Bride and groom romantic portrait aboard NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

 

We recently had the honor of sailing with Nikki and Theo for their wedding aboard the Cloud 9 IV yacht, plying the waters around New York City.

Nikki and Theo’s marriage took place on Memorial Day weekend and what a great occassion to celebrate this couple whose American love story captures what’s so great about this country of ours.

Nikki’s family is from India, and Theo’s family is from Bulgaria.  For their big day, they combined the wedding traditions from their ancestral lands.

The day started with the Cloud 9’s departure from its Manhattan dock on 23rd Street and the FDR Drive.  As we headed to Jersey City to pickup Nikki and Theo’s guests, Nikki posed inher wedding  sari and showed off her mehendi.

Henna tattoo Indian wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Groom portrait NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Groom portrait by Statue of Liberty NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Passing Ellis Island during NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage Wedding Photographers.

Passing the Statue of Liberty during NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

 

While the wedding guests came aboard the Cloud 9, Nikki swapped out her sari for wedding dress number 2 with the help of her mom and mother-in-law.

 

Bride getting ready for NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Bride getting ready detail aboard Cloud Nine Yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Bride getting ready detail aboard Cloud 9 Yacht wedding in NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Bride's mother admires bride during getting ready aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

 

After completing our getting ready coverage, we fanned out across the decks to photograph details.

 

Champagne poured for guest arrival aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding cruise NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Decor detail aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding cruise NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Decor detail aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding cruise NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Ceremony decor detail aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding cruise NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Indian wedding ceremony decor aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding cruise NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Indian wedding ceremony decor aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding cruise NYC by Duetimage Photography.

 

The ceremony began with entrance of the ring bearer and the flower girl, followed by Nikki’s cousin who served as officiant.

 

Wedding ceremony processional of ring bearer aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Close up of flower girl bouquet at NYC wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Wedding ceremony processional of flower girl aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Indian wedding ceremony officiant aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by DUetimage Photography.

 

Indian wedding ceremony bride arrival aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

There were a number of ethnic wedding traditions from both the bride and groom’s sides, starting with the Indian ritual of the bride and groom exchanging flower garlands.

 

Indian flower garland exchange aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by DUetimage Photography.

Indian flower garland exchange aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by DUetimage Photography.

Indian flower garland exchange aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by DUetimage Photography.

Indian flower garland exchange aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by DUetimage Photography.

Indian flower garland exchange aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by DUetimage Photography.

 

This was followed by a ring exchange,  then bride and groom crowning themselves with flowers in the Bulgarian tradition.

 

Wedding ring detail shot during NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Wedding ring exchange aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Wedding ring exchange aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Bulgarian crowning of bride and groom wedding ceremony aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Bulgarian crowning of bride and groom wedding ceremony aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Bulgarian crowning of bride and groom wedding ceremony aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

 

Another Bulgaria tradition was the bride and groom taking their first drink together as husband and wife.

 

Bride and groom having ceremonial first drink during Indian wedding aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Bride and groom having ceremonial first drink during Indian wedding aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

 

After this came another Hindu tradition, saatphere.  The bride and groom are tied together with scarves and then walk seven times around a ceremonial fire to symbolize their marriage throughout seven lifetimes.

 

Hindu saatphere bride and groom walking seven times around a ceremonial fire aboard Cloud 9 NYC yachet weddingby Duetimage Photography.

Hindu saatphere bride and groom walking seven times around a ceremonial fire aboard Cloud 9 NYC yachet wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Hindu saatphere bride and groom walking seven times around a ceremonial fire aboard Cloud 9 NYC yachet weddingby Duetimage Photography.

Hindu saatphere bride and groom walking seven times around a ceremonial fire aboard Cloud 9 NYC yachet weddingby Duetimage Photography.

Wedding ceremony abaordCloud 9 NYC yachet wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Hindu saatphere bride and groom walking seven times around a ceremonial fire aboard Cloud 9 NYC yachet wedding by Duetimage Photography.

 

After the ceremony, it was time for couple creatives inside the yacht’s ballroom and on the ship’s upper deck with the beautiful backdrop of the New York City skyline.

 

bride portrait aboard Cloud Nine yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Fine art bride and groom portrait during NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage NYC Wedding Photographers.

Couple creative photo aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding NYC by Duetimage Photography.

Fine art bride and groom portrait during NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage NYC Wedding Photographers.

 

As night fell on New York harbor , the reception got underway with good humor and Bollywood dancing — an all around beautiful wedding created by two cultures coming together in the great melting pot that is the USA.

 

Scenery during Cloud 9 yacht wedding reception New York City by Duetimage Photography.

Detail shot during Cloud 9 yacht wedding reception New York City by Duetimage Photography.

bride and groom first dance aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding reception New York City by Duetimage Photography.

bride and groom first dance aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding reception New York City by Duetimage Photography.

Dance aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding reception New York City by Duetimage Photography.

Conga line dancing aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding reception New York City by Duetimage Photography.

Dancing aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding reception New York City by Duetimage Photography.

Gorgeous nighttime bride portrait during NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage NYC Wedding Photographers.

Gorgeous nighttime bride and groom magic hour portrait during NYC yacht wedding by Duetimage NYC Wedding Photographers.

Nighttime scenery capture during Cloud 9 yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Group nighttime photo by Statue of Liberty aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Bride and groom nighttime portrait by Statue of Liberty aboard Cloud 9 yacht wedding by Duetimage Photography.

Cloud 9 yacht wedding around New York City and Jersey City by Duetimage Photography.

 

Congratulations Nikki & Theo!  We wish you many years of happiness as you set out on your journey together as husband and wife.

 

CREDITS:

PHOTOGRAPHY     Duetimage Photography

VENUE     Cloud 9 Yacht Charter

PLANNER     Smooth Sailing Celebrations

CATERING   Galata Mediterranean Cuisine

VIDEOGRAPHY     Something Blue Films

DJ     Cameryn Entertainment

 

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