Our inbox is perpetually flooded with real wedding photographs. And pre-wedding shoots? I feel like I have seen every type there is out there! But a while ago, I came across a set of images, where, instead of scrolling down to the wedding photos, I found myself stuck on the pre-wedding photographs. There was something about them that was different. Refreshing even. Was it possible that after months of going through cliched (yet pretty!) pre-wedding pictures with props and quirky poses, this sequence of images tugged at me because of how realistic it was? No props, no zoomed out scenery shots were the couple made up 1/20th of the frame. This was just a boy and girl, clearly in love with each other, clearly in sync with each other. And all you could see in the photographs was how their chemistry jumped off the screen, and it made you wish you had a relationship like that.
I quickly dialled the bride’s number, and asked her about everything that went into making this pre-wedding shoot unique. Sakshi, the bride, explained how she never wanted a conventional shoot with poses and props. She said, “Sid & I wanted someone to capture what we are naturally like, while keeping the look classy. So we ended up picking Chandni Dua, who we knew would be able to capture literally how we behave on a regular basis in all sorts of moods in an exceptional way.”
When Sakshi had spoken to Chandni a few months before her wedding, the photographer had quickly understood how this couple had a uniqueness to their relationship that they wanted to highlight. Exotic locations were not required. In fact, the focus needed to stay on their shared intimacy. “So we came up with the idea of capturing their feelings for each other, and their comfort with each other, through a theme of Daily Events. They went on an actual date, chilled in a cozy room and hung out at Hauz Khas.”
So the tuxedo and black gown pictures you see on top? They were captured at a restaurant where they ended up having a dinner date in the same clothes. Their outdoor shoot was done in Surajkund and streets of Hauz Khas Village, and they ended their day at Jaypee Vasant Intercontinental.
Sakshi’s gown was designed by “KM by Kanika Manchanda” in Delhi.
Chandni shared the secret to capturing their bond in such a candid manner - “I became friends with them in just two days, and that helped capture their intimacy. We all had a good time chatting about our lives while I shot simultaneously - that’s how we ended up with these realistic type of pictures. They were really real!”
Sakshi made a beautiful bride with her red and gold wedding lehenga, while Siddharth complemented her look with a sherwani in the same shades. They were married in a traditional ceremony at Noor-Us-Sabah, Bhopal.
The couple on Chandni DuaThe experience with Chandni was a lifetime one! She is young, vibrant and creative. Very creative! Despite a very busy schedule, I am glad we pulled it off like a boss and got a friend for a life time. The couple on Lakshya Manwani The guys were young and willing to experiment with US rather than just sticking to their own specific styles. We struck a good friendship with them for the same reason while shooting with them. Extremely patient, creative and open to suggestions and criticism. Sakshi on her Makeup Artist, Cheryl Chang I have always admired how Cheryl takes care of her brides. She makes sure she does the best for them and I have to give the credit to her for being a very big reason for my entire look for THE DAY. She is undoubtedly the best!