Meghna & Vijay

Archana and Prashanth

Welcome to Archana & Prashanth’s wedding blog! Our day started early dusk in the city of Bangalore for this wedding. The weather was perfect, a perfect view from the venue. I was delighted to shoot my first picture of the day.  I have to say as a photographer it makes my day to capture these lovely little hidden moments , expressions and emotions.Its Archana & Prashanth, they cant stop looking at each other!

Archana getting her make up done, well it can be quite awesome experience especially on your wedding day  

Archana’s proud mom and loving sister by her side as the trio looking beautiful and happy. These are the lovely moments to cherish and replay whenever we want to feel happy. And yes did you look twice? even we did 🙂 Archana and her sister Anjana are indeed twins Archana & Prashanth beautiful, excited, nervous, happy and in love, love is of all passions the strongest. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Audrey Hepburn

It was a bright morning and yes it would be incomplete if we didn’t capture the gorgeous color of the mehendi

Archana the bride wonder, all smiles on her wedding day. Celebrate the beauty and smile of the bride with joyous of love.

Archana, sister and mom praying to God while her mom tied the baasinga to give a head start for the Gowri pooja.Prasanth receiving pleasantries from Archana’s father.

Rituals of the hindu wedding is what makes the wedding so interesting and unique. weddings itself is special but the ritual of any wedding makes it more fun and entertaining to the groom ,the bride and the whole family and friends. Here is one of the rituals where Prashanth have to wear a Peta (topi ;-)) which is been put on by the Archana’s father while his family and friends have bit of fun   

Rituals continues , Prashant is keenly excited with all the ritual being done on him for the first time

Weddings are full of fun rituals,  Prashanth kashiyatra starts while he is been accompanied to the yatra by his family. Being the elder one to  the sisters Ajay stepped in, to opened the umbrella and flower pours

 

While  Prashanths on his way towards the yatra he has been stopped by Archanas family and request him to not to continue on his kashiyatra but to get married to there daughter

Once the ritual was done, its time for prashanth to get to the mantap and get married. as he does look in hurry to get married

After been stopped by Archana’s family and convince Prashanth not make to kashiyatra he’s been redirected to the mantap by family so he can get married

Archana and Prashant seeing each other for the first time on there wedding day as the curtains goes down.

Eyes fixed need I say more.

We were lucky enough to photograph Archana and Prashanth tie the knot. Its official! All eyes are on Archana, she looks so happy and radiant so does everyone. Happy tears to the mother who wipes her tears away in the corner.

“It is a treasure that is outshined by what it means…eternal love.” Mr and Mrs

Archana and Prashanth repeating mantras, saying their vows while looking at each other with love.

Family and friends having a blast on the wedding day looking happy, joyful and playfully laughing and making a day to remember to both Archana’s and Prashanth’s family.

Archana pointing at a bird, its a plane, its a shooting stars no its star Arundathi  its one of the ritual of Hindu marriage where the Prashanth shows Archana the double star Vashista and Arundhati are linked to each other as an ideal couple

Tears all around, Archana was shaking from all the emotions while her family  

There is no Indian wedding without brides family bursting into tears, the tears of happiness and joy for a new life and their is tears of sadness because the bride leaving her maternal home where she grew up to new home.

While the whole family embrace Archana as she is been welcomed to her new home for the first time. They seem to have so much fun as they enter.The day itself seems to pass in a whizz. We wish these two all the very best for their happily ever after! while they have a intimate moment, they look so much in love.Happy married life to Archana & Prashanth!

 

Now its our official time 🙂 Congratulations Archana and Prashanth, We had a whale of time capturing your big day. A special thanks to Ajay for trusting in us to capture the moment of his sister dear.

Cheers

Team Melanged

Mridhula and Vineeth

We have often read about love stories which begins with your child hood sweethearts, neighbour, at school, college colleague and the list goes on.

Here is a small note of love where the journey began when they first met formally with the family’s blessings.

Read and watch as the story unfolds with magical moments of VINEETH & MRIDULA’S Wedding moments.

Vineeth! My love! After a long search of 2.5 years and when I had almost lost hope, you came in my life when I least expected it. It was like we were meant to be! It did not take us more than 2 days to decide that we want to spend the rest of our lives with each other. You are one happy soul and I love everything about you. You are just perfect and I love the way you are. Your smile and childlike nature fills my heart with joy. Please don’t ever change!
Keep smiling and spread happiness like you always do!

