First, have you seen Samir and Mansha’s sangeet? It’s chock full of Indian wedding photography goodness!
Mansha and Samir’s wedding ceremony and reception were located at the same place with overlooks of the Great South Bay. Their Indian wedding photography at the Venetian Yacht Club showed off all aspects of their family interaction with the venue in the background. Some of our favorite photos from the day ended up being about the senses – sight, smell, and more. I want to start with a portrait of the happy couple before the baraat. They requested their couple portraits to be on the docks overlooking the bay, the Robert Moses bridge, and a very nice collections of likely exhorbitantly-priced homes.
From there, we’ll move chronologically. I love this photo from Mansha’s getting ready room. I don’t think it will surprise any wedding vendor when I say it might be the worst room ever as a bridal suite. It was small, in a basement with no windows, and their artificial lighting was abysmal and impossible to color correct. That said, black and white images hide the color and allowed us to get to the true moments of the day. In this case, it was Mansha eagerly checking to make sure everyone was on schedule as her makeup artist helped her with her sari.
Samir and Mansha enjoyed a first look on the docks, after which we created their bride and groom portraits. I threw in a bit of humor here. Seeing as they were about to “tie the knot” this boat’s name was kind of funny!
Mansha and Samir met up with their siblings before the start of the baraat – here Mansha’s brother was overwhelmed to see her!
Mansha and Samir each have one brother and one sister. So many parts of their wedding were all about family. This moment, in particular, tells a great story as Mansha’s brother fully lifted Samir’s brother off his feet in greeting!
Until their image premiere, I thought this moment was just Samir taking it all in. Their wedding was on the water of the bay and there was a beautiful breeze. All of the rest of Long Island was in the throes of typical August humidity, but right on the water the breeze pushed it away. Most of the day was cloudy, but just at the beginning of their ceremony, the golden glow of light before sunset peeked through. Samir told us he was really enjoying the smell of the salty ocean air for a moment before their ceremony began.
Mansha’s mehndi came out beautifully! I love how the story in Indian wedding photography can be told so easily in small moments, small gestures and touches.
The next few images are some of our favorites from their Hindu wedding ceremony at the Venetian Yacht Club. Not only are the beautiful images and great moments, we feel they really portray the power of hiring photographers that know their lighting and can shoot in extreme circumstances. Shooting well before sunset? Anyone can do it. Shooting well into twilight in a covered mandap? We had fun with that!
Samir and Mansha greet his grandmother at the close of their ceremony.
The next few getting ready images are prior to the reception. Everyone changed outfits, so we had another whole portrait session with the family before the reception. First though, a few glam images of Mansha. Then, Sunny ended up giving his bowtie to Samir. No one could get the bow tied properly, so the Venetian’s banquet manager came to the rescue!
We had a few really great reactions during toasts:
And then we went right into open dancing. They had a great time ripping up the dance floor at their Venetian Yacht club wedding!