All About The Perfect Wedding Photography – The Ultimate Guide

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Weddings happen day in and out, we all have been to many weddings. We get invited to many, and then we do host many, however, one thing that is the same for all the weddings is the memories. And, for those memories, one extremely important thing is nothing but wedding photography. Getting everything right on the wedding day is okay, but getting every emotion captured is the main task. People generally leave a little to merely a small budget for wedding photography, this is what a lot of couples fail to understand that wedding photography is one of the most important parts that is gonna stay with you forever. So, here we have attempted to present to you everything that you would want to know about wedding photography, its importance, tips, poses, and a lot more. Why don’t you just drive right into the blog and find it out for yourself. 

Why is Wedding Photography so important?

The wedding day marks the start of the journey that you are going to embark on and stay on for the rest of your lives. Don’t you think having memories of one such day that you celebrate once in your lifetime should be etched in the safe corners of reminiscences? You should carefully pick who you are paying for the big day, what you are paying for and you should make every penny worth spending on wedding photography. It is fair enough to spend a bit more on wedding photography than other things because the decor of the day won’t stay forever, dresses would be worn once, cakes and confectioneries will last, and all the memories will fade away but the smiles in the pictures will surely last forever. Now, do you see the bigger picture, as to why it is important to invest and make a critical decision about wedding photography?

How to Prepare for Your Wedding Photography

Before starting with the types of wedding photography, don’t you want to know the tips to prepare for it? As we told you we are here to give you a full guide on wedding photography, here are some simple tips to prepare for your big day shoot. 

Must have wedding shots: Every couple has a vision for their wedding photography. Preparing a list of must dream shots beforehand will help the couple be prepared beforehand and even keep the props ready for the same.

Be prepared for mishaps: Even though most couples look forward to their wedding day with bated breath, weddings can be extremely nerve-wracking and stressful. Being prepared for any mishaps beforehand will help curb this anxiety and help you avoid any unfortunate accidents on the big day. Make sure that you have an extra camera ready, along with memory cards and batteries. 

Always do a dry run: Practicing the wedding shoots at the location prior to the wedding will help you figure out the lighting and explore the best backdrops. This, in turn, will help you feel more confident on your big day and even save time. 

Schedule enough time for the bridal shoot: Make sure you have enough time for your bridal shoot before the wedding functions.

Have a vision: Looking up wedding images on platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram will help you get fresh ideas for the shoot and help you solidify your vision. However, remember that while following wedding trends can be fun, it is your big day and your photographs too should be a reflection of your personality. 

Do The Discussion: Always be well aware of the post-production details. How will your pictures be printed, how will it be delivered and such important aspects should be well discussed and clear at both ends.

So, these were a few quick tips and tricks that might help you a bit while you prepare for your big day shoot.

Types of Wedding Photography

Before we delve into the finer nuances of wedding photography, it is important to get acquainted with the various styles or types of wedding photography. This will throw open an entire set of options as well as help you make informed choices.

Classical or Traditional Wedding Photography: Starting with the very basic, you can broadly categorize wedding photography under the broad umbrella of traditional wedding photography and contemporary wedding photography. It is characterized by stiff poses, and an overall formal feel and clicks with the entire family or clan. Just like how all vintage things seem timeless and ageless, you must consider at least some pictures that are in line with the classical or traditional wedding photography school. 

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Contemporary Wedding Photography: Next in line is contemporary wedding photography which includes a range of new-age wedding photography ideas ranging from pre-wedding photoshoot to candid wedding photography, bridal/groom portrait wedding photography, lifestyle wedding photography, destination wedding photography, artistic wedding photography as well as cinematic style wedding photography. 

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Pre-Wedding Photography: While candid wedding photography captures perfect moments of your wedding journey through a watchful eye, pre-wedding photoshoots are a great way to offer a glimpse into your chemistry as a couple and get comfortable with the camera as well as the photographer.

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Portrait Wedding Photography: As the name suggests, portrait wedding photography is the art of capturing stunning portrait images. It is just gorgeous to capture one such picture that just shows your love story at its best.

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Lifestyle Wedding Photography: This wedding photography style concerns itself with bringing in all the components together of your relationship in the background of a picturesque surrounding. 

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Destination Wedding Photography: It is a style of photography that captures candid or classical photographs in a stunning milieu whereas artistic wedding photography includes the use of artistic props and smart play of lights. 

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Cinematic Style Wedding Photography: And finally, cinematic style wedding photography is when your love story is compiled together in a cinematic style of filming.

