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As promised, here is part 2 of Cari & Amol’s wedding extravaganza at the Grandover Hotel & Spa in Greensboro, NC.
After Cari & Amol so willingly played in the rain, they went back to their hotel rooms to prepare for the 2nd ceremony they’d embark on. That’s right folks, not one but TWO weddings in one day! Cari & Amol REALLLY wanted to be married. 😉 Just kidding, but what isn’t funny is how much these two care about their families and heritage. They went back and forth several times on whether or not to have two ceremonies, but in the end the desire to honor their legacy prevailed. Both ceremonies were rich with moments and people that mean so much to this dear couple.
The American ceremony took place in the same ball room, with a few of the same elements, but somehow looked COMPLETELY different! Again, my hat goes to Apara of LadyBird Events for creating such a visually stunning setting for Cari & Amol to wed. I’m particularly in love with the berry, blue, & gold theme…not that my living room reflects that at all...Anyway, the ceremony was lovely & filled with family & friends standing beside and helping to marry these two for the 2nd time. Even their puppy Dooba was there celebrating! He barked his approval as they made their official “first kiss!”
Then onto the amazing reception where, let me tell you, these two knew how to party! There were glow sticks, smoke bombs, sparklers, and everybody knew how to DANCE! It was a hoot to photograph! I’m also a little obsessed with Cari’s wedding dress and how it flowed in the hurricane force winds. I am SO stoked to have such adventurous clients who will embrace the elements to get some fantastic shots! Cari & Amol were up for anything and everything all while being their sweet selves. The perfect combination! Thank you Cari & Amol for allowing Daniel & I into your fantastically colorful and emotional world. We adored every minute!
I sat on my couch with Daniel watching the weather report only a few days before Hurricane Matthew was set to hit. I had said my prayers fervently that Matthew would stay off the coast and leave us a beautiful sunny weekend for the festivities ahead, but sunshine was not to be in our forecast. Rain poured down from above and wind raged that Saturday morning as we drove up to the Grandover Hotel in Greensboro, NC for Cari & Amol’s wedding extravaganza. We had already resolved that we were going to roll with the punches and that no matter what these two would have an epic wedding regardless of the weather. Besides, these two had already weathered one hurricane together in DC, what was one more? Family still arrived from all over the state and the world to celebrate these two. Sure, the weather caused a few hiccups, but for the most part I think it enhanced their day. They’ve got quite the story to share now!
The day was split into two parts and so I’ll split their story into two blog posts. Here we have part one, their AMAZING Indian wedding ceremony! It was so full of color and life, it was like candy for my eyeballs! After it was over and the rest of their wedding party had gone to get lunch, Cari & Amol asked me “Could we go play in the rain?” I didn’t have to think twice before I said YES, YES, YES! How wonderful it was that not only did they still get married despite Matthew, but they EMBRACED him fully! I’m totally smitten with these rain photos and how joyful Cari & Amol look. Stay tune tomorrow for part two of Cari & Amol’s wedding festivities!
Amrita & Vishwan’s wedding extravaganza started at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC way before I got there to capture their fun filled Sangeet. It was full of performances, henna, & lots of excitement in anticipation for the big day.
Then before the sun got up from it’s slumber, these two were getting ready for their incredible wedding day (designed by the talented LadyBird Events!) Morning was brimming with all sorts of color and smiles, ceremonies and hugs, leading up to when they saw each other for the first time. I wont pretend to know the significance of each and every moment they had during their ceremony, but it definitely kept me on my toes! I can’t decide which moment was my favorite, when they threw rice on each other or fighting to get the ring first or the beautiful moment when all of the women in the family bestowed gifts on Amrita. It was a an emotional and beautiful ceremony.
We all then took a break to eat and rest before heading into their lively reception! Again there were so many emotional moments, both parent dances had me tearing up, and Amrita & Vishwan’s first dance was a great mashup of songs that spoke about their relationship! Both bridesmaids and groomsmen proved to have some serious dance skills with an awesome dance battle and guests enjoyed top of the line entertainment all night long!
These two are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. During their whole wedding process they were more concerned with the well being of their family, friends, and even vendors than themselves. It was such a great day to capture, It was hard to put my camera down at the end of the night! Thank you to Amrita & Vishwan for allowing me to capture your incredible wedding experience, it was such a great honor!
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. 😉
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 fiancé’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. 😉 Thank you Rachna & Bharat for allowing me to document your day. It was truly, in every sense of the word, EPIC!
– 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 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 — 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.