Pictures and text for this Post titled Indian Destination Wedding Photographers – the Devigarh story by Amrit, co-founder of ShaadiGraPher.
This is the story of Shaina and her beloved Imran. Yes, the happy people you see in the picture above. I had taken the above picture on my last day in Udaipur, some time after the ‘vidaai’ took place. It was the strangest vidaai that I had seen. Unlike most vidaais where the girl leaves with the guy and the rest of guy’s family, in Shaina’s case, it was Imran’s family that left him with her (and her family)! Where do you find families as considerate as this? I don’t know. And now let me go back two days from when the above picture was taken. And let me narrate to you the story of Shaina and her beloved Imran. Through some words. And a lot of pictures. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of a royal wedding that took place in the beautiful Devigarh palace of Udaipur.
Indian Destination Wedding Photographers – the Devigarh story chapter 1: Mehndi
It was during her Mehndi when I first met Shaina. She looked pretty. And her dress looked pretty. And that braid that fell from one shoulder. That looked pretty. Pretty much everything about the morning was, well, pretty.
In one corner of the courtyard where girls and women were busy getting their palms painted with Mehndi, sat an old man who made bangles out of something. And when the girls and the women were not busy getting mehndi painted on their palms, they tried out his bangles. The old man was busy most of the times, I tell you. So were the girls and women.
There also was a shoe seller next to the bangle-man. And a lot of takers for shoes as well.
And as some of the images above tell you, there was some song and dance as well. And then most people had their mehndis done. And bangles and shoes bought. And everyone was a little bit hungry. So we all ate. And then I came back to my hotel and slept for a while. So that I could be fresh for the evening Sangeet ceremony.
Indian Destination Wedding Photographers – the Devigarh story chapter 2: Sangeet
I returned to the palace a bit early so I could capture Shaina getting ready for her Sangeet.
Shaina’s Sangeet dress that had gone for ironing did no arrive on time. This led to some tense moments as time slipped by and guests became impatient for the Sangeet performance to begin. But a few phone calls and things were sorted and our lovely Shaina was all set to hit the dance floor.
It was a rocking performance by Shaina, her siblings, and cousins and friends and everyone else that was up there on stage with her. She then came down and took her seat while others carried on. And yet, from where she sat, Shaina made sure she kept swinging to every beat to which the performers on stages shook their booties. Or shook their legs. And charmed the guests.
One of the guests happened to be a leading Punjabi / Hindi singer and though she said her voice was not the best that evening, she sung few lines that enchanted everyone who had the pleasure of listening to her voice.
Once the performances were done, the dance floor was opened up and everyone kept dancing to Bollywood thumkas till the time Imran and his family arrived from Bhopal. Because then everyone had to go to the gate to receive them.
And there’s our man. The good looking chap garlanded in the picture above. Imran. So they all came and were received and then they probably crashed off and fell asleep. Because I sure did that, the moment I returned to my hotel. We were all going out to Shiv Niwas Palace for a lunch. For a royal lunch rather. That’s Chapter 3 people.
Indian Destination Wedding Photographers – the Devigarh story chapter 3: The Luncheon
Now look at this place mate. This Shiv Niwas thing in Udaipur, in the picture above. Ain’t that the most good looking gorgeous place where one can possibly have lunch? Absolute royalness. And the way Imran and Shaina dressed up for the occasion, they looked like the place belonged to them! Go through the pictures, you shall agree. It was a nice pleasant and a lazy February afternoon. Where both sides of the families got to spend some time with each other. Before the evening Nikah. And they had some pretty good time for sure.
Indian Destination Wedding Photographers – the Devigarh story chapter 4: Nikah
And now we move on to the most important event that took place over the three days that I spent in Udaipur. The Nikah. As Shaina started getting dolled up to look like the perfect bride, Imran took his place atop an elephant.
Shaina’s family and friends had blocked the main entrance to the palace so that they could ask for some money before they let Imran and the baraat enter. But what do you do when the groom comes on an elephant? You give way!
But giving up is not what Shaina’s team had ever learnt. They soon found another smaller gate through which the baraat must enter (and this time there was no elephant). Only after cut-throat negotiations were the baraatis finally let in! And of course only after exchange of some cash!
Once the baraatis had entered, it was time for Shaina to take her place at the bride’s altar. This was definitely the most emotional moment for her. And she cried. She was getting married after all. And what a beautiful wedding this had been.
Imran was seated in a different hall of course. The Kazis carried out the Nikah and soon booth Imran and Shaina had Kubooled each other!
Once the Kazis had declared Imran and Shaina husband and wife, it was time for them to leave their respective halls and come together for the sweet and short reception by the pool-side. And then the day was over!
Indian Destination Wedding Photographers – the Devigarh story chapter 5: Vidaai
This is the vidaai I talked about in the opening paragraph. But even when Shaina was not going anywhere, Sheeba, her sister did get emotional. Happens all the time in weddings, doesn’t it?
Once Imran and Shaina waved good-bye to Imrans’ family, I took them out on a little tour of the palace. We had very little time because everyone needed to pack up and leave the palace. I did get few good pictures in whatever little time I had. And then it was time to leave so Shaina came and hugged me and thanked. And I told her the pleasure was mine. As I always say. Because the pleasure is always mine. Bring on more beautiful weddings to me, will you. :) Keep getting married guys, and if you loved this picture story, spread the good word. Or good work! After the wedding, Shaina moved on from London to Los Angeles with Imran, I have been told. I wish both of them an amazing married life.
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