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Bollywood-style 1st Birthday Party

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Thanks to my friend and great event planner, Rashi Shyam (Event Nirvana), I had the pleasure of meeting Raju Sethi and his wife, Hansita, this past Saturday as I photographed their twin’s first birthday party. Raju runs AVS, the most watched Indian entertainment show in the US. Not many kids get birthday wishes via video from some of India’s biggest Bollywood stars. Not to mention hear a live performance by G-Deep, the first American Punjabi artist to be signed by Times Music, Indian’s biggest music label. To see more pictures check out the Facebook Album from the event.

G-Deep performs for the guests.

Rashi decorated with a Bollywood movie theme.

That cute movie theme again for party favors!

Aditi and Mick’s wedding on Maharani Weddings.com

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.


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.

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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