Early in November, I got an Email that read:
November was crazy. Especially if you were a wedding photographer. I was shooting almost everyday of the month and the rain gods decided it would be great to layeth the smack down on Chennai with showers like never before. It reached a point where the mornings were spent yearning for sunlight more than coffee. But it never came.
So, I went to Mumbai, to learn a thing or two about sustainability, eco friendliness and animal welfare. And I learned all of this through a BIG FAT EPIC INDIAN VEGAN WEDDING! There were no real flowers, no silk sarees, no leather and neither was there wool.
What was there though were ecstatic people & pets celebrating a wedding in the family. Planet Earth was celebrating with them too.
November 26, 2015 - Mehendi!
1. The Henna was organic and herbal.
2. Nice touch here to hire the local chaat wala of the society to extinguish the 4 pm hunger. He has been working the area for more than 2 decades and served some mouth watering snacks sans the curd based ones.
November 28, 2015 - Pool Party!
1. No Banana trees died for this wedding, instead they were just temporarily planted in a pot.
2. Shasvathi fell down before she even stepped foot inside the pool rendering the nearby crowd to a collective gasp. A sigh a relief followed a moment later when she was alright and good to go. POOL PARTAAAY!
3. All guests were given organic toiletries.
4. All the grannies joined in on the fun. One of them even made a 3 finger gesture at the camera. I am still trying the decipher the meaning.
November 28, 2015 - Sangeet!
1. I witnessed the practice session of the Sangeet on the 27th of November at Shaadu's residence and also had Vada pav!
2. The Vegan Ice cream was brought all the way from Delhi, in a special refrigerator, on a Train. Because Flight leave carbon footprints! It was also the best goddamn Ice cream I have ever had. Bonus points for the edible spoon!
November 29, 2015 - The Wedding!
1. Shasvathi's make up was not tested on animals. It was directly tested on her.
2. The dry coconut carvings had messages for the world(You'll see them down below) rather than the usual deity carvings.
3. The wedding ceremony was done the Arya-Samaj way and it was the mothers from both sides who helped conduct it. #AwesomeNo?
Why stop here with the photos? Check out Shasvathi & Karthik's Wedding film, beautifully filmed and edited by The Marigold Company:
So there you go, A BIG FAT INDIAN WEDDING where life was cherished and none of it perished. :)