Indian weddings have always been a surreal experience for photographers. Even before I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding, I would look at pictures of other wedding photographers and immediately be immersed in the vivid colours swirled with vibrant emotions. I was excited to shoot my first Indian wedding, and was lucky to have the opportunity to shoot one in India. I’d never visited the country, and as my friends know, I don’t usually do any research on my travels prior to the plane ride. But, I had heard that it was named the city of lakes. That title was enough for me to get excited with no prior expectation. The food, the warmth and humbleness of the people there, surrounded by the palaces just welcomed magic. Christophe Viseux, the infamous international wedding photographer shooting weddings mostly in Africa and India knew I’d been drooling over India for some time now. So when he offered I join, I think I died and went to heaven.
A heaven of palaces on lakes, stone elephants with real men sitting on them, great marching bands playing for the newlyweds, and some donkeys and elephants randomly crossing the streets as we were. I was smiling throughout the whole trip. Tania and Robin, the bride and groom, had decorated several locations for the multiple events that entertained family and friends coming from all over the world. Each location was more amazing and picturesque than the other. As the celebrations began with the Mehndi and Sangeet, I realised that the beautiful events weren’t only great on camera. But they were spectacular to experience. To see how the bride and grooms family, who’d mostly had met only on the week of the wedding, would share the same emotions of happiness and joy for their loved ones was beautiful to say the least. As with any Indian event, party all day, party all night.
Thank you Tania and Robin for having me joint your wedding. The story of how you met, is truly my favourite happily ever after. Lots of love, Tasneem