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“I Give” when “I do” – Couples who used their Wedding for the greater good

Wedding Planning– Feb 20, 2017

As weddings get larger than life featuring glamorous rehearsals and lavish after-parties, four families decided to share their happiness with the less fortunate. Donating their wedding budgets to noble causes, they proved that love begets love and created precious memories in the hearts of grateful strangers.

Abhay Deware and Priti Kumbhare, Amravati, India

In a country where weddings are big bucks with an estimated 1 lakh crore spent each year, Abhay Deware and Priti Kumbhare decided to buck the trend. Inspired by a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee who urged them to promote social change, this Amravati based couple chose to spend their wedding budget by changing peoples’ lives.

Abhay’s father, a farmer himself, was well acquainted with the sufferings of his people. The family decided to donate Rs 20,000 to 10 families in their area where the main breadwinner had committed suicide. In addition, they also donated Rs 52,000 to support five libraries in their native village, Umbarda Bazaar in Karanja Lad to motivate the villagers to educate their children.

The nicest touch was that the wedding décor featured inspirational posters and banners inspiring every guest to do their bit!

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Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, Turkey

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat threw a big, fat Turkish wedding with a 4,000 strong guest list! Except, the guests were all Syrian refugees who had fled their country 4 years ago when the civil war began.

Arranged in collaboration with Kimse Yok Mu, a Turkish charity agency that provided food trucks and other help facilities, the wedding dinner brought joy and happiness not just to the refugees but to the families celebrating the wedding! And not only was the couple’s initiative widely acknowledged in the media but their friends also vowed to follow Fethullah and Esra’s steps to help Syrian refugees in need.

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Nishkaam and Poonam, Santa Monica, USA

After ten years of a beautiful courtship, Nishkaam Mehta and Poonam Kaushal decided to tie the knot. But even in their joy, the Santa Monica based couple couldn’t get Aleppo out of their minds. Deeply saddened by the plight of children affected by violence, the couple decided to start an app called ‘Share The Meal’ that would provide millions of starving school children with sustenance.

They used the $20,000 they had saved for their wedding to provide 40,000 school meals through their app, taking care of kids’ nourishment for up to a year. Poonam and Nishkaam now plan to take their initiative further by setting up a target of 1 million meals before the end of February this year.

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Jitendra Patel, Gujarat

With the admirable ambition of destroying the age-old taboo of not inviting widows to a wedding, Gujarat-based businessman Jitendra Patel broke all norms when he invited an unprecedented 1800 widows from the neighboring villages of Banaskantha, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Patan and Aravalli to bless his son Ravi and his bride. He arranged a special dinner for all of them and personally presented them with blankets and saplings. For about 800 widows from very poor families, Mr Patel had a special surprise, he gifted them a cow! Now that’s a wonderful start to a journey of love.

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Raul’s Romantic Flashmob Proposal to Jessica at La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Wedding Photography & Films– Feb 17, 2017

He created quite a song and dance about his wedding proposal, and she could not believe the surprise that awaited her. See how Raul and Jessica got into the groove at Barcelona, Spain.

How we met

Raul shares, “I was born in Spain, and Jessica was born in the small country of Andorra. Our first contact was made through the former social network Hi5 about 10 years ago in a group named “SindhiSpain”. We became friends back then but lost the contact for few years. We then met each other for the first time in person at an event in 2010. She was even more beautiful and charming in person. We started talking every day and I felt a big connection with her. We could talk for hours and never get tired. I realized that I wanted her to be in my life forever, so one day I decided to ask her out in an original way. I was afraid and nervous that I’d not be able to say any words, so I printed the following message on a white T-shirt ‘ ‘Jessica, will you go out with me?’ and wore it under my jacket. When she saw the message, she had the happiest face I ever saw on her. I decided that I wanted that smile on her each day of our lives together. Through this time, Jessica has become my best friend. She has made me a better person and the luckiest man in the world.”

The Proposal

Jessica recalls, “I did not even have a small hint about what was going to happen. Raul told me we were going to have lunch with his sister. But when we arrived at the park next to the ‘Sagrada Familia’ in Barcelona, there were a few cameras filming some professional dancers. Raul wanted to go in between them and I was refusing, as I did not want to disturb their filming. I would never have guessed that all that was actually for me. Suddenly he ran to dance with them and about 25 more people came from behind. When I had a look at them, I realized that they were all our friends. They were dancing to Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’ song and I could not believe what was happening. I was in shock, happy and excited at the same time. After the dance our parents appeared, which was unbelievable for me. Raul knelt in front of everyone and asked me if I wanted to marry him. And my answer was undoubtedly ‘Yes, yes, and hundred times more yes.’ I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.”

WeddingSutra wishes Jessica and Raul a lifetime of happiness together.

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7 Unique Wedding Invitations from Our Favorite Invite Designers

From a traditional kalamkari inspired wedding card showcasing a bride’s accomplishment as a Bharatnatyam dancer to a quirky hot-pink one that evokes wild bougainvillea, we chose the most aesthetically designed wedding invites that seep deep in the narrative!

Of Traditions and Culture

With floral patterns interwoven with traditional elements, this wedding invitation card by
Itchha Talreja showcased South Indian culture and paid tribute to the bride, a classical dance exponent. Itchha Talreja explains, “The family wanted their unique tastes and culture mirrored on the wedding card. The bride is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and wanted us to include that in the marriage invite. We decided to embellish the card with a temple watermark, gold bells, diyas, chandeliers and filigree horses to reflect the unique flavor of a South Indian Wedding.”

For more information, visit Itchha Talreja on WeddingSutra Favorites

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A walk through a Vintage Garden

Weddings are about memories and this particular invite by Kankotriwas meant to evoke visions of paradise on earth that transcended time using dreamy water color paintings and wild bougainvillea. Wedding Invite Designer Meen Vora says, “The bride wanted to take her guests back to a vintage garden of bougainvillea shrubs, in an Indian setting. We did a lot of research into every detail specified by the bride. She wanted something very mystic, serene and romantic that guests would safely treasure as a beautiful memoir.”

For more information, visit Kankotrion WeddingSutra Favorites

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Pop Culture and Art

The days of cliché elephants, lotuses and peacocks as motifs are gone. Ramya Ramaswamy has earned a great reputation from her quirky wedding invitation cards. Here, the talented wedding invite designer took the couple’s passion for football and dance and projected it with an edgy pop culture twist. Designed to resemble a boarding pass, the invitation was inscribed with Warli art. Says Ramya, “The couple wanted the wedding invitation to reflect their personalities and look classy. The bride was a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and the groom, a crazy football fan. We fused both their personalities in a traditional Kalamkari style to give a modern twist to the color palette.”

For more information, visit Kards on WeddingSutra Favorites

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Luxury and Extravagance

This masterpiece by Ozel Designs elevates the joy and anticipation of receiving an invitation. Couched in a luxurious box that contains jars of rose cashews, silver rock candy, Kesar and black currant almonds with customized name labels, it is sexy and delightful. Wedding Invitation Designer Dipansh Bhasin explains, “The bride and the groom wanted to make the guests feel truly special and thus, this arty box was designed to reflect the sheer luxury and splendor of their wedding. The entire invite was embossed in rose quartz paper and even had event inserts printed in real gold.”

For more information, visit Ozel Designs on WeddingSutra Favorites

Wedding Invitations

Tagore and Physics

Ipshita is from Kolkata and Som is from Bihar and their wedding invitation card combined art and literature from their hometowns. The design team at Pink Whistle Man managed this brilliantly! Founder Ranjani says, “We wanted to steer clear of the stereotypical ‘Two States’ references. So we decided to include ancient letters of Rabindranath Tagore with Madhubani illustrations using Math and Physics equations. To add to the keepsake value of the wedding invitation, a bookmark (since they are also voracious readers) with the caricatures of the couple was also used to tie the invitation together.” The quirky wedding card not only provided a succinct overview of their interests to their guests but was also reflected in matching wedding stationery.

