Multi-Day Destination Wedding – Atlanta
Most couples during Covid downsized their wedding to the bare essentials. Divya & Naveed were my first wedding couple when the lockdown first started to open. 10 people outdoors, social distanced, masked, and live-streamed to the whole family in Atlanta. But now they’re going to do it all over again with everyone as a destination wedding. Hey, if you’re only going to marry twice, you might as well do it right. They had their destination wedding at the Westin Hotel Atlanta Perimeter North. This hotel accommodated all the pre events leading up to and including their South Indian Wedding. However, one of the nice things of having such a small crowd, is it doesn’t stop you from having a big event. Or rather, a long event.
This South Indian Wedding had guests attending from around the world. The weekend was full events and I photographed all of them. The couple running the show was absolutely epic. The groom found me a couple years back during the Covid lockdown. I photographed, filmed, and live-streamed their mini wedding. This time luckily, I’m only photographing.
Divya & Naveed did arrive to the hotel a few days early in attempts to have everything organized before the festivities started. However, even when things started, they were still planning the days to come. How they kept up with the planning, and the celebrations while keeping their sanity… I will never know. I’m sure they had their stressful moments, but no bride/groomzillas appeared that entire week.
Day 1 Haldi
The Haldi ceremony can get a bit chaotic. The Haldi Ceremony consists of friends and family rubbing a turmeric paste on the bride and groom. The purpose is to cleanse the skin and create a glow. Traditionally this ceremony involves “cleaning” the bride and groom in preparation for their wedding day. The bride and groom are not meant to shower after this ceremony. And normally, they would not leave the house or see each other. So during the ceremony, the bride and groom sat back to back. That way the families could still celebrate together. And me as their one photographer, could capture both ceremonies at the same time.
Be sure to check out the rest of this wedding…
Haldi – Day 1
Sangeet – Day 2
Hindu Ceremony – Day 3
Muslim Ceremony / Reception – Day 4