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Thursday
Jul312014

KARISHMA & SATPREET - #WECAMEWESAWWEWED - DUBAI, UAE

A few weeks back I posted the stunning images from Karishma & Satpreet's wedding. Now its time for the wedding film trailer. I feel the same way - it was one big party that spanned mutliple days. The wedding events planned by my favorite - Rimjhim Bhagchandani (www.rimjhimevents.com) - and were coordinated to perfection with every little detail thought of and executed. The festivities started with a very intimate yet vibrant Mehndi at Karishma's villa - close friends and family mingled and danced into the wee hours. The second event was the masquerade sangeet at the Majlis Al Mina in Mina A'Salam hotel. A huge masquerade backdrop with ethnic decor set the stage for performances by friends and family followed by a dance floor oozing energy and fun. Again, Rimjhim aunty perfected the ambiance. The wedding started off with Satpreet's baraat at the Magnolia Al Qasr with Karishma arriving in a traditional abra from her room to the mandap. PThe reception was held the day after at the grand Johara ballroom and had a Gatsby theme. Vintage typewriter for guests to type in their wishes to the newly wed, a huge Gatsby backdrop for photobooth, and a stage elegantly displaying Karishma and Satpreet's logo. DJ Sash kept the guests dancing to some groovy numbers and remix songs. After four days of hectic fun, I am not sure where Karishma and Satpreet found the energy to meet us at the Bab Al Sham's resort for a twilight photoshoot in the dunes. A huge hug to Aziz, Serge and Gaston for coming out and traveling 1000s of miles to shoot with us. It was always a pleasure to work with them. Cant thank Preeti, Rajesh and Karan for their hospitality. Last but not the least - a big hug to Karishma and Satpreet for keep up with me and be up for a post wedding shoot. Enjoy!

 

Tuesday
Jun242014

KARISHMA & SATPREET- THE ARABIAN TALE, MEDINAT JUMEIRAH, DUBAI 

 

Karishma and Satpreet's wedding was a blast before we wrapped up the 2013 wedding season. The wedding events planned by my favorite - Rimjhim Bhagchandani - and were coordinated to perfection with every little detail thought of and executed. I started discussing the shoot plan with Karishma months before the wedding and we carved out time out in the dunes for a sunset shoot - something that puts all the events and festivities in perspective. The festivities started with a very intimate yet vibrant Mehndi at Karishma's villa - close friends and family mingled and danced into the wee hours. The second event was the masquerade sangeet at the Majlis Al Mina in Mina A'Salam hotel. A huge masquerade backdrop with ethnic decor set the stage for performances by friends and family followed by a dance floor oozing energy and fun. Again, Rimjhim aunty perfected the ambiance. The wedding started off with Satpreet's baraat at the Magnolia Al Qasr with Karishma arriving in a traditional abra from her room to the mandap. Perfect coordination of Karishma's outfit with the decor, which had mix of white and mustard. 1000 balloons were released as Karishma got off the abra. A beautiful twilight wedding ceremony followed Karishma's arrival. The reception was held the day after at the grand Johara ballroom and had a Gatsby theme. Vintage typewriter for guests to type in their wishes to the newly wed, a huge Gatsby backdrop for photobooth, and a stage elegantly displaying Karishma and Satpreet's logo. DJ Sash kept the guests dancing to some groovy numbers and remix songs. After four days of hectic fun, I am not sure where Karishma and Satpreet found the energy to meet us at the Bab Al Sham's resort for a twilight photoshoot in the dunes. The resort lended a very oasis like feel and it was fun shooting in the narrow alleys and sunlit terraces. I could not wait to shoot Karishma's reception outfit against the neutral colors of the sand dunes. The lighting was perfect, and we clicked away as the sun set in the distant horizon. A huge hug to Aziz, Serge and Gaston for coming out and traveling 1000s of miles to shoot with us. It was always a pleasure to work with them. Cant thank Preeti, Rajesh and Karan for their hospitality. Last but not the least - a big hug to Karishma and Satpreet for keep up with me and be up for a post wedding shoot. Enjoy!

Event Planning: Rimjhim Bhagchandni 

Hair & Make up: Preeti Chotai

Bridal Couture: Rabani & Rakha


Monday
Jun162014

NEHA & RAVI - THE ARMANI AFFAIR - DUBAI

 

Neha and Ravi's glitzy engagement at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa was a testiment to their impeccable taste in picking the location and making friends, family and guests experience the glamour of Armani Hotel and the   groove of Hari & Sukhmani. I met Neha and Ravi a couple of weeks before their engagement while I was in Dubai shooting Karishma and Satpreet's wedding at the Medinat Jumeirah. I could feel an instant connection to Neha and Ravi and we had a creative connection right away. Their outfits from Shantanu & Nikhil were stunning and that had me all dreamy of the images that we would get from the event. Unfortunately. I could not make it back to Dubai for the shoot. Sid and Aziz traveled to Dubai for a couple of days to shoot the event and they had an amazing time with Neha and Ravi's family, friends and guests. A rather chilly january evening outdoor event had a rather balmy dance floor with friends, family and guests tapping to the peppy tunes Hari and Sukhmani performed. I cant thank Rimjhim aunty ( Rimjhim Events )  enough for putting together a fabulous setting for the event with a drop down cake at the altar. The minimalist decor complemented the rich backdrop of downtown Dubai. Her attention to details is extremely inspiring - the day started out pleasant but as the evening progressed, the temperature dropped rather suddenly and Rimjhim aunty had pashmina shawls, neatly folded in a basket, for guests who were not able to dance the chil away. As the evening progressed, guests could not help but get swayed, into the dance floor, by the peppy tunes Hari and Sukhmani performed.

