Meet the dynamic duo that is Prianca and Meelan in this cute NYC engagement session. From the very start, these two were infectious in their laughter and contagious personalities. Meelan, stoic and cool and Prianca being super energetic and bubbly. I recommend engagement sessions to all of my couples because its a great way to get to know each other while breaking the ice. It gives us an opportunity to spend time with each other and more importantly develop rapport with the camera, yes the camera. It’s the 3rd wheel in this process.

We met in the East Village around sunset and made our way to 10 Degrees the bar/restaurant where Prianca and Meelan had their first date. I love when nyc engagement sessions become sentimental through the choice of location. Ending the evening on a stroll through the East Village, we were able to get some creative and candid photos. Enjoy a few of my favorites!

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Families unscripted: So here’s the thing. I met Joe during a photography workshop with my buddy and mentor Ryan Brenizer some odd years ago. We help each other out professionally and personally and it’s been a blast getting to know him and his family. Joe, being a phenomenal wedding photographer himself, is always behind the camera with his family and he’s been yearning to be in a few photos with his family. Lisa planned a family day with Joe and the kids to NYC for his birthday.

Lisa and I have been in communication for several weeks making sure this particular part of his Day in NYC was a surprise. I hung around Columbus Circle and as I looked over my shoulder noticed Lisa and then Joe with a shocked and confused look… “Dude! whats up?”

With an equally perplexed look, I greeted them and pulled out my camera and notified him what was going on.  The excitement on his face transferred across Enzo and Angelo’s faces. Without any real clue of what was going on, the kids were excited and cautious. It took no more than 5 minutes for them to settle in and start being themselves. The beauty of families unscripted is that it’s such a great opportunity to get to document a family being themselves. Sometimes there’s laughter and sometimes there’s tears, but most times, there’s just a unique bond and lots of fun. It all comes with the package of running a family. We travelled through Central Park and found our way to a park that had all sorts of things for Enzo and Angelo to do. they were free to run, jump, swing, slide, and get wet. Joe and Lisa made sure to join in on the fun also. Enzo didn’t forget that it was his dad’s birthday and surprised him with a special leaf from the grounds of Central Park. A small gesture with a lot of thought and love. That is the beauty of capturing families unscripted. It’s all unplanned, spontaneous, and genuine.

Fun fact: Joe L-O-V-E-S Magnolia’s Banana Pudding; so what did Lisa do? Make a stop at Magnolias bakery to pick up a couple of tubs of the banana pudding for everyone to enjoy. We stopped by Shake shack and settle a bit of sweet tooth at The Sugar Factory at the Row Hotel. We walked to Bryant Park where we ended the day on a wish. It was a real pleasure hanging with you; Until next time! Raise the volume and hit full screen. Enjoy!

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The finale. The destination wedding reception of Bhamini and Rohit. Everyone plans for the moment where they get to celebrate with their family friends in an all out bash. THIS is what it leads to. Now that they are officially married, the party is where everyone is given permission to get wild and let loose. This was no different.

Walking into their suite and seeing Bhamini in a calming presence as she was getting ready set the mood for the party that was about to ensue. Bhamini wore a beautiful dress for her ceremony during the day and dawned a white dress from Pronovias for the reception. Rohit flaunted Sabyasaachi during the ceremony and a blue suit from Suit Club NYC that complemented each other perfectly! After spending a full day with them, it was great running into friends and seeing some familiar faces. It made the whole affair feel more intimate.

We found ourselves exploring the grounds of the resort en route to the reception hall. “oohs” and “aahs” ensued as other guests of the resorts noticed the bridal party and who wouldn’t; they were a fabulous bunch who flaunted in style. The warm glow of the candles and soft colors of the flowers provided the perfect ambience for their destination wedding reception.

The party went off without a hitch with DJ Bobby on the 1’s and 2s. The drinks were poured and the dancefloor was live. Celebrating with you and your family and friends was such an honor. Thank you! Enjoy some of my favorite images.

Check out the series below to see the full story.

Part 1: NYC Engagement Session
Part 2: Haldi Ceremony – Destination Wedding
Part 3: Sangeet – Destination Wedding
Part 4: Wedding Ceremony – Destination wedding in Mexico
Part 5: Destination Wedding reception – (You’re here!)

Music provided by DJ Bobby and Makeup and Hair by the fabulous Beauty by Aurthi.

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The wedding ceremony. This is what destination weddings are made of! The calm waves created a serenity that can only be experienced the morning after a crazy night (see sangeet post to catch up). Since I met Bhamini and Rohit, it was their dream to have a destination wedding to share this momentous occasion with their loved ones. It all came to fruition starting with a small pooja/ bangle ceremony to start the blessings from Bhamini’s side. It is mandatory for newly wed brides and would-be-brides to wear bangles made of glass, gold or other metals as they signify the long life of the husband. They signify good fortune and prosperity.

I always urge my couples to pad their time because who knows what will go down and how things will unfold once things start rolling. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. However, I don’t think there is anyway anyone could have prepared for this. The biggest obstacle during the coverage of the earlier part of the day was definitely the heat and humidity. With the heat index hitting 102.2 °F, it was no easy feat. The staff at Now Riviera Maya ensure everyone stayed hydrated with waters on hand and giant umbrellas for the guests to witness the ceremony.

The colors were vibrant, yet soft and the energy was still at 100. The baraat went off without a hitch and Rohit and his family stormed in with a presence. The wedding ceremony was beautifully performed under the soft colors of the mandap that offered the best diffusion from the high noon sunlight. Upon finishing, Bhamini was carried away by Rohit’s family and friends to symbolizing “bringing the bride home”. Enjoy a few of my favorite shots!

You can catch up with the series here:

Part 1: NYC Engagement Session
Part 2: Haldi Ceremony – Destination Wedding
Part 3: Sangeet – Destination Wedding
Part 4: Wedding Ceremony (You’re here!)
Part 5: Destination Wedding Reception

Makeup by Beauty by Aurthi

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