Category archives: Indian Weddings

As soon as we met Shefali + Dinesh, we knew their wedding weekend was going to be spectacular. Their traditional Indian wedding ceremony did not disappoint — it was full of color, emotion, elegance, and special traditions that we don’t get to see at  most weddings! When we asked the bride to describe the inspiration behind the big day, she said:“We wanted a grand Indian wedding mixed with a classic Boston backdrop. I wanted a lot of glamour, so we had lots of elements of gold and sequins!” 

The wedding weekend began on Friday evening, at a Sangeet celebration at the Hyatt Regency Boston. The Grand Ballroom was transformed for this beautiful pre-wedding dinner, complete with food, drinks, music, and dancing. Members of Shefali + Dinesh’s family performed dances, skits, and speeches in honor of the bride and groom, and a special group of Bhangra dancers was brought in for an exciting performance.

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The celebration continued on Saturday morning, when we arrived at the Boston Park Plaza to capture the bride and groom getting ready for the big day. It was a beautiful spring day in Boston, so we took Shefali and Dinesh out to the Boston Common to have their first look! Shefali was beautifully dressed in a traditional wedding Sari, in stunning bright colors of fuschia, red, and gold. She carried a bouquet of red and pink roses wrapped in gold ribbon, and was adorned with several gold necklaces and bright pink bangle bracelets. We were soon joined by the rest of the wedding party for some outdoor formal photos in the Boston Common, before heading back to the Park Plaza to begin the afternoon ceremony.

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The ceremony began with the Bharaat, in which Dinesh and his procession arrives at the ballroom and are greeted and welcomed by Shefali’s family. The Georgian Ballroom at the Park Plaza was transformed into a beautiful ceremony space with gold and white chiavari ballroom chairs, a candle-lit center aisle, and six dramatically lit golden trees atop the mandap. The bride enters the mandap through a white cloth, which represents the end of their separate lives together and the start of their married life as husband and wife. This traditional Indian wedding ceremony was full of special significance and important moments for Shefali, Dinesh, and their families. The bride and groom complete several traditional rituals to become husband and wife, including the placing of colorful garlands around each other’s necks, a walk together around the fire, and the married women of the family whispering blessings to the new bride. As well as the traditional exchanging of wedding bands, the bride is also wrapped in a traditional red Sari by her husband’s mother, Dinesh ties a necklace around her neck to remain close to her heart, and a sacred red powder is applied to the bride’s forehead to complete their union. The newlyweds eventually leave in an emotional “Vidai”, where the bride must bid farewell to her family in order to join her husband in their new life together!

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Following the ceremony, we joined Shefali in her bridal suite where she changed out of her wedding outfit and into an elegant green and gold reception dress to enjoy the rest of of the night. While the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, we spent some time alone with the happy newlyweds, capturing some photos in their beautiful wedding suite. Before opening the doors to begin the reception, we brought the bride and groom into the Park Plaza Imperial Ballroom to get a sneak peek of their wedding decor and take some special photos of the two of them alone. The Imperial Ballroom was elegantly transformed with a mix of white and shimmery gold linens, topped with bright fuschia and red floral centerpieces and ornate golden spheres. A custom “Shefali and Dinesh” light illuminated the middle of the dance floor and the whole room had a warm and elegant glow.

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Following the energetic introduction of the bride, groom, and their families into the ballroom, Shefali + Dinesh were toasted by their parents and friends to kick off the night. The bride and groom cut three different flavored cakes before their traditional father/daughter and mother/son dances, and fantastic music from DJ Yogz kept guests on the dance floor all night!

We were so thrilled to be a part of this very special day with Shefali + Dinesh, special thanks to all of their friends and family for including us and to Alexis of Unique Weddings by Alexis for such a fabulous event!

