When I first met Vidit, all he could talk about was cricket. He reached out to me for his big wedding, and all we chatted about was sports. This guy seriously loves his sports…but then we finally got around to discussing his big day, and his wife-to-be, Nisha. You can hear the tone of his voice changing, and how serious the conversation got in just a few seconds- that he really adores her. It was really great meeting with him in person, but since Nisha couldn’t drop by, we ended up doing a web conference. It was awesome seeing these two communicate their needs because they were so similar. Both had a pretty clear vision on what they liked within my portfolio, and I got to know them both pretty well prior to their wedding. I cannot emphasize how crucial having a strong relationship with your photographer is, the day of the event we were hanging out like we knew each other all of our lives – which made getting beautiful images much easier.
Their garba and wedding took place at the Crowne Plaze in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. They are pretty well known in the South Asian community for being one of the venues that can manage a larger scale Indian wedding. Both of their families made up feel like one of their own, giving us up-close access to everyone without restriction. I love how important family values are to Nisha and Vidit, both took the time to chat with family abroad through FaceTime. Live streaming weddings! So cool!
My favorites parts of their special day:
#1. Getting ready with Nisha and having one of her close friends come by with her adorable little girl. All of the bridesmaids melted when they saw this baby, she was super cute. At one point she started crying a bit, so I gave her my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 to play with. She was amused! Duh, obviously babies love camera equipment….
#2. The first look! Yeh, so Vidit wants to play it off like he was cool and calm. Bro, stop playing. The anticipation was high, and there may have been a bit of anxiety. It was really emotional watching these to see one another for the first time on their wedding day, all dressed up and ready to exchange vows. Very cute, I may have had a moment behind the camera…maybe…
#3. The kidnapping. Timing was good, but not perfect. With South Asian weddings, especially Indian weddings, things don’t always go as planned. I ended up kidnapping the newlyweds for a few minutes during the reception to get some nice intimate photos away from the inquisitive eyes of guests. That’s when I knew these two are head over heels for each other. During our set, I asked them to look at one another for a photo. That quick look turned into gaze, they were having a moment so we kind of tip toes backwards out of there and let them enjoy their privacy before returning to the reception.