For more information, visit Pink Whistle Man on WeddingSutra Favorites

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Cartoon Striped Epiphany!

A funny love story asks for a funny invitation. The creative team at Ponz Happy Life Designs wanted to bring the couple’s humorous take on the start of their journey to the guests. Wedding Card Designer Ponmozhi explains, “We were surprised when we heard that the groom hadn’t even had a chance to meet the bride alone even once! So we took the idea further by designing a cartoon-strip invitation with realistic sketches that includes the family members and venue descriptions. The highlight was the customized envelope that slowly unveiled their hilarious love story which I am sure would have left their guests in splits!”

For more information, visit Ponz Happy Life Designs on WeddingSutra Favorites

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The Royal Elegance

Wedding invitations tell a story and set the tone for the celebration. To create a truly memorable experience, Natalie Mankani from Sketch Design Studio came up with a Mughal- inspired theme to celebrate Nayantara and Ali’s wedding at the Taj Falaknuma in Hyderabad. Inspired by the Nawabi splendor Natalie carved the couple’s love story out in gold patterns and floral work designs for their Sangeet, Nikaah, and Walima ceremony invites.

For more information, visit Sketch Design Studio on WeddingSutra Favorites

Wedding Invitations

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15 of Our Favorite Wedding Invites

10 Unique Wedding Invitation Card Ideas

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If you’d like to share your Unique Wedding Invite, email us at weddingsutra@gmail.com

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How to use Props at your Pre-wedding shoot

How to use Props at your Pre-wedding shoot

Nov 18, 2016Wedding Photography & Films

Nikita and Ankit met five years ago, at work, in Dubai. Nikita has since moved to Mumbai though she will move back to Dubai after their wedding.

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Ankit planned the perfect proposal on a trip to Singapore in December 2015. He booked an entire section of the restaurant Una for just his lady love and himself, ordered her favorite drinks and pulled out a ring and popped the question. The couple will tie the knot in December this year, celebrating with a big, fat Punjabi wedding.

For their pre-wedding shoot, Deepanshi of Happyframes suggested the peaceful beaches of Vasai as a location. The couple reached early that morning to catch the sunrise and get some dawn-kissed shots but the sky was overcast. They managed to make the most out of that wet weekend though – letting the heavy sky, lush green foliage, high tides and wide expanses make for a dramatic backdrop.

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Deepanshi of Happyframes recommends using props in pre-wedding shoots. Not only do they add pops of colour and visual interest, they can also break the ice with camera-conscious couples and provide an element of unselfconscious fun.

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For this shoot, the misty backdrop of the woods was perfectly contrasted by the umbrella. The picnic basket, customized by her own team with bottles from Rhythm Winery, added an intimacy to the photograph of the couple on vintage chairs, their feet lapped by the tide.

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The hand-painted yellow frame was quirky and cute and a spot of brightness on a rainy day. Throw in a dainty lace umbrella and suddenly, the pictures were youthful, romantic and fun. Happyframes added a touch of whimsy as they captured the couple twirling in the whirls of a handheld smoke bomb.

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Deepanshi suggests keeping a few things in mind when using props, “Relevance is most important! Envision the theme or storyline of the shoot and select props that are fun and classy and things that couples would be happy to use!”

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Photography- Happyframes Photography

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Young and Inspiring – Photographer Anand Rathi

Young and Inspiring – Photographer Anand Rathi

Nov 17, 2016Wedding Photography & Films

Our series ‘Young and Inspiring’ showcases fresh, exciting new talent powerhouses from the design, fashion and event domains who specialize in creating dream weddings for couples with stars in their eyes. Meet Anand Rathi, founder of Reels and Frames which offers a complete suite of services for wedding photography, including 360-degree virtual reality videos, GIF photo booths and super slow motion cinematography.

Photographer Anand Rathi

Photographer Anand Rathi

1. Tell us a bit about your journey? What inspired you to get into Wedding photography?

Here is my one-long-line resume – I am an engineer, stock market trader, quantitative math teacher, an MBA from the US, portfolio risk manager, treasurer of an energy company – and now, photographer. That pretty much sums up how unplanned my foray into photography was. I’ve always enjoyed travel. During my MBA days, I picked up photography to capture the beautiful colors of New York, and instantly found a medium that helped me share my travel images and stories with the world. I haven’t looked back since.

