Friday, March 11, 2011

Indian Wedding - Traditional Hindu Ceremony, Haritha & Peter

Wedding Consultant & Planning Team:  Masterpiece Weddings
Transportation: Candies Limo
Photography: Verve Studio
Mehndi & Eidurukola Ceremony Venue: UF Hilton
Wedding Venue: Hippodrome State Theatre
Mandap, Lighting & Reception Decor: Keith Watson Productions
Hair: Graceful Strands
Makeup: Cliff Weir at Your Wedding Makeup
Henna Artists: Naza Design
Catering: Amrit Palace
Cake Artist: Dream Day Cakes
Live Cocktail Music: Gosia & Ali
Reception DJ: Jarad of Gnys Entertainment
Reception Venue: Florida Museum of Natural History on UF Campus
Cinematographers: Platinum Digital Video

(click storyboard to enlarge)

The storyboard above is a few stills taken from the video we shot of Peter & Haritha's wedding.

If you haven't seen Melissa's blog post about Peter and Haritha's wedding, you will want to check it out too. Verve Studios took some amazing photos that you don't want to miss. While you are here though, check out the 50 second Platinum Digital Video wedding teaser and the 14- minute highlight video. They are shot in HD and look like film.

59-second Teaser Film:

We first filmed the morning prayer ceremony...arriving at the UF Hilton at 7am.

 Following the prayer ceremony, we joined Haritha and her family and the bridal party in the Presidential Suite of the UF Hilton Hotel. Here we captured some of the beautiful getting ready scenes. Candies Limosines provided 2 enormous white busses to take wedding guests to the Hippodrome State Theater. The theater was transformed by Keith Watson Productions, into an alter covered with shimmering gold and red fabrics adorned with flowers. Here, Peter and Haritha had the final wedding ceremony of the 4 day wedding. There were lots of smiles around the audience of the theater as the newly married couple each poured large plates of rice and petals over the other's head for good luck.

Following the wedding, everyone headed over to Gainesville's Museum of Natural History. I know the museum well as every summer I take the kids to the "kids room" and we spend lots of time exploring the butterfly garden, the cave and the simulated thunderstorms over the boardwalk.

So when we walked in with the cameras to take some shots of the room, I was stunned at how the museum was now a glittering and glowing reception hall. Even the huge Prehistoric Mammoth skeleton that looks so, "museumy" during the day, was lit up with blue and pink lights. I half expected it to come and join the party...and it was quite a sight to see behind towering red flowers.

During cocktail hour Gosia and Ali provided the musical entertainment. I thought it was a CD until I walked back there to film and was quite surprised to see that it was live music...just flawless. I have seen Gosia playing classical flute with the Gainesville Orchestra and she is also my kid's music teacher. She is a gem of their school and is famous there for her wildly successful Christmas Concerts. I digress...As always, DJ Jarad of G-Nys Entertainment lead the party with a smooth confidence. The mood was joyful and even the vendors were all smiles all evening.

The wedding was smooth and went off without a hitch...cudos to wedding planner, Melissa, of Masterpiece weddings for that. 

I hope you enjoy watching the videos as much as our team enjoyed putting them together...(thanks Jeff and Mark.)

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