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So, these were some of the many styles that you can pick for your day. We have listed only a few that will fit your big fat Indian wedding or a small affair. However, you can go out of the way and make your own style of pictures or mix multiple styles to make the best of it.

How to Pick the Best Wedding Photographer?

Now, this can be a major task. You know what to do before selection and what style you wanna pick, but how to pick the best photographer for your wedding photography will still be the challenge. Here are some of the tips that might help you with it. Rest the choice will always be yours. So, choose wisely.

Fits Your Style: There are hundreds of photographers with hundreds of different styles of wedding photography shoots, so go through their pictures and analyze whether that is the style you want to pick, then decide on the photographer.

Fits Your Budget: Some of the wedding photographers might have a budget that can be overwhelming for you. So, first, decide on the range of the budget and then hunt for the photographers in that budget.

Pick Through References: You might have attended your bestie’s wedding or a cousin’s marriage, and you might have loved the pictures. So, now you can pick the same one for your wedding photography too. 

Pick Through Previous Experiences: If you can’t decide from any of the above picking decisions, then check the work of the photographer, if you are satisfied with it, then that one is the one for you.

Interview the Photographers: This is one of the crucial steps in choosing the best one as you do not want to go wrong at this quintessential element of your wedding. So, meet up the list of photographers that you selected, discuss the details, analyze, and then you are good to go.

So, these are some of the ways you can pick your choice of photographer.

We hope that our ultimate guide on wedding photography was super helpful for you. We have worked super hard to put in as much information as possible so that you find every bit of detail that you were looking for here. Let us know which style you pick for the day or tell us how helpful we were in planning your wedding plans.

Abhishek and Deepika’s Big Fat Indian Wedding – When Love Comes Knocking!

3rd February 2021 marked the date of the union of two souls to walk on the path of love forever. Abhishek and Deepika made a decision to share their lives after contemplating a lot of things, however in the end what matters is that when love comes knocking, you always open the door.

They tied the knot in a big fat Indian wedding setting. We want to tell you everything about it, but hold on a little, let’s start with their story first.

The Love Story

Their love story is a little different, it wasn’t love at first sight or they didn’t go gaga over each other on their first meeting. They met in a formal arrangement set up through an agent. Yes, it is an arranged marriage. They didn’t click at the first meeting, they took their time to think it through and eventually they said yes. They said yes to spend their eternity together.

The Proposal

On asking about the proposal, Deepika chuckled and said that Abhishek said yes first and she took her time to say yes. She also gave us a little insight into her brewing love and romance. On talking about the most lovable or romantic moments of their love story or what made them love each other, she talked about care, respect, and efforts that Abhishek took to woo her were just adorable. He handles all her mood swings with ease, he helped her in choosing outfits, he also took extra efforts to get a box of chocolates customized with #ABHIKA on it (PS:- Time to fall head over heels with these guys) for the first Karwa Chauth before the wedding. Not only the chocolates, but he also gifted her an iPhone. Who wouldn’t fall in love when you find such a romantic partner.

The Wedding

Their wedding was nothing short of a grand ceremony. It was a big fat Indian wedding where the decor was a mix of an Indian traditional look and a hint of a western theme. The entire wedding ceremony went on for a couple of days – cocktail party, engagement, Haldi, Mehendi, then finally the grand wedding and the reception. Every function was regal, the decor, the wedding couture, and their adorable pictures melted our hearts for sure. Don’t believe us? Have a look at their pictures and you will fall in love with them. They are planning to go to the Maldives for their honeymoon. They also made a joke on this one that it is the only place where they can go after Covid. 

The Photographs

Here are the amazing pictures that we were talking about. They also had an amazing pre-wedding shoot done. On talking about the best part about their wedding, she said she loved photography as well as videography. They are super happy with Safarnama Films as their photographer.

Scroll down to see their amazing pictures. 

Dream Team

Photographer- safarnamafilms

Bridal wear- sudhirbhaisareevala

Groomswear – andglory_official

Makeup Artist – Engagement- makeoverbymanleen

Makeup Artist- Reception and Wedding – atulchauhanmakeovers

So, this was all about Abhishek and Deepika and their big fat Indian wedding. So, we can rightly say when love comes knocking at the door, no one can stop themselves from falling into it.

