Multi-Day Sikh Wedding Masterpiece
Most couples during Covid downsized their wedding to the bare essentials. Amarinder and Harnoor did the polar opposite. Hey, if you’re only going to marry once, you might as well do it right. Yes, the guest count was small. Majority of the events were outdoors and spaced out. Everyone came vaccinated. So they did follow all the restrictions. 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 Sikh Wedding was the longest wedding I’ve done in my career. It was a full 7 days of traditional festivities. And the couple running the show was absolutely epic. They found me a month before the big event. Even when the week 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.
I provided both photo and video coverage of each Sikh Wedding Event. In order to help keep their numbers down, I provided both services without any additional crew. So obviously, the video wasn’t meant to be fancy. It was mostly just as documentary coverage since some of the events weren’t attended by both the bride and groom.
Day 2 Chuni Ceremony
The Chuni Ceremony is similar to the Shagun, but directed to the bride. The ceremony involves the groom’s family visiting the bride’s home. The groom’s family brings gifts comprising food and a complete outfit for the bride. Women who are closely related to the groom, present the bride with a red outfit. They usually bring matching cosmetics and nail varnish that they apply to the bride. Gifts like traditional jewellery, bangles, hair accessories, and mendhi for her hands.
Once the bride is dressed, the groom’s mother places the red chuni on the bride to complete the look. The groom’s parents will then give the couple sagan by feeding them ladoo. This same ritual is repeated by the remaining family.
Be sure to check out the rest of this wedding…
Shagun – Day 1
Chuni Ceremony – Day 2
Mehndi – Day 3
Mayiaanl/Jago – Day 4
Chura – Day 5
Ceremony – Day 6
Reception – Day 7
Oh, and their engagement shoot