By now, we’re sure your social media is filled with the first few photos released by the star couple Parineeti Chopra and Raghav Chadha, who just got married in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
And like every Indian bride or groom, you are probably struck by how enchanting and dreamy their pictures look. The celebrations, the outfits, the love, the traditions, families, the Indianness in all its entirety; everything you wish for your wedding too, isn’t it?
As a couple living away from home, we know that the FOMO is real when you see grand Indian wedding pictures like these.
That is why we have curated the perfect guide, to help you have the wedding pictures of your dreams! Match your vision with the perfect Indian wedding photographer in Chicago to get the best results.
Here’s what you can do to achieve a wedding album that looks just like Parineeti and Raghav’s Udaipur wedding, shot in Chicago in the US.
Choose a venue with regal architecture
Parineeti Chopra and Raghav Chadha got married at the Leela Palace in Udaipur. We all know how grand and royal that would have been. To channel the same vibes in your wedding pictures, choose a wedding venue with regal architecture, much like the Leela Palace. There are several amazing venues in and around Chicago that look as grand and royal as the Udaipur Palace.
For example, the Double Tree by Hilton Chicago has the most gorgeous ballrooms with traditional architecture and décor. There are intricate details on the walls and ceilings as well. Similarly, there are multiple other properties by Marriott and Hilton that offer traditionally rich wedding spaces, perfect for grand Indian weddings.
For a full rundown of the best wedding venues in Chicago, check out our blog here.
Go for vintage Indian style décor for Palace vibes
When choosing décor for your wedding venue, steer clear of any contemporary trends and stick to the most vintage Indian traditional designs. Think paisleys and mythologically inspired motifs, Indian baroque patterns, traditional flowers, mural-inspired designs, Hindu gods and goddess figurines, Mughal motifs, metallics, and the like. A grand regal ballroom decorated with traditional Indian elements will make for quite a sight.
Hire an authentic Indian wedding photographer in Chicago
A crucial step in your journey to channel the quintessential Parineeti-Raghav elegance through your wedding is to hire an authentic Indian wedding photographer in Chicago. This is simply because nobody else understands an Indian wedding like a true Indian photographer. As we all know there are multiple religious rituals and events in a big Indian wedding, all of which hold significance in many ways including historic value and emotional value. It takes a professional with Indian roots to accurately identify the most important moments and tangible elements at an Indian wedding, and capture them in a way that retains the originality and pricelessness of the same.
At Shan Photography, that is exactly what we specialize in; capturing wedding moments that hit home for a true Indian family. We have a fully equipped and professionally qualified team of Indian photographers who are ready to photograph the best moments from the most special day of your life. Be sure to convey your celebrity-inspired vision to our team when you partner with us.
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Choose a lot of pastel and light-colored flowers like lotuses
Parineeti Chopra and Raghav Chadha had a striking pastel-and-white color palette throughout their wedding. This included the décor and the flowers. To bring the same elegance, go for white and pink lotuses, jasmine blossoms, white roses, baby pink roses, lilies, and the like. The only other noticeable color at their venue was green. Hence, feel free to include lots of elegant green leaves and plants as well. Imagine the popping color combo in your wedding pictures!
Design your very own Manish Malhotra wedding lehenga with intricate detailing
Now let’s talk about your wedding outfit. If you have the bandwidth to travel and visit a Manish Malhotra store, then by all means, get your outfit designed by the master himself. Parineeti Chopra had the most beautiful ivory-colored lehenga, customized with her husband’s name in Hindi on her veil. If you do not have access to a Manish Malhotra store, you can create your own custom outfit in similar colors, with similar threadwork, and beadwork. You can even have your groom’s name embroidered on your veil in your native language. A true Indian wedding photographer in Chicago will capture all the little details on your outfit and your groom’s outfit perfectly.
Include most of the grand rituals of a Hindu wedding
The most beautiful photos of the celebrity couple are from their ceremonies on the mandap, including the pheras. If you wish to have the same kind of endearing pictures that signify the Indianness in your culture, be sure to include most of the grand rituals in your wedding too. Everything from the haldi and mehendi ceremonies to the baraat, the varamala ceremony, and the vidaai will lead to priceless moments. When clicked from the right angles with the right equipment and lighting, your pictures will surely look as dreamy as Parineeti and Raghav’s.
Include podiums and walkways to make grand entrances and “milan” ceremonies
The “milan” ceremony is an amazing moment in an Indian wedding that needs to be captured from many angles. You will certainly achieve the dreamy celebrity wedding pictures you envisioned with an exceptional white walkway and podium. You can also use white drapes around your mandap to get a similar backdrop. You and your partner can make grand entrances through the walkways for more movie-like pictures.
Against the white and green flower decorations, your “milan” ceremony will be one out of a top lifestyle magazine.
Last but not least, don’t forget to celebrate and have fun! The happiness, laughter, and all other heartfelt emotions of you and your family need to come through in your wedding pictures. Forget everything else and embrace the priceless moments of your wedding to get the most magical wedding pictures.
In the midst of making your dream wedding album a reality, remember that it is your big day, and it will be perfect only if you and your partner are your happiest selves. The objective is to have a celebrity-inspired ambiance. Hence, do not feel pressured to make your wedding look exactly like the star couple’s. You will have the most magical wedding pictures regardless because you just found your perfect life partner.
To have a wedding album that looks like the Instagram pages of Parineeti Chopra and Raghav Chadha, hire a true Indian wedding photographer in Chicago.