Its easy to be a PHOTOGRAPHER but its definitely not easy to be the bride, the couple and the whole perspective of wedding photography had changed after my wedding. From the delay in ceremonies, to the tensed up uncles, to the unplanned changes, to the important pictures everything seems to be justifiable after me being the bride myself. Im sure this experience had given me an opportunity to learn more to become a better photographer. Here’s my experience with all my awesome service providers who deserves this special mention
Dream come true is an understatement. Having attended 1000’s of wedding as a photographer I have always dreamt of how my wedding will turn out to be. It was more than words could explain. Every time I had to attend a wedding as a photographer, I made sure I steal some of the ideas from there and with too many ideas in my mind, my mind struck when my wedding was getting so closer. We had to stay at Tirunelveli for more than a month for a committed corporate project that I failed to bring life to most of my ideas. Nevertheless we had the soulful wedding and yes its my wedding and it after all became my most favorite wedding ever shot, ever witnessed!
We were away from chennai and was back only on june 15th , which was almost 15days before the wedding and we had to do all things in the short given span. My vendors made all my work so easy. It was fun for quite sometime arranging all the things all by myself but there was a point where I felt ” enough., I wanna resume my photography work ” Infact nothing was as fun as shooting. I really feel every other job is stressful may be cos Iam not so trained and fluent in it. My vendors were my saviors !
Mani and I always wanted a temple wedding. However my mind started fluctuating as I saw a lot of big fat weddings around and I was like why not we get something like that done. Mani was still firm about the wedding to happen in the temple and so his family too. With little disappointment and lot of excitement I was looking forward to the most expected day of my life. Temple wedding by far the most clumsiest and toughest I have seen and experienced. I took a lot of preventions well in advance to avoid chaos at the last minute. So it was that simple temple wedding.
“Well so its gonna be a simple wedding at temple, so why not we have a sangeeth night before where we can have a lot of fun” I said thinking of the dance floor where I can do some moves and dance like no body is watching. Mani who runs a mile if someone asks him to dance said NO! oh yeah he hates dancing. And I would die for dance anyday. It took quite sometime for me to convince him for the sangeeth night and finally he agreed with a condition that stated no matter what he should not be forced to dance. My goodness I felt. I wanted to dance no matter what and Iam all good to give solo performances with out him for you can do anything as you wish no one is gonna question you, you are the host and you are the bride. I cheered up myself and started my practice well before he even said yes for the sangeeth. Now of all the other events, I was awaiting sangeeth the most cos I was gonna dance. Yes, Iam that shameless bride.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MY VERY OWN TEAM
I take the honor of having the best team with me and my awesome team did the photography for my big day. I was quite unsure if I should direct them just like any other day, but they made my job easy. Having given them clear instructions well in advance they did their job to the best and made us feel at ease without giving me much tension. They were there through out the day and night, made me smile, laugh, blush and made sure every moment was captured. One of the best things that can happen is to have such an awesome team to capture the wedding story. Be it the photobooth, be it the lip dub that was done, be it in operating the drone, be it in enjoying the event, be it being good to the family members they did more than what I wanted. They were dressed so well, had happy times, clicked beautiful pictures and gave me the best moments to cherish all life. I wholeheartedly thank my lovely team for making it a great memory
SANGEETH & MEHANDI
MEHANDI & MAKEUP
We had our sangeeth night on July 1st Saturday and the same day I had my mehandi done. VIJI SARATH was my makeup and mehandi artist who did a fabulous job. I had worked with viji a couple of times and I was honored to hear her saying I was her favorite. When I met her in a wedding recently before my wedding she was very keen to work with me. Viji is one of the leading artist in the industry and I was super excited about her interest in working with me. So I chose her for my sangeeth and for my mehandi
Viji was so known as a makeup artist however I never knew she can be so fluent in mehandi. She was just flowing with speed and designs that she completed it so soon with so much ease. Professional she was. I had severe cold and fever that day and she made sure I was taken to the hospital, she waited patiently and as it got delayed without any panic she did my makeup and she made me feel like a princess. She was so quick and neat in her job. She knew what I wanted and she gave more than the best that I deserved. A subtle makeup with a pinch of north indian look made almost evveryone fall in love with my makeup
Viji can be reached at 9884922334
EVENTS BY PRADEEP FROM IDEA SHOWERS ENTERTAINMENT:
Sangeeth became so grand just because of this talented young man. Pradeep a very good friend of mine been doing events since long and I always wanted to work with him and fortunately it was for me , for my special day. He made it the most memorable one. He took my instructions so clearly , no fuss , no mess , it was so neat. Hes such an experienced person who executed everything with so much ease. I never gave him much inputs , I just gave a gist of ideas which he developed and made it so great. Pradeep took care of the mehandi for the audience, DJ for the night, Stage décor, EMCEE. He also did some arrangements in the reception like book stall, cold pyro, chandemelam, photoflex etc. He and his team were perfect and almost all the arrangements that I had asked him was just a day before the event and it was well executed on time to perfection.
