Some time back I posted the first part of this out-of-this-world destination wedding in Udaipur and although it’s been a long time (been traveling, shooting, over my head with other projects) I finally find the time to post the second and final part.
The last day of these four day celebration started at the Oberoi Udaivilas, no doubt one of the most stunning hotels on earth, from where the baraat procession left towards the Leela Palace where the wedding itself was to take place. Samit, fully dressed and decorated as a Rajput prince, was on the horse and the whole party was marching towards the boat jetty for the first ever baraat over the lake. You can play your own music to this scene but it really calls for a sound track.
If you happen to reach the The Leela Palace an hour earlier it was still a mess. Over forty thousand orchids were flown in from Thailand along with the florists and the whole place looked like a flower market in the middle of a U2 concert.
A happy wedding this was. Taran and Samit have known each other since many years and it was obviously a love marriage. Both families are based in Kenya and the couple knew each other as kids. There was some controversy as to who hit on who but a video screened later during the reception at the Jagmandir clearly showed who made the first move, and it was not him . . :-) But wait with the reception. The vidai was probably the most photogenic I’ve even seen. After all the tears (a real must at an Indian wedding after all) the couple had left for their suite at the Oberoi at just the right time as the sun was setting over the lake. Perfect timing.
We had a short break to freshen up and soon enough we all met again at Jagmandir that was transformed into a huge club for the dance party. The fireworks show was synced with the music and was a spectacle to remember. The party went on until about seven in the morning as was so evident by the tired faces I met as I was leaving the hotel en rout to the airport the next morning. What a party!
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.