Hannah and Shahrukh tied the knot in a Muslim Wedding Ceremony – #HansUpForSRK

One of the most dreamy wedding ceremonies that we have ever seen is of this blogger bride – Hanna Khan (@hannaskhan ) that we are featuring today. This isn’t just a wedding story, it indeed is a beautiful tale. It is so magical that we are completely mesmerized by it. Also, their Muslim wedding ceremony was so gorgeous that it is nothing but perfect. To sum it up, this wedding comes with 6 glamorous outfits, pin-worthy decor, notable guests like Tamannaah Bhatia, Sohail Khan and Salman Khan, and all this made it surreal. Without further ado, let’s get onto their perfect love story.

The Story

It was a cold winter evening when a mutual friend wanted to play the role of cupid. While having a random conversation with that friend he told her to go on a date with Shahrukh, Hanna recalled a Facebook conversation that she had with Shahrukh Merchant three years back. She also remembered that he had asked her to go on a date with him but then she completely stopped talking or replying to him. On the mention of his name by her friend, she thought of giving him a fair chance this time. They again started talking. Maybe this time the love was in the air and they sniffed it in. She also said that meanwhile, he has talked to the same mutual friend about their future, their hypothetical wedding, and their magical love story, and with this, she got the assurance that he isn’t afraid of commitment. It seems like the universe wanted them to meet and fall in love

After a month of chasing and chatting, she finally agreed to meet Shahrukh. They met in their favorite seafood restaurant. He discussed everything they could have talked about in this world. Their date went on for hours until the whole staff gathered around them to clear the premises so they could go home, somehow they still didn’t want to leave. She loved how he always addressed them as us and this made her feel the togetherness and love that she wanted.  And this is how the love story started. They dated for 6 months and then he finally popped the question. If you are in awe of the story, then hold on this is just the beginning. It gets even more exciting.

The Proposal

Their proposal was the most beautiful and grand proposals of all time. This time they took it international. Their proposal happened on a private beach in Bahrain. The story of this magical proposal was revealed by her longtime beau Sharukh himself. He said, “This is the beginning of everything, so I knew it had to be special, I wanted it to be nothing short of a fairy tale. I got a lot of suggestions from close friends, both mine and hers. After hearing them all out, there was nothing that clicked, I felt that for the first time when I saw the beach that it had to be done there. This herculean task was one that I knew couldn’t be all managed by myself so I have to give credit where it’s due, to Vikram from Mpirevents without whom none of this would be possible. From discussing live artists to decor setup to the food menu, there was endless effort and contribution from his end. Hanna being the proactive person that she is had regularly shared dream proposal ideas to drop hints during our dating phase which helped me create a base to work upon and so I did. Everything else was just a culmination of those thoughts.”

OMG! It is soooo romantic, isn’t it? 

On asking about this to Hannah, she had her side of the story ready too. She said all this while when they were in Bahrain, she had no clue about the intentions of Shahrukh. He had told her that they are going for a date and thus, she was all ready and dolled up for him. He took her to the beach and on seeing the setup she was so overwhelmed because it was exactly what she has envisioned for all her life. Every detail that she has ever talked about was there and she knew that this is it. She said yes. We can only imagine the beauty of this and the intensity of love of Shahrukh for Hanna.

The Wedding

Of course, by reading about their love tale and their proposal story, you would have a fair idea that their wedding was not a simple affair. It was a grand Muslim wedding with the main ceremony of Nikah held in the Ram Bagh Palace. It had to be just like the Kings and Queens. Don’t worry we are going to tell you all about their festivities, be it Haldi, Sangeet or their Nikah and reception. We have the details for all and we will be sharing it with you all.

Starting with her Bridal Shower, she had a theme for it. It was a Chanel themed Bridal Shower. It was black and white with hints of colours like pink blooms. It also had a Chanel customized menu. She celebrated her Chanel themed bridal shower with her fiance and her close friends. It indeed was as exquisite as it seems. 

Moving to her intimate Mehndi Ceremony, it was a small affair planned at her home on 28th February 2021. This fashion and luxury blogger kept it simple yet elegant in this function. Hanna Khan wore a bright green lehenga with a floral cape by Neha Chopra Tandon, which was nothing but classy and elegant. She had paired it with Amaris’ signature palette of rubies, emeralds with uncut diamonds and also braided her hair and tucked in a bunch of baby’s breath flowers. That is the perfect touch of sophistication. The Decor Company made it look surreal with fresh flowers and cute floral hanging cane baskets that added as a perfect backdrop for the at-home intimate mehndi ceremony. 

They also had a common Mehndi Ceremony or as they call it a combined Mehndi Ceremony. She adorned a completely different outfit this time. She wore an offbeat red and white colour cape lehenga for the mehndi ceremony that was designed by a renowned designer and sister of the bride, Ohaila Khan. On talking about her dresses, her sister said that all the dresses that she has worn in her wedding ceremonies and functions are custom made and fits her style, personality, taste, and themes. While Hanna looked beautiful in her sister’s ensemble, Shahrukh Merchant made sure to look dapper in crisp white sherwani by Avinash Punjabi. 

