They were neighbors, they caught the same train to work, they went to the same gym and they had to meet sometime. Yup! Shilpa and Shiven fell in love eventually (had to happen) and couldn't stay away from each other after that.
On the other hand, I've known Shilpa for more than 6 years and am I glad that they met each other! :D
Shilpa is a perfectionist; you can see that in the pictures from the wedding below. She is kind, friendly and caring (I can share many many stories about how much she cared about each and every person in MindTree including the bus driver "Basavaraj"). Also, how could I forget that she is super ambitious, career oriented, smart, talented, etc etc. But what we love about her is the way she says "IJIOT" for idiot! :D
Shiven is a very nice guy. Actually, he is a true gentleman! He is crazy in love with Shilpa. And guess what, he is a perfectionist too! Man! 1 in a 100 match!
Both Shilpa and Shiven live in South Africa. They always dreamt of getting married in Goa on the beach and they made it happen!
The sangeeth was at Zeebop and the wedding was at "The Zuri White Sands" in Goa. Both the venues were breath-taking! See for yourselves.
The wedding planner had done a fabulous job. If you are looking for a wedding planner to help you with your wedding in Goa then we fully recommend CrossCraft – Mr. Francis Serrao. Really appreciate the lighting in the wedding, good stuff!
The team included me, my wife as the second shooter (she is one of the very few I trust when it comes to photography) and Ram on the video!
Here are the pictures from the Sangeeth event that happened on the first day at ZeeBop, Goa.
The theme was "Sea Green". Shilpa was looking Gorgeous! And the evening "Golden Light" was just making the task all the more pleasurable. Check out the fancy hair-do!
Guys! Both of you looked great! :)
Just look at the place! The seating area was all white, the tables, the chairs were also white with a dash of green. And there were these white flag posts kinda things which reminded me of a venue for a football game on the beach.
If you thought this was amazing wait until you see the venue for the wedding! :D
There were some fun performances on the stage and also some speeches by close family members. (Honestly, we could hardly concentrate, the twilight, the beach and the sound of the waves were so calming)
Shilpa and Shiven were having fun. By the way, that's Sapna on Shiven's right, another good friend of ours.
Some of the pictures below were shot at ISO-3200 since the light was very low.
Here is a picture of Shilpa showing everybody her dance moves. Good stuff I say!
The moon was shining bright. No-she was not saying White-u white-u moon-a! :P
Look at the energy! :)
Sangeeth was awesome fun!
It was a challenge actually, during a sunset, it's very difficult to set the exposure to capture people's faces. Because most of the time the people are backlit, if you are not careful you'd be getting only dark-silhouettes of people. Different cameras and different lenses behave very differently. Here is a tip if you are stuck in a situation like this, use the EV setting on your camera, it's called Exposure Compensation also denoted by the small box with [+/-] on it. You can try shooting at +1 or +2 EV, whatever suits you. (Yeah, this is where the eye is so much more superior than a digital camera. Super high dynamic range!)
Ok, enough of tech talk. There was the Haldi function in the morning and post-lunch people were getting ready for the big event.
Got some getting ready shots of Shilpa before we left for the venue.
The makeup-artists totally loved these pictures! Well, Shilpa was already looking stunning! :D
Once we reached the venue "The Zuri White Sands", we got some pictures of Shiven. He really looked like a "Maharaj" (That's his last name).
The suit was from Manyavar and it looked Awesome! Love these pictures, don't you think it looks like an Ad for Manyavar! :D
And people! Take a deep breath for the next picture!
This was the decor at the venue for the beach wedding.
The theme was "White and Peach". Again, Kudos to the wedding planner, Shilpa and Shiven for the design!
Notice the heart shaped cushions on the chairs in the horizon, that's where they would sit while performing the rituals.
There were 100s of foreigners who I call "Chaddi Folk" who were taking pictures of the place and some of them actually sat around for the entire wedding. They were also clicking pictures of Shilpa and Shiven, should've charged them a fee.
This was the venue for the Reception party in the evening. There was a small bridge over a small stream that separated the two places.
Shilpa was looking absolutely fantastic! The colors just stood out in the setting. Good choice of colors Shilpa!
While the brothers escorted her to the mandap, Shilpa was asked to act shy atleast now. :P
The guys walked in a very coordinated fashion, otherwise that flower thingy would split. You can now see the bridge I mentioned earlier.
Oh! The Golden light! Every photographer's favorite time of the day to shoot. :D
The pandith was asked to make the wedding short so that it's not too dark for the rest of the wedding.
The sun had already begun to set. It was just beautiful.
To take pictures in this kind of a challenging setting, one needs to have a certain level of photographic knowledge and experience. I was more than happy to share the knowledge with the relatives there who were so excited to take pictures of the sunset along with the couple in the frame but ended up being disappointed because the couple were in the shadow in all the pictures.
I just love this shot, this gives you an idea of how it was to look at if you were at the place. What a wonderful experience!
Let's skip some rituals. Here is a picture of Shilpa and Shiven going around the fire also called as "Circumambulating".
The pandith's translation of the 7-Pheras into English was very very entertaining! :D
Took some fun pictures. The pose was on purpose to make it look cheesy and filmy. Just for fun! :D
A-ha! The married couple! Congratulations guys! :D
This was at the Reception party. Shilpa was in tears when one of her closest friends was sharing her testimonial.
Here is the picture of both of them dancing to one of the songs from the Hindi movie "Qayamat se Qayamat tak" (What's with girls and that movie!? Don't they die at the end of that movie!?)
You can see that they are so made for each other!
Shilpa and Shiven! Thank you for everything, was a very memorable experience! :)
We will miss you both. Have a wonderful life in South Africa!
Hope you like the pictures! :D
Sit back enjoy the Wedding Highlights video!