Well this weekend was my first Hindu wedding and it was awesome and exhausting. I started shooting Thursday evening at the Trisha’s parents home where all the women were getting their henna done on their hands. They all got simple, yet, beautiful designs painted on one hand. However, the bride had a very intricate design on her hand (both front and back) and her feet. If I heard her correctly it took about three and half hours to do hers.
I didn’t get to know Trisha and Raymond as much as I do most of my clients but after 3 days I knew them quite well. The couple did break with tradition and had a first look outside of LeMerigot. It was such a moving event even for me cause you could tell how in love those two were with each other. I could see the excitement in Raymond’s eyes as he heard her footsteps getting closer and I could see her holding back her tears as she got closer. As he turned to see her she was fighting back the urge to cry. So much so it almost made me cry, it was such a touching moment.
The thing I loved most about this wedding was how everyone just celebrated the day. In a Hindu wedding the groom gets the big entrance call the Baraat. His friends and family all gather together to enter with him and what an entrance. They all come in dancing and celebrating the event. The groom and his entourage are met by the brides mother where she welcomes him and is asked to break an earthen pot, representing his ability to overcome all obstacles the couple will face in life. Honestly, that is just one of so many wonderful things that take place throughout the ceremony.
There’s so much that I could tell you about this wedding but where to start… the celebration of everything, the detail, the beauty of the culture. It was all just stunning. As I think you will see in the images below.
Just a little basic details for you all. The ceremony was at the Aztar Event Plaza. Which the the area just outside of the Hoosier Lounge east of the complex. All this time and it’s the first time I had event been there. It was a great area for a wedding. The reception was at the Aztar Walnut room.
Please enjoy the images below. The collage is a little bigger than normal but there was so much to show you over the 3 days.