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Indian weddings are known to be some of the most eccentric events in the world. As a city with close to 19 million residents Mumbai is a huge hub for traditional weddings with high chances to end up at one by accident. The business behind the love business is booming in India, but what is happening behind the scenes?

It’s my last day in Mumbai before taking the journey to Pune in the afternoon. The cab driver is taking me towards Worli Fort, where I am supposed to document the Christian Fishing Village. As we drive down Chowpatty Seaface something catches my eye - one wedding banquet hall after another appears on the right side. In a haste I make my driver stop and leave me there.

It was a busy day at those banquet halls - a lot of young men ran around, carrying heavy loads while the sun was burning down on them at a torching 40 degrees celsius. Most of these young men came from Bangladesh. I started taking their portraits and catching as much of their stories as I can, but this is not supposed to be a piece on working conditions, on oppression, on dark destinies or a political statement. This is a visual essay on thhe quirky aesthehtics of Indian weddings and the beautiful humans behind the scene who make it all happen.

Words & Photography by Stefan Dotter