Boston Indian wedding photographer, Nicole Chan, will preserve memories of your sangeet, mehndi, traditional ceremony, and colorful dance party!
Shrutih and Neel’s Taj Boston wedding was regal in its beauty.
Every single detail from Shrutih’s stunning dresses to the beautiful Mandap provided by Love Decor was incredible. The attention to detail was clear everywhere you looked. This attention to detail showed in the couple’s personality, as well. Their attention to each other, to their family, to their guests. They were so inclusive and thoughtful of everyone in attendance. That kind of all-encompassing love is rare.
Their first date included arcades, macarons, and delicious food!
After meeting while attending different law schools, the two of them moved to different cities and drifted apart for a while. Like so many beautiful love stories, however, they were reunited. They started dating after they met five years ago! On their first date, Neel planned an extravagant night full of arcade games, macarons, and a Michelin starred restaurant! Once that spark had been reignited, Shrutih and Neel knew that they were meant to be together.
The two always have each other’s back
They both love to debate each other about politics, law, or the best Bollywood movies. Shrutih says that although they can debate for hours on end in private, they always act as a team in public. They know that they have each other’s back no matter what. This support was clear throughout their wedding weekend. With so many guests and events, it is easy to get stressed out, but these two overcame each thing hand-in-hand. Their bond is a special one. Their wedding was incredible. It was so full of love, tears, and some of the best dancing I have ever seen! I had such a great time getting to know these two and wish them all the best in their future.
Venue: Taj Boston
Bridal Lehenga: Sabyasachi Couture
Reception Dress: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Caterer: Taj Boston
Cake: Konditor Meister
Videographer: Blueflash Videography
Makeup and Hair: Charles David Salon
Emily and Shas’s Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson wedding was an incredibly fun two-day experience.
Blending both traditional Hindu and western events meant packing a lot of excitement into the weekend. The fusion of two entirely different cultures made the wedding that much more special, and is in many ways symbolic of the merging of Emily’s and Shas’s contrasting personalities.
Emily and Shas are a hilarious duo.
Between Emily’s bubbly enthusiasm and Shas’s sarcastic cynicism, the two are able to balance each other out. Despite being so different, they share an admittedly dark sense of humor and have a deep respect for one another. Shas realized that Emily was the one when she was planning to visit him in Chicago and he realized how excited he was to see her. He called her right then and there, at 3am, and told her he loved her. Emily had the same realization when she was taking a cab to the airport from Shas’s apartment. The cab driver looked over at her, smiled, and said, “You love him very much. I can tell.”
Our fun started on Friday night with an energetic Mehndi to get the party started.
Emily came in wearing a beautiful saree with stunning jewelry to match, and her hands were decorated in intricate and gorgeous mehndi. She and Shas made their rounds, joking and laughing with everyone they spoke to. Emily and her husband-to-be then sat at the front of a stage and the performances began. Shas’s father kicked off the evening with a quick welcome speech and the singing of a beautiful ballad for the happy couple. What followed were dances by the children at the event, several songs performed by a guitar-wielding cousin (accompanied by several other family members), and finally two dancers that brought the entire crowd onto the floor to join them.
The Baraat kicked off the following Saturday.
Shas sat upon an elegantly adorned white horse and followed his friends and family as they danced along the water and toward the site of the ceremony. Upbeat music and rhythmic drumming kept the energy high as the crowd progressed. Emily and her bridesmaids could be seen on the rooftop deck watching the procession below and waving to all of the baraatis. Upon reaching their destination, several dance circles opened up and everyone had the chance to shine. Shas dismounted the horse and danced his way to the front where his mother and grandmother stood.
Immediately after, they started the Hindi ceremony.
The mandaap at the front was beautifully decorated in jewels and elegant drapes hanging from the pillars. The officiant was careful to explain every step of the procession, knowing that half of the attendees were unfamiliar. At some point during the ceremony, the bridesmaids were able to steal Shas’s shoes that were left on the side of the mandaap. What followed was a hilarious back-and-forth bargaining for them. After a lot of joking and teasing, Shas gave in and paid the laughing women in exchange for his footwear.
Later in the afternoon, the happy couple readied themselves for the western ceremony.
They shared a special first look together by the water. Despite having already seen each other earlier that day, both Shas and Emily seemed just as in awe as if they hadn’t seen each other in months. Emily’s bubbly nature was obvious from the amount of giggling that occurred as her smirking husband held her close. The couple came back to the hotel and jumped right into their second ceremony. The mood went from sweet and emotional as Emily and Shas read their vows, to raucous laughter as the officiant shared Emily’s true feelings about Shas when they had first met (she found him a tad too arrogant for her taste).
The lovely ceremony led to a very lively reception.
Some of the best food I have ever eaten was served (I no joke had three full plates – thank you Bukhara!). Family and friends made absolutely hilarious speeches that had the whole crowd in stitches. Despite the amount of delicious food that was served, everyone in the room was on their feet and dancing the night away as soon as the opportunity arose. A drummer stayed in the middle of the crowd keeping the beat with the music while several people broke out into solos, including the bride and groom. I have never seen so much energy and fun in my life as I did on that dance floor. People of all ages were bouncing up and down the entire night.
