Photography

JAHNABEE KINSHUK : INTIMATE WEDDING IN LONAVALA

Firstly, I would like to thank all you viewers for an astounding response to the photo-story I had put on my INSTAGRAM . And thank you for all the questions you guys asked about my photography and this wedding in particular. And I loved all the attention so, thank you very much you guys :)

Jahnabee and Kinshuk got married at a beautiful intimate wedding ceremony at a even beautiful location in Lonavala. And this is their photo story.

We started out with taking quick couple portraits, I promise it wasn't more than half an hour as Jahnabee wanted to get her mehendi.

Anushree Gavas Candid Wedding Photography
Anushree Gavas Candid Wedding Photography
                 Jahnabee is wearing a beautiful Mekhala saree, traditional saree of Assam.

                Jahnabee is wearing a beautiful Mekhala saree, traditional saree of Assam.

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                                          Laughters like these are so endearing.

                                         Laughters like these are so endearing.

 Jahnabee got her mehendi done this evening. And quite sweetly, she got it done from one of her cousins and that's how they do it in their family.

Jahnabee got her mehendi done this evening. And quite sweetly, she got it done from one of her cousins and that's how they do it in their family.

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Anushree Gavas Candid Wedding Photography
                  Kinshuk is an artist and did some modern art mehendi for his friend :)

                 Kinshuk is an artist and did some modern art mehendi for his friend :)

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 Jahnabee and Kinshuk had some kind words for me :)

Jahnabee and Kinshuk had some kind words for me :)

 

 

PRASHANSA & DANIEL : PUNE CHRISTIAN WEDDING

It is on few moments that you get to notice, simplicity, genuinity and grace all at the same time. This Christian ceremony in Pune at Oxford Golf Club was an endearing ceremony to witness. Prashansa and Danny were surrounded by all close family and friends and I felt all emotional about this. 

I am happy at such occasions. True to the spirit occasions ! Here are a few pictures I took that day and I hope you are able to feel what I felt !

Shot for Anuraag Rathi & Team.

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Anushree Gavas Candid Wedding Photographer
  Prashansa and her friends shared a laugh while we were taking pictures :)

 Prashansa and her friends shared a laugh while we were taking pictures :)

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Anushree Gavas Candid Wedding Photographer
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Anushree Gavas Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Candid Wedding Photographer
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 A warm hug from her brother :)

A warm hug from her brother :)

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THE ART OF PONDI

I got an opportunity to visit Chennai recently for a gorgeous intimate engagement. The weather was absolutely horrible and that is all I can recollect of the trip as there no ounce of the monsoon we experience in Mumbai but all humidity. I like Chennai as a city but not so much for the weather. The thing that i am most excited about my trips to Chennai is the saree shopping. I WILL NOT miss going to Chinnaswamy Chetty Silk Saree shop.  And I did not this time also and ended up buying sarees, you just can’t help, can you?!

Anyway, so, after the engagement we made a quick trip to Pondicherry for a few hours for the couple portraits. Pondicherry is beautiful and I would have liked more time there but in that short time managed to take a few of these shots for INDULGE.

Also, worked on a few videos that I am extremely excited about. So, the youtube channel will also be up soonest. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Hope you like what you see and read here. Over to the pictures now,

This song plays in loop, I think you guys might like it. BEWAJAH

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Pants : Cottonworld | Top : Westside | Sandals: FabIndia | Inseparable Watch: Daniel Wellington

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Shirt : Marks & Spencer | White Pants : Marks & Spencer | Shoes : Zara | Inseparable Watch: Daniel Wellington

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Handblock Print Kalamkari Cotton Kurta: Ajio | Clutch: Forever21 | Inseparable Watch: Daniel Wellington

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Green Cotton Summer Dress: AND | Statement Jacket : Zara | Shoes: Zara | Inseparable Watch: Daniel Wellington

PRACHI & VINIT : LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND

Hello guys, I know there has been absolutely no activity here but if you do follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you would know the travels and the weddings I get to document are keeping me away. But I have made a promise to you all to show my face/work here whenever time allows. So here I am with a few pictures from a recent couple portrait session.

We did a quick portraits and here is a glimpse of it for you all to see. Hope you guys like it. 

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I always like to end a set of pictures with a black and white image. Wishing the couple absolute best that the life has to offer and looking forward to document the wedding !

