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The wedding soiree

Gone are the days when weddings were only about the seven vows. With pre wedding functions becoming as important as the big day, the quintessential modern couple wants it all. From exotic destinations for photoshoots, to dazzling jewellery, quirky decor to a dollop of traditional romance, here's a curated list of all that you need to make your wedding a truly memorable affair.

Lens of Love

TWOGETHER STUDIOS

You might not look at your wedding album every day but if there is one person who can help you preserve those memories, it will be your photographer. Arjun and Praerna Kartha's boutique wedding photography company, Twogether Studios was born at a time when people were struggling with candid stills. "Photography was accidental. We quit our corporate jobs to explore this new genre when traditional studios were largely following a template system," says Praerna, 32. According to Arjun, 35, you must enter this business only if you love people. "You've got to make it about the couple. Photographers often make mistakes in the name of their artistic vision," he adds.

Talking about how they prepare themselves before every shoot, Arjun says, "We have learnt that the more you know the couple's likes and dislikes their chemistry, favourite colours, etc., the better the outcome is. It ensures we get happy and relaxed subjects rather than shy and nervous ones." For the duo, it is imperative to please the couple so that they can look back at the pictures with fond memories. Sharing his dream locations, Arjun says, "I would love to shoot a couple with the Northern Lights in the background, do a photo series next to each of the seven wonders of the world or maybe shoot during cherry blossom season in Tokyo." Favourite Moment: It's always when the bride walks in. There is an audible hush with the eyes of the crowd on her. Details arjunkarthaphotography.com

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