 

Vendors | Wedding Planner: Unique Weddings by Alexis; Invitations/Paper Products: Shantilal & Sons; Calligraphy: How Lovely Calligraphy; Caterer: Minerva Indian Cuisine; Videography: Waves Media; Florist: Flou(-e)r;  2nd Photographer: Ken Marcou ; Entertainment and Lighting: DJ Yogz & Boston Sound and Lighting; Cake: Flour Bakery & Cafe; Rentals: Rentals Unlimited; Linens: I Do Linens; Indian Decor and Rentals: Alankar Decors; Photo Booth: Harbor City Photo Booths; Hair & Makeup: Demiche Beaute; Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Beauty by May Chin; Dresses: Sangeet Dress – Sheetal Designs; Wedding Dress – Saffron by Nidhi Tholia; Reception Dress – Sabyasachi

Person + Killian recently had the pleasure of photographing a 3-part Sikh Celebration that concluded with a reception at the InterContinental Hotel Boston. Friday evening we captured the wedding ceremony for the couple at Our Lady of Victories Church in Boston’s Back Bay.

Below are just a few of our favorite images that we wanted to share from this wonderful wedding celebration.


Saturday’s celebration kicked off with a traditional Baraat where the groom processed on a white horse followed by his family and friends to meet the bride’s family. After the families met and exchanged garlands outside the temple it was time for the traditional Sikh ceremony.

We kicked off part three with the newlyweds on Boston Harbor when they arrived at the InterContinental Hotel promenade  (to the surprise of their guests) via boat. Following cocktail hour the reception was held in the Rose Kennedy Ballroom of the hotel.

Wedding Ceremony: Our Lady of Victories Church; Reception Venue: InterContinental Hotel Boston; Photography: Person + Killian Photography; Hair & Makeup: Luiz Filho – LUZ Beauty; Invitations: custom made in India; All Indian apparel for the bride and groom: Custom made in India; Flowers: Lotus Designs; Cake: InterContinental Hotel Boston; Entertainment: DJ Magic Mike; Video: Whit Wales Wedding Videograph

We are always thrilled to see our work grace the pages of Boston Magazines- Boston Weddings. It is one of Boston’s best wedding resources and is filled with wedding inspiration. The magazine has great advice on wedding dresses, venues, photographers, cakes, florists and more. It truly makes for the complete guide to all things weddings, especially with a real wedding feature like this! We love knowing that our photographs of Anita and Rishi’s Indian wedding at the Seaport Hotel may inspire other couples!

 A big thank you to Boston Weddings for choosing our work to be featured in such a fantastic publication.

Below is the text from their Real Wedding Feature:

“Back Bay Residents Rishi Shukla and Anita Nathan needed a venue that could accommodate a full-blown traditional Indian wedding, not to mention 340 guests. They found it at the Seaport Hotel in Boston-big enough to house the huge group, and flexible enough to allow an outside caterer to provide top-notch Indian fare.

Like many Indian weddings, the Shuklas’ event was a multiday affair: The celebration kicked off Thursday night with a mehndi ceremony (in which a henna artist decorates the bride, family and friends) and ended at 1 a.m, on Sunday in the main ballroom. “ The whole Indian ceremony is like a play. There are so many symbolic steps to watch,” says Anita, who incorporated as many customary elements as possible.

Between Rishi’s grand entry to the ceremony (he rode in on a white horse) and a big party (called a sangeet) at Mantra restaurant the night before the wedding, the couple managed to bring a bit of India to Boston, and made it a weekend they’d never forget. K.C.”

Notes about the images:

(1) Gold elephants, a symbol of power and strength, topped the intricate wedding cake. (2) Anita traveled to India with her in-laws to design and purchase her wedding attire. (3) The couple, their parents, and the priest gathered on the mandap (Wedding platform) for the ceremony. (4) Rishi made his entrance to the ceremony on a graceful white horse. (5) Every detail featured brilliant color, from bride’s bangles to the vivid bouquet. (6) The tall, bright centerpieces matched the vibrant theme of the ceremony. (7) As part of the three-day festivities, Anita’s hands were decorated with henna during the mehndi.

To view more wedding photographs from the Seaport Hotel Boston, click here.

