Ajay’s mother contacted me about photographing Brooke and Ajay’s Indian wedding. It was not until a couple of months after I was already booked to photograph the wedding that I got to meet the couple via Skype for the first time; they live in New York. The wedding took place at Ajay’s parents beautiful Florida home. I would not get to meet the couple until the day before the wedding. After talking to them over Skype for a few minutes and getting to know them, I learned that Brooke and Ajay were already legally married as they had eloped in Thailand months earlier and therefore, they were still getting settled in and too busy to be involved in the wedding planning. As for Ajay’s mom, her only request and concern about photography was that I should take some family formals after the wedding. Oddly enough, I found this comforting as I was left to document the day with any prenotions of what to expect or how much time I would have to shoot anything.
The wedding was the following weekend after Hurricane Sandy struck New York and outside of that being a horrible situation for thousands, it also prevented some of the guest from making it the wedding. For a few days, everyone even wondered if there would be a wedding at all. Thank God the wedding plans were kept as planned and for the exception of a few special people who could not make it to the wedding, the weather was beautiful and the wedding went on without any delays.
The day before the wedding I stopped by to say hello to Brooke and Ajay. I found Brooke getting her Henna done and families and friends helping out with the cooking and setting up for the next day. The following day the atmosphere was calm and casual. The day was a nice fusion of Eastern and Western cultures coming together and it offered an opportunity for close friends and family to get reunited. The day was not short of emotions as the bride and groom’s family members were overwhelmed with emotion several times during the ceremony. Brooke and Ajay are laid back type and it was obvious they love each other deeply and have a great chemistry. Brooke is an incredibly sweet girl and you could see how much she loved and embraced the traditional aspects of Eastern culture. They did not have a traditional reception after the ceremony but the evening’s festivities were capped with Indian dance performances and traditional and delicious home cooked food.
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