Aswathy & Praveen’s South Indian Nair Wedding In Kerala

Hi.. Is this Rish

Yep.

I’m Aswathy.. I admire your work and I’m going to make sure you shoot my wedding, whenever that happens

Would be glad πŸ™‚

This was the conversation that happened almost a year ago. I did not know who she was but the fact that she was a very excited bride to be who wanted me to shoot her wedding. And what I discovered after a year was that she was a very excited AND determined bride to be who made sure I shot her wedding :

Aswathy and Praveen’s wedding is always going to be a tad bit special on this blog. Not because it was so simple and intimate (one thing, I’m the biggest advocate of) but because of the sheer amount of trust and pains everyone took to give us the opportunity to create some everlasting (and hopefully great) memories for them. Our first tryst with Kerala was going to be fun! Taking you to the day before the wedding, it started early morning!


 

Our morning alarm made sure we reached the temple at 6 am sharp where we scouted the whole location for cool spots to make photographs on while dodging the eyes of guardians of the Gods who didn’t seem to like cameras much πŸ˜€


 

 
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When you’re in Kerela, there are always going to be beautiful houses around and there are mostly going to be flowers scattered in some of them. It’s just the matter of asking them nicely or trespassing to make some photos happen. Whatever it takes πŸ˜‰

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Aswathy actually wanted to blend the North Indian mehendi ceremony to her traditional South Indian wedding which, I think was a great idea to add a fun element to everything preceding the wedding day. She planned everything from her extensive research on the internet and everyone was welcomed in a mehendi set up, the other day.

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Natural elements are always a part of all South Indian traditions.

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The selfie-fever, as seen in first person!

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Things were getting out of control, literally πŸ˜›

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That night was Aswathy’s last night in her maternal home and she probably had no idea that all her cousins and relatives had planned a special teasing-ceremoney in place for her πŸ˜€

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While I had absolutely no idea what they spoke or sang but hearing from my eyes, it was a mild version of college ragging πŸ˜€

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The next day was the wedding day. And as you might have guessed, things started early morning. We were greeted by a colossal and beautiful stage where the wedding was going to happen.

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With perfect symmetries as we were in a Dan Brown novel.

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I had a feeling the getting ready of this bride was going to be different and boy, I was right! With everyone around Aswathy, it was the most fun getting ready room we might have had shot in!

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Meanwhile we also did some “test-shots” with Vishnu and Bhagee as well πŸ˜€

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And the gold-cladded bride was all set to get married!

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But where was the groom?

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Oh there!

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World, meet Praveen

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Getting married to Rajnikanth fan.

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While Praveen got on the stage, Aswathy’s father walked her across, holding her hand.

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And we spotted some special moments in between!

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And we also managed to steal them away from the crowd for a moment and thought of making something reflecting their true personalities πŸ˜€

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A small presentation was also made specially for them

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And it was time for the vidai!

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It’s never easy to bid adieu to someone you love the most!

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But Vishnu made sure there were all smiles around!

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And smiles there were!

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Among all the happy faces, a bride quietly wiping her tear might probably be one of my favourite photo here.

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While Aswathy’s mother stayed strong all this while, she quietly shed a tear when almost everyone left.

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Leaving the venue on such an emotional note, Aswathy’s welcome in her new home happened in a totally contrasting way!

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And while all things traditional were happening downstairs, we thought we could just use the terrace for some fun stuff πŸ˜€

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And that ladies and gentlemen, was Aswathy and Praveen’s wedding. This is always going to be a very special wedding for us.Β We were trusted for something we never had done before (shooting a south indian wedding), we were taken to a place we knew nothing about, we were among people who spoke in a completely different language, of which we didn’t understand a single word of. But they all smiled in one language and that’s what all mattered. What made this wedding special was the sheer amount of simplicity and happiness that surrounded everything. We learnt tons of new things, met so many people, made so many friends and actually learnt to hear from our eyes. A wedding that lasted only for 20 minutes in contrast with our several hour affairs in North India, this was something we put in lot of heart in. I hope you felt all that love in these photographs πŸ™‚


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