Meghna was introduced to me by my ex-colleague 5 years back, she first joined me as an assistant for few shoots and then her perspectives blew me away.
When Meghna and her mom turned up in my studio asking me to document her older sister’s wedding, I was like ‘Sure!’. All I knew about the couple was that Aditi was a Sound Engineer in US and her fiance Gabe was a professional cameraman. More than anything I wanted to meet both of them.
Well the first time I met them was a day before their wedding day, at an informal reception at Woodrose club. It felt like I knew them for years. They were so cool!
It was an Iyer Brahmin wedding. The wedding was at Discovery Village a few kilometers from Bhoganandeeshwara Temple at the foothills of Nandihills. It was a pretty private affair with a handful of people. I’d heard of this place but was shooting here for the first time.
It’s a beautiful getaway from Bangalore. And having a wedding here is just fantastic. You’ll see it for yourselves. :)
The mantap looked so beautiful. But, it eventually got super sunny. But since it was December, it was bearable.
The joola/swing was ready for the Oonjal ritual.
I immediately head over to the “Mapillai’s” room where the groom Gabe was all set.
Some final touches by his new father-in-law.
In the meantime, Raghunandan, my second shooter was getting some pictures of Aditi. She looked so ‘Indian’ :P, she is such a tom-boy, apparently she had never dressed up so ‘womanly’ in her life. She looked stunning!
Gabe, was escorted to the Joola, and the priest was explaining the significance of the Kasi yatra. (Gabe, didn’t need any info, since he has studied the Hindu culture a few years back in India)
Aditi was watching the whole thing proudly . (That’s a lot of garlands!)
And then the challenge begins!
Oonjal is one of my favorite rituals in a Brahmin wedding.
Watch out for that thing! :P
Gabe was a true gentleman.
Aditi aping Gabe and the priest! :)
And then after a few rituals, it was finally time. Look at her, she must’ve looked forward to this for a longtime.
Love this shot! So happy!
And then there was a lot of cheek-squeezing. Everybody really looked happy for …… Aditi’s Mom. :)
Gabe took a lot of care in every ritual.
Yeah. Aditi. Good choice man! :)
For me, this shot is a very important picture.
We all later went to Bhoganandeeshwara Temple where Gabe tied the knot.
That backdrop. Love it!
Holding hands all the time.
The light was amazing. I think we have at least 200 pictures like this.
They always wanted to do this. And yup, ticked that off the checklist.
I took this picture from far far away. I wonder what they were discussing. Love the kalyani at the temple.
Merged 6 pictures to get this panorama shot.
I’m very camera-shy. But since it’s Meghna’s sister’s wedding, we had to get a picture like this.
That’s me (Phalgun) on the left, Meghna, Raghunandan at the back, Ram Pullareddy my awesome cameraman and Vijay a very close friend and also a photographer. This I’ll cherish for years to come! Thanks Aditi and Gabe for insisting on this.
It was awesome fun documenting the wedding. Congratulations again!
Hope you like the pictures!