It all started with the bridal shower… But let’s go back a week and a half before that while I’m sitting in a training conference in D.C., and receive an e-mail from my old friend, Trupti Patel, from back in my college days at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her opening sentence was along the lines of: “I noticed on Facebook that you do photography, and was wondering your availability to photograph a friend’s bridal shower next weekend?”
All I can say to the fact she referenced noticing my work on Facebook was a big Hallelujah!! And also WoW!!…. Meaning that in some way Facebook is useful and someone really noticed my work. Needless to say I felt the opportunity was good, so I took it…and little did I know what it would all lead into… Meaning a really great opportunity, so stay tuned for that down through this blog post!!
(Disclaimer: There are A LOT of photos in this post, but I’m sure you will enjoy them!!)
So for now, here are some more of those bridal shower photos…
Later that evening, I was also commissioned for the bridal party get together at the WIT Rooftop Lounge downtown….
Aman and Amrit’s Party at the WIT Lounge
Well… Little did I know at the time that shooting these two events was going to get me invited to be the photographer for some other Pre-Wedding party events. The bride-to-be liked the photos from the first two events so much, she then asked me to come and photograph the first Sangeet Party the following week.
Aman and Amrit’s 1st Sangeet Party
Obviously you can see these people know how to party and have a good time!! And obviously it’s hard for me to not put in SO MANY photos in this blog post…but can you really blame me?? The colors are AMAZING!! At the end of this event, the bride tells me there will be another Sangeet the next night, and so far no photographer was booked for that, so she wanted me to come…but before more Sangeet party photos, I was requested for the Mehndi Ceremony…so let’s check out some of those photos first!
Aman’s Mehndi Ceremony
Now on to that second Sangeet!!
Sangeet 2~Aman’s Churra Ceremony
Well, since the families didn’t already have a photographer hired for the groom’s preparation ceremony the next morning before the wedding ceremony, I was requested for that the next morning…and there are some really great photos of the tradition!
Amrit’s Wedding Preparation Ritual
And so from here, on to the ceremony we go… Now, I was not the commissioned photographer for the ceremony itself, as a photographer and videographer had already been hired, so the ceremony was up to me if I wanted to do it….and why wouldn’t I?? I had come this far into the events of an Indian wedding, and feeling this was important to the portfolio, I made the commitment… Seeing as how the bride-to-be seemed to really like my work, there was no reason not too! Luckily for me the other hired photographer did not mind my presence, and in fact the photographer representing Lasting Memories was very gracious to me throughout the ceremony and reception (and BTW, I was commissioned as a second photographer for the reception–so some of those great photos will follow)!
So here is what I caught during the ceremony events…
Amrit’s Barat Ceremony
And now for the wedding ceremony….
Aman and Amrit’s Punjabi/Sikh Wedding Ceremony
Now of course…we are going to end it with the PARTY!!!
Aman and Amrit’s Wedding Reception