Person + Killian Photography is thrilled to see Heather and Nick’s fall wedding featured in the latest issue of Boston Magazine’s- Boston Weddings Magazine (Fall/Winter 2010 issue). This “East-meets-Westwedding took place in the beautiful grand ballroom of the Taj Boston Hotel with formal photos of the couple taken in the Boston Public Garden.

Heather (who is Jewish) and Nick (who is Indian-Pakistani), knew they wanted to combine their traditions in one ceremony. The couple kicked things off with a mehndi, a traditional Indian party, at the restaurant Mantra in Boston. The next day, a justice of the peace married them in a ceremony that incorporated Jewish, Islamic, and Hindu traditions. – Stephanie Soong (Boston Weddings)

A special thanks to Boston Weddings for featuring this fabulously fun and colorful wedding!!

*This post is filed under Boston Wedding Photography – Indian, Pakistani and Jewish Wedding Traditions

You asked, so here are more, Part II of Anita and Rishi’s Boston Indian wedding weekend with Person + Killian Photography! Rishi perfectly describes below the look, feel, inspiration & details behind this amazing event. A big thank you to this lovely couple for choosing P+K to be a part of this two-day affair. We had such an amazing time with you and your family! Congratulations.

A vibrant wedding celebration inspired by rich Indian tradition and culture.The bride and groom’s clothing and jewelry was custom designed in India and features majestic blends of reds, gold and fine handwork. The wedding materials (invitation, wedding booklet, menu cards, etc) were personally designed by the bride and groom to accentuate the overall wedding look and feel. The golden table cardholders were designed and produced in India. The ballroom design and décor incorporates the bride and groom’s appreciation for minimalist design. The Pin lighting and up lighting effects were developed to provide a rich backdrop for the ultra modern centerpieces and the bride and groom’s attire.

Venue Fri: Mantra Boston / Venue Sat: Seaport Hotel Boston / Lighting: Boston Uplights / Attire: Custom designed in India / Cake: Konditor Meister / Flowers: Winstons (Victoria Samuel) / Linens: Rentals Unlimited / Entertainment: DJ Magic Mike / Video: Cook Productions / Indian Ceremony / BallRoom décor: Alankar Design ( Shobha Shastry) Ceremony/ Ballroom décor: Party by Design ( PBD)

Last weekend Person + Killian Photography had the pleasure of photographing the two day Boston Indian wedding extravaganza of Anita and Rishi. There are so many images that we want to share from this beautiful wedding. Below is just a sneak peak. Check back next week for more images! We covered everything from the Wedding Sangeet at Mantra in Boston to their colorful and lush Hindu wedding at Boston’s Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center. This wedding was filled with beautiful traditions, lots of music, color and of course love. More to come….

Heather and Nick’s Taj Boston wedding weekend was a beautiful mix of Jewish, Indian and Pakistani traditions.  Person + Killian Photography was delighted to be a part of this two day affair.

The festivities started off with an amazing Mehndi celebration at Mantra, where Heather and Nick celebrated with their closest friends and family. The room was filled with bright colors, beautiful Mehndi and a live performance from Nick’s cousin, Jeffrey Iqbal.

The celebrations continued at the exquisite Taj Boston, where Heather and Nick took full advantage of photographs in the Boston Public Gardens.

Their interfaith ceremony took place in the Taj Grand Ballroom, which was seamlessly turned over into a lovely reception. The room was a gorgeous mix of fall decor, colors and dramatic lighting.

Congratulations Heather and Nick! Thank you for trusting Person + Killian photography to document this beautiful Taj Boston wedding celebration! Also a big thank you to Sal De George at the Taj, it’s always a pleasure working with you.

Vendors:

Mehndi Celebration

Venue: Mantra

Mehndi: Smita’s Boutique

DJ: Bharat Rana from DJ Essence

Hair/Makeup: Caitlin Murphy

Ceremony and Reception

Venue: Taj Boston

Flowers: Petalena

Lighting: Boston Uplights

Menu Cards, Seating cards: Invitations & Company

Hair/Makeup: Rachel Berkowitz

Entertainment: Paul Natale of Murray Hill talent