A heady combination of history and romance, this couple’s pre-wedding photoshoot was against the majestic backdrop of Hampi.
Ayushi Jain first crossed paths with businessman Akshay Bhandari way back in grade 10 as they were enrolled in the same coaching classes. After a couple of healthy flirtatious encounters, numbers were exchanged leading to endless midnight conversations that transitioned into a wholesome journey of love. The lovestruck duo was keen on a pre-wedding photoshoot just before tying the knot and they settled on the stunning locale of Hampi. Photographed by WeddingSutra Favorite – Knotty Affair by Namit & Vipul who captured every affectionate moment between the childhood sweethearts, this pre-wedding photoshoot reflected romance and playfulness.
Giving us an overview on the planning process of the shoot, Ayushi recollects, “We knew that this was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So we brainstormed a lot before going into execution mode. To facilitate the planning, both of us drew up a comprehensive checklist that we referred to. Since we didn’t want to limit ourselves to a particular theme, we made sure that our outfits were extremely well coordinated. This would ensure that the pictures would turn out whimsical and be aesthetically pleasing against the stunning backdrop.”
A land where the marvels of history still survive while being surrounded by contemporary architecture and lush nature, Hampi’s beauty is world renowned. Keeping this in mind, it was the perfect venue for the couple who wanted to add a dash of whimsy to their pictures. Ayushi shares, “When it came to choosing a destination, Hampi was the obvious choice! There is something absolutely magical about Hampi with its perfect blend of architectural splendor and natural beauty.”
However, there was something more waiting in store for Ayushi than a pre-wedding photoshoot. Unknown to her, Akshay had planned a nostalgic surprise proposal to sweep her off her feet! Akshay shares, “The proposal was a culmination of two months of discreet planning, and fortunately it went off better than I imagined! I had put together a memory chest filled with love notes that we’d written to each other over the years, and when Ayushi headed back to her room after the photoshoot, to her pleasant surprise she found a red dress and a note asking her to join me for dinner. As she entered, I blindfolded her and we walked hand-in-hand on an aisle strewn with petals. I slowly removed her blindfold and went down on one knee and she said an excited ‘yes!’ This perfect day ended with a candlelight dinner accompanied by glasses of wine under the starry sky beside the infinity pool.”
Helmed by Knotty Affair by Namit & Vipul, the shoot was a stunning success as it aptly reflected the couple’s love in every shot. Gushing about their experience, they share, “Overall, the experience was amazing! As we went about the shooting, team Knotty Affair by Namit & Vipul was with us at every step of the way as they guided us through a smooth photoshoot. They were friendly and made us extremely comfortable. Choosing them was one of the best decisions we made! Since photography is very important to us, we did a recce of several photographers and their websites before finalizing them. Needless to say, we are super pleased and extremely satisfied with the results. We can’t stop combing through the pictures and reminiscing about the beautiful memories in this shoot. Their photographs are the perfect representation of our love and we would happily work with them again!”
Venue: Evolve Back, Hampi
Photography: Knotty Affair – Namit & Vipul