Remember Indian Bond and his girl?
Mehul and Rajul were married in Schaumburg. Friends and family flew in from all over the world for the mendhi and the wedding ceremony. Hundreds of guests gathered at the beautiful Renaissance Schaumburg, which was tastefully transformed by Shaadi Creations. The entire day was spectacular. In a grand finale dance number, Rajul struck poses with such grace that I thought she could be a Bollywood actress! Mehul obviously looked devastatingly dashing in his white tux, which he said he got the idea to go white for The Big Day from my little blog post here. *Swoon*
Here’s a peek . . .
It all began with a pair of seriously bling Loubs and Rajul looking radiant in a deep rose lehenga, and Mehul looking like her prince in a coordinating ensemble, of course.
Serious celebrating ensued when the groom rode up in a horse carriage for the baraat. He then did some boogying down in the street with his mum and ever-regal grandmother (remember grandma from here?) before heading into the traditional ceremony!
Cue the second half of the day. Mehul turned into 007 and we got some great captures of the dashing couple, playing with lights and shadows from a setting sun, before moving onto a swanky reception.
Rajul and Mehul, and all their guests, were delighted with their wedding images! How’s that, you ask? I bet you didn’t know, but as a wedding surprise to my bride-and-groom couples, I give everyone a first glimpse of the day’s events at cocktail hour. I usually set up the raw photos on an iPad on the table tent cards display. For Rajul and Mehul, I knew they were renting a fancy-pants projector, so I had these up on the big screen during their reception!
Speaking of fancy-pants, some of my favorite shots from this wedding utilize “bokeh,” like the ones you see here of their stunning rose-covered cake and the dance numbers. If you’re reading this and you’re not a photog, all “bokeh” means is the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light to achieve a pleasing aesthetic quality of the blur. We photographers drool over this stuff. Fancy-pants lens = beautiful bokeh. *Drool*
There was also an AMAZE dance party. Enough said?
And finally, one of my favorite shots is this one of Rajul’s mum, normally reserved by nature. Check out the emo on her face––it’s nice to see her so fully living in the moment!
Special thanks to Rajul and Mehul, who graciously gave me permission to film behind-the-scenes on the morning of their wedding for my soon-to-be-launched video promo. What a wonderful pair. Wishing them the best in their new beginnings!
Rajul & Mehul’s Wedding Guide ::
Venue, Renaissance Schaumburg (ceremony and reception) // Bride’s Attire, purchased from India, Christian Louboutin shoes // Bride’s Hair, Sony Patel // Bride’s Makeup, Mehwish Khalid // Bridesmaids’ Dresses, purchased from India // Flowers, Shaadi Creations // Videographer, I Do Films // Event Designer, Shaadi Creations // Wedding Coordinator, Drish Singh from Drish Couture Events // Food, India House // Cake, Renaissance Bakery // Music, DJ Shag