In February 2012, I got a chance to shoot the wedding of Rohit & Kanika in New Delhi. Though the wedding was in February, I also shot their engagement which took place few months before the wedding. Honestly, shooting the functions was a joy ride and I didn’t feel that I was actually working and was there on a vacation. That was the best part 🙂
So this post is all about that. Here are some images from the engagement ceremony that I shot:
And here’s my favorite shot from the engagement ceremony:
So that was about the engagement of two beautiful people. Talking about the D-Day, the functions for the wedding were scheduled in February and when I shot their engagement, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to shoot the wedding also or not, owing to some personal commitments. But, as February approached, things took a different route and I got a chance to shoot for them again! YaaY 😀
The wedding ceremony was spread across 3 days and took place at GT Karnal Road and was a complete joy ride.
The day started with entering into the hotel rooms and exploring the things around. With evening coming by, all the ladies of the house were ready and in queue for Mehandi to be applied on their hands
A glimpse of the decoration that was there
And since I was from the groom’s side, I didn’t have access to bride’s mehandi ceremonies that probably was much better than this. And that’s because a bride’s mehandi is the next beautiful thing at the wedding. Nevertheless, here’s how Rohit (the groom) was being applied mehandi on his hands 😉 (Yes, we apply mehandi on groom’s hands as well)
And finally, see what we’ve got here 🙂
And as the night approached, so did the Jaagran function. In hindu mythology, “Jaagran” is an all night event where prayers are offered to the Gods so that they bless the couple and probably hear some good tunes too 😛 Jokes apart, it was an incredible function.
Rohit & Kanika sharing a light moment after the function. And, those smiles 🙂
These are Radha & Krishna. The representation of Gods.
And after the fun-filled Jaagran function, and meeting many people out there, clicking some good photographs and having a great dinner, we slept almost in the morning and woke up just after few hours as fresh as ever! And as I should put it up, “Everyone needed to sleep, but no one wanted to sleep” 🙂
The Planning Committee 😛
And one of those crazy shots.
Next day, we had a cricket match in morning. And boy! What a match it was. Crazy and fun filled. We had two teams. The groom’s side and the bride’s side. And the groom’s side was BADLY beaten by bride’s side 😛
Here’s Rohit, trying out his skills on the field.
And here comes the bride, Kanika. And the camera turned to her by default. Obviously, I was on the groom’s but the bride’s side was more beautiful. Hence the pictures 😛
And she’s Kanika’s mom. Easy to say that just by seeing the beautiful smile 🙂
And here’s because of whom we lost the match 😐 And as far as I remember, he hit gazillion boundaries in some few overs. Man! We should’ve practiced more Gully Cricket 😛
And so, the first day was action packed with all this and we didn’t realize that it was already over and the second day was here which was having a lot more to offer! Here’s how Rohit was getting ready
Sangeet was not a very formal event as such, but the most enjoyable one. All the people danced, sang and celebrated together and it was actually like a carnival, rather than a wedding function. And here’s a stolen moment from the same:
We had amazing performances from friends, cousins, kids, elders and probably everyone from the family 🙂
And of course, how can our beautiful bride and groom fall behind? 🙂
And again, the fun was never ending. But all good things come to an end, and so did this night too. But the best part was, next day was the Wedding Day! With excitement running all over the nerves, we had some functions in the morning next day, as well. A sneak peek:
And I surprised Shantanu as well and got a great shot in some micro seconds 😉
As night approached, the excitement of the wedding day also began. Around friends, relatives, mom and dad, Rohit was all set to become the groom.
And all set for the big day!
Groom’s shoes. A *very* important part of Indian Weddings.
LET’S GO AND GET THE BRIDE 😉
And as per the tradition, the groom rides a mare and goes to bride’s house with all his friends and relatives, collectively called “Baaratis”.
I spotted a nice light pattern on the floor.
And there, while dancing madly, we reached the bride’s place to steal her away!
And the bride’s folks were ready to welcome us. Right now they’re enjoying the firecrackers we bought along 😉
And here we come!
And here’s comes the amazingly beautiful bride!
And with lots of firecrackers and flowers showering from the sky, the wedding ceremony started.
The sacred fire which is an indispensible part of any function.
So finally, Rohit & Kanika were an officially married couple after this ceremony. *Drumrolls* !!!
And after Rohit & Kanika were busy in the gazillion ceremonies we have, I found time to do some creative stuff around 😛
One more bites the dust 😛
And finally, the “vidai” time came late night. And undoubtedly, an emotional event for the bride and her family as well.
But the good part was still there, just waiting to happen. And here we have the Happily Married Couple 🙂
And Rohit’s mom takes Kanika to her new home 🙂
So that were the three amazing wedding days that I was a part of. And while I got very little time to sleep *heh*, I enjoyed every bit of it, met some great people, clicked some pretty smiles and felt as a part of the family.
And once again, one of my most favorite shot of the happy couple 😀