Wedding In Ahmedabad India | Labdhi & Manoj

Wedding In Ahmedabad, India

LABDHI & MANOJ

Locations:

  • Sangeet: Sangath in Ahmedabad, India

 

Wedding photos in Ahmedabad, India:

I first heard from Labdhi and Manoj via phone last summer, Inquiring about doing an e-session in Southern California. While chatting about their upcoming nuptials, they told me that they were planning a traditional Hindu wedding in Ahmedabad in December. I had photographed a wedding in India back in 2010 and told Labdhi and Manoj that I would love to go again. While there were a few logistic hurdles at first, everything fell into place, and I was so honored that they selected by as their Indian wedding photographer for their wedding in Ahmedabad, India.

I flew out to the western state of Gujarat in December, and in particular the pulsing city of Ahmedabad. I had a couple of days to rest and recover from my jet lag before the four day celebration kicked off. The first day was to be the bridal shower at Labdhi’s parents’ house, just a short walk from where I was staying at the Novotel Ahmedabad, followed by a Mehndi party the next day where the girls adorn their hands in traditional henna patterns.

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A romantic nighttime couple portrait of Labdhi and Manoj at the Sangath in Ahmedabad India.

 

Sangeet photos at Sangath:

But it was on the third day that the party really started, with a lively Sangeet where Labdhi and Manoj’s family performed dance routines for them at Sangath in Ahmedabad. This was a really vibrant and colorful event, with the women all wearing gorgeous saris and so much joy and movement to capture. Labdhi and Manoj did a ring exchange and were offered trays of gifts from their family and friends. Earlier on in the evening before guests arrived, we did a nighttime couple portrait session, backed by a sea of candles.

The following day was the Hindu ceremony itself, preceded by a Baraat party where the groom’s family paraded through the streets of Ahmedabad to be welcomed by the bride’s family. While I’ve photographed Hindu weddings before, each time they are a little different and I loved discovering all the unique rituals that this couple had decided to incorporate into their special day.

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Labdhi and Manoj embrace beside a lily pond following their Sangeet ceremony at the Sangath in Ahmedabad India.

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A creative nighttime portrait of the couple in front of a sea of candles at Sangath in Ahmedabad India.

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Labdhi and Manoj dance under the night sky during their nighttime couple portrait session in Ahmedabad.

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A romantic couple embrace during Labdhi and Manoj’s nighttime portrait session in Ahmedabad India.

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Manoj dancing with his mother-in-law during the Sangeet ceremony at Ahmedabad’s Sangath.

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Labdhi’s maid-of-honor and friends perform a traditional Indian dance at the Sangeet ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi’s cousin leads a group of dancers during the traditional Indian Sangeet wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi’s cousins perform a fun dance routine during the traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Capturing Labdhi and Manoj’s reactions during the dance performances at their Indian wedding Sangeet.

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Capturing a funny moment during a dance routine at Labdhi and Manoj’s Sangeet ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi and Manoj join their family and friends on the dance floor during their traditional Sangeet ceremony in India.

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The couple dancing with Labdhi’s parents during the Sangeet ceremony at Sangath in Ahmedabad India.

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Capturing the reactions of the couple’s female family and friends during their traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony.

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Labdhi and Manoj exchange rings during their Sangeet ceremony at Sangath in Ahmedabad India.

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Family members bring gifts for the wedding couple during the Indian Sangeet ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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An uncle offers a tray to the wedding couple during the Indian Sangeet ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi and Manoj exchange rings during their Indian Sangeet ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Capturing a romantic embrace between the couple in front of a sea of candles at Sangath in Ahmedabad.

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A creative, off-camera flash nighttime couple portrait at Sangath in Ahmedabad.

 

Getting ready photos at the Novotel Ahmedabad:

We began in the morning at the Novotel Ahmedabad where Labdhi and Manoj were getting ready for their wedding day. While Labdhi had decided on a more private getting ready setting, with just herself and her sister/cousin-in-law, Manoj was surrounded by his family while they conducted a traditional Saat ceremony.

This was a mixture of Hindu religious rituals and playful games, with his female family members covering his head with oil and throwing dry rice, before enthusiastically trying to rip his clothes off as he changed into his bridal attire. I photographed Manoj as he added the final touches to his traditional Indian wedding suit and playfully fist-bumped his nephew, as well as while his mom applied eyeliner and he had his bridal turban fitted.

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Labdhi makes the final preparations for her wedding day in a suite at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj surrounded by his family and friends during the traditional Indian Saat ceremony at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj and his parents are covered in a drape during his Indian Saat ceremony at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj’s family and friends celebrate his upcoming nuptials during a traditional Saat ceremony at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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A close-up shot of Manoj and his father during the Saat ceremony at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj’s female family help celebrate his wedding day during a traditional Indian Saat ceremony.

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Manoj’s female family throw dried rice in what is a traditional Indian wedding ritual.