Sid and I are looking forward to the wedding in Phuket later this year. It should be 4 days of non stop fun and action. Already gearing up for the epic pool party before the reception!

Event Planning - Rimjhim Bhagchandani

Couture - Shantanu & Nikhil

Performance - Hari & Sukhmani

Cinematography- Doodle Studio

Tuesday
Jun032014

DRISH & MITUL - THE MONSOON WEDDING - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

Non stop action and fun is what this wedding was. I can't recall a single moment where I had to go look for content to film. Amazingly fun couple and their friends gave us plenty to film for 4 days. Rain or shine, we were on the go. A big hug and thanks to Drish, Mitul and their families for being such gracious hosts and being so camera friendly. From the fun by the pool to the delicate moments with Drish's mother, there was a wide range of emotion on my platter at the editing table. I had a constant flow of smile and tears throughout the days I sat on the table and wove the trailer together frame by frame. It rained everyday in San Juan and at the most vulnerable moments ( wedding ceremony, Sangeet and reception ). I had no choice but to name the trailer - "The Monsoon Wedding". Numerous trips to old San Juan, riding the commuter train, and the fort while fighting the wind, rain and in the end a big fiasco with flying a kite, made the entire shoot memorable and full of goofy moments. I would like to thank Drish and Mitul for having us be part of their big day!

Hope the true essence of the wedding comes out in the trailer!
It was great to work with Drish herself and her team from Drish Couture
Mehwish Khan for Hair/Makeup
Zaheer, Z Molu photography
DJ Suhel from NYC

 

Monday
Jan272014

PAYAL & SHANGRIL - THE MARWAR INDULGENCE, UDAIPUR 

A whirlwind half day engagement shoot in a city that is a photographer's paradise, a tranquil stay at the Fateh Garh Palace overlooking the city was an experience on its own w...ith the calm tunes of Sarangi playing in back. No frame is worth missing at the same time no experience is worth missing even though this is everyone's 2nd/3rd visit, but we lived it all as much as we could. Susmita, Pooja and I experienced the magic of udaipur with the time we had, including waking up at 4.30am to see the sunrise. The recipe for the e-session had numerous ingredients - a lot of planning, hours of discussions on concepts, numerous pins on a pinterest board, dedication from the bride (and groom) to be, brainstorming sessions for styling with Susmita, and last but not the least, all the stars lining up and no hiccups on the day of the shoot except, I could have had another slot for sunrise or sunset as there was nothing worth missing from the beautiful spa pool at the Udaivilas to the boats in lake pichhola and the monsoon palace. Susmita & I would like to thank Payal & Shangril for all their dedication, given the time constraints, travel and crazy schedules during their engagement which took place in Ahemdabad the next day. They worked effortlessly and gave us so much freedom as well as a platform which was needed to create stunning imagery. The regal locations, the earthy tones to the amazing backdrops of the city palace and Udaivilas, and cultural richness in the city made the shoot special to all of us. From Shiv Niwas Palace to Udaivillas, and a short fashion stint in the market, Sarees by Sabyasachi Mukherjee that were picked by Payal and a saree dhoti look styled by Susmita, that was created on paper on our 16 hr flight from Newark to Mumbai.  The saree was just something I happened to pick from my mother's wardrobe the day I was catching my flight from Houston to Newark. It was my father's first gift to my mother on their wedding night and is very special to them. I felt it would be a great way to revive this look and Susmita made it work like a charm for our one editorial concept on 'Basanti'. We  had everything from a horse carriage, elephant and a cow  ( by the ghaat) to create a row of images that were mixed in approach from editorial to fine art and minimalist to some that were purely fashion driven. But we couldn't have pulled it together without the help of a young talented dynamic and a very hard working photo assistant and an excellent photographer Pooja, who looked into every minute detail to ensure we had a smooth shoot all along as well our Location Manager/Line Producer Anil & his team. I can't thank him enough for helping us round the clock for two days with transport arrangements, scouting, permissions and ensuring we have access to everything we needed, even his vest for one of Shangril's looks:-) Lastly, my sincere gratitude to the team of Udaivillas for their astounding hospitality. 

Make-up, Hair & Styling by Susmita- Style by Susmita
Assitant Photographer Pooja Patel
Line Producer Anil Angad Vanwala- Shooting Stars Event Management
Venue Udaivillas, Shiv Niwas and Jadgish Chowk
Payal's Outfits: Sabyasachi Mukehrjee