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Thursday
Oct092014

RIDHIMA & ATUL - TWO STATES, ONE LOVE - CHICAGO

 

At Ridhima (Punjabi)and Atul's (Maharashtrian) wedding, two families from two different regions of India came together. I was itching to photograph the wedding and see it unfold as the day progressed. Diversity in rituals, food, language, clothes etc have always piqued my interest. Not to mention, flying back to Chicago is always an incentive for me to catch up with friends. The day started early, with Ridhima getting ready,  at the Intercontinental followed by a not so short drive to the wedding venue. The wedding ceremony was held at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Nisar Naimi from Shaadi Creations' worked his magic wand to set up a serene ambiance by the lake. The lush green backdrops at the botanical garden gave us the opportunity to capture some glamorous portraits.  The reception was held at the Intercontinental later in the evening. Two families, two states, one love - the reception saw a roller coaster of emotions with plentiful of tears and hearty laughs alike. This was one of the very few times where I did an e-session the day after the wedding. Atul rented a boat for us to shoot on. A fun few hours on lake michigan, on a sunny monday afternoon, while I clicked Ridhima and Atul - both looked stunning. A big thanks to Drish for being the planner extraordinaire and Mehwish for her amazing make up. It was great to finally work with Nathan from Delack Media. 

Event Planning - Drish Singh Patel - Drish Couture
Wedding Hair & Make Up - Mehwish Khan www.mehwishkhan.com
Reception Hair & Make up- Sonia Sandhu www.soniasandhu.com 
Decor - Nisar Naimi - Shaadi Creations
Cinematography - Nathan Delack - Delack Media



 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday
Oct032014

LAMHE - PALAK & PINANK , PHILADELPHIA & LOS ANGELES

The jaunt back east, over the memorial day weekend, to Philadelphia to shoot Palak & Pinank's wedding was a delight - the atmosphere, hospitality, warmth, food etc. made the entire wedding very cozy yet grand. Photography + cinematography projects are always stressful but with some exquisite planning and organization by Priya from Premini Events, the wedding events were executed flawlessly. The wedding festivities started in Princeton with a very colorful Mehndi and Garba. Great decor, by elegant affairs, amazing food and very traditional events made for a great start to the memorial day weekend festivities. After the Garba, the wedding and reception were held in Philadelphia. A rather enthusiastic baraat, with streets were closed off,  kicked off the wedding ceremony. Elegant affairs put together a very chic and grand  wedding mandap. The reception was equally elegant and fun. DJ Sharad and Marco had the guests grooving till late. We did not get much chance to shoot with Palak and Pinank in Phily - had them come out to LA in August and we shot in various locations including the beaches in Malibu, the El Mirage lake bed and a  road that felt like going on for eternity. A big thank you to Palak and Pinank for being gracious hosts in Philadelphia and braving rather trying conditions at the desert, fighting scorching sun and heat, and the cooler and breezy beaches. A big hug to Susmita Patel from stylebysusmita for taking time out of her busy schedule and coming out to LA to be my partner in crime. A big thank you to Mehul and his for working alongside us and making beautiful memories

Event Planning  - Priya Kumar - www.preminievents.com

Make Up & Hair - Susmita Patel - Style By Susmita

DJ - Sharad Bhavnani - DJUSA

Decor/Flowers - Elegant Affairs

Second Photography Team- Mehul Patel - Memories Photo & Video

Catering - Kamal Arora - Mogul Catering

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