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Manoj’s hair is covered in oil during a traditional Indian Saat ceremony ritual at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Capturing a playful moment between the groom and one of his female family members during the traditional Indian Saat ceremony.

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A bird’s eye view of the traditional plates and offerings used during Manoj’s Indian Saat ceremony.

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Capturing a tender moment between Manoj and his mom during the Saat ceremony at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj’s family try and rip his clothing off in what is a traditional Indian wedding ritual.

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Manoj trying to escape while his family playfully remove his clothes on his wedding day at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Peering through a crowd of photographers and onlookers as Labdhi made her final preparations at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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A close-up details shot of Manoj putting on his traditional Hindu wedding ceremony attire at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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A portrait of Manoj in a suite at the Novotel Ahmedabad before his Hindu wedding ceremony.

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A black and white shot of Manoj playfully fist-bumping his nephew at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj’s father watches on as he makes his final preparations in a suite at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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A silhouette shot of Manoj getting ready for his wedding day in a hallway of the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj’s family watches on as his head is covered with a traditional drape before his Hindu wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Manoj’s mother applies eyeliner before his Hindu wedding ceremony at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Manoj puts on his bridal shoes in a suite at the Novotel Ahmedabad before his traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Manoj’s mother watches on proudly as her son makes his final wedding day preparations in Ahmedabad.

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Manoj is fitted with a turban before his traditional Indian wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

 

Portraits at the Novotel Ahmedabad:

The couple had decided on a first look session which we staged near the pool area of the Novotel Ahmedabad. They were both looking incredible in their rose-colored bridal attire as I captured portraits of them together and separately during this session, and I particularly liked the creative photo of Labdhi with her Henna hands.

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A portrait of Labdhi in her traditional Indian wedding attire at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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A reflective portrait of Manoj at the Novotel Ahmedabad before his traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.

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An elegant portrait of Labdhi in a hallway at the Novotel Ahmedabad before her traditional Indian wedding ceremony.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the couple during their first look session at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi and Manoj walk hand-in-hand beside the swimming pool at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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A creative portrait of Labdhi and her hennaed hands during her Indian wedding photo session in Ahmedabad India.

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A romantic portrait of Labdhi and Manoj during their first look session at the Novotel Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi and Manoj embrace beside the swimming pool at the Novotel Ahmedabad in India.

 

Baraat photos at the Novotel Ahmedabad:

It was then time for the Baraat, with Manoj driving through the streets of Ahmedabad in a car while professional musicians and performers escorted him and his family in a lively procession. There was so much joy and celebration to capture as the females on both sides of the family danced together and both fathers embraced while Indian rupees were waved above their heads in a good luck gesture.

When Manoj arrived at the entrance to Panchratna Party Plot where the Hindu ceremony was to be held, he was greeted by Labdhi’s parents and family members, including her wonderful cousins Ushir, Utsaya, and Harsh. Labdhi’s mom tried to playfully grab his nose in what must be an Indian wedding ritual, before he and his soon-to-be bride were lifted above the crowd.

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Looking the the car window towards Manoj as he arrives at his traditional Indian Baraat ceremony.

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Manoj’s father is surrounded by family and friends as he walks through the street during the traditional Indian Baraat ceremony.

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Manoj’s father, surrounded by female family members, during the Indian Baraat ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Colourful performers and musicians parade through Ahmedabad during the Indian Baraat ceremony.

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The bride’s family awaits the procession of the groom’s family during a traditional Indian Baraat ceremony.

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The bride and groom’s families meet in the streets of Ahmedabad during the traditional Indian Baraat ceremony.

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The bride and groom’s families dancing through Ahmedabad during the traditional Indian Baraat ceremony.

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Musicians and performers parade through the streets of Ahmedabad during the Baraat celebrations.

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Manoj arrives at his Hindu wedding ceremony during the traditional Baraat celebrations.

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Labdhi and Manoj’s female family members dancing together during the traditional Baraat celebrations.

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The fathers of Labdhi and Manoj embrace while money is waved over the heads to symbolize good luck.

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Family and friends welcome Manoj to his wedding ceremony at Panchratna Party Plot in Ahmedabad.

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Manoj is greeted by family and friends as he arrives at his Hindu wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi’s close cousin leads a group of dancers during the Indian Baraat ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi’s mom playfully tries to grab Manoj’s nose in what is a traditional Hindu wedding ritual.

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Labdhi is escorted into her Hindu wedding ceremony by female friends and family.

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Labdhi’s mom grabs Manoj’s nose in a playful Indian wedding day ritual.

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Labdhi’s parents watch on proudly during their daughters wedding day celebrations in Ahmedabad.

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Capturing Manoj’s reaction as he sees his bride for the first time during their Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Labdhi and Manoj are lifted into the air by family members at the start of their Hindu wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Manoj’s mother-in-law gives back his wedding shoes in a playful Indian wedding day ritual.

