Nir and Emma’s wedding was the first wedding I shot in Delhi after a very long time, and the last I photographed this year before the lockdown started. This was not at all a small production and I have to congratulate the wedding planners, Kanika and Naina, for not only pulling this off with flying colours, but also making the whole experience so much fun not only for the couple and the families but for me as well.

The church wedding at The Cathedral of the Redemption in delhi

Hailing from two very different religions, it was important for Emma and Nir that their wedding celebrated both their traditions. Their Christian wedding was hosted at the Cathedral Church of the Redemption in Central Delhi, followed by a reception at The Imperial Hotel. The Indian wedding functions were held at the all-suite property of ITC Grand Bharat in Gurugram.

Reception at the imperial hotel

We started in Delhi with a beautiful church wedding at the cathedral of Redemption. Built between 1927 and 1931, the church is located east of Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan, formerly Viceroy House, which was used by then British Viceroy. This is truly a wonderful set-up for a wedding with an overlooking balcony that offers a great view of the ceremony. However, one really needs to keep in mind that this balcony is protected by a territorial organ-player who is all but happy to allow a photographer to use the vantage point. We managed the dragon but not without effort.

After the wedding, we all proceeded to the amazing Imperial Hotel for the lunch and reception. I have a special place in my memories for the Imperial hotel as this is where my wife and I landed in February 2002 when we moved from Tel Aviv to India. Delhi was a different city at the time with mostly Ambassador cars on the roads and the Imperial hotel was still in its old avatar before the restoration, but it has always managed to hold the memories of the city we fell in love with.

the indian wedding at ITC Grand bharat gurugram

The next day the party moved south of the city to the ITC Grand Bharat in Gurugram. This area is still mostly rural and the hotel towers over the landscape like a palace from another era. I guess that if you lived in Delhi you’d know this place but to me it was a huge surprise. I was stunned by the incredible structure set amid mustard fields south of the city, and was especially happy with my room ­čśë

It was fantastic to have all the time I needed for family portraits. This was not without challenges as some of the family members where less patient than others, but Emma and Nir were super chilled out and the outcome was certainly worth the effort.

emma & Nir’s wedding at ITC Grand Bharat 

Photo agency: SILK Photos
Lead Photographer: Sephi Bergerson (SILK)
2nd Photographer: Sunny Pariani (SILK), Raveesh Pandrekar (SILK) and Elena Iakushina.

Wedding Planners: Kanika Sethi Weddings & Shaadi Masala
Venues: Cathedral Church of the Redemption (Christian Wedding), Reception (The Imperial Hotel), Indian wedding at ITC Grand Bharat 
GroomÔÇÖs Outfits:┬áSabyasachi Mukherjee (Mehndi)
BrideÔÇÖs Outfits:┬áTruvelle dress (Christian Wedding), Devnaagri (Mehndi, Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Makeup: Softglam by Shobhita Khurana

Sephi Bergerson