Multi-Day Hindu Wedding Masterpiece
Emelia & Shardul have been planning this multi-day Hindu Wedding for a while. They both have big families so this is going to be a very big, very long event. And they’re not even local to Canada. They are based out of California, but happen to have their families living here. They found me through a referral. I actually photographed Shardul’s cousin’s wedding last year which was also a multi-day event. But I suppose most Southasian weddings are.
The events for this wedding are scattered across 3 days. Two were pretty small scale backyard event with close family and traditional ceremonies . While the final day was a big celebrations with even bigger guest counts. This also happened to be one of the best organized multiday Hindu Weddings I have ever done. Every traditional element was planned out and kept on schedule. And as a result, the couple actually got to enjoy the days with their family.
Day 2 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 in this case, the couple had their haldi ceremony separately at two different locations. That way the key family members could celebrate with both the bride and groom And me as their one photographer, could capture both ceremonies one after the other. This often ends up being my favourite pre-wedding ceremony to photograph. It gets really messy.
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