Meena + Atul // Same Day Edit // Princeton, NJ

My summers are spent traveling to the New Jersey area covering quite a few South Asian weddings for the Indian community that resides there. The amount of planning this takes is sometimes overwhelming giving me a rush of adrenaline that is scary and exiting at the same time. I love the fact that I’m in a new place discovering new possibilities to make a film unique. At the same time is scary because the amount of uncertainty, more so when there’s a Same Day Edit involve.

The Wedding Same Day Edit

It’s a video that’s consists of scenes form the day of the wedding. Indian wedding usually have a break between ceremony and reception and that’s the time I use to quickly put together a three minute film that will be shown at the reception. The trick is to make the video quickly enough to meet the deadline, but also needs to engage my audience. I want to hear cheers during the crucial moments in the video!

Meena & Atul

Like many other couples they had to postponed their wedding from May 2020 to Oct 2021 due to the pandemic. Other than that their wedding was a success, beautiful and special. We started with the Sangeet on a Thursday at the Imperia Banquets, then move on to a creative session on Friday at a beautiful park and finished the main day at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton, NJ. It was a great idea from them to scheduled the Sangeet on Thursday giving them a much needed day off on Friday because Saturday was going to be a busy day. The wedding was very well coordinated and all went well without problems. The ceremony was particularly fun with a few games for example: Talambralu (this is when the bride and groom pour rice on each other’s head) making it entertaining for the audience and great opportunity to acquire great shoots. Reception was equally entertaining with a surprise performance from Atul and friends.