Pradeep can be reached at 9884739089
CHOREOGRAAPHY BY VIJAY DANCE SCHOOL
Vijay , one of the best dancers I have always known. He had helped us win trophies in a lot of competitions and this time it was for my sangeeth I wanted him to choreograph. The kind of response I got when I enquired him gave me all energy to look forward for the practice. We had santosh coming from vijay’s team, another talented dancer. He was patient and made even the non-dancers dance like a dude! Everytime we were late for practice he patiently welcomed us with smile and made us all comfortable. Afterall he made his presence to the sangeeth evening to encourage us all dance like a pro. Anyday Vijay dance school rocks.
Vijay can be reached at 9940596599
Food for sangeeth was arranged at Ganesh Bhavan, Annanagar. Mr. Ganesh served us the yummiest food at a very economical price. We had the count unexpectedly doubled for the sangeeth and he managed to serve for the most. The food taste was so yummy that all the guests loved it so much.
Mr.Ganesh can be reached at 9500063604
DÉCOR BY JENNIFER FROM RED THREAD EVENTS
Though it was a temple wedding , the first ever thing I finalised soon after the temple got fixed was the décor. I should say she was the best and she was the one made my day. We had so much of difficulties in the temple to do the décor. The temple authorities never gave them time to make the arrangements and it was a complete mess. At some point I told jenny to withdraw as I lost hope on the temple. Jenny and her team was patient and they made me chill and handled the situation so well. With no worries and tension, she promised me she will do the best and she kept more than what she promised. They hardly had an hour to get things done and with getting extra people than the planned one, she executed it to perfection. I was super happy as I stepped in the temple to see the job done. As a photographer I know how important is the backdrop to the pictures. She stands the best in the industry and im sure for the kind of person she is, she will reach the pinnacle in no time.
Jenny can be reached at 9884039008
MAKEUP BY AKSHAYA FROM ABHINAYAM
Akshaya is my sweet heart. My best buddy who I cant thank enough. She made me look stunning. More than me wanting to look the best, she wanted me to look the best for my wedding. How many conversations, how many discussions, and nothing went in vain. All the effort she took was so paid when the whole make up was done I looked gorgeous. I felt it for myself. For the first ever time in life I felt I was the most beautiful women and all credits of making me feel that goes to Akshaya. Such a dedicated artist who loves what she does. She never compromises in what she wants, no matter what. Very friendly, very comfy to work with and most of all, very talented.
Akshaya can be reached at email@example.com
MAALAI BY VENKAT
Came to know Mr.Venkat through a random friend and had ordered thamarai poo maalai and this person is super cool. He was very professional , delivered on time. I havent even met him though he made the deal happen smooth. When the maalai was delivered , I had no cash to pay him and his person patiently waited for almost an hour and got it collected. He even insisted to take it later but I wanted to complete the deal as they did not take any advance also. Some vendors like this gives a very warm feeling. Things to learn from as a business owner myself.
Venkat can be reached at 9710938882
JEWELRY FROM NEWIDEA FASHION JEWELLERY
They just need no mention. Sasikala being a good friend, I had no other option to go with for the imitation Jewellery as they have some dead gorgeous sets which any bride will love to flaunt for the big day. Had an hassle free experience and my love to them for making me look more pretty with their collections.
