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Indian Wedding Photography is pretty much depended on how you plan your events out. Indian wedding photographers know that these weddings are elaborate ceremonies and even the pre-wedding functions consist of many rituals. As a specialized indian wedding photographer, since culture is so diverse, we get to see different types of customs according to the region, community or religion we belong to. This makes it not only a fascinating experience, but also a lot of fun as the rituals stretch for days, and all our friends and family members come together to sing and dance. Let us take a look at some major pre-wedding Indian ceremonies:

Engagement Ceremony

We celebrate the engagement ceremony to formally accept the relationship between the bride and groom, to bless them and take part in various rituals to pray for their happiness. It is a form of promising them to each other through the exchange of rings, after which we give the bride and the groom gifts like jewellery, clothes, fruits, sweets etc. Sometimes the date of the wedding is also fixed on this day.

Misri

This is also a type of formal engagement ceremony, where both sides of the family give consent to the relationship. We seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha, who is worshipped before any auspicious occasion and removes any obstacle. A pot is filled with ‘misri’ or crystallised sugar and seven married women paint a holy symbol on the pot which is offered to Lord Ganesha. Once they finish the ‘puja’ or worshipping, the family members and the couple will next ask for God’s blessings. The couple exchanges garlands and gold rings, where the groom places the ring on the fourth finger of the bride’s left hand and the bride places it on the fourth finger of the groom’s right hand.

Sangeet

One of my favorite indian wedding photography is Sangeet. The word ‘sangeet’ means ‘songs’. On this day, the bride or both the bride and the groom take part in a ritual where their friends and family members sing and dance for them. Usually, the women sit together, sometimes with musical instruments, and the men have their own group. We also have competitions among both genders all in the name of fun and enjoyment. Sometimes it take days to prepare an act, where we sing popular wedding songs and praise the couple for their love towards each other. Everyone dresses up in gorgeous clothes and we celebrate the Sangeet two or three days before the wedding.

Mehendi Ceremony

This is held on the bride’s home the night before the wedding, when we apply Henna or Mehendi on the bride’s hands and feet. The mehendi in most communities is sent by the groom’s family. We make beautiful designs like peacocks, flowers, mango leaves and other traditional motifs and also hide the name of the groom among the elaborate designs, which he has to search for on the wedding night. The contrast of the reddish brown henna and her skin makes the bride look even more beautiful. In fact, the darker the color of the mehendi is, the more will she be loved by her husband!

Haldi

This ceremony also takes place a day before the wedding. Haldi means turmeric which is considered to have many beneficial properties. A paste is made with haldi, sandalwood and rose water and we apply it on the hands, feet, face and other exposed areas of the bride and groom’s body. Everyone takes turns to apply the turmeric, which involves teasing the bride, as she happily cringes while her friends put dollops of yellow paste on her! It cools the body and is a great way to have glowing skin on the day of the wedding.

Tilak

In this ceremony, the father of the bride offers gifts like clothes, dry fruits and sweets to the groom and his family. The mother and the bride do not participate in it. A tilak is a mark made on the groom’s forehead with a paste of sandalwood, vermilion or rice grains. We consider this is a very important ceremony, when the bride’s brother and the father officially welcome the groom to the family.

Garba

This pre-wedding function is mainly celebrated by the Gujarati community of India. Here we dance in circles with small decorative sticks or clap our hands to rhythmic music. It is part of Garba Raas, a tradition also know as ‘Dandiya’ which is a great way for the couple and their friends and family members to celebrate the upcoming wedding.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall Engagement Aneri Christopher

For Aneri and Christopher, their engagement photo session was on that brought great joy and anticipation for their upcoming wedding celebration. The couple decided to have their engagement photos taken at the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall located in Downtown Los Angeles. It turned out to be a perfect setting and the photos themselves reflect the love and affection that Aneri and Christopher feel for each other.

Aneri dazzled in simple, yet striking blue dress while Christopher chose a casual look of jacket, polo shirt, and khakis. The photo on the steps of the concert hall shows Christopher applying a gentle kiss to the cheek of Aneri with the stunning backdrop of the entrance to the concert hall behind them. The light was perfect which only highlighted the smile on the face of Aneri as she embraced Christopher in the moment.

The couple made full use of the gorgeous exterior of the concert hall, posing for several pictures in different locations. However, the front steps offered arguably the most striking of all settings which helped make this engagement photo session one to remember. Whether along the railing, gazing into each other’s eyes, or posing near the entranceway, you can see the love and happiness that the couple feel for each other as they spend this time together.

There is a wonderful moment when Christopher had removed his jacket and embraces Aneri who playfully raised one foot behind her. It’s a moment that is seemingly straight out of the movies while still being spontaneous. Their expression of love offers a playfulness that speaks to everyone who remembers this time in their lives.

There are other exceptional photos as well, such as the one of the couple standing before a passing bus while embracing. The photos on the sidewalk near the concert hall offer a more relaxed, natural setting in the city that helps make this engagement photo session so special. The couple returned to the concert hall in the evening hours, basking in the glow of the lights and spending time in front of a picturesque fountain with the city as the backdrop. It was just one of many special moments captured in this remarkable engagement photo session.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

One of the most popular places for engagement photos in the greater Los Angeles area, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a striking architectural landmark. Recognized internationally for its appearance, it is also one of the most sophisticated in terms of acoustics of any concern hall in the world. It’s little wonder that happy couples from all over Los Angeles come to have their engagement photos taken here.

The concert hall was designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry and offers striking curves, stainless steel exteriors, and many different places for happy couples to find the right spot for their photographs. You can feel the creative spirit of Los Angeles both inside and outside this remarkable concert hall along the 3.6-acre complex.

As Aneri and Christopher discovered when having their engagement photos taken on the grounds, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most striking and unforgettable places that provides the perfect backdrop for engagement photos.

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