Let’s have a look at their Haldi Ceremony. This is supposedly the most fun pre-wedding festivity. Hanna Khan wore a Marori embroidered ombré Badhani sharara by Ohaila Khan. She paired it with a dainty white and yellow floral haathphool and earrings by Floral Art by Srishti. Ohaila Khan, her sister said that “Her wedding wardrobe has been gaining immense appreciation due to the exclusive craft and talent seen in every look however the secret ingredient is the threads of love that have been used in the process.” We totally agree with her. Hanna just looked surreal in every outfit she picked for her celebrations.

Another fun festivity is a Sangeet Ceremony. This celebration took place in Rambaugh Palace, and all we can say is that it was full of energy. Hanna Khan wore a dazzling pink embellished cape sangeet lehenga by Ohaila Khan which she paired with a two-layered diamond and emerald necklace. With glowing makeup by Meera Sakhrani and a voguish ponytail hairstyle by Ritika hairstylist, Hanna looked straight out of a fairy tale. It looked the best on the dancing bride. While Shahrukh Merchant picked a navy blue sherwani set of Falguni Shane Peacock, which matched perfectly with his bride-to-be. Their Sangeet was also a successful event full of joy and vigour. 

Now, coming to the most awaited celebration of a Muslim Wedding Ceremony, the Nikah ceremony, everything was just perfect and beautiful. The decor was pastel themed where fresh blooms in the entry arch, aisle, and mandap screamed heaven that was beautifully done by Atisuto Events. The entire set up was drop-dead gorgeous. The decor surely has left a lot of people to wonder how beautiful a wedding can be. For her big day, she adorned an ivory ensemble by Ohaila Khan that was heavily embroidered with a veil to follow a traditional essence. She also wore cute mini kaleeras by Raabta By Rahul, minimal diamond jewellery and fresh lavender flowers as hair accessories to complete her look. This complemented her outfit to the T. She looked breathtaking mesmerizing. You can not take your eyes off her, we bet on this. Even her bridal entry was grand and dramatic with phoolon ki chaadar, and a gorgeous glass aisle. Coordinating with his bride, longtime beau Shahrukh Merchant on the other hand wore an embroidered beige sherwani by Shantanu and Nikhil. The couple looked heavenly and we were glad that they had a cupid to make this love story happen and we got to witness something so extravagant and beautiful. 

Lastly, coming to the Reception ceremony, you all are going to go gaga over her looks. She is the first Indian Bride to wear an Elie Saab curated outfit, and that outfit is just dreamy and surreal. We haven’t seen something so ahhh-mazing ever. The process of making her reception outfit even a thing was extremely personalized and took thousands of hours of embroidery work which led to a stunning outfit weighing approximately 30kgs making Hanna the first Indian bride outfitted by the famed designer. Hanna met Mr Saab back in 2019 when she attended the wedding of Elie Saab Jr.  She was given private access to the floor at Elie Saab headquarters in Beirut where she was shown private bridal samples and collections that haven’t been shown or revealed to anybody else until date. The sketch was created after a lot of back n forth and zoom meetings due to the pandemic but at last, the one-of-a-kind Elie Saab Haute Couture gown was created and it’s simply magnificent and gratifying. The larger-than-life gown bedecked with Swarovski crystals was topped with a veil that was 8 meters long. 

On the other hand, Shahrukh wore a classic tuxedo by Gaurav Gupta which went perfectly with the reception party. 

Dream Team

Wedding Hashtag: #HansUpForSRK 

Blogger bride: @hannaskhan 

Venue: Mehndi and Haldi at @jaimahalpalace      

Sangeet, Nikaah and Reception  @rambaghpalace 

Outfit: @theohailakhanofficial – ( all functions ) 

             @eliesaabworld-  ( reception ) 

Hair: @ritikahairstylist 

Makeup: @meerasakhrani 

Brides Mom and Sister’s makeup: @gurumakeupart

Decor: @atisuto_events 

Photography: @recall_pictures 

Events:  @mpirevents

What else we could say about this Muslim Wedding Ceremony of Hanna Khan and Sharukh Merchant. It has left us spellbound. It was full of magic and we are mesmerized to the core. 

Imperfectly Perfect Wedding Story of the Two Lifestyle Bloggers

“If everything is imperfect in this imperfect world, LOVE is the most perfect in its perfect imperfection.”

