Archive: ‘Indian Weddings’

Part IV: Aditi and Mick’s wedding on Maharani

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Click below to see the final installment of Aditi and Mick’s wedding at The Hyatt Hotel in Morristown.

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Part III: Aditi and Mick’s wedding on Maharani

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Be sure to check out the third installment of my photos featured on Maharani Weddings.  From start to finish, this wedding was perfectly planned by the Pampered Bride Weddings team.

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Part II: Aditi and Mick’s wedding on Maharani

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Here is part two of Aditi and Mick’s wedding, featured on Maharani Weddings. Mick looked cool on the regal horse, provided by the fabulous Dream Horse Carriages.   Don’t forget to check out the rest of the photos including the ones showing the stylish groomsmens’ outfits.  nyc wedding photographer radhika chalasani

Aditi and Mick’s wedding on Maharani

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Maharani Weddings is a fantastic blog for Indian brides. They did a beautiful job selecting photos from Aditi and Mick’s wedding at the Hyatt Morristown in New Jersey and showcased them in several posts last week.  All the details of their wedding reflected the couple’s  individual style.  I hope you’ll check out the images on their blog.

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.

Reshma & Ravi, Bronx Botanical Garden

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Not many couples would attempt to train for a major sporting event taking place the same week as their wedding, but that’s what Reshma and Ravi decided to do before their July 24th wedding this summer.  They strike me as a couple who like challenges so it seemed in their nature to juggle to major events in their lives.  Their wedding was probably the hottest day of the summer with the temperature hovering at 100 degrees.  The great staff at the botanical garden discreetly put fans around the outdoor ceremony to keep the guests cool!

Ceremony & Reception: Bronx Botanical Garden

NEW YORK: Indian Wedding at the Bronx Botanical Garden

NEW YORK: Indian Wedding at the Bronx Botanical Garden.

NEW YORK:  Indian Wedding at the Bronx Botanical Garden.

NEW YORK: Indian Wedding at the Bronx Botanical Garden.

NEW YORK: Indian Wedding at the Bronx Botanical Garden.

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NEW YORK: Indian Wedding at the Bronx Botanical Garden.

Aditi & Mick, Indian wedding, Morristown, NJ

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Aditi and Mick’s wedding was July 4th weekend. They had all the traditional elements of an Indian wedding and managed to have the wedding day reflect their personalities as well.  I have countless photos of Aditi, in particular, laughing like crazy so I know they enjoyed the day thoroughly.  There were plenty of people to share the happiness with too, with 8 bridesmaids and groomsmen and hundreds of guests.  It was a long, long day…15 hours in total and lots of fun.

The couples I’ve worked with probably have a good idea that I’m a bit irreverent about things and like to look for the details that show the humorous and unique things about each wedding along with capturing the beauty and emotions of the day. A few of the photos below are perfect examples of that:  Both Aditi and Mick had the same tattoo (below).  Aditi came up with the ingenious idea of using suspenders to keep up her very heavy beaded skirt in place, which I thought was a brilliant idea. It’s the first time I’ve seen a plastic bag used to help slide bracelets onto a bride’s arm. And for some reason, I really liked the fact that the garlands were carefully laid to rest on the tv in the bridal suite at the end of the ceremony.

I can’t speak highly enough about the staff at the Hyatt Hotel in Morristown or the wonderful iced tea in the lobby which really helped with the heat!

I also had the pleasure of working with Anoli, her husband, and the rest of their crew from Shaadi Story for the first time. They were great about coordinating the video with my photography.  I’m looking forward to seeing their video of the wedding.

Reception: Hyatt Hotel, Morristown, NJ

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Melissa and Nitin, Tarrytown, New York

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Melissa and Nitin had a lovely Indian wedding despite a rainy day in Tarrytown.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Tappan Hill Mansion

CATERING: Abigail Kirsch

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