The Tamil/Telugu Brahmin wedding that I shot last week in Chennai was a completely different experience from my first Muslim wedding that I had covered in Hyderabad a week earlier (read about it here). As you can imagine, everything from the rituals, the music to the settings was different. If you have attended a Tamil Brahmin wedding before, you should know how much fun they are. From the maapilai azhaippu, the exchanging the garlands, the kasi yatra and the oonjal, there is so much to enjoy in a Brahmin wedding. Adding to this was the combination of a Tamil bride and a Telugu groom. So there were events like the “Jillakara Bellam” and the dropping of the rice, that are usually not part of a Tamil Brahmin wedding. To me, as a photographer, all this meant one thing – more rituals to cover & take pictures of.
I always tell my wedding clients about how important the chemistry between the photographer and the couple is. Almost always, I make sure I meet the couple at least a day before the wedding. That way, I’m not standing in front of them on the wedding day as a complete stranger. The couple would already be overwhelmed with so many things happening around them on the wedding day and I want to be the last of their concerns. When I meet the couple before the wedding, I assure them that the pictures are going to be fine, that they should stop worrying about the photography and just have fun out there. I met Ramji and Saipriya a week before the wedding. I could sense the wonderful chemistry between them (they have known each other for 16 beautiful years) and I was all excited & could not wait to shoot their wedding. Their familiarity with each other showed in the final output. They were like 2 kids having fun. I had an amazing time capturing their finest moments. Their friends and family were very cooperative as well, which made my job so much more easy.
This is one of the weddings where I just could not narrow down to 20-25 best shots. There were just too many. I have uploaded a few here and will do a bigger set tomorrow in Facebook. Please make sure to check that out at my Facebook Page. You can also follow my tweets at Twitter