2. What is your style/ approach of photography?

I started as a travel and landscape photographer. For me, a portrait is incomplete if it doesn’t define the mood of what was happening around when it was clicked. I believe the technical term is ‘environmental portraits’ but I just call them ‘pictures that tell stories’. Simple, yet effective.

3. What are the hottest trends in wedding and pre-wedding photography this season?

Let me start with pre-wedding photography which has crossed all boundaries in the recent years – quite literally. We’ve been flooded with requests for couple shoots at exotic international locations, and have already shot in places like New York and Venice to name a few. Pre-wedding shoots have also gone high tech, and innovations such as time-freeze, hyper lapses and aerial shots are becoming popular. As for wedding photography and film, virtual reality is the latest technology that has found its way into this arena. We recently released India’s first 360-degree ultra HD destination weddingfilm and the response has been mind-blowing. Another trend on rise is reception day/same day edit videos which is a teaser of the wedding film edited in less than two hours and is presented right at the reception. While we have been doing same day edits for a while now, this year we have seen the maximum requests for the same.

4. What is the most unusual request that you have ever had?

It’s generally the opposite at our end as we are the ones who end up making unusual requests from clients. We are trying for a scuba-shoot (where we shoot in the deep sea), an all aerial shoot in the Maldives and a live wedding edit (the photos of the wedding get published on Instagram with a delay of about an hour) … all in this season!

5. Do you have a favorite among the wedding photos and films you have captured? Is there any one specific wedding album you hold close to your heart and why?

It’s difficult to specify one such shot or scene, but I do love this wedding film we shot last year. It is a roller coaster ride in terms of emotions and something that will leave the viewer with tears in their eyes, and a smile on their faces by the end of it. It’s called ‘Will Marry Marry Me?’ Photo favorites are even harder to choose but I’d say a couple from Venice that we shot recently is presently close to my heart.

6. What’s your advice to couples searching for their dream photographer? Any other tips for them?

I’ll share this from the point of someone who is already married and had good photography at his wedding. Think of the photographic process at a wedding as a journey rather than an item to check off the list. It’s not just the photos but the experience of getting them taken and interacting with your photographer that will make the memories last for a lifetime. Happy moods make for happy pictures. Get to know your photographer(s) before your wedding, open up to them, have a drink together! That will make the shoot process so much more enjoyable for both sides.

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Our Top 5 bridal Jewelry Inspirations from Purab Paschim

Our Top 5 bridal Jewelry Inspirations from Purab Paschim

Nov 16, 2016Bridal Fashion and Beauty

Shine like a star with these stunning pieces from Purab Paschim.

You’ve spent months envisioning your look for your big day – trousseau, makeup, hair… But hang on – are you absolutely certain about your jewelry?

Bridal jewelry is evolving every day. It’s no longer just an accessory but viewed as a strong enough style entity to make or break a look.

We picked some striking designs from thehouse of Purab Paschimthat embody the best of today’s jewelry aesthetic – elegant, timeless and out of this world.

1) Make a statement with a Bold Maang Tikka

The maang tikka is a traditional adornment that looks superlative, resting gently on a perfectly parted updo. But take this a notch higher and choose a striking design that can be worn as a statement piece. Not only does a maang tikka like this perfectly complement any bridal attire, you can pull this off by limiting your jewelry to just this one show-stopper.

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2) Redefine elegance with Arty Earrings

These earrings manage to toe the line between sublime elegance and whimsical artistry. The crescent shape is enhanced with geometry created by painstakingly interwoven Swarovski crystals and ethereal pearls, a play between glitter and gleam, with the glow of gold. Classic and yet very modern, we recommend these if you’re wearing a bright, blingy lehenga.

