Maria and Varun in India!

Today is my last day in Delhi India. It’s been such an amazing experience. Maria and Varun’s wedding was an incredible multi-day event. The first day was the henna party at Varun’s parents’ house. The henna artists are astounding. The henna was followed by dancing, eating and partying.

The next day was the actual wedding ceremony. Maria and the girls got their hair and make-up done at Alps Beauty Clinic, which is one of the top salons in Delhi. It was a really tight squeeze working in there, but the stylists there could not have been more accommodating. After the salon, I headed to the Goukul Residence hotel where Varun was getting ready. We then left for his parents’ house and the near-by temple.

From the temple, we drove to close to where the ceremony took place. A large marching band and a white horse awaited Varun for the processional parade to the ceremony location. There were several rituals that took place durning the processional. The ceremony itself was full of beautiful colors and scents. It lasted for about two hours. After the ceremony, we went to Varuns’ parents’ house for one more ritual, then to the Grand SeasonsBanquet Center, which Varun’s family owns and Varun runs. There were more than 1,200 people in attendance, along with an elephant to give guests a ride down a main Delhi street. After that, we went to the Govindam party center next door for dancing and drinks. The Govindam is owned by Varun’s uncle.

The next morning we went to another temple for more rituals and a game where Maria gets a chance to smack several of the men in Varun’s family with a stick. The event drew a crowd and a lot of laughs.

Thanks to Charlie for helping out with photography at the salon and during the ceremony. He was a huge help.

There was no time for photos of Maria and Varun on the wedding day, so we did them about a week later. We took all the photos at Varun’s family’s residence. The whole family occupies an entire gated street, which has amazing locations for photos. Below are some of my favorite photos from the wedding. I’ll be posting some personal photos soon.

My little guy, Antonio.

Wedding ceremony day.

Varun’s mom

My other boy, Jackson on the elephant with Maria.

The Grand seasons is more than 15,000 square feet of banquet space. Its beautifully lit and decorated and has grass like a putting green. The was a massive amount of food, drinks and deserts. It’s really a beautiful place.

The next morning at the temple

The creative session a week later.

  • April 17, 2012 - 6:20 am

    maria and Varun - WOW! How can we say thank you to you for all that you have done. Flying all the way across the globe to shoot our wedding. We couldn’t of asked for better pictures. You went beyond our expectations. I have wanted you to photograph my wedding for years and now finally I get to see the results. It’s funny how some poses felt funny while I was doing them but now the pictures look stunning. Thank you so much and can’t wait to see the album. Hope you all have a safe flight back. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you again soon in India as these pictures start circulating the web and you get a new clientele in New Delhi, India!!!

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