I’d like to call this the wedding that beat Hurricane Irene. As dire warnings poured in through all news services that Irene was going to be crazy, Shreya and Anoop kept their spirits up and threw a fantastic Indian celebration for their families and friends. We were very lucky that the hurricane did not arrive until Sunday, but the rains did move the majority of the photos as well as the baraat indoors on their wedding day. However, I was able to beat the clouds with the First Look and the portraits outside! Also, I’ve had the absolute pleasure having Johnny Arguedas on board as the second shooter for this wedding, you’ll see me note which images are his. Johnny is a seasoned photojournalistic wedding photographer in the Boston area and whose flair for dramatic lighting, knack for being at the right place at the right time, makes him a super awesome peer with whom I’ve had the honor to work. Thank you so much for joining me!
I’m obsessed with the bracelets Indian brides wear. I think they are so fabulous
Shreya, just drop dead gorgeous
Meanwhile Johnny got this smashing portrait of Anoop
We headed out for the First Look. Johnny’s view – the beautiful creamy bokeh is from the 85mm f/1.4G. It’s officially on my wishlist
We wandered around the hotel area for portraits. You wouldn’t expect some of these locations – they look ordinary, but provided just the right backdrop for what I had envisioned. You’ll see a little bit more behind the scenes in the video below :D
I really like how the mehndi makes the jewelry pop
I wonder what he said to make her smile :D
Then we found the wall. This wall is awesome
Johnny killed it with this portrait of Anoop
Some more modern, casual portraits
The rain began to fall and I had to go look for the wedding party. Johnny took Shreya and Anoop aside for one last shot. This is seriously one of my favorite images out of his camera from this day!
We then went inside for the baraat. It was wildly crowded and I think it was a miracle that two photographers and two videographers did not trip over each other. These two are Johnny’s images
This one is one of my personal favorites from my camera. I love how much emotion is captured in this shot
Details from the baraat and Hindu wedding ceremony, as well as little elephant-shaped candle escort favors for all the guests!
On the mandap, Anoop awaits his bride
This was one of my favorite ceremonies during this Hindu ceremony – Shreya’s brother twisted Anoop’s ear to remind him to take care of his bride… or else
We have the ever-amazing DJ Yogz and the team at Boston Sound and Light Company providing gorgeous uplighting. The top photo shows off the ballroom, the bottom shows a piece of the mandap transformed as a beautifully lit backdrop for the sweetheart table
Floral centerpieces utilized beautiful delicate yellow flowers and floating candles. Custom striped lavender linen lined the tables. Appropriate as they are doctors, Shreya and Anoop made a donation to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the guests
Shreya changed into a different and equally beautiful sari for the reception
I really like the extra pop of color with the flowers in her hair
Then the party got started! Look at how awesome the uplighting makes for a backdrop
And can they dance!
A dance-off between Anoop and his younger brother, who claimed in his toast that Anoops beat him in everything. I don’t know, I think this is a toss-up!
I heard a loud bang and turned to find a confetti bomb go off and Shreya and Anoop hoisted on the chairs. Too cool!
Major, major props to Yogz and D-Extreme for keeping the dance floor hopping. These two TVs were added to the DJ booth and showed off my same day edit!
This was the last gig Amy and I had for the summer. I wanted to kidnap her and have her with me forever
Shreya, Anoop, it has been so much fun to be part of your wedding festivities. May you continue to bless other people with your talent and caring hearts
Want to see more? Check out the highlights video from the team at Binita Patel Cinematography
Second shooter: Arguedas Photography
Assistant: Amy Bao Photography
Venue: Boston Marriott Cambridge
Catering: Bollywood Grill
Rings: Seyfriend Jewelers, Ann Arbor, MI
Hair: Sasha at Pyara Salon, Cambridge, MI
Wedding coordination: Tanvi Rana, Pink Lotus Events
DJ: DJ Yogz (Shang Chen Photography preferred)
Uplighting: Boston Sound and Light Company
Invitations / paper: Indianweddingcards.com
Yogi: Jayant Sane
Mandap and Indian decor: Alankar Decors
Videography: Binita Patel Cinematography
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