Abhaya & Uday | Wedding in Colorful Patiala.
Prologue: In the summer of 2013, we shot a wedding in the hills of Dehradun. The Anandkaraj ceremony was set right in the backyard of the bride's childhood home. After the wedding we moved to the gorgeous orchards behind the house where the guests were served lunch and friends and family raised toasts to the couple. Colorful decorations hung from the branches overhead as afternoon light danced from table to table and set the mood for what was arguably one of the most heartwarming "maid of honour" speeches I've ever heard. This photoset is not from that wedding. This is that maid of honour's wedding. :)
AAbhaya married Uday in the colorful town of Patiala. Uday's family is the quintessential Punjabi clan. Towering men with a great sense of humor and an even greater sense of partying, and elegant women who balance out all the loudness of the men. :D So yes, the wedding was fun, it was beautiful in every way (from the decor to the events to the many bridal entries to the music), but for us it'll always stand out as the wedding where we were made to feel like family all through. From Abhaya welcoming us personally at her mehendi to Uday lifting each one of us up in the air and turning us upside down while pouring bigger-than-patiala-pegs, this is the one wedding which I'll definitely recount to my grandchildren as "the most memorable wedding".
And without further ado, here's our visual story of the wedding: