Akshay was born and brought up in Jaipur, and currently works as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs. Ketki hails from Pune and handles her family’s restaurants business. They were both in the same Pune college for four years but their paths never crossed. However, Akshay’s friend Harsh knew Ketki from college days and he felt she was the perfect match for Akshay.
When Akshay, the handsome Punjabi, met Ketki, the stunning Maharastrian, he instantly fell for her. But she was heading off to London in three months for her postgraduate degree and was not ready for a long-distance relationship. “I realized how much I was in love with her when I got her name tattooed on my wrist. All this was even before she said ‘yes’. I was running out of time as didn’t want the love of my life to go away knowing nothing might ever happen,” shares Akshay, adding, “I think it was two or three weeks before her trip to London, that she finally said ‘Yes’. And five-and-a-half years down the line, we are getting married! I am so happy that I persuaded her in those three months. I can’t imagine my life without her,” gushes Akshay.
The couple went through many pre-wedding shoots in India and abroad for inspiration to see what suits them best. They realized that they wanted something complex yet sophisticated, classy yet flamboyant.
The couple has always been very appreciative of vintage architecture, something that they always cherish when they travel to Europe or London. The vintage gowns, suits, and the retro British feel have always excited them but the only obstacle was to find such places in Mumbai for their own pre-wedding shoot.
Their pre-wedding photographer Deepanshi of Happyframes gave her suggestions regarding suitable locations and props. Ketki met her in person, and the couple discussed their ideas over numerous late night conference calls They kept sending Deepanshi the photos of their clothes, and Deepanshi would reach each location and send the location photos to the Akshay and Ketki.
The shoot began at 6:30 am in order to get shots of the relatively empty Victoria Terminus. They also shot next to The Times of India office, The Good Wife Restaurant in BKC, Deepanshi’s House, The Taj Mahal Palace, Gateway of India and Regal Cinema.
Deepanshi used numerous props such as newspapers, a kettle and trumpet, stools, a gramophone, vintage camera, an umbrella, vintage wall clocks, a huge mirror as well as and a very special gift from Akshay to Ketki – a handmade photo album, which he gifted to her on their first anniversary together. They wanted to make it a part of their pre-wedding experience.
The most challenging part of the shoot was to bring the vintage theme to life, be it in terms of accessories, places, expressions and body language, which thankfully came easily and naturally to the couple.
Though it was an early morning shoot, the couple enjoyed it to the fullest. Deepanshi created perfect backdrops for the vintage shoot and the couple complemented her backdrops with their apt vintage ensembles.
These photos – and the memories involved in making them – are something that the couple will cherish for life. As far as the looks are concerned, Ketki got the floral dress specifically made for the garden shoot. She is a wine connoisseur and the shoot at The Good Wife was a glamorous one. An avid makeup lover, Ketki got the perfect opportunity at the shoot to express herself.
The couple who are going to wed in Jaipur have handpicked their menu items and are going to follow the vintage theme there also.
The wedding will take place at Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, the mehndi at Hari Mahal Palace, the ring Ceremony at Le Meridien Jaipur, and sangeet & cocktails at Clarks Amer, and every function will have a different theme.
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