I remember the first conversation that I had with Rupa and Andrew. I was in Mumbai and in between assignments and they called late at night due to the time difference from the UK. They said they were getting married in Uganda and I knew I wanted to be there with them. They were a seriously cute couple, and the plan was just too awesome to miss out on. Read more
Priya and Jayten are based in London but Thailand was a lot warmer and appealing. The JW Marriott Resort in Khao Lak is where they chose to lure their friends and family for their destination wedding, and what a wedding this was. This endearing, sweetest, funny as can be couple were just too much fun to be around, and are definitely one of the funniest couple I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph. We quickly established that they are not the kind of couple who would pose for those super sweet pictures, and that I was not going to ask them to do it.
Every now and then you come across a wedding that is just too fantastic to be described in words, and way too elaborate and grand to fit into a normal blog post. Sukriti and Pragun’s wedding in Jaipur was such a wedding, and grand it was. From the very first event in Delhi with the incredible performance by no other than Cirque du Soleil, to the stylish and exotic set ups at the most beautiful and stunning monuments in Jaipur, this was a wedding to remember.
We did not expect much from the first event in Delhi. After all, it was a ‘small and intimate’ welcome dinner. Little did we know what was to become of that evening. It was the first time I met Sukriti and Pragun, but we really had no time at all to get to know each other as the stage exploded with pyrotechnics as the phenomenal dancers. If ever there was an event that I wished to be the audience and not the photogrpaher, this was it. A great start to build our expectations for the Jaipur events to follow. Read more
Jasmeen and Ritin got married on my birthday! I was already back in India to drop my daughter to school at the end of July when my wife and two little girls were still not back so I was going to have my birthday alone if it wasn’t for this lovey couple. The actually took the time to get me a cake, and came down to my room to sing me before everything started. What a great way to start a wedding!
What I like about Sikh weddings is that they take place in the daytime and is usually quite a relaxed event. At least the ones that I have attended. Jasmeen’s and Ritin’s was not different and was like attending a friend’s wedding. I’m sure the birthday cake helped ‘break the ice’, but there was really no ice anyway in the heat of Delhi in July.
A Sikh Wedding in Delhi
It was a small affair. Nothing too grand and opulent. Just two friends who decided to get married and have a small get together and a party with their closest family and friends. Just the way I like it.
The Gurudwara wedding was followed by a lunch and we then rushed to the Roseate resort where the couple were to spend the night together. They were actually saying they were stressed with time as they were still scheduled to meet with some family who wanted to see them. Lucky I was there to talk them out of it and convince them to just take one night off and enjoy the rest of the day without obligations. “Just tell everyone that everything can wait as you only just got married” I said, and it worked :) Ritin later said this was the best advice of the day. I’m glad to have been useful :)
Thanks for letting me spend my birthday with you guys, and thanks for the cake :)
The lavish Muslim wedding of this Bangladeshi couple, took place at the amazing Leela Palace hotel in Udaipur over three days of great celebration. Vidiya and Rezaul have known each other since Vidiya was a young girl in the Bangladesh capital of Dakha. They have lived in the same country on and off, but have also gone through periods of living in different countries for long periods of time. Their friends and family saw the love story grow and blossom over twenty four years, and finally, after all these years, the moment arrived for them to tie the knot.
Muslim weddings are usually quite subdued, but this one was a feast of colours and grandeur. It started with a welcome dinner, followed by an after party that rocked the building. The next day, the Guava Orchard grounds of the hotel were turned into a festival of lights for the colourful mehendi ceremony, with Rajasthani musicians and fire dancers. Read more
Some weddings are simply an ongoing party that never stops. This was the case with Meghna and Gaurav’s recent wedding in Pattaya. A non-stop party at the really cool Amari Ocean resort. There were a lot of firsts at this wedding for me. The first time in Pattaya, the first time with my new Fuji XT2 camera, and also the wedding where I realised how SILK INSPIRE 2016 festival had an effect on my own work, in terms of the frames that I see, and how I shoot. All in all, a super fantastic experience, seasoned with Singha beer, foot massages, Thai food and great music. What can I say, I love this job.
Singer Benny Dayal and model-actress Catherine Thangam’s wedding in Bangalore was possibly the most down to earth celebrity wedding one can imagine. Not that I covered so many celebrity weddings, but we all have our preconceptions, and so did I. However, I must say I was pleasantly surprised to meet Benny and Cathy, and see how chilled out they both are about life, and about this hush-hush wedding, attended mostly by close friends and family.
As Benny is of Malyali origin, and Catherine is Syrian Christian, the wedding was a fusion of two traditions, a beautiful south Indian Hindu ceremony, and a Syrian Christian wedding. DJ Shireen took the dance floor by storm on the mehendi night, as well as the reception, and as the sky opened up, the party became a rain dance that no one will ever forget.
Benny Dayal is most known for his famous song Badtameez Dil (from the movie with Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone), and the wedding naturally brought together some of India’s music industry’s personalities. Among the Bollywood celebrities who attended the special day were comedian Danish Sait, actress/model Anisha Joshi, singers Vishal Dadlani and Neeti Mohan, Vishal Shekar, and composer/music producer A R Rahman.