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Capturing a special moment between Manoj and Harsh during the wedding in Ahmedabad India.

 

Ceremony photos at the Panchratna Party Plot:

We then headed to the main area of the Panchratna Party Plot for the Hindu ceremony, with Manoj being escorted onto the mandap stage to await his bride. Labdhi’s father and the groom conducted some religious rituals before Manoj was covered by a white cloth as his bride entered the room.

They exchanged flower garlands and a prayer was said, before numerous different Hindu rituals were performed. Female family members threw flower petals over the couple, and together with the vibrancy of everyone’s attire, it was such a rich visual event to capture. I got creative with some close-up details shots of the offerings being made, as well as a playful moment when Harsh grabbed Manoj’s toe!

There was an Indian wedding tradition where the groom has his shoes stolen by the bride’s friends and has to bribe them to give them back, as well as a playful game where a whisper is said into the bride’s ear and passed around. Many of these rituals were familiar to me and it was really fun being able to capture them.

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A traditional Hindu wedding ceremony ritual is performed by Labdhi’s dad and Manoj.

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Manoj pours floral scented water onto a tray during his traditional Hindu wedding in Ahmedabad.

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The groom is covered with a white cloth as his bride arrives at their Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Labdhi is escorted into her Hindu wedding ceremony by male relatives at Panchratna Party Plot.

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Labdhi steps onto the mandap stage at the start of her Hindu wedding to Manoj in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi places a garland around her groom’s neck at the start of the Hindu wedding in Ahmedabad.

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The groom puts a garland around his bride’s neck during their traditional Hindu wedding in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi’s parents deep in prayer during their daughter’s wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi’s parents perform a traditional Hindu wedding ritual with the couple at Panchratna Party Plot.

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Labdhi and Manoj pour dried rice into a pot during their Hindu wedding in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi and Manoj walk together around the mandap in what is a traditional Hindu wedding ritual.

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Harsh playfully grabs Manoj’s toe during their Indian wedding ceremony at Panchratna Party Plot.

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The couple’s female family and friends throw flower petals during their Hindu wedding in Ahmedabad.

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Manoj places a bindi on Labdhi’s forehead during their Hindu wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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A close-up details photo of Labdhi’s beautiful wedding attire, jewelry and garland.

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Labdhi performs a Hindu wedding ceremony ritual with Manoj’s toes at Panchratna Party Plot.

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A close-up shot of the offerings made by Labdhi and Manoj during their traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Capturing the reaction’s of Manoj and his parents during the wedding day celebrations in Ahmedabad.

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Capturing Labdhi and Manoj’s reactions during their Hindu wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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A friend whispers into Labdhi’s ear in what is a traditional Indian wedding ceremony ritual.

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Looking down at the flower petals adorning Labdhi and Manoj’s mandap during their Hindu wedding in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi’s mom whispers into her ear during a traditional Indian wedding ceremony game.

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Labdhi ties a string around Manoj’s wrist in what is a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony ritual.

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Manoj is congratulated by family and friends following his Hindu wedding ceremony in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi is escorted from her wedding by female family members at Panchratna Party Plot in Ahmedabad.

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Labdhi and Manoj leave their Hindu wedding ceremony after becoming officially married in Ahmedabad.

 

Reception photos at Panchratna Party Plot:

After Labdhi and Manoj left their Hindu ceremony, they returned to the Novotel Ahmedabad to freshen up and change before returning to Panchratna Party Plot for their reception. This differed from a Western-style wedding reception, with the newly married couple standing on a stage where they greeted each and every guest who came to congratulate them. Photographs were taken of each family group, before they left for the evening.

There was plenty of food on offer, however, and a cake cutting ceremony in front of an elegant gold backdrop. But with so much dancing having already taken place throughout the course of the day and the previous evening’s Sangeet, this was more of an occasion for Labdhi and Manoj to wind down and spend a few moments with each of their wedding guests.

Once the majority of people had left and it was just the couple’s immediate family and Manoj’s relatives from Mumbai, I grabbed the couple for another short nighttime couple portrait session. It had been an incredibly busy, but enriching few days, and I feel like this final portrait of them together encapsulated the love they were both feeling at this time.

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Manoj and Labdhi are surrounded by family and friends during their cake cutting ceremony at Panchratna Party Plot.

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Capturing an intimate portrait of the newly married couple during their Ahmedabad wedding reception.

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An elegant portrait of Labdhi during her wedding reception at Panchratna Party Plot.

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A romantic nighttime couple portrait of Labdhi and Manoj at the end of their wedding celebrations in Ahmedabad.

 

Wedding photos in Ahmedabad, India:

It was an absolute honor to be the photographer for Labdhi and Manoj’s wedding in Ahmedabad, and I really want to extend my thanks to all of their family and friends who welcomed me so warmly. With destination weddings, it really is the people I meet and connect with throughout the event that makes it so incredibly special, and the week I spent in Gujarat is one I will never forget.

December 24, 2016

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