 

SHRUTI & RUSHABH : FRIENDSHIP TO COURTSHIP

It's been quite a lull here, but I promise to make it up to you with some heartfelt stories coming your way. The wedding season is on for 2015 -2016 and it looks bright with me traveling length and breadth of the country and one more happy happenstance. But let's keep that to be the cherry on the cake :)

It's a story of friends that I bring to you today and it is nothing short of amazing. I am absolutely in love with these two and looking forward to document their wedding too. 

Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits
Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits
Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits
Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits
Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits
Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits
Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits

Pictures are incomplete without a classic black and white noir to complete  

Anushree Gavas Candid Couple Portraits

ANVITHA & NAVEEN : MALYALEE TELUGU WEDDING AT DAKSHINCHITRA, CHENNAI

"To have lived and loved"

I feel, to love and be loved is the greatest accomplishment of all. Relationships are so enriching that let you grow as a person. As a photographer, it is an immense pleasure for me to witness and document two people promise this bond to one another. I cannot tell you how lucky I feel to witness the love of a father towards his son and a mother's emotions towards her daughter as they  step into a new phase of life. I can't help but get teared up. Such was a wedding that I got to be a part of very recently.  

Anvitha & Naveen the amazing duo from The Marigold Company  got married on a sunny day this September at Dakshinchitra. Their story is all about happy happenstances but I would like to call it Serendipity. 

And I am speechless after that so I will take a leave while you look at the pictures. I hope you are able to see the dreaminess, the love, the light  that I experienced on their wedding day !

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Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
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Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Chennai Candid Wedding Photographer

Wishing the couple the best that life has to offer !

 

DAISY & NIKHIL : WEDDING CEREMONY IN SHIMLA

Love is something so surreal that you always feel the magic when you are among the people in love. Something similar happened while shooting this particular wedding.

I had the opportunity to shoot the second leg of celebration of love for Daisy & Nikhil. And the venue was so beautiful that it literally took my breath away ! I was very excited to shoot their wedding celebrations after the Civil ceremony in Bombay.

Celebrations started off with mehendi ceremony at Karnal. Nikhil has his family home there.

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

And then the party moved to Shimla at a stunning venue of Hotel Peterhoff. The hotel was placed atop a hill and had an amazing view.

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

The day began with bride and groom getting ready. And lucky me had Kismet of The Unreal Bride shooting with me at this wedding. 

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

The wedding was so beautiful and impressively enough the bride and the groom had looked at every little detail of the wedding.

Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

Baraat was so much fun ! I love shooting Baraat, lots of happy faces : )

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

One of the wedding day portrait session. The tree was so dramatic and added so much to the wedding venue.

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And one from the mini-couple portrait session in Shimla.

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I wish Daisy & Nikhil lifetime of happiness and thank them for this opportunity to be a part of their special day and be able to document it for them.

Sakshi Sood, a very talented make-up and hair artist made the couple look perfect for the day.

I was reading last night and came across this quote and thought it would be a perfect line to end with.

Reason is powerless in expression of love ~ Rumi

RUTIKA & AMAL : GUJRATI WEDDING CEREMONY IN AHMEDABAD

Rutika's brother connected with me to document his sisters wedding and thats how I got to Ahmedabad ( my first time there). Having lived all my life in Ghatkopar (mini-Gujrat) I have always loved Gujrati weddings and Gujrati khana.

And I reach to the venue directly from the airport and I in to a beautifully done place to host the mehendi ceremony.

Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

Next was haldi ceremony with close family members.

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

And then Rutika starts getting ready. Rutika's bridal attire was designed by her and all her jewellery was heirloom, passed on to generations after generations.

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

Bride's mum looks on lovingly ! Isn't she absolutely gorgeous !

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

The brilliant aesthetic sense runs in the family !

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer
Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

Some portraits from the wedding day.

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Anushree Gavas Mumbai Candid Wedding Photographer

The lovely couple !

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Rutika & Amal clearly looked absolutely head over heels for each other and I loved it !

 I thank their families for having me over to document this special time in their life.

Wishing the couple happy togetherness and love !

P.S. If any of you are interested in street food then please google "Ghatkopar Khau Galli". 

NIHA & AFFAN: CONTEMPORARY WEDDING CEREMONY IN CHENNAI

I was massively excited to take pictures for Niha & Affan. This was going to be my first time in Chennai and more-so my first time shooting a Muslim wedding. The couple chose to have a civil ceremony with elaborate Mehendi and get-together for family and friends.