They can be reached at 9840220777
BLOUSE DESIGN BY ELAVANCHI FROM YOSHNAS
Elavanchi, yet another good friend of mine, highly professional with whom I had the most glad experience. I was hardly aware of the designs and trend and told her to give me what she feels to be the best. She did more than what I expected and she was nominal when compared to others in the industry. She was on time as promised and never bothered me in anything. The fitting was so perfect and with just a single try I had to take them home. The most difficult part for any bride is to find a perfect designer/tailor and she was my best
Elavanchi can be reached at 7550227897
FOOD AND STAY
As temple did not have place for food provision, we had our morning breakfast arranged in Doveton café , purasaiwalkam. We also had our stay there. Decent ambience, good food, great service and nothing much to complaint.
MAKEUP AND HAIR
Reena, another good friend of mine did magic on me on my reception evening. Having known reena for years, I decided years before she will be my makeup artist and just like how I was excited she was more excited in making me look like a princess and on the big day she made me feel like a queen. She managed to complete my makeup well in advance and gave enough time for me to shoot pictures. She was quick and neat, highly professional, friendly and I take the pride of having one of the leading artist in the industry.
Reena can be reached at 9176064904 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Reception décor was done by inhouse decorator of Mohan gardens who promised and delivered more than what was promised. We had some trouble in the beginning but later he coped up well and gave the best output. Almost everyone spoke good about the backdrop. And as mentioned earlier the addons like cold pyro, book stall, Chandemelam etc was done by PRADEEP to add spice to the ordinary.
MUSIC BY SAI GANESH FROM SAI SWARANGAL
Yet another good friend I had worked with a couple of times. Hes extremely talented and so good at what he does. Finding a talented person is not a big deal, but in the competitive field it is more than their talent it is their service that makes us remember them and that makes them stay in our hearts. No matter how talented you are but with ego you become a bad service provider. Sai Ganesh is an example for how a talented person should behave. Soft spoken, kind and down to earth. Hes extremely friendly and was not very keen on taking the money. He gave enough space and time for us to pay him and he was so understanding. Of all he made the evening so musical. It was pleasant and his team was the rock star of the evening. Everyone appreciated his work and he was so adjusting with the difficulties in the hall and gave his best making it a memorable event for our guests.
He can be reached at 9884370896
DRESS BY LAKSHMI SURYA FROM OYIL
My sangeeth and Recpetion dress was designed and stitched by Lakshmi Surya from Oyil. I have known Lakshmi for more than two years and shes an awesome friend of mine. I was not specific in what I wanted and I was so confused. I never wanted to go for a ready made ones because I really wanted to work with this young super talented women. She knows her job. She is the best designer and knows the trend. She makes sure she gives the best suggestions, best references and sits with us so many times to understand what we exactly want. I gave her very little time for my sangeeth dress , to be precise just a day yet she did the best on my sangeeth dress and like 15 days for my reception wear with which she did the best again. I wish I had given some extra time for her to work in peace however with the limited time given I can surely say no designer would have done so much as she did for me, my sister in law, my mom and all of us are happy with her work and we will definitely continue working with her like always.
Lakshmi can be reached at 9884139417
RECEPTION FOOD BY DHIVYA MITTAL FROM RUDRA
Another awesome friend of mine, known for years, I had also decided to go with her well in advance. She was friendly and very professional. Young and energetic, she attracts everyone with her smile all the time. Every single guest praised the food we had for the evening. It was yummy, filling and she gave not the usual ones but some special items which was carving to eat. She gave the best in food, in service, in price and is highly recommended
Dhivya can be reached at 9841214943
SURPRISE BY SHAKTIVEL FROM THE6.IN
When the crowd was over flowing , i suddenly had this single guy coming towards me with a single red rose and i was stunned for a second for the way he gave the rose was not usual. It took a second for me to realize i have this good friend called Shakthi and it was his plan. Shakthi and his team needs no mention and they amaze people with their surprises. I was amazed with the flash mob surprise done on my big day. The dancers were so cool and i was so happy i had a chance to dance even in my reception. For any surprises, the best one stop solution is the6.in
Shakthi can be reached at 9362366666
RETURN GIFT BY MITHUN AND PAVAN
Pavan, young and an awesome entrepreneur who is highly energetic and loves what he does. Not all can do this wonderful job and hes just too good at it. He helps people setting up terrace garden, harvest own food and lots more. He helped me in giving plants as return gifts to my guests.