With loads of love!
Mridhula

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Ending this post with our favorite picture, where family and hearts unite.. happiness is indeed forever after 🙂 🙂
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We had a whale of time Capturing your big day, Loads of love  and best wishes from “Team Melanged”.

 

 

Engagement Shoot : Dhivya and Praveen

Hello folks!! we welcome you to the betrothal ceremony of Dhivya and Praveen, Dhivya is a very sweet simple and extremely calm and composed bride, She wore a pleasant smile while Manjeet did her makeover for her step towards new life with Praveen.

Scroll down to see Dhivya enchanted!!
1a131cThe lavender and green silk saree with the flower motifs adorned Dhivya very beautifully 2Intoducing you all to charming to be better half of Dhivya, Ever smiling Praveen.Collages16The ceremony started where both the families exchanged thamboolam and lagna patrika, indicating a mutual understanding and accepting Dhivya and praveen into their families respectively and confirming their wedding dates.4aDhivya was offered jewellery and saree as per customs.5Indeed, be it purple pink orange or blue she looked absolutely stunning as draped into the saree given by Praveen and his family.
3aJust before the moment of engagement, Dhivya’s Sister Saranya surprised the couple with a really beautifully done engagement cake presented with their rings amidst rose petals.
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ENGAGED!!7Dhivya greeted her family and friends with her beautiful smile.Collages15There was exchange of cusoms, traditon, rings, hearts and now it was time for little sweets.8Absolutely love these pictures Collages3

For a change ending this post with two of our favorite pictures.

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Thank you Dhivya and Praveen for choosing Melanged. We had a whale of time capturing you guys, hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Cheers

Team Melanged

Wedding Shoot : Sunil and Vidya

Every story has beginning and an end, But the story narrated now is just the beginning, A love story which started half a decade back amid-st a new beginning of yet another couple in their wedding, where Sunil saw Vidya in a traditional red saree and was love stuck with her charm. When sunil’s heart skipped a beat and sang “Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa  laga” their moment of love rose to a new journey of their lives and here we are presenting you their wedding story

It was around 6:30 when sunil was gifted with  jewellery as per their custom and sparkling steel Tissot with overcoat, and the clock stuck 7!!

Groom getting readyOk Introducing you all Angry young  mada. By the way mada is Sunil’s nick name.
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That’s the AJ brothers. Anil is very humble young champ and also eligible bachelor i guess 😉Sunil  (47 of 498)

Vidya and Sunil walked onto the  stage. And checkout  Sunil, He just couldn’t take his eyes off Vidya .Sunil  (76 of 498)

The wedding day started with Toe ring ritual.
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Post that ritual. It was the getting ready time. Here are some pictures of Sunil  and Vidya getting ready for the moment they have been waiting.
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Vidya  made an pretty bride.
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Sunil always wanted to get wed in a mantap which looked exactly like this. And his dreams was just an hour away to be transformed into  reality.Sunil  (193 of 498)

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Curtains raise to chant Sulagna Savadhana !Sunil  (238 of 498)

Clicked this picture when Sunil was trying to get a sneak peak when Vidya walked on to Mantap.
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And the Manglsutra was ready.Sunil  (287 of 498)

It was handed over to Sunil. He took the Mangalsutra in his hand and looked graciously towards Vidya:-). Here is the picture of that moment when Sunil looked straight into Vidya’s eyes 🙂Sunil  (299 of 498)

With Torrentz of rice from all the  directions, It was legal that, its now Mr and Mrs Sunil.
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Vidya embraced the Manglasutra calm, composed and that smile tells it all 🙂Sunil  (247 of 435)

and that was Sunil’s reaction after tying the knot.

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Here  is a picture from ring  finding challenge.

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Ending this post with our favorite picture.

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We had a whale of a time capturing your wedding. Hope you guys enjoyed the pictures. Wishing Sunil and Vidya a Happy  married life

Regards

Team Melanged.

Karthika and Abhinav

The tying of the nuptial knot in traditional Indian wedding entails a series of elaborate and colorful rituals, which are not only enjoyable but are of great significance in conjugal life.

And to exemplify this beautiful moment of joy here we are presenting you the story of 2states 2 cultures and 2 hearts celebrating their decade love and bonding forever!