Niha is an Art Therapist and it was wonderful conversing with her about art and aesthetics and how it is related to our Psychology.

Niha's mehendi was at her home and we also got some time to take a few portraits of her and the couple. 

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And the mehendi party was at Taj Connemara, Raintree Garden. It was Niha who took the matters in her hand when it came to decor and she excelled as the venue looked absolutely gorgeous, a photographers delight !

We had mid-January showers for a bit but instead of making the whole event gloomy, it added a beautiful freshness as the main theme of the decor was nature itself !

Beautiful details from the decor !

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                                                               Details of Niha & Affan wedding invite. Isn't it gorgeous ? ! The couple designed the invites themselves.

                                                              Details of Niha & Affan wedding invite. Isn't it gorgeous ? ! The couple designed the invites themselves.

It was not just the decor but Niha was an integral part of designing her wedding outfit as well. The dress was one of its kind and incidentally happened to be in my favourite colour ! : )
 I love when the couples take care of detailing on their own or are at least a part of the whole process. It adds a very personal touch and makes it all the more unique !

The couple hosted a get-together for close friends at The Apartment, Pak Hyatt after the civil ceremony.

Niha, Affan and their families are very private but graciously agreed for me to showcase a few pictures for my blog.  I thank their families for having me over!

Wishing the couple happy togetherness and love !

THEY WILL MAKE YOU EXTRA HAPPY

When couples approach me to document their wedding, the succeeding question they ask is to suggest wedding filmmakers, make-up and hair artists and others relevant to their wedding day needs. Who to look for when you are ready to get married is perhaps the most difficult task of every wedding. So here, I am trying to simplify this for you with good solutions that I have found over time. (This is a list of some wonderful artists and brands that I know or have worked with or have loved too much !)

From Wedding Stationery to Wedding Décor, from Cinematographers to Art Essentials for your special day, a wedding is a culmination of these distinctive little things that add up together for your big day. 


Cinematographers : The Marigold Company by Anvitha Pillai & Naveen Yadav, Chennai.

This extremely talented duo ensures that your day is captured with utmost attention to details.  

                                                                                                                    Picture by yours truly ! : )

                                                                                                                   Picture by yours truly ! : )

What I love about The Marigold Company is primarily their choice of music. With an ideal soundtrack to your ceremony, Anvitha & Naveen add the right elements of emotions and the closest set of people into the frame and they do it just beautifully! 

Go see for yourself their beautifully hand-crafted wedding films!

The Marigold Company on VIMEO

The Marigold Company on FACEBOOK

EMAIL : anvithapillai@gmail.com


Venue Beautifier : Devika Narain Mathur

It's been a while Devika continues to mesmerise me with her brilliance in understanding art and beautifully presenting it on your wedding day. She designs beautiful. fun weddings and parties with lots of little details.

 I have been following her work for a long time now. And every time she has only caught my attention in admiration. See for yourself what she can do for your special day.

Devika's online portfolio.  

 Devika on Facebook 

Devika on Twitter 

Email : devika@devikanarain.com


Pretty you :  Mogra

One of the dilemmas you might face as a bride is  atleast half a dozen of new articles in your wardrobe. And me as a bride I knew I wanted more than just sarees and salwar suits and lehengas. I wanted dressed and tops but also still wanted to look a bit of a "newly wed" ! I wish I knew Mogra then ! Western outfits with an Indian touch, my nod goes for it !

                                                                                                         Photo by : Nayantara Parikh Photography

                                                                                                        Photo by : Nayantara Parikh Photography

If you like the above picture, you will massively love Mogra ! I know I am in love with it !

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Introducing Mogra by Sheena Roy ! I was introduced to this Pune based brand very recently, and can't get over their innovative use of giving a whole new avatar to saris by getting them in dresses and tops! If you’re looking for a unique dress for your haldi day or wedding brunch with a dash of Indian-ness, try Mogra. A top pick for your non-traditional days! I massively love sarees and salwar suits which I can wear on normal days and just look Indian and not too festive. 

The best part is that Mogra also gives you the option to rake through your wardrobe and send them your very own sarees ( that really see the light of the day in ages ) to have them transformed into Mogra designs ! I know I am scoring through my closet this weekend as I have some 25 sarees already and I would love a new look to them ! 

Mogra on Facebook

Mogra's Easy store 


Pretty You : Antima Khanna

Antima Khanna is an artist first and thats how I was introduced to her and now I am lucky to be friends with her.