Price: INR 12,500

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3) Go Boho with a Hasli

Sure, weddings are all about tradition, but a little experimentation won’t go amiss. Bring your inner boho beauty to the wedding with this traditional hasli design – a peacock necklace from the Royal Rebel collection. Its timeless curves, gold, and color evoke the sumptuous luxury of the Mughal era. What’s more, its unusual features will be a wonderful little ‘pique of interest’ to your personal treasury.

Price: INR 38,000

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4) Layer it up for the Pheras

Your pheras are sacred, the absolute heart and soul of your wedding. Choose jewelry with the gravitas to match the occasion. This gorgeous creation is created with strands of gold-tinted Swarovski crystals and crystal coated pearls. The glimmer of gold brings a touch of dazzle to this timeless necklace. It should be paired with this longer necklace, carefully crafted using time-honored enameling and champlevé techniques, to create a wonderful look for a religious ritual.

Price: INR 18,000

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5) Unleash your inner diva in an Iconic Choker

You couldn’t tell what era it’s from but this stunningly crafted necklace exudes all the exotic of the east, a signature piece of craftsmanship radiating with the flair of Indian architecture and Mughal Luxe. Perfect to complement a very traditional or a fusion outfit, this double-layered necklace is the epitome of regal refinement and will transform you into a princess on your big day.

Price: INR 28,500

Purab Paschim

Address:

D 19 Defence Colony,

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Contact: +91 98 73 313872

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Our Favorite Décor Inspiration from Real Weddings in Oman

Our Favorite Décor Inspiration from Real Weddings in Oman

Nov 16, 2016Destination Weddings

Here are some of the most spectacular wedding décor and details from lavish Indian weddings celebrated in the beautiful Sultanate of Oman.

A daydream in coral, an evening in carmine

Sasha Rawal , sister of leading Bollywood fashion designer Kunal Rawal, tied the knot with Samarth Bajaj, scion of a prominent Hyderabadi business family at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman. The #SashSam wedding exuded playful sophistication and breathtaking grandeur from word go. The Mehendi, bathed in the soft light of day, was held at the beachside lawns of the Al-Bandar Shangri-La. As the russet mountains, white sands and blue waters created a stunning background, the lawns wore delicate coral drapes and center piece in the palest of teal. That evening, the grand engagement and sangeet ceremony was hosted in the ballroom at Al-Bandar Shangri-La. The theme color that evening was deep carmine, perfectly offset by centerpieces crafted out of luxurious, large white feathers.

Décor Inspiration

Décor Inspiration

Salmon pink in the sunlight, ochre, and gold at dusk

Aditi and Jash’s wedding came to life in the sprawling resort of the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman. The three hotels within the resort have the capacity and grandeur to accommodate all the people, parties, and poses that make up a modern Indian wedding today. The décor was a masterclass in elegant simplicity – a minimalist mandap decorated in soft white drapes, fresh yellow daisies, and foliage, the set up featured seating areas in salmon pink while the rows of chairs facing the mandap were beautifully decorated in swathes of ochre and gold. Against the crystal-clear blue waters of the Sea of Oman, rocky formations rising out of the sea and a crimson sky at sunset, the breathtaking pictures tell the best story.

Décor Inspiration

Décor Inspiration

A beachy glow by day, glamor and glitz by night

Nazuk and Vaibhav said ‘I Do’ at the Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace – a truly magical setting for a beach wedding overlooking the Gulf of Oman. The Youngsters’ Party was held by day in the shade of swaying palms, rustic cabanas, and a lazily chilled wine as vintage lampshades swung gently in the ocean breeze at The Beach Pavilion at Al Bustan Palace. The wedding ceremony by night featured a circular mandap as the center of attention. Open to the night sky, fringed with garlands of red roses in full bloom, surrounded by pillars draped in lustrous pearl white fabric, the mandap seemed to glow with an ethereal energy – illuminated by a chandelier suspended above it. The entire setup grew more splendid in the deepening twilight and reflected in the gentle ripples of the waters of the pool.