I am so grateful to have been a part of this giant celebration and I wish Shas and Emily all the best moving forward!
Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Shade Coleman
Bride’s Shoes: Adrianna Pappell
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Florist: Anjella at Florista Decor
Band: Silver Arrow Band
DJ: Magic Mike
Cake: Carlo’s Bakery
Videographer: Promessa Studios
Photographer: Nicole Chan Photography
Makeup/Hair: Veronica at Beauty By Veronica
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t for them. Their Indian Boston InterContinental Hotel ballroom wedding was situated beautifully on the waterfront. Robin and Joe even took a water taxi ride as their entrance into their wedding reception. What’s even more epic is that they walked off their boat and into their outdoor Boston Intercontinental Hotel cocktail hour to an equally epic movie soundtrack! Their hotel ballroom wedding was beautiful uplit. The energetic music provided by DJ Yogi and his amazing crew at Boston Light and Sound surrounded a packed dance floor and every person in the room donned large smiles.
Sapna and Eric, I said this a handful of times during your wedding, but you two are gross… the kind of cutesy gross that any couple would be LUCKY to have… the kind of i-love-everything-about-you gross that I hope will never ever fade. There are so many parts of the day that are memorable for me. The most powerful was their first look. Many couples approach me with the question of, “What do you think of a first look?” Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me. Sometimes, I think they’re logistically awesome. Sometimes, I think that the first look gets pushed back, and we end up having only 5 minutes for first look + all portraits, and we end up dipping into cocktail anyway. In short, I have no preference. I’ll get my portraits no matter what – even if I have to speak a bit more quickly! 🙂 For Sapna and Eric’s first look, it was the most perfect moment that I could’ve ever imagined. It was just the two of them. It didn’t incorporate anything fancy. It was just the two of them. He walked up the stairs to the bridal suite of the Danversport Yacht Club, saw her, and almost immediately, tears flowed. …and not just theirs, mine too. They laughed in between their tears. They squeezed each other’s hands. They stared at each other. It elevated the excitement of the two of them getting married in one short hour away. The cool thing about Indian weddings is that typically, the bride changes outfits for the reception. Sapna changed into a stunning flowy white gown and donned incredible silver-colored jewelry. A second first look appeared, and this time, there were still tears, but there was more of, “WOW”. Eric’s eyes literally bugged out of his head. They’re some of my favorite first look images I’ve ever seen and created. He said she looked like Cleopatra!
Eric and Sapna are both physically beautiful people and to add to that, that they are equally beautiful inside. The two of them fit so well together and a big point that I’ve taken from knowing them is to never underestimate the little things. Eric writes her little notes everyday (as well as sandwiches… until they found out that she had a gluten sensitivity!). In the morning, Sapna said that in the Indian culture, marriage is for seven lifetimes! They love spending time sitting on the couch together. Sapna is often found reading. Eric is usually drawing. They’ll play it low key and play a game (UNO or gin rummy) or hit up the library for a movie. Eric says, “Honestly, we love doing pretty much anything together.” Eric writes, “There were many moments that continued to propel my love for Sapna and my need for her to be the biggest part of my life. The first that, for me, became a turning point was the weekend my grandfather died, mid-February 2013 (a little over 6 months into our relationship). My plan was to go to Detroit to visit friends and then to Saginaw to be with family, but a call from my mom made me cut short my Detroit stay and rush home. His death was sudden and unexpected, being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a couple years prior; he contracted pneumonia and passed away within a few days. To this day it is still difficult; he was a huge influence in my life, inspiring and full of love. Of course, I had to stay a few extra days longer than I was intending to attend the funeral. After a long, mentally exhausting weekend, I arrived back in Toronto late in the evening. When I walked in the door to my apartment, Sapna had surprised me with dinner. She was selflessly caring, supportive and genuinely relieved that I was home so she could comfort me. More than anything, she said, she wanted to be there for me when I got home. That is real love. I knew then that for any obstacles I faced in life, I would be infinitely stronger facing them with her.” Thank you for allowing me to document your day, Eric and Sapna. I fully enjoyed your brother dressing up like a snake charmer (complete with a stick on mustache) so that he could accompany your 83 year old grandma perform a dance dedicated to the two of you. I especially enjoyed the “laughing tears” during your vidai. As Sapna hugged her family goodbye at the end of the night, she threw rice and flowers over her head back towards her family. This represents repaying her family for all that they have given to her. Sapna explains to Eric, “This is me saying thank you for everything that they’ve done for me. It’s like paying back the rent. I’m yours now. You have to take care of me.”
What’s more romantic than meeting your spouse on a beachy, sun-kissed Caribbean island? Meeting your spouse while attending medical school at said beachy, sun-kissed Caribbean island!