I got a call the a Saturday evening from a bride-to-be named Khyati. She told me that her wedding was the weekend after next and she needed a photographer to cover the event :-O! For a bride whose wedding was two weeks away & was still hunting for photographers, she seemed surprisingly calm. Upon meeting her, something good happened; we clicked.
Her vision of what she wanted her wedding photos to be aligned very closely to my style of shooting. What I loved about collaborating with Khyati was that she was full of ideas for photos and asked me after explaining each shot she envisioned, "Can you do this?". Since almost all of them were shots I did naturally anyways, my answer was always a resounding yes. I believe the core connection happened from the passion for photography, both her & her brother Bharat loved photography & while I was showcasing my portfolio, they would repeatedly ask me how I got this shot or what I did to make it look like that. I instantly knew that this couple would truly appreciate my work & hence I would thoroughly enjoy working with them.
I did not get get the honor of meeting the groom-to-be before the wedding but Khyati could not stop talking about him! One thing she was thoroughly worried about was the fact that he was NOT comfortable in front of a camera and does NOT enjoy getting pictures taken of him. Now, I have NO idea what she was talking about because during the wedding, he was a charm to work with! In fact, he was quite a pro at modelling for the camera!
The wedding had two gorgeous elements; an outdoor ceremony & an indoor reception. The outdoor ceremony was under a cozy white tent with the sun shining through the cracks. The Mandap was beautifully set and the weather couldn't be more perfect; a slight breeze with a somewhat clear sky, a perfect 22 degrees. As all Hindu ceremonies, it was full of color, tradition & emotions. The 7 promises..the Kanyadan..wow. I was mesmerized by the whole ceremony.
As the night progressed and the dinner was served, I experienced food as I have never before; traditional Gujrati food. The number of flavours in them reminded me of the colors during the ceremony. One of my favourite parts about the wedding? The principle families were some of the most kind-hearted people I've ever met at a wedding. I had my very own table place card & the bride's family invited me to sit with them at their table. It's little acts of kindness like these that make me feel awe-inspired & glad that the world still has people like them.
During the Doli (Rukhsati), every bride cries, but seeing Khyati like that made my heart sink too. Her family loves her very..very much. This is a new beginning for this wonderful couple who, I know, will continue to make the world a beautiful place.
Enjoy the moments...