Décor Inspiration

Décor Inspiration

King and Queen of the Castle

The Shangri-La Hotel renamed their luxurious Muscat property ‘The Virani Castle’ for the mega wedding of Smit Virani to Chandni Amin. The daytime celebrations were a riot of color by the poolside. Taking inspiration from the hues of dappled sunlight, guests were handed colorful t-shirts, bandanas, sarongs and floral garlands to add to the festive riot of color. For the ring ceremony held in the hotel’s ballroom, the décor was lit to evoke visions of a magical dreamscape: a vision in white with pink spotlights playing on crystal and mirror embellishments on the walls of the ballroom.

A Bollywood evening was as glitzy as expected. Held at the Amphitheatre, the excitement was enhanced with digitized glitz like lasers, graphics and LED screens. At the main wedding ceremony, there was no veering away from the magnificence of traditional Indian wedding hues – red and gold. Guests were lead to the mandapunder canopies festooned with opulent elephant chandeliers, heavily woven with fresh flowers. The dais was inspired by temple architecture – beautiful carvings and a palatial dome overhead. The mandap, set up in the Dhow Area, was decorated with umbrellas and overlooked the stunning Turtle Beach. The highlight of the evening was the Jaimala (exchanging of garlands between the bride and groom), which was initiated by four white ‘angels’ descending from above.

Décor Inspiration

Décor Inspiration

Poetry in pink and purple

Reia and Garrie decided to get married at the Al Bustan Palace where Garrie proposed in Reia’s home city, Muscat. The décor was personalized by the bride and her close friends. Since the bridesmaids wore three different shades of pink and purple, the entire wedding fell in with the color scheme. Purple, associated with nobility, wisdom, and grandeur, offsets the lighthearted pink, signifying love and romance and happiness. At the wedding, the flowers, centerpieces, lighting and favors were all in shades of those.

Décor Inspiration

Décor Inspiration

Say “I do” in Oman– home to some of the finest wedding venues and five star resorts.

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Young and Inspiring – Photographer Monisha Ajgaonkar

Young and Inspiring – Photographer Monisha Ajgaonkar

Nov 15, 2016Wedding Photography & Films

Our series ‘Young and Inspiring’ showcases fresh, exciting new talent powerhouses from the design, fashion and event domains who specialize in creating dream weddings for couples with stars in their eyes. Meet Monisha Ajgaonkar, Founder and Director of The Photo Diary, which offers all photography and cinematography services.

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1. Tell us about your journey into the world of wedding photography.

Wedding photography happened to me by accident. I was young, had no direction, clues, lost. I hated studying, slept through my lectures. But then, as a guest at a friend’s wedding, I was drunk and started taking random photographs. The next day, looking at what I’d captured, it took me by surprise! So I decided to run with it and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

2. What is your photographic style?

It’s quirky and fun. I never go with a predetermined mindset to any event. Though I love capturing the true essence of events as they unfold in front of me, I always go prepared. I am constantly researching new techniques and on the lookout for new ways to capture the same thing. I experiment with lenses to get better shots and in the case of weddings, I’m always watching for an interesting subject and a truly vulnerable, candid moment.

3. What are the hottest trends in wedding and pre-wedding photography this season?

Wedding trends on the up are 360 degree photographs, cinema graphs and couples also request that original music be composed specifically for their wedding trailers and films. For pre-wedding shoots, couples want destination wedding shoots and pre-wedding films.

4. What is the most unusual request that you have ever had?

Well, it’s usual and unusual – a client asked that I make her ‘look thin’ in her wedding video.

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5. Is there a film or photograph you hold close to your heart?

My favorite film has to be ‘Bring on the wife’. This shoot was a gift for a very good friend, which meant I got to enjoy the wedding and do what I love most – shoot! The footage shows how much fun we had shooting this wedding and that’s what I want to see with every film I do, capture the fun, the happiness.

The favorite film:Bring on the wife!

6. What’s your advice to couples searching for their dream photographer?

Every photography and videography company has a unique style of capturing and editing their work. Do not get a company on board just because your friend had them on board for their wedding. Don’t ask a photographer or videographer to change their style to suit your tastes. It’s better to select someone whose work you like in the first play, someone who matches your vibe and style.

