Punjabi & Gujrati Arya Samaj wedding in Mumbai
“He is most thoughtful, most caring and he believes in small but meaningful gestures, and our relationship is filled with such small surprises, and I guess thats what makes it so exciting”
The love story of this couple started in the skyscraper city of New York (NY) when they first met through common friends. Thereafter, the meetings, dates and special moments increased only to make the couple realize how much they love each other’s company and how similar they are in terms of everything. Interestingly, he had planned a week-long proposal for Natasha through a scavenger hunt by dropping hints and clues around their favourite places in NY city, letting her know how they are truly made for each other and how he wanted to spend his entire life with her. Sounds so adventurous and thrilling, right!
Naturally, for a couple who value such detailed little things and the intricacies that go behind it, choosing a photographer to capture their wedding had to be thoughtfully done. The groom, a hobbyist photographer himself understands the nuances of photography. Initially, they were planning to hire a photographer from NY itself. But when they saw our work on Facebook, they were particularly impressed by the candid timing of the pictures, the details we captured at the weddings, and our creative lighting setups. So after a series of calls, e-mails and meetings, we were booked and all eyes were set on 28th May, 2015; when the handsome groom and the exuberant bride were tying the knot. From Team AMP: Anupam, Prasad and Sunny photographed the wedding while Jerin and Winston filmed it. Our experience of covering this wedding was totally remarkable as there was so much love and energy spread throughout the 2 and 1/2 days.
The marriage function kick-started with groom’s haldi on one side and Natasha’s mehendi on the other. Groom’s haldi was a fun-filled event, where the groom-to-be was pampered with yellow hues all over his face by his family members and relatives. On the other hand, Natasha’s Mehendi ceremony was spectacularly beautiful. She adorned herself in a baby pink lehanga with a stellar white earring set, jhoomka on her forehead and a long neck-piece set. It is interesting to mention here that Natasha’s entire ensemble for her wedding was designed with a lot of love by her own mother. Mothers are seriously considered to have the best taste and nothing can beat when you have a designer mother. Classy and elegant were the words for her! All the relatives, pretty sisters, cousins and friends made the mood so lively around. Not forgetting to mention, there was another eye-candy around whom we loved to capture – Natasha’s dearest grandmother. She was so adorably poised; full of emotions and love for her pretty granddaughter. After-all, our weddings are about these happy and bright faces, full of emotions which doubles the celebrations and the joy.
Post the haldi and mehendi functions, we headed to cover the most happening cocktail party at the NSCI club (National Sports Club of India). The sangeet and the cocktail functions were clubbed together, and the fun we saw is too hard to describe here. The couple conceptualized a Bollywood theme which was executed flawlessly with the help of their friends; the highlight being cameos by Govinda and Amitabh Bachchan look-a-likes. The function saw the presence of a star-studded guest list and the happening crowd of South Bombay. So, there were lights, props, photo-booths, a magnificent stage, a bunch of crazy friends and last but not the least, alcohol. The night saw some sexy and killer moves and grooves of the friends, and the stars of the night who were dressed in Indo-western fusion attire. New friendships were made, old ones were relived, crazy antics were done and new stories came to life on this memorable night. Cocktail-parties surely loosens up everyone as they plunge into dancing, singing and sharing the joys of their hearts with their near and dear ones.
After back-to-back eventful functions, all of us were eager to capture the D-day. The wedding was to be solemnized as per Arya Samaj rituals at Taj Vivanta (The President Hotel), Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. Natasha looked stunning in her beige and golden lehenga. Credits again to her mom. For jewellery, she chose a heavy Kundan work neck-piece set, coupling them with matching sets in her ears and forehead. Her make-up was flawless and aesthetically done to suit it with her bridal wear and accessories. Her striking look totally set her apart, so much that we received a lot of queries from our friends and clients, asking details about her ensemble, make-up and jewellery, when we posted the wedding pictures on Facebook. The groom chose a white sherwani topping it with a golden pagdi and a shining green neck-piece set and looked dapper in every way. Natasha wearing kaleera in her hands, was escorted to the mandap by her father and loved ones under the cover of a red chunri. As he was waiting eagerly for his bride and when their eyes met, he was totally in awe and bowled over.
As he also mentioned in the wedding film –
“When we were sitting in the mandap getting married, exchanging vows in front of our parents, our friends; it was a bit scary and made me realize — this is legit, this is real; this is two people coming together and committing to spend the rest of their lives together through thick and through thin; and it was a very serious and deep moment, but a meaningful one”
After the traditional rituals took place, there were a flurry of friends and relatives who were eagerly waiting to wish the couple, followed by a cake cutting. And that is how, they got one step closer and each picture brings out the essence of this fun-filled ceremonies and the charming chemistry of the couple.
In his words of praise for AMP, Natasha’s husband wrote
“Anupam and his team are excellent photographers especially with candid shots. Anupam is very professional, accommodating and creative. He caters to your requirements with an eye to capture the best moments. Would highly recommend!”
Also checkout the beautiful short film we made on their wedding. It beautifully captures their journey and the essence of their story and wedding.
P.S. The groom’s name is not mentioned at his request.