Pavan can be reached at 8754445850
Mithun, another friend is into corporate gifting provided me with usual return gifts. He has too many options that confused us and everything was so good. It took really long time for us to confirm with a specific gift. He was very professional and had a good experience
Mithun can be reached at 9840543563
BRIDAL SERVICES BY VALARMATHY AND GOWRI
I had taken my first bridal service from Valarmathy from 5th spa who came home and pampered me with services like facial, bleach, pedicure and other services. It was so relaxing and they did a great job. They were on time with all required kits, did a very neat job and made me really feel good
Valarmathy can be reached at 9952982233
Gowri is another favorite friend of mine who is a makeup artist with whom i had worked plenty number of times. If i have had another session, i would have worked with gowri but unfortunately i missed the opportunity to work with her. Nevertheless, i had the chance to take up my second services two days before my wedding at Gowri’s parlor at Besant nagar.She and her team was mind blowing. One of the best massages i ever had in my life time. So patient, neat, and the service was more than satisfactory. Loved being there and i will sure visit her again and again in the coming days.
Gowri also did make up, mehandi for my sis-in-law for all the three sessions and she loved it a lot and she was my sis-in-law’s makeup artist when she got married in 2014. Gowri is best at her own style and she holds all the control in her job and knows what she does. She is an amazing artist and an excellent human being
Gowri can be reached at 9840355190
PREWEDDING SHOOT BY ANITHA FROM LOVE STRUCK PHOTOGRAPHY
Though I had the best team in hand, I was little hesitant to have them for my pre wedding shoot as I really wanted some intimate shots. Mani is so good behind the camera, but when it comes in front of the camera, he needs an instructor. He needs someone who can be bossy and order him do things. I was very sure if it was my team, he would order them and will never listen to what they say. I wanted someone with whom we will be comfortable to work with, who can be commanding and pull out what they want, what I wanted. I was enquiring a couple of photographers but nothing seemed like working out so well.
Known Anitha for quite a few months, we first met in a photography conference. It was like meeting my look alike. We had a lot of similar tastes, likes and dislikes. I got a friend for the rest of my life and then I decided with no second thoughts I decided she was going to be my photographer for the Pre-Shoot.
We had to go to a place near kodaikanal for a best friend wedding which is when I thought I will club the photoshoot along. I had to please Mani so much to convince him for the shoot at kodaikanal as he barely wanted to pose or spend time in the shoot. For me it was a dream. My dream was made true by Anitha. I told her what I wanted, I told her how mani will be a bad poser, I told her how I will do anything for a picture. I hope I was the coolest bride she ever got and Mani was the atrocious groom she ever had. Nevertheless after the shoot kick started, Mani knew he was helpless and decided to really cooperate well as that will help him wind up the shoot at the earliest. Anitha and I had super fun and I enjoyed everything that happened in the two days shoot. Teju my assistant , Me , Anitha pulled the maximum from Mani and he had no option as he was caught between three monster girls. Teju was helping me and anitha in everything and she learnt so much in the shoot. Pradeep, Anitha’s husband was one sweet heart who tirelessly drove up and down the kodai hills, I had no idea if any husband can be so sweet and I had to ask him to give some tips to Mani. Later Mani and pradeep made good combo complaining everything about the wives. We had extreme fun with the rain, the music, the snookers, the drive, and of all, the awesome shoot.
Anitha is super cool, creative, go getter girl just like me, and never gets tired of photographing. She is an awesome fashion photographer and extending her services into the wedding industry. I had the best gift of my life from her for my big day and will always cherish the pictures she shot.
For any couple who looks for a great pre shoot pictures, great pictures comes not just from the photographer but also from how the couple cooperate and be willing to do anything the photographer asks. That way we gave the best cooperation to our photographer, not denying to do anything, be it any slippery surface, be it place with leeches, be it the most highest point, we were ready to pose and the beauty of the shot is highlighted in the pictures through Anitha’s eyes. The beautiful pictures are the result of Anitha’s love for photography along with our utmost cooperation.
Anitha can be reached at 9159941599
And so there we go. I am looking forward to do some shoots soon with the experience gathered from my wedding, having learnt to be more patient. Its easy to be a photographer, its definitely not so easy to be a bride! Closing all the stuffs for the “one day koothu” Iam getting back to my routine and here i come , the pride photographer ” Mrs.Sharadha Manikandan ”