Two souls, Three days, six events and unlimited fun. We even had pre-wedding photo shoot which took place near Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ. Shefali and Parminder decided to have Mehndi, Anand Karaj(sikh marriage ceremony), Pithi+Garba, Hindu wedding and grand reception. Mehndi was held at Glaucester City – Quality Inn, Anand Karaj was weld at Guru Nanak society of Delaware located in Deptford, NJ, Hindu wedding and reception were held at Royal Albert Palace in Fords, NJ.
Without making you read more we would you you to enjoy the images but before that we would like to congratulate and thank Shefali and Parminder and their family and friends and we would like to thank all for their love and support.
We only have one complain…. Web doesn’t do justice to the images we were able to capture as they had to be reduced in size and resolution for us to be able to showcase on our blog so as you can imagine; we did end up with unspeakable images covering nearly 45 hours of event.
Here’s some of the images from Pre-Wedding photo-shoot which took place near Exchange Place, NJ. The first image was selected by Shefali and Parminder to display at their reception in 20×30 and it looked stunning. Again, web does’t do justice to all of these images, you would have to see it on 30” monitor in full resolution to really see what we have captured.
Mehndi was held at Quality Inn located in gloucester City, NJ on 19 august, 2011 in the evening.
Anand Karaj (sikh wedding ceremony) was held at Guru Nanak Society of Delaware in Deptford, NJ on Saturday August 20, 2011 in the morning. It was pleasure to be a witness of such an extra ordinary ceremony as gujarati and sikh family, all came together under one roof and witnessed two souls in love getting married.
First, Enjoy the getting ready shots.
If you ask any photographer for the best time to do photo-shoot, they will tell you to do it either in the morning or in the evening and will try their best to stay away from mid afternoon as the sun is at it’s strongest as well as shadows. you are prone to get strong shadows under nose unless you know what you are doing and turn the worst situation in the best possible way. You have to have enough fill light power to compete against sun(good luck). Ohh! Did I mention that we only had under 15 minutes to do all what we did!!! Thats’s where creativity, experience and trust in your self comes out to play. We had fun shooting in mid afternoon in the local park on Shefali and Parminder’s most important day of their lives. Here’s some images from their under 15 minutes photo session in mid afternoon. Enjoy!
Pithi: In this gujarati ceremony, bride and groom’s skin is rubbed with the paste made out of chickpea flour, turmeric powder and rosewater. Turmeric powder and chickpea flour are known to make the skin glow in it’s unique way and that’s purpose behind this ceremony, to make bride and groom’s skin glow for next couple of days. Since the bride was the only belonging to gujarati family, we only had Pithi on bride side. It is also a ceremony for fun and a big mess afterwords(for the bride). Some images from the day to let the pictures tell you the rest of the story.
We spet the the Sunday August 21, 2011 at Royal Albert Palace in Fords, NJ. In the morning we had Hindu wedding ceremony. As bride and groom were getting ready in the morning for their second round wedding ceremony with different clothes, different jewelry and different rituals; we had blast getting ready shots and couple photo shoot in the morning. Take a look!
(In following image) Groom kept the mother in law standing still by grabbing the end of her pallu (end of saari) and mother in law have to pull groom’s nose to complete the ritual. Parminder was successful grabbing the Pallu.
(In the image below) Strictly for fun; “Saali” wife’s sister holds the car right before the husband takes his wife home asking for money so the groom can take his wife home. In this wedding four of Shefali’s sister joined and did not let go the car till they received what they were asking for. This is the reason I love indian weddings. It’s all about fun.
Grand Reception: Name says it all. What an awesome night we had. Roughly about 480 people were invited in Shefali and Parminder’s reception which was held at Royal Albert palace in Fords, NJ on Sunday August 21, 2011. Music and dancing all night including couple’s choreographed dance. One of a kind reception in it’s self. Again, I will let the images let you tell the story.