India… I fail to find words that describe the experience that is India. India is saturated in colors, smells, sounds, textures and smiling faces. Everything is in abundance. The most abundant of all was the love that we were able to experience between this couple and their families. Supriya and Varun have a love story worthy of a Bollywood movie. They grew up steps away from each other in Kolkata and spent their childhood playing in the same park between their apartment buildings. In all that time, they never met. It wasn’t until years later when they were both half the world away in America that they were finally introduced through mutual friends while on holiday. The rest is history. Both are currently in school on the east coast but decided to head back home for a destination Hindu wedding in Kolkata.
The moment we met Supriya + Varun’s families we instantly felt such a strong and loving connection to them. They welcomed us with open arms and treated us as if we were another member of their extended family. Over the course of the week long celebration of their marriage, we witnessed everything from small, intimate Hindu and Jain ceremonies to a spectacular 1000+ guest Sangeet Sandyha. It was amazing to see both families showing their love and support for the couple by working tirelessly as they arranged one of the biggest most beautiful weddings we have ever seen. They even allowed us to attend the combined bachelor/bachelorette party where all of their friends got together to show their love for the couple. All the events and ceremonies were amazing but this one was probably our favorite. It was this night where I came to the conclusion that nobody parties like these guys do. Even after hanging with old friends and family until 5am, Supriya and Varun were up bright and early to head off to the next event.
We felt so honored and privileged to share in their experience of becoming husband and wife. We spent a lot of time with these two and we think it really showed through in the moments we captured. The scale and beauty of this destination Hindu wedding was amazing, but it paled in comparison to the love between Supriya + Varun. As the festivities ended, Supriya’s family led the couple out to their car in a traditional silence. Hugs were exchanged and tears were shed. It was touching to say the least. It meant an end to their celebration and an end to our experience in India. We left the next day and were very sad to say our goodbyes. Supriya + Varun’s story is beautiful, their family and friends are gracious and kind, and we are so happy to have been a part of their wedding.