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Young and Inspiring – Monisha Ajgaonkar

Young and Inspiring – Monisha Ajgaonkar

Nov 15, 2016Wedding Photography & Films

Our series ‘Young and Inspiring’ showcases fresh, exciting new talent powerhouses from the design, fashion and event domains who specialize in creating dream weddings for couples with stars in their eyes. Meet Monisha Ajgaonkar, Founder and Director of The Photo Diary, which offers all photography and cinematography services.

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1. Tell us about your journey into the world of wedding photography.

Wedding photography happened to me by accident. I was young, had no direction, clues, lost. I hated studying, slept through my lectures. But then, as a guest at a friend’s wedding, I was drunk and started taking random photographs. The next day, looking at what I’d captured, it took me by surprise! So I decided to run with it and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

2. What is your photographic style?

It’s quirky and fun. I never go with a predetermined mindset to any event. Though I love capturing the true essence of events as they unfold in front of me, I always go prepared. I am constantly researching new techniques and on the lookout for new ways to capture the same thing. I experiment with lenses to get better shots and in the case of weddings, I’m always watching for an interesting subject and a truly vulnerable, candid moment.

3. What are the hottest trends in wedding and pre-wedding photography this season?

Wedding trends on the up are 360 degree photographs, cinema graphs and couples also request that original music be composed specifically for their wedding trailers and films. For pre-wedding shoots, couples want destination wedding shoots and pre-wedding films.

4. What is the most unusual request that you have ever had?

Well, it’s usual and unusual – a client asked that I make her ‘look thin’ in her wedding video.

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5. Is there a film or photograph you hold close to your heart?

My favorite film has to be ‘Bring on the wife’. This shoot was a gift for a very good friend, which meant I got to enjoy the wedding and do what I love most – shoot! The footage shows how much fun we had shooting this wedding and that’s what I want to see with every film I do, capture the fun, the happiness.

The favorite film:Bring on the wife!

6. What’s your advice to couples searching for their dream photographer?

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Six Rules for Taking the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Six Rules for Taking the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Nov 14, 2016Wedding Photography & Films

He went down on one knee, you said yes and now that sparkle in your eyes is reflected by that rock on your finger. It’s time to announce your engagement and what better way than with a photograph of your stunning new bling!

The ‘ring selfie’ – a picture of your engagement ring on your finger with something meaningful to you in the background – is fast gaining popularity on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You could even use it in an invitation to a party.

So what does it take to make it the perfect pic?

Here are a few invaluable tips to make sure your picture is absolutely wonderful.

1. Natural Light is the Key

Ditch the filters. They make photos look over-processed. Let your ring catch as much natural light as possible. Do this in daylight, outdoors or at a window, at noon or early evening, raise your hand in the air and experiment with a few angles until your ring glints. Don’t use the flash! You don’t need it.

natural lightPhotos Courtesy- miadonnadiamond

2. Picture Perfect Nails

The ring’s on your finger so that means your hands better not look like you’ve just been gardening outdoors. A manicure is great but you can just work some magic with a subtle pastel nail varnish for an elegant look or take the sexy route and go bold with red or burgundy. Dark colours on shorter nails and light colours on longer nails are a good idea.

picture perfect nailsPhotos Courtesy- Hillary Bontempo via Instagram and The Yes Girls

3. Moisturize

Weddings are often held in winter and everyone can do with a little hydration. Apply a little hand lotion or cuticle oil and rub it into the skin of your hands and cuticles so you get a healthy, youthful glow!

moisturizePhotos Courtesy- Wonder Wardrobes

4. Clean Your Ring

Shine that baby! You want to catch all the light so clean your ring with a gentle solution of water and soap and scrub it with a soft bristle brush. Pat dry and you’re ready to go bright!

clean your ringPhoto Courtesy- Jonak Photography and miadonnadiamond

5. Boomerang it

Up your ring selfie game with a loop-video or gif by Boomerang. Whether you want to have waves crashing the backdrop, the sun glinting on and off the stone, a big wink or a wave, a kiss or a victory sign, movement will make your ring selfie much more appealing and much more You!

