There is nothing quite like an Indian wedding - so colorful, so meaningful, and so full of life! Houston based wedding photographers Morgan and Amir of Morgan Lynn Photography have photographed many different Indian weddings in their home state of Texas, but to shoot this special celebration of couple Srujana and Shafiq, they flew all the way to Hyderabad, India for what they've called "one of the most exciting and challenging experiences of our lives." What a thrill to see these amazing photos that resulted from their adventure! We're so grateful to Srujana and Shafiq, and to Morgan and Amir, for sharing their images and stories with us today.
The Newlyweds: Srujana and Shafiq
The Wedding: 12.1.11 - Taj Krishna Hotel, Hyderabad, India
The Photographers: Morgan Lynn Photography
Srujana and Shafiq, what three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Cultural, chaotic (It's an Indian wedding - this is a given!), and unforgettable.
As Houston residents, what made you choose to hold your wedding in India, and what did that mean to you and your families?
Srujana: Growing up, my family moved all around the world, but India was the one constant in my life and so it always felt like home. That's where my parents, grandparents, and many generations before me had started their families, and I knew early on that I wanted the same. It's the home of our culture and our traditions, and I wanted to make sure that our marriage started off where our ancestral roots were deeply ingrained. Also, I'm the eldest granddaughter in the family and when I was 20, I promised my grandparents that I would get married in India so they could be an intimate part of the wedding.
Shafiq: My Dad gave me some good advice early on. He told me to do whatever it took to make my wife-to-be happy. From the moment I met her, I knew there was no other place in the world she wanted to get married other than in India. For me personally, I had never been to India, but always wanted to go. Although my family is originally from India, we have been living outside of the country for at least 3 generations, and so we were very excited by the opportunity and adventure of being able to have a celebration in India.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding celebrations?
Srujana: There were so many moments that I remember fondly from that week of wedding events. One that stands out in my memory is when I woke up a couple of days before the wedding, walked into the living room and saw my entire family working on stuffing the favor boxes with candy. My Dad and my uncles were opening the boxes, my brother and cousins were stuffing them, and my Mum, aunts and grandmothers were making sure everyone was well-fed. Everyone, everyday was doing everything to make my dream wedding come true, and I felt incredibly grateful and humbled by their affection.
Shafiq: I remember when I first landed in India with my brother, and Srujana said everyone's really busy with wedding preparation, so no one would be able to come greet us at the airport. I was a little disappointed that no one had time for me, even though I was the groom! We arrived around two hours late but when we walked out, Srujana and a mob of like 30 people from her family ran up to me with these huge flower garlands that they put around my neck. They were taking pictures, giving me hugs, and everyone was fighting to hold my bags. I felt like a celebrity and it definitely put me in a fantastic mood for the entire wedding week!
Tell us about working with Morgan and Amir of Morgan Lynn Photography - what drew you to their work and what did you most enjoy about the wedding photography experience?
Srujana & Shafiq: Morgan and Amir were the best joint decision we've ever made and probably ever will! I think what drew us to their work, was the sentiment they embodied beyond their work. They are exceptionally talented, that's reflected in their work - they find incredibly unique waves of light, angles, moments, etc. But what stood out to us is that they bring a little bit of them, their magic to each shot they take. Maybe just because being in love allows them to know how to capture it. They set the perfect tone for the pictures because with them in front of you (a wonderfully sweet couple!), you're reminded of what this day is all about.
And they are the most dedicated people you'll ever meet. They came off a 24-hour plane trip and came straight to our home to shoot pictures for three-days non-stop in sweltering heat, in a foreign land, surrounded by people that spoke different languages. Our families were so amazed with their perseverance - they would crouch, kneel, bend over backwards to get these fabulous images - all while smiling, as though completely unphased by jet lag or fatigue. I think, without doubt, that we enjoyed a portrait session with Morgan and Amir the day before the wedding the most because it was so unexpected. We created traffic jams in the middle of a city with a population of over 10 million people because crowds would form around us everywhere we went!
The Wedding Team:
Wedding Photographers: Morgan Lynn Photography
Venue & Catering: Taj Krishna Hotel
Wedding Planner: Udaya Banu at Taj Krishna Hotel
Decor & Flowers: Balukrishna
Invitation Designer: Arihant Cards
Hair & Make-Up: Nuzhath Unissa
Groom's Fashion: Muslim ceremony - Ermenegildo Zegna suit, Hermes tie, Ferragamo shoes & accessories | Hindu Ceremony - Mebaz Fashion
Bride's Fashion: Muslim ceremony - Sari designed by Razia Shivji (Groom's mother) | Hindu Ceremony - Mebaz Fashion
Bride's Accessories: Shoes - Jimmy Choo, Jewerly -
Gitanjali & Tanishq
Rings: A & G Diamonds
Thank you Srujana and Shafiq!
To learn about Morgan and Amir's experience shooting this wedding and to see additional images, check out theMorgan Lynn Photography blog!