Smriti & Dhiraj – A Hyderabad Wedding

My love affair with New York continues with another amazing bunch of families’ celebrations I had privilege to be a part of. Dhiraj & Smriti met through their respective families and something clicked instantly between them. Few dates later, they gave their families another reason to celebrate and I was called to document what were going to be two amazing days in Hyderabad, India! Day one’s morning started with pooja at the Chawla’s!

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Dhiraj’s family loves him. Literally πŸ™‚

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And once they had customs done, it was time to celebrate their way!

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But how could the Mehra’s stay behind? Meet the ever smiling Smriti πŸ™‚

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Yash would know it’s not a great time to be alone among sisters when they gang up and plan to tickle you πŸ˜›

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And of course, how could Aditi have missed the opportunity to try something crazy!

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And those were the two small kick starting ceremonies of the morning. As the sun met the horizon, it was time for the rooftop mehendi-high-tea-get-together.

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What a pretty decor!

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And while everything was going around me, Smriti was getting ready in her room!

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And there she came!

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And then came Dhiraj with his family and hit off the posing game πŸ˜›

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Everyone decided, instead of saying (read: screaming) Cheeeeezeeee for the photos, to say “Dhiiiiraaajjjj”. Meanwhile Dhiraj in his “ok whatever” mode πŸ˜€

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And then it was time for some fun Antakshari

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With the mehendi ending as the night approached, there was one small ceremony, Dhiraj had to go through before he could put the ring on Smriti’s finger.

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Dhiraj enjoying all free head massages!

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Complicated instructions always result in great moments πŸ™‚

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And the stage was set up!

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Hello pretty lady!

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Hello kid, yes everyone is going to dance…

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But let them first take a selfie πŸ˜€

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And these two made the coolest entry of the year, giving all hi5’s around πŸ˜€

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Being the person always having a prank in his pockets, how could Dhiraj have had missed the opportunity to make on in his own engagement? The ring suddenly goes missing from the box!

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And then Dhiraj pulls the *not so suspicious* rose from his pocket.

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Presto!

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Bollywood fan, evidently πŸ™‚

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Bollywood fan, confirmed πŸ˜€

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And with that, it was time for everyone to perform on the stage!

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On which, Smriti’s parents had a very special performance to make.

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And evidently, it was indeed a special one!

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Well done!

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Even kids went all whistles

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And so did Smriti’s mom herself πŸ˜›

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And that was a wrap of the engagement day. While it went on to around 3am, I sneaked Dhiraj & Smriti out for some last shots.

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It was a night full of stars!

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Day 2 started early morning with the the three of us getting up before everyone else so that we could make some frame-worthy pictures before the wedding madness sets in!

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And sure, we did πŸ™‚

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And the official customs started the day for everyone, again!

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And today it was Smriti’s turn to enjoy the free head massages πŸ˜€

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The kite flying sessions were also in place.

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After all the morning happenings, it was time to get ready for the wedding!

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And then came the baarat!

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While getting a live view of everything that was happening in the baarat, Smriti was getting ready to be the stunning bride.

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Meanwhile, in the baarat:

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Loved the pagdi’s everyone in Smriti’s family were wearing for the welcome.

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While Aditi tried everything to make Dhiraj step out of the car, he just won’t budge!

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But ultimately, he gave in πŸ˜€

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And then it was time for the wedding rituals!

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Dhiraj played all tough to get, but Smriti wouldn’t give up πŸ˜€

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And with that, they were finally officially married. And while it was all happening inside the mandap, there was one more silent witness to their wedding. The full moon above!

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I’ll end everything with this rare photo of Aditi & Suraj hugging Smriti & Dhiraj, both in one single frame, which also happens to be Smriti’s favourite photograph πŸ™‚

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The wedding was followed by a small reception

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And some crazy photos with cousins πŸ™‚

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And that’s where I’d end this 2 day joy ride of Smriti & Dhiraj’s wedding in Hyderabad. It was an absolute honour to meet these two families who were so laid back & relaxed and enjoyed every bit of the wedding. Guess it all just showed up in the photographs πŸ™‚


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