This isn’t just a quote, this is the reality of the two lifestyle bloggers, who tied the knot recently to love each other perfectly in this imperfect world. Do you know who we are talking about? If you are a follower of lifestyle and travel gram, then you might know about the two famous bloggers, Payal and Harsh. They are the Instagram blogger couple and their page goes by the name, “theimperfectblend.” They call themselves by this name as they are poles apart, and they say that their bond is just imperfectly blended and that is what makes their love story such an amazing tale.

The Wedding

Just like every other wedding, they had a number of festivities, but they kept their guest list short. Harsh and Payal kept their wedding a tiny yet grand affair. From the coolest pool party to the hottest mehndi ceremony, from color coordination to wearing a pop of color, they pulled it off like a pro. And, of course, their wedding ceremony was the talk of the town too.

Roka Ceremony

Harsh and Payal wore a similar shade of yellow for their engagement ceremony. They looked just perfect together. 

Sangeet Ceremony

Payal wore a gold shade gown and Harsh wore a black suit to contrast her look. They gave a heartwarming performance on the song Baari. Once you’ll see the cutest reaction from Payal’s parents, you’ll know why we call it heartwarming. 

Coolest Pool Party

In the midst of the wedding nuances, a fun day seems like a much-needed affair. It was a colorful day, not just their outfits but even the decor and ambiance of the day screamed joy. 

The Grand Day

This day was just surreal. Payal’s bridal look made her look nothing short of a queen. Her jewelry, her makeup, and her gorgeous smile took away all the limelight for sure. Harsh also wore a Sherwani that was of the same color as Payal and that made their look even more mesmerizing. The decor was full of flowers and Payal entered the venue in the grandest way. And, with this, their wedding celebrations ended, but their love story didn’t. 

PS:- They took off to the Maldives for their honeymoon. Head on to their Instagram and have a look at their stunning posts. 

Dream Team

Mehndi:

Outfit: @Jmamakeupstudio

Makeup & Hair: SELF

Location: @riverwindsresort  

Jewelry:  _krafterina

Mehndi: @reshma_mehandi_artist

Pool Party:

Outfit: @Jmamakeupstudio

Makeup & Hair: SELF

Location: @riverwindsresort

Jewelry: @flair_by_tanvi

Photography: vchitra_studio

Decor/Event: @d_mits_events

Cocktail/ Engagement

Outfit: @a_h_designs_official

Makeup & Hair: @makeupbybhumikasaj

Location: @riverwindsresort 

Jewelry: @kayodesigns

Photography: vchitra_studio

Decor/Event: @d_mits_events 

Shadi  

Outfit:  @Jmamakeupstudio – House of Grace Boutique

Makeup & Hair: @makeupbybhumikasaj

Location: @riverwindsresort 

Jewelry: @kayodesigns

Photography: vchitra_studio

Decor/Event: @d_mits_events

Disha and Jigar Tied The Knot in A Dreamy Wedding Celebration; Indeed A Celebration of Love!

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They met, they fell in love, and they lived happily ever after. Yes, this is the love story of the couple that we are going to give you full insights about in today’s blog. You will absolutely adore the couple as much as we do. So, hang with us for a little while more and you will also fall in love with their magical story. 

The Love Story

Their love story started back in 2009 when Jigar and Disha were in Junior College. They fell madly in love with each other, and they have been inseparable since then. Their love story is nothing less than a movie plot. High School sweethearts spending a decade together only to tie the knot at the end. We are all just mesmerized by the magic of their tale.

The Proposal

So, right on the day of their 10th anniversary, Jigar surprised Disha by proposing to her. It was back in 2019. And, like their extraordinary tale, their proposal wasn’t just simple too. Jigar might have planned this for months before executing it. He booked a yacht for making this moment a milestone in their journey. Oh! Their proposal might have been so surreal. Jigar popped out the ring and said, ‘This is what I did 10 years ago for a relationship and now I am asking you for marriage, will you marry me?’ And she had the biggest smile on her face as she exclaimed a ‘yes!’. That’s just perfect!

The Wedding

Which story is complete without any twist. Their story had its downs too. When they were all set to get married to each other, the COVID pandemic hit the world and everything came to a stop, including their wedding day. Since the day they got engaged, they were planning and it was heartbreaking to see their plan getting wasted. That’s when they decided to take the remote control back. They downsized their wedding guest list and got married in a cozy ceremony held at the beautiful destination The Gateway by Taj, Nashik. They did everything they could to make their wedding day a dreamy one. And, with a keen eye for detail, their decor was on-point and they tied the knot without any hassle just to be together forever. 