The best part about her jewellery is that it is not some factory made mass produced products. Each piece is unique and is available in limited numbers.

Such talented lady makes exquisite handmade jewellery, one of kind and sure to be a hit at your wedding and other events.

Go say hello to her and see for yourself more of her beautiful jewellery designs and more !

 

Antima Khanna Shop

Antima Khanna on Facebook


Pretty you : AKA Bespoke

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‘a.k.a. bespoke’ is an accessories brand for the ladies and gentlemen of the 21st century. It was started by aeiman. karan. ateev. - Three friends and designers, each with a very distinct style but common passion ~ to create beautiful, timeless pieces to express their love for design.

After graduating from the prestigious Cordwainers - London College of Fashion, they decided to establish their brand to cater to a niche group of clients, as limited in number as their collections and just as sharply discerning.

They believe in exclusive, bespoke creations - to delve deep into each client’s wants and wishes and handcraft painstakingly, speciality footwear and bags like no other.

I also had the opportunity to be in front of the camera for their very first collection and hence I have literally seen this grand grow to the runway shows. Aka has made bespoke shoes for  Rahul Mishra at the Paris Fashionweek. 

ore closer to home they have also designed shoes for Ritu Kumar, Priyadarshini Rao, Nimish Shah and many more..

Exclusive retail collections of a.k.a. bespoke shoes are available at ‘Bungalow 8’ and ‘MAL’ in Mumbai and ‘White’ in New Delhi.

Email:design@akabespoke.com
Phone: +91 9819910107


Wedding Stationery : Paperworks Etc.

Passion is serious business they say !  And this business is personal ! My husband, Gaurav Chavan and me launched Paperworks Etc as a personal project giving our design ideas and need a platform which we felt people would identify with. Paperworks Etc. is as simple as it gets. We had plans to make notebooks for artists of all kinds. Brown paper and white paper !

Paperworks also undertake some exquisite and unusual personal wedding invites in the form of notebooks that might make you curious. 

Do show us some love via links given below and see if an idea strikes you and we can get a conversation started !

Paperworks Etc. on Facebook

Paperworks Etc. Website 

Email : listening@paperworksetc.com


Wedding Stationery : The Shaadi Project by The Post box

The Postbox is an e-commerce platform where designers, graphic artists and photographers come together to create a visually inspiring canvas. I am lucky to call Madhuvanthi Senthilkumar & Nikhil Joseph my friends who are the brains behind this wonderful venture.

I have seen the growth of The Postbox right from where it was just an idea to the heights it has reached now. And now The Postbox team will be catering to the shaadi people through The Shaadi Project !

This is something I am very optimistic about considering my love for stationery. I know how essential is the wedding stationery because thats the first look people get to your wedding. I know how my husband and me were particular about having classic and minimalistic wedding invites. So much so that we had to design and get them printed ourselves. 

I am sure of the brilliance of design with "The Shaadi Project as they have an army of artists ready to take on work for this. 

Come April first week, Madhuvanthi & Nikhil will launch "The Shaadi Project" a one stop shop for customized design for your invitation cards, props and wedding gifts and wedding favors. 

More updates on this coming soon !

The Postbox on Facebook

The Postbox Shop



BLACK AND WHITE

One day I really wish to document a wedding in only black and white and possibly on Ilford : )

But meanwhile here are some other black and white images.

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Daisy and Nikhil's wedding venue, Shimla. February 2015.

And amidst the beautiful Shimla hills I met Kismet of The Unreal Bride

It was rather a beautiful surprise that the couple booked us both seperatly : ) And it was nothing but such a joy working with her. I hope to bump into her more often !

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Also met Mehlum on his yet another trip to India. We went wandering about on the streets on Bombay and took these few pictures of him.

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These pictures are taken by Nikon 50mm 1.2 which is a manual focus lens. And I am absolutely in love with it !

It was my second time shooting with Nikon and I might just be tipping towards it, just like Ram Balmur who recently switched his whole Canon equipment to Nikon. I think I will follow suit sometime : ) Though I still have to do my homework for it.

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We met again at Banganga and here is the set of images he took of me on his Tumblr page.

I haven't been posting much of wedding work here but I am behind editing 8 weddings and so many many more updates.

Next post will be a glimpse of the beautiful couples I got to meet.

Also I have been working on a brand ideology for "Serendipity" and also possibly a new look for the blog. But I am too attached to the current layout so you guys can help me make a decision.

