Anshul & Pooja’s story starts form a relatively small city of Bulandshehar and goes up to the home of Taj Mahal, Agra. But don’t let that make you believe that this wedding was anything less than a super fun ride that span across two days. In fact, this was one of those weddings which will make you feel that when there are amazing people around, nothing else matters!
Meet Anshul, a passionate photographer himself who never believed in love and always ran away from relationships. We can call him “Sid” of Dil Chahta Hai 😀
So one fine day, Anshul meets Pooja through a family friend and she busted all his theories about love in a nano-second. That’s when our “Sid” got the answer of Jaane Kyu Log Pyar Karte Hain 😉
And that was the version of his story as told by Anshul himself. Let’s take you straight to the pictures. The first day started form the ceremonies at Anshul’s place in bulandhahr
The groom to be meeting all his sisters.
The preparation of the first formal ceremony began.
Anshul & his brother in law sharing a candid moment.
And here comes the whole college gang of Anshul.
Looks like he was having a lot of fun himself 😛
The happy faces 😀
Tick-Tock & High-Heels
After that initial ceremony in the morning, there was a break of few hours in which everyone got rest and chilled around. Clock ticked quickly and soon it was evening. Time for the haldi ceremony of Anshul!
Anushka seemed happy but inside her mind, she’s planning to take all the revenges today 😛
The college gang was having a great time as well!
What did I say about Anushka? 😛
So like this, haldi ceremony also came to an end & we went outside to catch anyone we could, for a photo 😀
After this small run-around photo session; it was time for the last event of the day. The “seherabandhi” ceremony.
Title given by Anshul: “Ye wo lifafe hain jo hath me to aayen, par jeb me na jaa payen” 😛
And the smile getting wider already !
So this was a customary ceremony of ghurchadi & seharabandhi. Next morning, we were supposed to head early morning for Agra.
But before that, a teeny-weeny bachelor party was planned 😉
Ok this was some different kind of love that was happening which we’ll skip describing about 😛
So that marked the end of the night.
Say good morning to the next day. After a mad run to make sure everyone was on time, we were set for a road journey to Agra.
After reaching Agra, everyone got some rest & it was time for the goom to get ready.
Dad, Son & those candid smiles.
And just like that, it was time for the baarat!
And the never ending dance began!
The photographer groom couldn’t help but try his hands on few shots himself 😛
We were just beside the Taj Mahal
Dancing all they way through, we reached the wedding venue.
Some really bad-ass Band-Baaja Baarat!
The warm hugs.
For some reason, Pooja’s brothers decided to take Anshul from the gate to the stage this way 😛
Meanwhile I dashed inside the hotel to take some quick shots of the bride.
Ashish making sure he gets the smiling photo 😛
And here comes the bride.
And this was one of the most difficult situations for me. I was surrounded by around 8 traditional photographers & I had to get my framing right. In a split second, I decided to kneel down and get the best framing possible since there was no place to stand.
At this point, the two “traditional photographer’s” team was doing all their experiments with the bride and groom 😛 And like always, there was no point of making any photographs at that point. So I chilled, walked around and explored the place.
While I was doing that, it immediately stuck me that I didn’t make any exclusive photographs of Anushka (Anshul’s sister) and I was sure that for this, she was going to curse me for the rest of her life 😛
I took her along away from the wedding & traditional photo session & spotted this perfect place for a photo. The pattern behind, the beautiful girl in front and the simple lehenga. Too many things I love in this picture!
By this time, the intense traditional photo session was done and I took Anshul & Pooja away to make some photographs. We had to literally dodge the traditional photographers to escape 😛
Taking them along, I made sure they were comfortable after that tiring on-stage photo session. This whole making people comfortable is the only important thing for a photographer.
And that’s how I was able to make this photograph!
Post the creative session, it was time for the final wedding rituals.
For some reason, I find a lot of emotional value in the photograph below. Pooja’s father in deep thoughts with his eyes closed while his daughter in the right of the frame.
Did you notice the trademark “Smile” of Anshul ?
And of course, time to hand over some cash to the sister in laws 😛
Negotiation successful !
Amidst all the joy, happiness & smiles, it was finally time to bid adieu.
And that was Anshul & Pooja’s story. A bunch of amazing people, friends and hosts. Every time I see these photographs myself, I feel honoured to be able to create these for them. Knowing how much Anshul & Anushka had to convince their folks to get me there, it makes me even more happy! And like they say, it’s all destiny.
Thank You, Anshul & Pooja for letting me be a part of the most important day of your life. And Anshul, the “Best-man” will keep meeting you in weird & unplanned ways as always 😀