Aparna & Keyur planned an elaborate, traditional wedding for family and friends from around the world, and we were honored to capture it! Aparna’s care & attention to detail extended into the preceding ceremonies as well the wedding itself, at Discovery World on the lakefront.
This Indian wedding was a full weekend affair, and Sunday’s events kicked off with a Baraat along the jetty of white rocks. Though all the views were spectacular, Keyur in his finery stole the show (on horseback), as Aparna watched from her getting-ready room. Traditionally the groom would process with his family all the way to the bride’s home, where he was greeted by her parents/relatives. The tunes were rocking while everyone on the groom’s side danced their way to meet Aparna’s family at Discovery World and present Keyur for marriage.
A colorful Hindu ceremony, full of traditional rituals, followed the Baraat. Aparna & Keyur wrote and added their own vows, before taking the ‘seven steps’ around the fire together to officially become husband and wife. One of my favorite parts of the day was the couple kneeling and being blessed by their elders; it’s easy to see how much these two respect and love their families.
After a quick bite (best Indian catering I’ve had, ever!) and a short break, it was time for a black tie, more Western reception. Aparna & Keyur thoughtfully infused bits of their history as a couple into the table names, and the floral centerpieces were absolutely gorgeous! Speeches are usually given by the people who know you best, and reveal much of the couple’s character. No surprise: Aparna & Keyur are every bit as intelligent and generous in spirit as they seem upon introduction. Not only friends of the couple spoke, but also both sets of parents– a cool tradition since the wedding is a crowning day of sorts for parents too! As if we hadn’t enjoyed enough beauty for one day, the weather was mild, and there was a full moon over Lake Michigan while the dance floor filled up. Keyur was out there not hindered one bit by that tux, cutting a rug with the best of them. 🙂
Keyur & Aparna, I know I didn’t look forward to this day nearly as long as you two, but from the moment you booked I could tell your wedding would be memorable and grand. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it! You and your parents poured your hearts into this celebration, making even the less pivotal moments beautiful. There was so much to capture, so much laughter and joy; the hours flew by! Best wishes for a happy life spent (finally) in the same state, serving others and each other with your many gifts. Congrats!
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