I have already attended and photographed quite a few destination weddings in Udaipur and have even joked more than once that I should consider taking a place there, but nothing was as grand and stunning as Samit and Taran’s four-day destination wedding festival, no less, in this city of lakes. I have been to the Oberoi Udaivillas, photographed an amazing wedding at the Leela Palace, more than once have I attended a wedding at Fateh Garh or the Jagmandir, but never have I been to one wedding in all of these locations, and more. To say it was over the top would not be an exaggeration.
The beginning was already an indication but how could I even imagine what was about to come? We were a team of photographers flown in from around the world to cover this destination wedding in India; yours truly for the documentary angle, Martin Hill from the UK for the portraits and Emmanuel Jambo from the US for the shots we would miss from the top of the hill or the terrace overview. Mike Cottril and his award winning ReelVision cinematography team, Jeff Wood and Rich Wakefield came from the UK. We were a winning team and we were out to rock the city.
Trying to fit this wedding into one post would be quite impossible so here is part one with the events of the first two days starting with the Ganesh pooja at the Oberoi, the haldi ceremony at the Leela palace and the most elaborate, stunning and fantastic ladies sangeet I have ever seen at the Zanana mahal in the heart of Udaipur’s city palace. I have never imagined the place could look so stunning and if the decor and the lights were not enough, the UK based RDB came over as a surprise for the bride to shake the house with some real desi beats and the old palace came to life with colors and smoke until the early hours.
Check out for the finale of this regal wedding in Udaipur with the baraat on the lake, the wedding at the Leela Palace and the incredible reception and fireworks at the Jagmandir.
Decor: Dhun Corado for Full Moon creative cervices
Wedding planner: Anita Patel for Tania-Tapel events worldwide
Sephi Bergerson is a wedding photojournalist based in India since 2002 and is available for Indian wedding photography and destination weddings in India, south east Asia, Africa and the Indian ocean.