Nikhil and Nikita Indian Wedding CLE
Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Full of colorful emotions and unparalleled energy this Hindu wedding was truly fun to capture. What fascinates me the most in working with Indian couples in Cleveland is that they are truly genuine people that embrace people for who they are: ordinary people. This is another looooooooooong wedding album so feel free to just scroll over parts you don't quite want to see.
Sangeet is the first part of Indian Wedding celebration or Music Night
Taking place at Landerhaven this night featured it's own Moroccan themed decor.
Looking super sharp there my friend, Nikhil is one good looking man. Smart too, he's like an IT guru.
A nice paring to the prior shot is a more relaxed Nikhil.
And the girl whose heart was stolen by the guy in prior pics. Beautiful Nikita
A few final touches before we all come together.
Ah there, we are all together. This shot is from the rooftop of Ernst Young building in downtown CLE
It's not coincidental that their names are so similar, it was all meant to be in this universe of balance.
Ok so Nikhil wanted to drive a Porsche on the day of the wedding, come on, men still need their toys.
We always capture traditional family images, it's a must have at Indian weddings (or else dad will be very disappointed) :))
And of course the reason for the celebration, these two good looking people.
These little precious shots make memories. After all it's not every day that you get to be roasted by your best buddies.
Dances create special kind of atmosphere. Everyone rehearsed so much for these.
Now that we got like literally no rest at all, It's back to getting these two married on Day 2 of the wedding. It starts with what's called a Baraat or groom and his family traveling to the ceremony site.
And a little more connected version of our love birds.
Now that we are done with introduction, let's get into details: this girl!!!
These detail shots are just breathtaking. That perfect cut on the right is just amazing.
And of course the crew. Love the colors for this day.
The girl in the middle is Puja, she's bride's older sister. Yeah, Nikita is one of those "I'm getting married first" rebels. But seriously, they love and respect each other so much.
Ah, what a good looking man right there! It's not just the looks I remind, it's the full package deal :)
He puts on the turban. Check out what it says on the palm of his hand, yeah, it's his princess' name.
The bois. Yeah, he has lots of close friends.
.... more bois. That one that's like super close is what we call a Bosnian, he comes complete with exceptional sense of humor.
Triumphant, kingly, Nikhil.
Everyone dances for Baraat. There's always a car with dedicated PA system to make it loud and fun for the crowd.
We are met with a whole lot of love. Amazing
Mother and Father of the bride greet him and ceremonial coconut is shattered.
families exchange ceremonial wreaths.
Its shots like this one that get me most excited about what I do. The right time, the right angle. Groom is carried into Landerhaven to a drumbeat.
Same hall, whole new decor. Very good team of decorators from NJ
This is where they will travel through.
The groom is walked by his parents. They hold his arms and express lots of joy and pride in their son.
So, remember how Nikhil got his ride last night? Well, It's Nikita's time, this is an Indian Wedding Doli
Honestly, I pride myself in shots like the one on the left. It's a split second opportunity and it did not go wasted. Great storytelling of tradition Hindu ceremony.
Finally it's time for bride and groom to exchange the wreaths.
Detailed storytelling is quite essential for Indian weddings. We rarely get this much going on at traditional American wedding.
We walk in circles a few times... don't laugh, it's important part of the wedding.
More essential elements as they step on these little nuts with their bare feet.
Now for the American part: the rings.
All the emotions come out as everyone is happy to greet the new husband and wife.
Walking out to rose petals being thrown.
Back to some traditional shots, did you see the elephant in the background?
The extended family all together. Love colors.
Some individual family shots to complete the story
Sometimes all we gotta do is just assume the yoga poses as we sit by the wall. It's that simple to create this fun shot.
Now for the girls, that's a different story. I climbed a tree to get this shot of bridesmaids in their traditional saree.
Notice how in this album I made an introduction to every part.
Chagrin Falls make a beautiful location for some casual shots.
Once again we dive into details: how did we get to such beautiful shots by the falls?
This girl looks like she's out of a movie, I know, what a lucky guy.
This is what confidence looks like in the mirror. It's when even your reflection is not sure it can show your strength.
We could put that man on the right straight into a Hollywood movie and name him Bond.
This close-up is just amazing
He kisses her
we find more beautiful elements to put the bride and groom into.
Here I asked the couple to prepare for their first dance. Nice little moment was captured as I peaked through some brush at them.
Yet another style of decor. Yep, it's gonna be wild.
This is a fisheye shot. it gives almost a 180 degree view corner to corner.
Our guest start arriving. We greet them with energy, laughter, and applause.
This is not the first dance yet, It's a twirl after walking into the reception.
Everyone gets a kick from the toasts.
Especially the bride and groom.
That cake looks so amazing.
More of an American tradition, bride and groom feed each other the cake
Now the first dance, he dips her masterfully