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 their guests came on board, 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.

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.

 

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

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

 

The mul­ti-cul­tur­al cer­e­mo­ny began with the Indi­an tra­di­tion 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, and then the 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 being tied togeth­er with scarves and walk­ing 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 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.

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

 

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.

 

CREDITS:

PHOTOGRAPHY     Due­tim­age Pho­tog­ra­phy

VENUE     Cloud 9 Yacht Char­ter

PLANNER     Smooth Sail­ing Cel­e­bra­tions

CATERING   Gala­ta Mediter­ranean Cui­sine

VIDEOGRAPHY     Some­thing Blue Films

DJ     Cameryn Enter­tain­ment