THE ROYAL RED BENGALI WEDDING OF KARTHIKA AND ABHINAV!! The only thing running constantly in my mind while writing this post is Ek Chutki Sindhoor!! from the very famous Om Shanthi Om. Red symbolizes love, purity, and has a strong base in the roots of Indian Culture.1It was around 7 pm in the evening at the gates of The Bangalore International hotel where The Sengupta’s were heartily welcomed by the Karthikas’s family for the Bor Boronwhere the mother of the bride along with other members come out to welcome the groom and his family 2 Introducing you to our fun filled groom Abhinav 🙂

3While Abhinav was welcomed with his family!! Karthika adorned herself with the beautiful Red banarasi saree and looked like a Bengali bridal doll.  4 5 Potto BastraAfter the groom is seated at the chadnatolla (wedding altar and canopy)  Abhinav was offered new clothes by Karthika’s Father  to do the sampradaan – a kind of gift to the boy from the girl’s side. 6 While Abhinav performed the rituals Karthika had her little fun time meeting her friends and family. They re- lived the moment where a very good friend of karthika met her first and approached her asking hey!!are u an actress!! SO this is how exactly our doll like bride responded.7 Saat Paak The bride, usually seated on a low wooden stool called pidi is lifted by her brothers and is taken round the groom in seven complete circles. The significance is they are winded up securely to each other 8 9 Mala BadalAfter the circles are completed, still sitting high on the pidi, Karthika and Abhinav exchanged garlands of fragrant flowers thrice. This is the first step in which they accept each other. 10 Now you know why we call Abhinav a fun filled groom!! The barfi!! moment 🙂 11 Indeed the Mala badal was a perfect papparazzi moment for the couple!!12 Subho Dristi After garlanding one another the bride and the groom are made to look at each other in front of all the assembled invitees. This exchange of loving glance is to initiate them to be together officially by the society. 13 SampradanKarthika took her place on the chadnatolla where an elderly male member of the her family handed her over to the groom and the couple’s hands are bound by the sacred thread amidst recital of Vedic chants and were placed on the mangal ghot – a brass pitcher filled with water that is covered with mango leaves attached to one twig and a green coconut placed on it. 14 Yagna The bride and groom sit in front of the sacred fire and chant mantras after the priest. Agni, the fire god is made the divine witness to the marriage. AnjaliAn offering to the fire is made. The bride’s brother puts puffed rice (khoi) in the hands of the bride, and the groom standing close to her holds her hands from the back and extends their arms forward. They then pour the offering into the fire together.15 Saat PaakSeven circular rounds are taken by the couple around the fire thereby solemnizing the occasion. The blowing of the conch shell and ululation prevailed while they performed the rituals. 15aIt was time to take vows !! and check out how carefully Karthika listens to the priest while he explained how to treat each other and respect, I know she didnt want to miss any point which signified Abhinav’s responsibility 😉 What sayeth you bride?? 16 16a

Sindoor Daan and GhomtaOnce again seated at their respective places in chadnatolla Abhinav applied sindoor or vermilion (a symbol of marriage worn by Hindu women thereafter) on the bride’s hair-parting. Karthika then covered her head with a new sari offered by Abhinav’s family as ghomta or veil.

17 17a 18 Bidaay A mixed moment of joy and sorrow as Karthika  bid adieu with blessings of her parents and relatives to start a new life with her beau. 18aA special moment, Karthika and Abhinav with the god mother of both families who has witnessed their parents wedding, their childhood and now even their wedding.  18b The bride and groom were welcomed home with ululation and prodeep.19Karthika immersed her foot in the alta and entered the house marking her ceremony of grihapravesh. 20Here is picture beholding the elements of a beautiful bengali wedding 20a AshirbaadOn an auspicious day the elders of the groom’s side go to bless the bride and vice versa, by sprinkling husked rice and trefoil on their heads and giving them gold ornaments. It is a kind of acceptance of the boy and the girl on both sides. 21 22Happiness was in the air as they continued to perform fun-filled games. 23 24A wedding is incomplete without friends!! Here is a picture with their besties. These pictures are shouting alound BETA MAN MEIN LADOOO PHOOTA!! 😉 😉 25Ending this post with our favorite picture. A new addition to the family, A new beginning.  26We had a whale of time being a part of your special day 🙂 and freezing the moments of joy, Thank you Karthika and Abhinav for choosing melanged. Wishing you both a sweetest life ahead.

