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Thanks for coming back for the final and most epic chapter of Rachna & Bharat’s Love Story! The 3 days we got to spend together was just incredible. I was able to witness not just a wedding day celebration where your friends and family come to hang out and eat your food…I mean they did that too, but this was a full on out community coming to support & celebrate the union of two families!

We started at the Sheraton where we met Bharat & his family getting ready for the main event. It was one of the few quiet moments of the day. I could feel the excitement emanating from Bharat as he read the note his Rachna had sent him. Afterwards we headed over to the gorgeous the Carolina Inn of Chapel Hill, NC. I was blown away by the incredible details of the ceremony area and had so much fun documenting it all. But before the ceremony started we got to take part in the¬†Barat…not to be mistaken for Bharat…we had that conversation. ūüėČ
It was one of the most fun things I’ve gotten to document yet! The groom mounts a white horse and is escorted by his family & friends to the ceremony location, and when I say “escort” I mean dancing and cheering to the most amazing music you’ve ever heard! Then Bharat was greeted at the entrance by his fianc√©’s family.

Then we get to enter that gorgeous ceremony area that I mentioned before. It was all decked out in opulent golds & purples. It truly took my breath away. I was especially interested in the ceremony since I have yet to document this type of wedding. I’ve got the flow of a typical American wedding down pat, but this was brand new and fascinating to experience. I loved all of the personal touches, literally, like when Bharat’s mom & sister escorted Rachna back down the isle after she changed sari’s. There was something so special about that moment.¬†The ceremony ended with everyone lavishing flower petals over the bride & groom in celebration! It was just beautiful!

There were so many more intricacies to their ceremony that I wish I could tell you about. I’m hoping that these photos share those things without words.

After we got family portraits done, some beautiful shots of Rachna & Bharat together, & they were nestled in their car off to the next event we had a chance to take pictures of the reception area. It was just as beautiful as the ceremony! The Carolina Inn sure knows what its doing! I especially loved the backdrop behind Rachna & Bharat’s sweetheart table. Its a-symmetry was just lovely!¬†The reception was full of laughter, tears, and dancing! So many great moments of family & friends celebrating love. Something that I didn’t anticipate was how even the guests changed for each event. The gowns & sari’s were just gorgeous¬†and a celebration of awesome for my eyeballs!

I really enjoyed my first Indian wedding experience and I’m so glad that it was Rachna & Bharat! They were up for everything I requested, even for standing in the December cold at night for some epic shots! Luckily they got to snuggle to keep each other warm. ūüėČ Thank you ¬†Rachna & Bharat for allowing me to document your day. It was truly, in every sense of the word, EPIC!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

¬†Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):¬†We wanted to have a traditional Indian wedding but in an intimate setting with southern charm. We¬†actually saw Carolina Inn early in our planning process and fell in love with it. We wanted to do our due diligence though and looked at everything from a restored cotton mill to a historic home to a castle before landing back in Chapel Hill, where I grew up and went to school. Bharat and I are both detail-oriented, so even though we only had 5 months to pull off our wedding planning, we took our time with each vendor selection. I’m also a designer so was very particular about how things turned out visually… I designed the invitations, escort cards, table numbers, guest book, welcome packets (brochures and door hangers) and thank you cards myself. It was exhausting, but well worth it in the end. Special shoutout to our siblings for taking over some of the planning aspects of the Sangeet.

– What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?¬†We had a lot of fun right before the reception began. We enjoyed having a little time to ourselves as a newly married couple before the big event and were loving our getup, the venue, and (of course) each other.– Funniest memory from your wedding day?¬†There’s a Punjabi tradition in which the bride’s sisters (cousins and bridesmaids in this case) steal the groom’s shoes when he enters the altar. After the ceremony when he needs them, he has to pay up to get the shoes back. Bharat was prepared for this but underestimated how much cash he would need… it was pretty funny to see him try and negotiate with my cousin-in-law, whom he had just met, and to scramble to collect enough cash to close the deal.

– If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?¬†Not a thing.– Any advice for future bride & grooms?¬†To remember during the stressful planning process that the wedding day is ultimately about your love and commitment to each other, and that if all else fails, you’ll still have that.

– What was your biggest fear before hiring me? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?¬†We were a little worried that one photographer alone wouldn’t be able to capture the depth, detail and energy of everything going on at an Indian wedding. You more than met our expectations and maybe your fresh look at the event (since you hadn’t shot an Indian wedding before) even captured moments a seasoned Indian wedding photographer would overlook.

– What, specifically, was your favorite part of working with¬†Mabyn¬†Ludke Photography and why?¬†More than anything, we felt super-comfortable around you and were able to be ourselves in the photos, which was very important to us. We also really appreciated your patience and rolling with last-minute changes and lateness. Lastly, you delivered on what we hired you for ‚ÄĒ your photography style, which captures moments in a natural but beautiful way.

– If you were to recommend¬†Mabyn¬†Ludke Photography to your best friend, what would you say?¬†Mabyn¬†is talented, sweet and fun to be around! Her energy and excitement are evident and contagious. You’ll walk away with not just memorable photos but also a friend.

The Details:
Hair and Makeup: Mina’s Studio, Gabriella //¬†Henna Artist: Neena Jain //¬†Sangeet Outfit Designer:¬†Roop Shree, Old Delhi, India //¬†Wedding Sari 1 Designer: Utsav, New Delhi, India // Wedding Sari 2 Designer: Kalpana, New Delhi, India //¬†Veil: Roop Shree, Old Delhi, India //¬†Reception Outfit Designer: Ohaana, Noida, India //¬†Bride’s Jewelry: Various shops in New and Old Delhi, India //¬†Wedding Bands: Stuart Moore //¬†Bridesmaids Dresses: Utsavfashion.com¬†// Groom’s Wedding and Sangeet Attire: Nucreation Fashions, Toronto, Canada //¬†Groom’s Reception Attire: Ted Baker //¬†Groomsmen Attire: Nucreation Fashions, Toronto, Canada //¬†Sangeet Venue: Sheraton Chapel Hill, Venetian Ballroom //¬†Ceremony Venue: Carolina Inn, Old Well Ballroom //¬†Reception Venue: Carolina Inn, Hill Ballroom //¬†DJ: DJ Rang //¬†Wedding Horse: Bull City Carriage Service //¬†Sangeet Caterer: Raaga //¬†Wedding Caterer: Carolina Inn //¬†Cake: Sweet Memories //¬†Sangeet Poster Designer: Marchais Creative //¬†Sangeet Event Designer: LadyBird Events (Apara Pochiraju) //¬†Wedding Event Designer: Elegant Designz (Katen Shah) //¬†Wedding Coordinator: Chic Details (Angie Wright) //¬†Invitations & Stationary: designed by the Bride

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