Matt and Lisa - The First Kiss

Matt and Lisa - The First Kiss

During our time together, Matt and Lisa could not stop making out.  It wasn't always the case as laws of dating etiquette require a specific timing for the first kiss.  For these two we explored this aspect of their courtship in an interview by a waterfall.  This was a Single Camera Operator, Complete Storytelling package with a highlight and short film edit.  ~ $3000

The Fighting Kites of Nadiad

The Fighting Kites of Nadiad

As the constellation Capricorn crosses paths with the sun a cool westerly wind graces the north Indian landscape. This marks the exact time for the festival of Makar Sankranti. In Gujarat, this day is reveled with thousands of "fighter kites" filling the sky and dropping like leaves into crowds below. This particular holiday fuels an industry of local kite factories. I was blessed with some friendly guidance while filming the economy and culture of an Indian festival.

 

Hetavi and Anish - the reception

Hetavi and Anish - the reception

As the sun faded into the city horizon, guests enjoyed some excellent cuisine high up in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.  Hetavi and Anish added their own personal touches to the decor with childhood photos and a gallery display of R7 Studio's photography. The party was a regal affair. The groomsmen gave a comical rendition of the relationship between Hetavi and Anish. The bridesmaids performed a vibrant dance number.  A rooftop portrait session was a brief moment of tranquility within an energetic night of dancing. Once again, Hetavi and Anish.

Hetavi and Anish - the ceremony

Hetavi and Anish - the ceremony

In a high rise hotel suite Hetavi prepared, swathed in a modern sari and bedecked with a glimmering array. Below her one of America's oldest city streets would soon become passage fit for royalty. JT Entertainment led the processional baraat.  It was a choreography of fireworks, flying cameras, police officers, and 500 dancing baraatis. Following the crowd, atop a proud steed sat the dashing Anish.  R7 Studio presents Hetavi and Anish.

Hetavi and Anish - garba night

Hetavi and Anish - garba night

This is a brief introduction to the couple, Hetavi and Anish. In true Gujarati style they have held a pre-wedding ceremony with Garba and Raas. The flowing movements offered a fantastic setting for steadicam work.  Here is a night of communal dancing with the enchanting Hetavi and Anish.

Bhavesh and Mital - the reception

Bhavesh and Mital - the reception

After a week of events and coordinating nearly a thousand attendees and staff, the energy level reached a crescendo. This is the big dance number and it seemed as if every member of the family took an active role. The mild-mannered couple exploded onto the dance floor and set the stage for an elaborate musical theatre. The dance performances told their romantic saga. Ladies and gentlemen, Bhavesh and Mital Patel.

Bhavesh and Mital - the ceremony

Bhavesh and Mital - the ceremony

It was another fine day at the Royal Albert's Palace. The baraatis could hardly keep there colorful pagdis on their heads as JP Entertainment brought the family to a frenzy. Bhavesh kept a cool grin throughout the wild procession. Mital adorned herself with the quiet elegance of a 1950's screen actress. It is my privilege to introduce the unassuming twosome, Bhavesh and Mital.

 

Bhavesh and Mital - garba and vidhi

Bhavesh and Mital - garba and vidhi

A Hindu wedding celebration can be a rush of sensations.  There are inexhaustible supplies of food. Fragrances fill the air. Familiar people occupy every room.  Throughout the first few days of the wedding ceremony, a harmony of Sanskrit, singing, and laughter are a resounding anthem. It could be a lot to take in at once, but Bhavesh and Mital were the calm centers of their own festive whirlwinds.   I don't think a minute went by without either of them laughing about something.

Manan and Anne - the reception

Manan and Anne - the reception

Manan and Anne's wedding reception commenced with a swaggering entourage of bridesmaids and groomsman. The newlyweds entered with a triumphant strut. The entire event carried on with this kind of Bohemian flair. The speeches were telling and the dance performances were full of gusto. Once again, the stylish and easygoing, Manan and Anne.

