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Indian groom getting ready for his Hindu wedding ceremony in Bartlett Illinois

Rakhi + George // Bengali Wedding


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Indian groom getting ready for his Hindu wedding ceremony in Bartlett Illinois
Indian bride puts on her dupatta for their Hindu wedding in Bartlett Illinois
Here’s a trailer of their wedding reception, which was held on a separate day at Sunda New Asian Chicago:

The phone rang and I picked it up. It was Rakhi on the other line. She found our company by doing a search on Yelp. She told me about how she loved our style of cinematography and wanted us to film their wedding, which was going to take place in a few weeks. Luckily, we were available! A small group of their closest family and friends gathered in the home for a beautiful ceremony.

I believe this was our first Bengali Hindu wedding. During this wedding video trailer, you’ll see the blowing of the conch shell and the women making the “Ooli” sound, which are both symbolically meant to ensure everyone’s attention is drawn to the main ceremony.

A few weeks later, we showed this trailer at their reception. I was so fortunate to capture such an amazing event. Thank you for asking me to be a part of your wedding. It was a true honor.

Photography: Michael Rastall Photography
Ceremony Design: Ustav Creations
Reception: Sunda New Asian Chicago

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Parul + Mirab : A Bollywood Wedding


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Three amazing days rolled into one epic trailer. Parul and Mirab’s wedding weekend was breathtaking. The rich cultures and traditions of a Hindu marriage ceremony were evident throughout all three days.

The first day was their Sangeet, which was held at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Usually held two or three days before the wedding, the Sangeet is considered a joyous occasion where friends and family of the couple perform dances to celebrate the upcoming wedding. During the Sangeet, a Mehendi party with henna artists also took place. The intricate henna motifs are meant to tempt the bride’s husband.

On the day before the wedding, Parul and Mirab had a Pithi. During this cleansing ceremony, family members rub a yellow paste all over the bride and groom’s face, arms, and legs. It is believed that the paste softens and whitens the skin so that they will be radiant for the wedding. The paste is made out of chickpea flour, turmeric, rose water, and other ingredients. The bride and groom traditionally hold separate ceremonies. Parul’s Pithi ceremony was held in Orland Park, Illinois, while Mirab’s Pithi ceremony took place at the Bartlett Community Center in Bartlett, Illinois.

The final day is where the entire wedding ceremony takes place. The day starts off with the groom’s procession, or Barat. During the Barat, Mirab was surrounded by fireworks and processed with the baraati on a horse and carriage to the wedding ceremony, which was held at The Meadows Club. What follows next is a beautiful cultural marriage ceremony followed by a reception. We used three cameras, including a Steadicam, and a fourth camera served as a live feed to several screens throughout the banquet hall.

We couldn’t help but mention the amazing peacock-themed décor and design work by Yanni Design Studio. All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and attention to detail by their amazing wedding coordinators, Nirali and Chirag of Symplify Event Designs. Parul and Mirab, we hope you enjoy this trailer as a wonderful memory of your wedding weekend!

Key Vendors:
Wedding Planning & Coordination: Symplify Event Designs
Venue: The Meadows Club
Room Design: Yanni Design Studio
Sangeet DJ: DJ Monu with Monu Creative Sounds
Reception DJ: DJ Raja
Henna Artists: Unnati’z Mehndi-Art and Pushpalata Shah 224-715-6549
Barat Horse & Fireworks: Maharaja Farm
Rolls Royce: Flying Lady Livery

We also were able to produce a Love Story for the couple. This concept film was scripted and conceptualized by Parul and Mirab. They came to us with the idea of creating a short film with no dialogue about how they first met. We’re told the story is based on true reality. This short film played at their reception before a crowd of over 500 people. It was a huge hit!

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