Archive: ‘Indian Weddings’



Varsha & Apurva I Indian wedding I Franklin Lakes I New Jersey

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

It’s unusual for Indian weddings to be small affairs, but Varsha and Apurva had their hearts set on a small, intimate family wedding their at their home in Franklin Lakes. Though the rain meant moving the wedding indoors, it had no impact on the joy of the day for the happy couple and their families. The at-home wedding definitely came with a few unusual moments such as the groom answering his cell phone mid-ceremony and a time out to adjust the thermostat for the comfort of the guests (also by the groom while tied by a scarf to his bride).

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Nisha & Malik I Indian Wedding I James Chapel and the Refectory of Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

A theological seminary for an Indian wedding is so very New York City…a dash of this and a little bit of that in the giant melting pot of a city. I loved that Nisha felt comfortable enough in her first email to me to go into detail about her and Malik’s story. I immediately felt a connection and knew it would be a great fit for us to work together. I’d just worked on a photo reportage on the Gulf Coast for the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina for CBS News before meeting both of them in person for the first time for their engagement session. Since Malik was from the great city of New Orleans we had much to connect on besides wedding details. Nisha’s great big smile and the joy that was always so evident were key ingredients to this lovely wedding.

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Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Carlyle On The Green I Part 4

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Don’t know how Radhika did it, but she continued to be full of energy and look beautiful 14 hours into her wedding day at the start of our second portrait session. She took it all in stride as well when her reception dress went temporarily AWOL throwing off the schedule. Luckily, the families took my advice to pad their schedule with extra time in case of problems! We went from beach venue to golf course at Carlyle On The Green in Old Bethpage. Late afternoon summer light is such a great time for portraits and the golf course provided a beautiful setting (while paying attention to stay out of the way of flying golf balls and golfers!). I love the red foliage on the side of the first portrait. No swan ice sculpture for this couple. The airplane sculpture was in honor of Arpit’s love of flying.

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Venue: Carlyle on the Green 

Decorator: Aakriti

Caterer: Bukhara Grill 

Cake: Dortoni Bakery 

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal

Hair: Architia Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Land’s End I Part 3

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Land’s End in Sayville is a lovely venue for a wedding. It’s always fun to photograph a new place. It was a beautiful clear blue sky day when I first saw the place in late afternoon light. I hadn’t realized the Fire Island ferries go past there all day long and it was fun to watch the boats. Indian weddings rarely take place on beaches simply because it’s not the easiest thing to accommodate 300 plus guests. It was a very hot July 4th holiday weekend out on Long Island. Family and friends took cover under sunny yellow parasols at the auspicious wedding hour (determined by the priest) of noon to enjoy the ceremony and got the added bonus of a flyby…a surprise from the bride’s father for the couple.

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Venue: Land’s End, Sayville, NY

Caterer: Bukhara Grill 

Decorator: Aakriti

Videographer: Devindra Ramdehal

Hair: Archita Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

 

Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Land’s End I Baraat I Part 2

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

An early morning baraat with great light. Arpit looked great on top of that horse and the super serious horse handler was impressive as well. I felt like I was in India.

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Venue: Land’s End, Sayville, NY

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal

Decorator: Aakriti

Caterer: Bukhara Grill

 

Radhika & Arpit I Indian Wedding I Long Island I Part 1

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending the long July 4th weekend photographing a three-day Indian wedding with a bride with the same name as me. I don’t think I’ve ever met Indians who could party and dance quite as much as these two families and their friends. They had the Bollywood dancing down for sure (see the reception post to come). They definitely needed energy and stamina. ‘Rise and Shine’ was the perfect message for a bride who got up at 4am to start her hair and makeup for her 18-hour wedding day and after dancing non-stop with all her wedding guests till midnight.  There were so many great moments that it made sense to show the images from this wedding in several blog posts. Radhika’s family had a special ceremony at their home in Holbrook to greet the bride before her wedding…an emotional time for the close-knit family and a sweet Indian tradition that ritualizes the daughter leaving her family home to start her new life.

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Getting Ready Venue: Hyatt, Hauppauge, Long Island

Hair: Archita Upadhaya

Makeup: Alana Guy

Videography: Devindra Ramdehal 

 

 

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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Ruchira and Raghav I Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Ruchira and Raghav had a beautiful, elegant Spring wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As Indian weddings go it was ‘small’. Small being a very relative word since most Indian weddings I photograph have a minimum of 300 guests. They couldn’t have asked for a better setting.

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Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Decorator: Elegant Affairs

Hair: Nikki Avanzino

Makeup: Elizabeth Black

Judith & Pradeep – Catholic and Hindu weddings, New Jersey

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Combining a full Catholic wedding ceremony with a full Hindu one makes for a jam-packed eventful wedding day for sure especially with four locations. Judith and Pradeep tried to create a fusion of their personalities and their separate family traditions with Judith’s family coming from the Dominican Republic (she made a pretty impressive Indian bride though!) and Pradeep’s family from India. I think they did a fantastic job blending everything together. It’s what I love most about weddings in New York…the whole melting pot of cultures and traditions with an American twist.

I’m not a very gushy person when it comes to dresses, shoes, fashion in general….my sister will attest to that….but I have to say that I was in love with Judith’s beautiful blush pink ‘American’ wedding dress designed by Monique Lhuillier. And the shoes were pretty spectacular too. My decor favorite was the use of cherry blossoms for the centerpieces. I always associate cherry blossoms with the beginning of spring.

This is a longer post than most for good reason. There was just a lot going on.

Vendors:

Venues:

Hyatt Morristown

Park Savoy

St. Patrick’s Church

Portraits: Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Hair & Makeup : Maira Ortiz

Lengha & Saree styling: KM Events Management

Flowers & Decor: Laura Clare Foral Design & Event Decor

Cake: A Little Cake (Le Petit Gateau) 

Rolls Royce: New Jersey Limo Bus and Limousine

Day of Coordinator: Brilliant Event Planning

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Mona & Jason’s Indian wedding – Old Greenwich, Connecticut

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

When I met Mona and Jason they’d already tied the knot legally and their traditional Indian wedding was a year away. Having grown up with my set of Indian parents it didn’t surprise me at all that it made Mona’s parents happy (or maybe they insisted?) that they took that legal step before they moved in together. I’ve actually known Indian couples that didn’t tell their parents they were living together before they got married! Things are changing, but we Indians can be very traditional and we are big on the BIG Indian wedding. Though they were already married their wedding still had that special feeling that comes with celebrating your marriage with your family and friends watching. They had a fun vibe together that came across beautifully in photos.

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Old Greenwich, Connecticut

 

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