Cheers

Team Melanged

Wedding Shoot: Sindhu and Sriram

Its no secret that we love shooting weddings. As a wedding photo journalist, we do our best to document the essence of this wonderful time between the two families.Through it all, we have a gained a special appreciation for the honoring of cultural values, beliefs and traditions; each one is so unique, meaningful and fascinating. If you want experience all this be a wedding photojournalist or get married :D.

Here is introducing you the serious, fun and seriously divine :-p Sindhu. She is one of the best chirpy, happy bride that anyone could meet.

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As soon as Sindhu finished Gowri pooja, Sriram was gifted with  kasi yatra goodies. Loved the way Sriram accepted the goodies.
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Naaaa, It wasn’t a hot day. Sriram was just taking the advantage of the groom status 😉

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Just loved the way Sindhu’s dad performed the Kasi Yatra ritual. He was so funny that, He could easily be nominated for the Great Indian laughter challenge. We just loved uncle’s humor and we are sure its so visible in the picture.

Post Kasi Yatra, Sindhu walked down along with her relatives to meet Sriram. Loved the way Sriram looked straight into Sindhu’s eyes, Checkout Bhartah’s expression 😀 .
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They poured colored rice on each other. Again checkout Bharath hiding behind Sriram, Hilarious :-p.
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And  then the Malai Mattal competition began.Sindhu and Sriram 8

Its always fascinating and super melodious to hear the Oonjal concert .Oonjal, a very interesting ritual, which is entirely managed by woman relatives. Waving of the colored rice balls starts. As soon as the waving of color balls starts we as photographers are always  in the firing line :-p

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Yes Sindhu,  your mom is adorable.

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It was time for Kanyadhana. Honestly, both of them just couldn’t take their eyes of each other.  Sindhu and Sriram 11

Post Kanya Dhanam, Sindhu was gifted with the wedding Saree. She made a beautiful bride. Just look how excited Sindhu’s parents were. Sindhu and Sriram 12

It was time for the main ritual. The Priest had not yet finished chanting the prayers and Sriram was told to hold on :-).Sindhu and Sriram 13

Aaaah ! we are sure Sindhu was eagerly waiting to embrace the Mangala sutra.

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Tada !!! We officially pronounce now its Mr and Mrs Sriram.

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A picture always speaks a thousand words.

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Now this is a note to all  the future grooms reading this post. You really need to workout to pull the toe ring. Guess Sriram felt mission accomplished as he pulled the toe ring, his big wide smile tells it all ;-).

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Here is picture from Sapthapadi.
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Sindhu and Sriram, we had a whale of a time documenting your wedding. We thank you from the bottom of our heart for choosing Melanged to capture your wedding. Hope you guys liked the pictures and wishing you guys a happy and prosperous life ahead.

Regards

Team melanged.

Wedding Shoot: Vijay and Smitha

I happen to know Vijay for almost the length and breadth of his life ;-). Yes, he is my Bestie.

I was almost in good stress when he said cover my wedding. I think every wedding photographer goes through this. The photographer will be in a dilemma that, if i shoot how will i enjoy the wedding :-). Deepika pitched in and said you relax and leave it to me. All thanks to Deepika for letting me sit back and enjoy the wedding.

Vijay and Smitha were introduced to each each other by their parents. They were introduced to each other on a special day, it was Smitha’s birthday. Her Facebook status read that “Most special gift any one could get on their birthday.”

Introducing you all to Smitha and Vijay on their reception day.

Let me take through behind the scenes before they got ready for the reception.

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Wedding day had arrived and Smitha looked stunning.
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Lights camera and action .No that’s not Sharukh Khan, its BEW Khan :-p . By the way BEW is Vijay’s nick name.

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Don’t they all look excited ?
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Moments later Smitha started with Gowri Pooja. Checkout the way she is looking at the incesnce  stick !

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Kasiyatra is always a fun ritual, invites everybody to laugh their heart out.

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Smitha was welcomed to the stage.

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Curtain raises, look at Smitha all set to launch the Jeerige Bella assault :-p. Poor Vijay had no clue.

