29 May, 2014
Rahul and Ami, your Tides Estate Indian Wedding in North Haledon NJ was one of the most beautiful and festive weddings Iâ€™ve had the pleasure of documenting. I first met Rahul and Ami two years ago while photographing Rahulâ€™s brotherâ€™s Hudson Valley Indian wedding at The Montgomery Place in Redhook NY. When Ami commissioned me last summer to photograph her Tides Estate wedding I was ecstatic and literally counting down the days till I could reunite and work, once again, with their lovely families. For me, being able to photograph siblingsâ€™ weddings is not only a distinct honor and profound compliment, itâ€™s a very unique privilege since a relationship has already been established with those clients, their family members, friends and guests.
My day began early with Ami at her hotel room where she was doing hair & make-up preparations before departing to the Tides Estate. I took a few photos of her as she was adorned with jewelry â€“ beads, bracelets, and gold. She quickly slipped into her bridal sari â€“ calm, quiet and reposed she made her way to the estate for the coupleâ€™s first look. It was a warm gorgeous day, everything was bright green and glowing â€“ cherry blossoms were bursting in the background which gave a dream-like effect to Rahul and Amiâ€™s wedding portraits. We made use of the time leading up to the ceremony and took some formals and family group shots, then prepared for Barat, which is an amazing ceremony/procession led by the families of the bride and groom.
Typically, the groom processes on either an elephant or a horse but in Rahulâ€™s case he made his way to the ceremony atop a beautiful white steed covered in brocade and jeweled fineries. I must say this is one of my favorite events to photograph at Indian weddings â€“ thereâ€™s dancing, singing and so much celebration and love that one can not help but feel moved and swept up in the momentum of emotion. The ceremony was stunning â€“ as each person walked through the main doors the reactions were all the same as one by one each personâ€™s jaw dropped and eyebrows raised. The mandap was beautifully decorated and looked as if it were torn straight from the pages of a fairytale â€“ the mood and energy was nothing shy of magical. Following the ceremony the couple recessed for a few hours and reconvened back at the Estate where hors dâ€™oeuvres and cocktails were being served.
We then moved into the grand ballroom where the decor set a chic romantic palace-esque mood that, again, elicited gasps and wide-eyes from all who entered. After a few wonderful speeches, an impromptu flash mob performance, the party fully erupted and the dance-floor was undulating with the bright beautiful colors of so many saris and so many smiles.