The first frame of this wedding video shows a panoramic shot of the stunning Castell de Sant Marcal in Barcelona, followed by a close up of the bride Jill's face, poignant as a new bride in all her finery as the groom - a beaming Niraj - gazes at her. Directed by Slaven Blagsic of CinemArt.Tv, a Croatian film production company, the wedding video is titled 'Indian Love Story - Jill Weds Niraj'.
These first few frames set the mood for this epic destination wedding - epic in scale, detail and spirit. The instrumental piano score at the start mingles with Sanskrit shlokas - again reinforcing auspicious traditions that make Indian weddings so special no matter what the destination.
The wedding video does not follow a linear approach by documenting events in succession. Rather, it intersperses scenes from various events and romantic portraits skillfully to form a more dynamic narrative.
Locations play a central part in this wedding video. Historical Spanish buildings add to a touch of lineage and regality to the timeless occasion of a marriage. For example, the wedding venue - Castell de Sant Marcal - an 11th century castle - gets prime coverage through the use of drones. With a Gothic chapel and moat, the building is a perfect backdrop for the brightly clothed Indian guests captured nicely through candid shots.
The sangeet held at the poolside of the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos buzzes with scenes of revelry with both elders and the younger lot dancing together. Viewers are also taken through the city's ancient bylanes and alleys where the couple are captured wandering hand in hand.
A beaming Jill lights up the screen every time she is captured and she complements Niraj's suave looks perfectly in her stunning bridal ensemble and jewellery. The reception held at Cavas Codorniu - which dates back to 1551 - is grand in scale and captures the glamorous crowd gazing at a dancing Jill and Niraj on stage. An impressive arched structure, the halls of Cavas Codorniu depict beautifully laid tables that glint with the glassware, glamour and glowing lights. A memorable wedding, this epic destination wedding video deserves repeat watching.