Till then, love!

DAISY & NIKHIL : CIVIL CEREMONY IN MUMBAI

One fine day I get a very sweet mail request from this boy for couple portraits. And we go back and forth on it but the schedules don't match and a lot other things and it finally didn't work out.

Fast forward to last month ( one year later ). I get another mail from the same boy asking if I would be available to document their wedding.

It is nothing but humbling when people world over connect to you because they like your work and keep coming back!

 It is a wedding like no other because the couple is so effervescent and full of life and it was such an unusually beautiful wedding day for me.

Showcasing Part I

Court Nuptials.

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Location : Lakme Salon, Andheri

This is the second court wedding that I have shot. And the spaces are quite interesting, edgy but make a beautiful backdrop.

The long wait at Bandra Court.

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Just 5 close friends attending the wedding including Nikhil's mother.

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The Registrar was quite happy to see this picture.

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The vow. Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

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We then moved to Sun & Sand for celebratory lunch and wine!

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Shohini, she is my favourite bridesmaid I have ever met!  She also did an impromptu performance by singing Ambarsariya for us and also got an applause from the people at the restaurant : )

The comedians of the house !

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And I can't wait to shoot the part II of their wedding. And I am meeting none other than Kismet, woohoo!

On another note, two weddings amidst the hills and I am excited!

Love!

CHENNAI TIMES

My visit to Chennai was a good start to 2015. I always wanted to visit South India after extensively visiting the North, East and West, and finally got this chance.

It was a packed schedule of six days with three weddings to document. I shot my first Muslim wedding and second shot with the ever-so-awesome photographer Varun Suresh. You all will get to see the weddings in upcoming blog posts but a few shots from a personal project are below. I am trying to document as many patterns of nature as possible. And I am quite happy with the images I got here in Chennai.

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Egg, one of the bride's cat. She was tiny and comfortably sitting in an oval shape when they first saw, so instantly named her Egg.

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I also had a chance to meet and work with this wonderful team of cinematographers from Chennai, Anvitha & Naveen. You can see their work on Vimeo. Anvitha and me have been friends for quite sometime now and had met her only in 2010. It was really nice meeting and working with her.

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I managed a glimpse of the beautiful land of Tamil Nadu, so many sights, tastes and emotions to soak in. I missed visiting Marina Beach, may be thats for my next visit. I visited the beautiful Kapaleeshwarar Temple and it literally took my breath away. Southern architecture also known as Dravidian architecture has always fascinated me.

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Chennai Auto. The driver was cleaning up his auto and I asked him if he could park the auto in the spot I wanted and he happily did : )

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My love for South India is not limited just to architecture but extends into sarees, jewellery and food too. Early on I had started collecting silk sarees which have become an inseperable part of me. I am also saving up for temple jewellery.

Anvitha graciously agreed to take me to Nalli. A visiting to Nalli's oldest shop (since 1928) was definitely on top of my list. I was in a wonderland!

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I had a chance to visit one of the oldest breakfast place Saravana Bhawan and loved the chutneys they served. However the idlis and dosas of Murugan Idli Shop are so much better. I think they should team up and cook what they are best at !

 I also got a chance to dine at Mahamudra by Isha life. It is a boutique restaurant and I would highly recommend for healthy and wholesome eating.

I am really hoping to go back soon and probably visit surrounding places like Dakshin Chitra, Pondicherry and Sri Lanka! So any of you plan to get married here, I will happily book my tickets !

I will leave you all here by wishing you a very Happy New year ! Times are passing by too quickly ! I have no idea what 2015 has in store for me but I am looking to explore more in terms of a visual artist. I am also hoping for more travel.

And also give way to a special project that I have been working on for quite sometime now, a new blog perhaps shall see the light soon !

Love !

JAY & ARATI : COUPLE PORTRAIT SESSION IN MUMBAI

It's quite thrilling that people look at your work and appreciate and want you to be documenting their special day. And all of this is even more exciting when the couple is from faraway lands : ) I really did not presume the reachability of my blog : )

Jay & Arati were quite sweet in asking if I could be there for their wedding day. But as that was not possible we just decided to meet when they were going to be in Bombay.

We met and took some pictures !

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I will shoot only black and white images at any given opportunity and here it was !

Jay & Arati got married last week so wishing them a wonderful togetherness !

Love !