Manan and Anne - the ceremony

Manan and Anne - the ceremony

Manan and Anne married on a bright mid-summer afternoon at University Of Maryland College Park.  The event was a thoughtful mixture of American and Indian traditions.  Manan and Anne gave personal vows and demonstrated what made their love so special.  Anne's teary, stifled speech and Manan's cracked voice gave tribute to what their friends and family have known for years.  This was a genuine union of two kindred spirits.

Mimisha and Jay - the reception

Mimisha and Jay - the reception

R7 Studio takes a few laps around the dance floor as Mimisha and Jay enjoyed a wide selection of entertainment.  1 Atlantic hosted a crowd charmed by bellydance, breakdance, singing, teary speeches, and an occasional fart joke for good measure.

DJ Insomia kept the crowd up and restless. Tara Sharma Photography took it all in with impeccable style.   Once again the dashing, dynamic, and dimpled duo... Mimisha and Jay.


Mimisha and Jay - the ceremony

Mimisha and Jay - the ceremony

The Atlantic City boardwalk has enough spectacles to keep your attention shifting in perpetual motion.  On this day, for about an hour, all eyes would give homage to our groom, Jay.  As is custom, Jay would not spare a single dance move as his baraat moved forward to the dhol beats of Premier Entertainment.  Our bride, Mimisha, entered with a much more subdued elegance and a beaming smile.   Once again R7 Studios presents Mimisha and Jay.

Mimisha and Jay - the preview

Mimisha and Jay - the preview

Mimisha and Jay designed their wedding with originality in mind.  The Sangeet night was a vivacious mix of culture.  There was teeny-bopping pop dance, torso-trembling bellydance, and the sweet sounds of classical Bollywood singers.   The wedding and reception were held at 1 Atlantic, Atlantic City, NJ.  It was an incredible event and an honor to be a part of.  Here is a brief introduction as R7 Studio presents the regal Mimisha and Jay.

Foram and Krunal

Foram and Krunal

This is another R7 Studio joint.  Foram and Krunal were married in the spring of this year.  This is a brief recollection of their quaint preparations and the grand marriage ceremony.  Foram's relatives and friends joined in the traditional ornamentation of the Mehndi night.  Krunal's family gave him the ritual spa treatment of chick peas and turmeric paste during his Pithi ceremony.  Everything went smoothly as several hundred close friends and family joined to celebrate the union of the spectacular Foram and Krunal.

Tina and Joe - The Reception

Tina and Joe - The Reception

Tina and Joe's wedding reception was heartfelt and hearty.   There was a bit of everything at this event.   It was a dollar dancing, garter flinging, tear wiping kind of a party.  Our honored couple had barely enough time to see and thank everyone.  It was a perfect mix of class and rowdiness.  The ceremonial beer shotguning was a fitting end.  I wish i could've attended the after-party.  Once again the dynamic, Tina and Joe.

Tina and Joe - The Ceremony

Tina and Joe - The Ceremony

Love was in the air amongst thousands of buzzing cicadas.  This clip begins with a scene from the rehearsal as Uncle Kim hesitates in giving away his cherished niece.  Tina and Joe were in their usual form, working together on constructive projects.  Their friends and family assisted and provided the neccesary humorous commentary.  The whole family was a joy to work with and I was surprised at how quickly they excepted my prying camera work.  Congratulations, Tina and Joe Maurer!

Tina and Joe- The Preview

Tina and Joe- The Preview

It was a fine summer day in central Virginia.  This event was a collective effort from friends and family.  A special bit of hospitality was provided by the Curtis family whose ranch house and backyard was transformed into this beautiful setting.  Despite a nearly biblical infestation of 17 year cicadas, the mood was very relaxed.  Here are a few clips from the event. 

The highlights from the event will be posted within the next few days. 

Tina and Joe- Frames from the Film

Every 17 years a horde of gigantic buzzing insects emerges from the ground.  The 17 year cicada or Magicicada septendecim is not the most attractive insect and they certainly don't have a harmonious mating call.  Their presence on Tina and Joe's wedding day is both heard and felt by everyone attending.  Despite brief moments of flinching and shudders the cicadas remind us of one thing in particular.  This day is special and represents a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.  

I will be posting a brief preview of their event tomorrow.