Bikaner | Vrinda + Vivek

Destination wedding photography at Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner, Rajasthan

We were destined to be a part of Vrinda and Vivek’s wedding before we even got into photography.

The wedding was a big reunion of sorts for us: College friends, school friends, cricket friends, parents of friends; who did we NOT meet :D

While the connection with Vivek goes all the way back to 2003, we instantly hit it off with Vrinda as well. Needless to say, we have some super-fun memories from the #badan wedding (yes, that is the hashtag haha)!

Right from the train journey to Bikaner (with Abhimanyu winning several rounds of teen patti!), to Vivek’s dad singing in gibberish at the engagement party, we knew this would be one to remember! We absolutely loved the surprise t-shirts that Vrinda’s cousin, Gunjan, got with her all the way from Australia for the bridal party. Never underestimate the love of cousins, no matter how far they stay from you!

The biggest surprise of them all was, of course, Vivek’s dhamakedaar entry on a tractor for the mehendi. Yes! A tractor! Driven by one of Prasheila’s closest friends from college lol Who would have thought! Let’s just say that this really set the tone of the entire wedding. Fun, unexpected, crazy, colourful! There is no better way of describing the 2 days spent in Bikaner!

How can we not mention the mystery of the two Viveks ;) Like Vivek Uncle says, “They say daughters look for a groom whose personality is like their father’s. My daughter went a step ahead and found a groom who has the same name as me.” :D

Laxmi Niwas Palace proved to be the perfect backdrop (literally!) for the royal wedding; it’s open, inviting grounds draped perfectly in red and gold. Even the wintry cold backed away to give the love birds their moment under the fireworks.

A BIG hug and special mention to everyone that put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to make sure everything went off without a flaw: Naman, Gunjan, Kanishk, Soumya, Kashish, Sarthak, Kanika, Jayant, Juhi, Mouli, and everyone else!

Words of love from Vrinda & Vivek:

The GBP team was with us throughout our 2 week-long celebrations (from the engagement in Delhi to the weekend in Bikaner). They even agreed to travel with us in the train, capturing all the wonderful memories and getting to know our families better.
While reviewing the website of about 12 photographers, theirs was the only one that brought tears to my eyes. As the bride, I could literally visualise my own wedding, the moments, the emotions through their work. So I was sold on them from day one! The first meeting with Abhimanyu was interesting and comforting (and loooooong :-P), as we nearly spent all the time getting to know each other – almost as if it was a given that GBP was going to cover our wedding!
The subsequent discussions we had reinforced our belief in their capabilities, and brought a lot of clarity to what we could expect – the deliverables, their style of coverage, and of course all the creative ideas that they were brimming with!
We had been a tad nervous about the videography, as we weren’t keen on a typical wedding video (read: bunch of stills being heaped on top of bride & groom interviews). GBP’s video team did a fantastic job of weaving together snippets from the weekend – our parents expressing their emotions, the banter amongst our friends, the colourful mess at the haldi ceremony, a spontaneous dance that our families did at our varmaala, and so many more!
We absolutely loved the final product they gave us…they did a fabulous job of capturing us, our huge families, a ton of special moments – some which only photographers with a very keen eye could’ve spotted.
What sets them apart from others though is that in everything they did, there was always a personal touch. I clearly remember the moment when I was walking up to the stage for our Varmaala, I was tense and my heart was literally pounding. In all the wedding frenzy, no one (not even my cousins) realised how I was feeling. Somehow the team saw it on my face, made everyone stop, got me a drink (just a milkshake :-P), and bought me some time to compose myself so I could continue! You really need someone like that around on your big day.
If you’re getting married in a few months from now, and figuring out who to give charge of your memories to, we highly recommend Going Bananas! They are amazing at what they do, very organised, and never miss a deadline. They are super professional and yet became part of our families

Venues: Laxmi Niwas Palace and Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner

Vrinda & Vivek’s destination wedding at Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner:

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