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Now that’s why i called it “Jeerige Bella” assault by Smitha 🙂 IMG_1940

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Mangalya was handed over to Vijay and we heard yaaay’s, hoots and whistles
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Picture speaks a thousand words. It was official now it MR and MRS Vijay Sundeep 🙂

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Here is glimpse of the fun part of the rituals. Akki Dhare, after clicking this picture, I almost felt that there was a heavy downpour of colored rice 🙂
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Here is a picture from the ring finding challenge. Smitha won the series by 2-1. Checkout the disappointment among the boys 😀
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more than the couple, friends were excited to enact the Arundhati star ritual. Yes, those indecent fellows standing at the back are my bestie’s too :-p.

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Now i don’t have to say anything.
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I always wanted to click and be in one such picture.
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Smitha and Vijay thankyou for choosing Melanged. We had whale of a time capturing your story. Hope you all enjoyed the pictures.

Regards

Team Melanged

Wedding shoot : Rakesh and Ashwini

I clearly remember first time i met Rakesh. I am sure he would also clearly remember the day we met at a coffee day. It only took Rakesh a moment to make me feel like the centre of attention, and also to totally make me feel comfortable. Rakesh has an amazing way with people, and he can make anyone feel special with just a few words. I am sure Ashwini would have would have felt the same, when she would have met Rakesh for the first time.

Introducing you guys Rakesh and Ashwini :-). It was a special day and my facebook status read “Balls to adulthood and cheers to childhood”, Yes it was Children’s day. This kid walked on to the stage and showed them victory symbol 🙂
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Wedding day had arrived, Deepika got some amazing getting ready shots of Ashwini.
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I was enjoying a brilliant cup of coffer and we saw Ashwini all set in her wedding attire. This was the first time we were witnessing bride getting ready before the groom :-p. Here is the proof 🙂

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After couple of rituals it was time for Kashiyatra.  Rakesh was embraced with flowers and torrentz of rice from all directions :-).IMG_0629

Ashwini was welcomed to the stage by her uncles and the Antharpata was raised. There were amazing strategies being planned on both side of the Antharpata for the Jeerige, Bella Challenge.
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The Priest looked hitler :-p. He would go on Aswini’s side and warn everybody that its not a challenge :D.
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Curtain down and Jerrige Bella was off in a flash. It was pretty evident who won the Jeerige, Bella challenge.
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This was hilarious ! Rakesh thought there is another Jeerige, Bella challenge happening from the families side and he displayed some matrix stunts :D. The priest convinced him that it was blessings :-).

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It was time for the best and the main ritual. Don’t they look excited ?
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Have a look at that :-). Just loved the way Ashwini looked into Rakesh’s eyes, as he tied final knot.
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Just love this picture of you two.
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Loved the rim lighting on them.
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Keep looking into each others eyes 24*7, 365 days. Wishing you guys a happy married life.
IMG_9160Hope you guys liked the pictures.We had a whale of a time capturing your wedding. Thank you for choosing us.

Regards

Team  Melanged

Outdoor Shoot: Vardha and Anisha

Vardha and Anisha are such a fun couple to shoot. We enjoyed every bit of the shoot. Enjoyed it more because vardha and Anisha happen to be Bench-mate and  Batch-mate during my college days.

I couldn’t have been happier working with such an amazing couple and Good friends

Vardha and Anisha are so closely knit, and they seem to know exactly what each other is thinking. They are  meant to be so.

They really made this concrete on the wedding day(about two months ago), and having their name embroidered directly onto their rings.

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On a perfect Bangalore day, They walked hand-in-hand at Bhoga Nandishwara Temple. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple, Nandi Hills has proven to be one of Photographers favorite places in the surroundings of Bangalore City . It’s a Brilliant temple that represents peace, joy, architecture, history and the promise of beautiful things to come.
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So here’s where things get overwhelmingly awesome.

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The shy is coming !

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One of my favorite thing about vardha and Anisha is their ability to laugh and have fun.

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All of sudden it started raining. Here is the picture of our creative Head in a creative gonicheela umbrella 😀

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The drizzle had set a perfect romantic weather for the perfect romantic couple.
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The perfect end to a perfect day: kissing your  better half………..
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We had a whale of a time shooting you both. Wishing you both a happy and prosperous life ahead.

Regards

Team Melanged