6. Backdrop is Everything

Show a bit of your personality using a backdrop. Travel buff? Booklover? Fashionista? Play around with ideas and inspiration but don’t forget to have fun!

backdrop is everythingPhotos Courtesy- Pinterest, nancy5nguyen via Instagram and Martha Stewart weddings

We scoured Instagram and Pinterest to find the best Engagement Ring Selfies of the year to inspire you. So get your pretty fingers scrolling through these ideas and pick one that suits your personality and get ready to ‘rock your rock’.

1. Something Blue

Sand, sea, sunlight! Venture out to the beach to celebrate your proposal and sneak in a stunning selfie in the sun against the backdrop of the azure sea.

something bluePhotos Courtesy- Pinterest

2. With Bae

He’s got your heart, put him in your art. Take a selfie with your husband-to-be grinning his goofy-in-love head off in the backdrop, maybe out of focus.

with baePhotos Courtesy- Alyssa Garcia via Instagram and Olivia of Livvyland

3. Caffeinated

You love it just a little less than you love your fiancé but coffee is coffee! Grab a mug that means something to you – could be chipped, chipper or cheeky – and get brew-dy.

CaffeinatedPhotos Courtesy- Etsy, Wedding Forward and Michelle Monroe via Instagram

4. The Proposal Destination

Were you one of those lucky girls whisked away to a dreamy destination for the sole purpose of being proposed to? Well, you need to show this off! Take your ring selfie against an iconic monument or landmark!

The Proposal DestinationPhotos Courtesy- Pinterest and Mary Lou via Instagram

5. Accessorized

You’re a fashionista and you want to show everyone how your latest accessory fits in perfectly with you and your entire aesthetic – let your sparkler pop between a bunch of other personal effects, a clutch, charm bracelet, sunglasses etc.

accessorizedPhotos Courtesy- Ginger Ramirez and Gem Hunt

6. With your Fluff

Those big eyes, that wet nose, that little four-legged love of your life is one of the nicest ways to share good news. Tell everyone you said ‘yes’ with a little bling shining through the fur.

with your fluffPhotos Courtesy- Pinterest and Adrienne May via Instagram

7. With Food

The easiest way to your heart is through your palette. Show everyone you have great taste or that you two are foodies with a playful ring selfie featuring your guilty treats to say you find each other irresistible.

with foodPhotos Courtesy- Wedding Chicks, alyssabrindisi and michellesanchie via Instagram

8. Say it with flowers

They’re the best part of being a bride – so start your journey the right way with a bunch of beautiful blooms that symbolize your blossoming love and add pop to your sparkling photo.

Say it with flowersPhotos Courtesy- maytalhannah via Instagram and Rachelllly

9. French Manicured

Simple, classic, chic – say it in the language of love, with a French Manicure and a minimalistic picture.

French ManicuredPhotos Courtesy- Sincerely Sham via Instagram and How he asked

10. Details

Get a close up of your ring and bring out all the facets of your personalities, your relationship and your diamond with crystal clarity!

detailsPhotos Courtesy- Pinterest and Bonadrag

11. Notes to Notice

What did you say? A picture may be worth a thousand words but with a note included, this sort of selfie is worth 1001!

Notes to NoticePhotos Courtesy- How he asked and Pinterest

12. Hold my hand

Your two hearts now beat as one – so let the ring fingers, with the vein that reaches your heart, be entwined, rings touching and maybe the holiday destination you’re at in the backdrop.

Hold my handPhotos Courtesy- Pinterest

13. Home is where the heart is

Nothing beats the quiet intimacy and secure love of a picture taken at home, against everyday familiar objects, like your favourite sheets, your dressing table or even your toothbrushes if you want to be naughty!

Home is where the heart isPhotos Courtesy- Pinterest and Jenifer Patricia via Instagram

14. Wine Lover

Say cheers! Pop some bubbly or sip a glass of wine and show off your new adornment with a sexy, classy celebration of new beginnings.

wine loverPhotos Courtesy- Vanessa Smith via Instagram and Ring Selfie Queen

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