SEJAL & ANIKET : MEHENDI & ENGAGEMENT IN AMRAVATI

This effervescent bride got in touch just a week before her ceremony and I am so glad I could make it. This would be my first time shooting in Amravati.

Amravati is the hometown of number of politicians including our ex-president Pratibha Patil. Being a Political Science student I am always interested in visiting/discussing political scenarios around the state.

Here are a few photographs from their ceremony.

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I wish the couple beautiful days ahead !

Love !

BRIGHTER THAN SUNSHINE

I need to confess that I honestly did nothing in this photo-session. But just got lucky by being there and witnessing this utterly gorgeous family!

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We took a few pictures in the nearby garden and thought of resting a little bit and return back in sometime. I went up to their house and the light was so so beautiful that I thought of continuing the photo-session.

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This happens to be my favourite picture of the little boy and his mother! And it had to be in black and white !

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These two make for a gorgeous looking couple!

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and so much in love : )

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I love being in love and photographing people in love !

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Nishka found my blog as she herself is regular at blogging scene. She contacted me sometime back when she was in Dubai.

After months of keeping in touch and going to and fro on dates we finally freezed on Anay's birthday for the family session. And luckily they were going to be in Bombay then!

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Anay has the most charming smile I have seen, isn't he a darling!

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Windows happen to be my favourite spot to shoot! Since I am not too fond of artificial lighting, I make best use of the gorgeous big window lights!

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I wish Anay and his family a lifetime of happy smiles! And stay tuned for some more family sessions + gorgeous couples on the blog!

Love!

COFFEE & SEA SALT

Coffee happens to be husband's favourite so much so that he woke me up one fine morning at 7am and asked me out for a coffee date. As happy as I was then, I decided to make full use of this opportunity and take some pictures of rarely sighted Mr. Husband!

Starbucks Juhu happens to his favourite place for the decor is excellent and sustainable design and build methodologies are a part of Starbucks design concepts.

 We also went to another of my favourite place that is not too far and the result is the above pictures : )

I can take you there for some portraits if any of you are interested, write me a mail  :)

And I also got lucky with husband taking pictures of me !

QUIESCENCE

This month has been awfully quiet, beautiful and melancholy at the same time. It's the birthday month for me and I tend to go in the contemplative mode every year. Thoughts from past and thoughts to the future engulf me and surround me.  But I am glad I have been taking pictures.

Silence is something that I has always inspired me and I got a lot of me-time this past weeks, thanks to my trips to Pune. If you are following me on Instagram you already know my love for Pune and other cities. A bit of both happy and sad thoughts never ever left my mind even on roads. Happy thoughts of going to Pune, my beloved city. Given a chance I would move to Pune right away!  Below are some shots from Saras Baug, a tranquil right amidst the city.

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I have loved my quiet moments more than anything. I feel my best thoughts come to me when I am in silence.  The morning trip to Saras Baug gave me that space I needed, that quiet space.

I wanted to make images that would make you want to be quiet when you see them.

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On other note, we celebrated our 68th Independence day this week. My husband gave some fodder for thought on India and Pakistan. His article ACROSS & BEYOND is a fantastic insight of common man's life in Pakistan and I am happy to have a thinking husband who has thoughts beyond the mundane.

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And sad thoughts of passing away of a brilliant brilliant actor Mr. Robin Williams. Sitting here seven seas away as they say, his death might not affect my life in real terms but on a more deeper level it did! It was like passing away of someone from the family!

I remember most of my lunches with re runs of Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire and all the happy laughing memories that Robin gave me. And I can't believe the fact that he was sad all the while he made me laugh. A relationship taught me very well that you cannot heal a person by loving them and you yourself need to heal your hurt. I just wish he saw all the love he had and mustered up courage to stay. But I also wonder where were all these people when he needed them.                   I am sad I won't ever get to see his brilliance again.

I hope he has found his happy place now!

I will miss the spark in his eyes the most!

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 Love to the world!

NISHA & VINAYAK

Nisha and Vinayak were getting married in Delhi after their Civil ceremony in London. I second shot this wedding with Ram of RAM BALMUR PHOTOGRAPHY  . It was a lovely ceremony spanned across four days in Delhi.

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Nisha getting ready for her Sagai and Saanji ceremony.

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Vinayak's Haldi ceremony and the Sehra ceremony was beautifully traditional one.

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The Bride's "getting ready" picture session was so much fun with all her relatives walking in and out to share a laugh.

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Some portraits from the after-party.

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