Archive: October, 2010



Meg and Drew, Yale Club, New York

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I met Meg and Drew at the Brooklyn Wedding Crashers event early in the year.  They seemed to like my low key approach to weddings and when it came time to start planning their wedding Meg contacted me.  They made it very clear that they weren’t into posed photos and “forced groupings”.  Though my emphasis is always on catching the natural, candid moments I’m very into doing great portraits as well and I think we had some lovely ones with such a beautiful setting at the Yale Club and Grand Central Station.  I’ve shared a couple of them here.  I think my favorite moment of the day was Drew serenading Meg at the reception…putting all his time with the Yale Whiffenpoofs to good use.  My second favorite was Meg’s dance with her father that they took lessons for.  I was told to make sure I had great photos of that moment.

Getting Ready: InterContinental, New York Barclay Hotel

Venue: Yale Club of New York

Portraits: Yale Club and Grand Central Station







Harika’s sari ceremony, NJ

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Vijay called me two weeks before his daughter Harika’s sari ceremony to photograph the day for his family.  I was intrigued since I’m a latecomer to wearing a sari and only did so for the first time a few years ago for my sister’s engagement party (with much help from an aunt).  What would we do without the aunties helping to keep up the traditions?  For a parent that first time their daughter wears a sari is a big coming of age moment.  My favorite photos of the day are of Harika’s mother, Latha, and the aunties helping to dress her for her party.  I’m sure Harika probably loved watching the Bollywood-style dancers and having all her friends around her.













Chhandasi and Amil, Melville, New York

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’ve never actually tried to explain what happens in an Indian wedding on this blog since I’ve grown up with them, but whenever I talk to friends who aren’t Indian I realize that many of the rituals could probably use some explanation. Each part of India has slightly different rituals or ways of performing the same rituals which is what makes photographing Indian wedding so interesting.

I remember that at one wedding the non-Indian groomsmen didn’t realize they were supposed to let the bridesmaids steal the groom’s shoes. One groomsman was holding onto them for dear life until a bridesmaid explained he was only supposed to put up token resistance so later on the groom could buy back his shoes from the bridesmaids.

There’s almost always a horse (though sometimes an elephant) with or without a carriage for the bharat. This is a procession of the groom’s family, traditionally, to the bride’s residence. Here it’s often once around the wedding venue and plenty of dancing by the groom’s family. As the photos below show getting put on someone’s shoulders can get a little  tricky, but Amil took the whole thing in stride. I’m guessing he was much more comfortable, though, in the horse-drawn carriage.


 

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