The Photographer

Yes, we had to extend a special mention to the photographers of this particular wedding day. They are none other than, WhatKnot Photographer. They weren’t just there to capture their wedding nuances. They were there to capture their proposal too. Right from that day to the last day of festivity, they were there to give us picture-perfect memories. Every shot captured by the Whatknot team expressed a plethora of emotions and also gave a treasure trove of memories to cherish.

The Dream Team

Photography and Videography: WhatKnot Wedding Photography

Wedding Planner and Decor: Vivaahsutra by Vinod Daryani

Groom’s Outfits: Kora by Nilesh Mitesh (Engagement, Wedding),Ajay Arvindbhai Khatri (Haldi), Prima Czar (Sangeet)

Bride’s Outfits: Khatri Jamnadas Bechardas (Engagement), Aari (Sangeet)

Bride Makeup and Hair: Mamta Parsana

Invites: Desai Arts

Choreography: Priyanka Modi

Entertainment: DJ Monty (Sangeet) & Rohan Mehta

The Photographs

Here are the amazing pictures that we were talking about. Scroll down to see the magic with your own eyes.

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So, this was all about Jigar and Disha. It indeed was a fairytale love story, and the only thing that we can say about them is that they “were a true work of art.”

Destination Wedding in Nashik – Aaditi Weds Dhruv at Soma Vine Village

Do you believe in ‘love at first sight’? For our cute couple, Aaditi and Dhruv, it was love at first date! The world of dating today involves many apps. You post your profile; you browse pictures and swipe right if you happen to like someone. And if things go well, you can plan an actual date.

This is exactly how Aaditi and Dhruv’s love story began. They met each other on 17th September in New York City, having met on a dating app. They planned to meet at the City Vineyards, Battery Park for their first date. And the couple hit it off immediately. They spent their date laughing, telling stories from their life and spoke for hours. Before the night was over, Dhruv realised he had found his lady love!

The couple, both having carved a niche for themselves in their respective careers in the world of finance, Aaditi and Dhruv connected on a deeper level as individuals. They both were immigrants, career-oriented, had similar stories and values they shared. And together, as a couple, they felt at home with each other. This is what strengthened their love all the more!

Over time, Aaditi and Dhruv explored the hidden gems of NYC together and chatted their evenings away into late hours of the night.

But how did they decide to seal the deal and tie the knot? Dhruv had to move to San Francisco for a new career opportunity, and on her first trip to the city to meet him, Dhruv had planned an elaborate evening on the coast. Being a typical Virgo, he had made dinner reservations at Greens for a specific time when the sun would set so that they could enjoy the beautiful sunset on the coast together. During this dinner, seeing the planning, the lovely ambience and the delicious food that Dhruv had planned all for her, Aaditi was hit by this simplicity and thoughtfulness. Dhruv was pure joy to her. Despite moving away from NYC, the couple continued their never-ending dates. They kept up by Facetiming each other and taking trips together to spend quality time.

And even though Aaditi was totally charmed by Dhruv’s wits and thoughtfulness and peppy personality, it was our commitment to each other over long-distance made it real for Aaditi.

The Proposal

Now, no love story of our times is complete without an amazing proposal, right? In October 2018, when Dhruv and Aaditi were visiting Greece and island hopping, he had planned an elaborate romantic proposal for her in Calderas, Santorini. But the rain gods had other plans and his plans fell flat! But the man did not lose hope and just before their dinner reservations, under the moonlit sky on the roof of one of the Calderas, by the blue-domed historic Church (yes, just like in the films!), Dhruv got down on his knees to propose Aaditi. And what’s more – he even had a ring in her size and that too with the family heirloom diamond!

This took Aaditi by total surprise! Before this, they had never discussed rings! How did he even know her ring size? When did he even ask for permission to propose from Aaditi’s family? Turns out the whole thing was planned weeks in advance by him.

Meet the Parents

Now here’s the plot twist! So far, Dhruv and Aaditi’s love story was smooth and without any bumps but as soon as the families were involved… things changed. No, not for the worse but as this was going to be a cross-cultural wedding, i.e., Aaditi being a Maharashtrian and Dhruv being a Gujarati, both families were concerned about cultures clashing.  

