I didn’t know what to expect when I left, as in an adventure, to work as a photographer in this spectacular Indian wedding in Vietnam. Perhaps, none of those who participated at the wedding of Kaabia Grewal – famous jewelry designer and co-founder of the luxury jewelry brand, The Outhouse – with the entrepreneur Rushang Shah, really knew what to expect. What we experienced has gone beyond all expectation for sure.
It was March and I was in Las Vegas: the WPPI was coming to an end, but with excellent results for us, as I have already told in this post. I knew that the next destination would be Vietnam, and specifically Phú Quốc, an island in the Gulf of Thailand known for its white sand beaches and tropical jungle. Many natural elements joined together, the charm of a distant land rich in history, two incredible spouses: all the ingredients made think of something amazing.
Believing, as I always do, in serendipity, I didn't think much of it and left: I met the rest of my team in Bali and, from there, we took the last plane without imagining what we would see in the following days. What would Kabanng really be (the wedding hashtag - a mash up of Kaabia and Rushang's names - that was displayed all over the celebrations).
I have always been very lucky with the married couples I met over the years and this time it was no different. I had met Kaabia & Rushang a few months earlier in India, during the luxurious marriage of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal: we talked about the project and we immediately agreed. It was an immediate feeling.
Despite the fact that the spouses are both Indians, the one of Kaabia and Rushang was not a typical Indian wedding: it was rather a wedding festival, a three days adventure where the guests are blown away, a bath of extravagance held together by a thin thread of madness . We have traveled to distant worlds, through different eras and customs, between the tribal Jungle and the 1920s Great Gatsby elegance, up to the pink ceremony on the beach, imbibing traditional Hindu rituals and customs.
Three spectacular days that have been made possible thanks to the personalities of Kaabia and Rushang, eclectic, creative and with a strong propensity for fun. And that was told by Vogue. Now all that remains is to watch how it went ...
ps: while I was in Las Vegas I thought that maybe I'll take a break for my 40 years, the time has come. But this is another story ...