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!
Dhiraj’s family loves him. Literally 🙂
And once they had customs done, it was time to celebrate their way!
But how could the Mehra’s stay behind? Meet the ever smiling Smriti 🙂
Yash would know it’s not a great time to be alone among sisters when they gang up and plan to tickle you 😛
And of course, how could Aditi have missed the opportunity to try something crazy!
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.
What a pretty decor!
And while everything was going around me, Smriti was getting ready in her room!
And there she came!
And then came Dhiraj with his family and hit off the posing game 😛
Everyone decided, instead of saying (read: screaming) Cheeeeezeeee for the photos, to say “Dhiiiiraaajjjj”. Meanwhile Dhiraj in his “ok whatever” mode 😀
And then it was time for some fun Antakshari
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.
Dhiraj enjoying all free head massages!
Complicated instructions always result in great moments 🙂
And the stage was set up!
Hello pretty lady!
Hello kid, yes everyone is going to dance…
But let them first take a selfie 😀
And these two made the coolest entry of the year, giving all hi5’s around 😀
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!
And then Dhiraj pulls the *not so suspicious* rose from his pocket.
Bollywood fan, evidently 🙂
Bollywood fan, confirmed 😀
And with that, it was time for everyone to perform on the stage!
On which, Smriti’s parents had a very special performance to make.
And evidently, it was indeed a special one!
Even kids went all whistles
And so did Smriti’s mom herself 😛
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.
It was a night full of stars!
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!
And sure, we did 🙂
And the official customs started the day for everyone, again!
And today it was Smriti’s turn to enjoy the free head massages 😀
The kite flying sessions were also in place.
After all the morning happenings, it was time to get ready for the wedding!
And then came the baarat!
While getting a live view of everything that was happening in the baarat, Smriti was getting ready to be the stunning bride.
Meanwhile, in the baarat:
Loved the pagdi’s everyone in Smriti’s family were wearing for the welcome.
While Aditi tried everything to make Dhiraj step out of the car, he just won’t budge!
But ultimately, he gave in 😀
And then it was time for the wedding rituals!
Dhiraj played all tough to get, but Smriti wouldn’t give up 😀
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!
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 🙂
The wedding was followed by a small reception
And some crazy photos with cousins 🙂
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 🙂