their work is. It is incredibly difficult to shoot weddings where so many things are happening parallelly. To capture all the fun, the drama, the emotions, one has to be well synced with their team, one needs to have a high level of awareness and be a master of timing, as the real difference between a good photograph and great one is timing, angle and the right frame. With the KnotsbyAMP team led by Anupam Maurya, you will get all of this and much more. More specific to our wedding, team KnotsbyAMP have masterfully framed all the beauty of the bride and groom and all of our family and friends so perfectly retaining all the essence of reality and making it possible for us relive and cherish all the precious moments from our family event — as many times as we want now.
Overall, we couldn’t be any more happier and content with the photos and the teaser video and our family is waiting with eager anticipation for the wedding film. On a concluding note, I must mention that along the way while we prepared for the wedding, we have had the good fortune of meeting some amazing people who have made sure that everything associated with the wedding happened perfectly. KnotsbyAMP are a huge irreplaceable part of that, I would once again like to thank the entire team from the bottom of our hearts for their positive presence, professionalism and for the incredible talent that they brought on board for our event.”
Before you proceed to the photos, take a look at their full film below which also won the GIWA 2019 by ICWF. GIWA stands for Great Indian Wedding Award 2019 by International Convention of Wedding Fraternity which was held this year in ITC Royal Bengal in Kolkata. We also won in the Photo-Stills category for our A Saga in Dhaka in Bangladesh.
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 Weddings – Sidhant – 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 malyali–punjabi 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 haldi, chooda & 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.