But it was Dhruv’s sister who spearheaded the meet with his parents. They had their concerns since Aaditi wasn’t “Gujju”. But Namrata (Dhruv’s elder sister) and Dhruv worked hard on convincing them to focus on things that really mattered. And after spending some time with Aaditi without reservations, they gave a thumbs up.  On the other hand, Aaditi’s mom had met Dhruv and she liked him. But, the rest of the family had their reservations as well. Since he wasn’t “Marathi”. Aaditi and family friends had to work on getting them to focus on values and similarities instead of cultural differences.

Both sides understandably had inhibitions. But with nudges to approach this with an open mind and spending quality time with Dhruv and Aaditi, family on both sides couldn’t help but really like their jodi!

Planning the Wedding

Finally, as the families warmed up to each other and accepted the couple wholeheartedly, their wedding date and venue was decided. As both belonged to India, it was only natural, they celebrate their wedding among their friends and family back home. So, for the couple, it became a destination wedding and a very unique one at that! Plus, Dhruv’s family who were settled in the US for a while, saw this as a great opportunity to explore their home country!

For the venue of their celebrations, Dhruv and Aaditi booked the Soma Vine Village in Nashik. They chose a vineyard as a tribute to their very first date at the City Vineyards, Battery Park, NYC. Another important reason why the couple chose a vineyard for their destination wedding venue was that they both were very keen on having a rustic themed destination wedding. “With amazing vineyard properties in Aaditi’s hometown itself, we did end up having the destination wedding we always wanted in a place that meant so much for Aaditi.” – Dhruv.

“The initial wedding planning phase was quite stressful, as managing communication with potential vendors in India while working on the west and east coast time zones in the US was quite challenging. But once we were able to lock down wedding planners from F5 Weddings, the process became much simpler. The F5 team helped us find a method to manage the chaos that comes with minutiae of wedding planning.”

With Aaditi in New York, Dhruv in San Francisco, F5 in Mumbai and vendors in Nashik, the F5 team worked odd hours to help make decisions together and then get them done during India business hours. Another important aspect of planning this wedding was to ensure all three cultures were equally presented – Maharashtrian, Gujarati and American.

“A third of our wedding guests were Gujjus, another third Marathis and the last third Americans. We wanted our wedding to encompass all the special and sweet traditions from each of these 3 cultures that have been near and dear to us. At the same time, we wanted all of our guests to experience each of these cultures new to them.” says Dhruv.  

The Wedding

The main wedding took place on 20th of December 2019 and the wedding functions were spread out over two days. They kicked off the wedding festivities with a Garba-themed sangeet to showcase the colourful Indian culture. There was a lot of Bollywood and Bhangra mixed in this ceremony to add more fun. The best part was when the families on both sides had a friendly musical faceoff – the Gujjus vs. the Marathis!

Aaditi kept her look very simple for this fun ceremony. She wore a stunning silver-champagne colour lehenga and left her hair open. She completed her look with almost natural makeup and long earrings. Dhruv wore a rust-coloured kurta with an olive green bandi jacket.

Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Sangeet Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Sangeet Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Sangeet Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Sangeet Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Sangeet Ceremony | Weddingz.in

For the Haldi ceremony by the poolside, everything had to be yellow…not! The ceremony was a mix of a spa and brunch event by the pool for the guests. The haldi was a riot… almost like playing Holi! The one thing that stood out in this ceremony was the décor! Unlike a typical Haldi ceremony, the canopy-like set up over the pool was turquoise blue and the to-be-bride and groom were made to sit on two turquoise blue diwans in the pool aka the perfect pool Haldi party! Strings of marigold flowers added the yellow colour.

Both Dhruv and Aaditi wore yellow for the ceremony. While Dhruv wore a yellow kurta, Aaditi wore a simple white lehenga with a yellow dupatta and white-yellow floral jewellery.

Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Haldi Ceremony | Weddingz.in

For the wedding, Aaditi looked stunning in her red designer lehenga by Chamee and Palak. In fact, it was Dhruv’s sister Namrata, who is very passionate about Indian wedding outfits who introduced Aaditi to the designers.

Aaditi wanted a traditional wedding lehenga with an elegant twist, and that is exactly what Chamee and Palak made happen. They made one of their traditional designs in an elegant shade of red. “These decisions, although very hard to makeover Facetime when I first saw the lehenga in person, I totally fell in love and thank god I trusted Chamee and Palak. They totally delivered and how!” – Aaditi, the bride.

Aaditi kept her makeup simple and wore a stunning choker with emeralds and polki to perfectly contrast her red wedding lehenga.

Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in
Nashik Destination Wedding at Soma Vineyards | Aadit-Dhruv-Memoire Photography | Wedding Ceremony | Weddingz.in

About the Photographer

“Namrata’s wedding was actually one of the very first weddings covered by Memoire lead. And years later now, having seen their amazing portfolio and his easy-going yet confident personality is what drew us to finalizing Memoire. The Memoire team really got to know both Dhruv and I, our styles and visions for the wedding while we were still planning the wedding from the US. When we actually met the team, their calm, well organized and creative energy really vibed well with us. Their reassuring smiles and friendly banter as they followed us throughout the wedding added to the great experience.” – Aaditi

The Team behind the Wedding

Wedding Planners: F5 Weddings, Aashna Kapur, 24x7eventandentertainment

Photographer – Memoire

Aaditi’s outfits – Chamee and Palak

Dhruv’s outfits – Telon Men

Hair and Makeup – Kajol Doda

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25 Sexy Bridal Blouse Designs to Bookmark this Wedding Season

Bridal blouse designs have a special place in my heart if you ask me. This is because these blouse designs or lehenga blouse designs are versatile pieces of garments if made with care and dedication. And I mean dedication when it comes to selecting the right blouse designs, be it for your lehenga or your bridal sarees. When it comes to wedding shopping, a lot of time is spent on buying clothes, i.e., the many sarees, suits, lehengas, shararas, western outfits, some designer outfits and much more. However, more often than not, the blouse designs take a backseat.

Often times, bridal blouse designs are made with a myopic vision, i.e., very specific to one particular outfit. This means once the event or celebration is done, the outfit is then packed up and stored away to be used rarely, if ever.

Yes, this is a common error we all make. But going forward, let’s try to rectify this. Bridal blouse designs are not simply limited to your wedding day bridal ensemble. Blouse designs that are meant for a saree can be worn with a lehenga or with multiple other sarees. They can also act like a crop top lehenga blouse design. If you are game to try something unique, then your bridal blouse designs can be worn over jumpsuits or inside jackets too. Yes, the ideas are many!

So, to show you what we mean, here are 25 sexy bridal blouse designs to bookmark this wedding season.

1. Cape-sleeves Bridal Blouse Designs

bridal blouse design butterfly sleeves by tarun tahiliani

One of the most beautiful bridal blouse designs we have come across! This cape-sleeves bridal blouse can be worn with a saree or even a jumpsuit or flowy pants!

2. Strappy Bridal Blouse Designs

bridal blouse design by tarun tahiliani

Want to show those toned arms? This is one of the bridal blouse designs for you then! Also, it can match perfectly if worn within a pantsuit or a blazer.

3. A Peplum Lehenga Blouse Design

bridal blouse design peplum full sleeves by tarun tahiliani

One of the most versatile bridal blouse designs, this peplum lehenga blouse design with intricate embroidery is a must-have! Wear it over formal pants, a flared skirt or even jeans!

4. Simple Blouse Designs Fit for a Queen

bridal blouse design by tarun tahiliani

A lehenga blouse design like this one with intricate Kashida work on the sleeves can make for a great saree blouse design. One of the most simple blouse designs but very regal.

5. Sherwani Kurta Bridal Blouse Designs

bridal blouse design sherwani kurta blouse with kashida work by tarun tahiliani

Channelise your inner Frida Kahlo! Don this stunning long kurta, sherwani-like bridal blouse designs in brocade with Kashida work. Stun one and all!

6. Bohemian Princess Blouse Designs

bridal blouse design with kashida work by tarun tahiliani

If you are free-spirited bride-to-be, then this wide and deep hexagon blouse designs is a great option for you. It can be paired with a saree post your wedding.

7. Chic Bridal Blouse Designs

bridal blouse design crystal encrusted bell sleeves by tarun tahiliani

This crystal-encrusted deep neck bell-sleeves bridal blouse designs is straight out of a retro film, don’t you think? A perfect saree blouse and a crop top lehenga blouse if you’d like to experiment!

8. Jacket Lehenga Blouse Designs

bridal blouse design statement jacket blouse by tarun tahiliani

Don’t want a heavy dupatta to slow you down on your wedding day? Opt for jacket lehenga blouse designs. The best part is, this jacket can be worn over other clothes too – pair it with pants, a skirt or even a sexy saree! Jacket blouses are versatile bridal blouse designs.

9. Sexy Gypsy Bridal Blouse Designs

bridal blouse design strapless design with embroidered yoke jacket by tarun tahiliani

A sexy tube blouse worn with an embroidered yoke makes for great bridal blouse designs. It also makes for great crop top lehenga blouse options if you are a bohemian spirit.

bridal blouse design resham blouse by tarun tahiliani

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