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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.

 

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The traditional Indian wedding of Sucheta and Rohan brought in family and friends to an event that none of them will ever forget. The incredible setting at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort highlighted the joyful festivities that brought together two families.

Preparations for the wedding began that morning as Sucheta was dressed by her mother and close family and friends. The henna tattoos on Sucheta’s hands were beautifully rendered which only highlighted the incredible traditional Indian dress that she was wearing for this special day. Her smile highlighted the feelings of happiness and anticipation of the big event.

At the same time, Rohan was preparing for his big day with family and friends, dressed in the traditional Indian attire and looking forward to the wedding ceremony. As always, there was the last-minute preparations and voices of encouragement that helped to make the time pass more quickly as the wedding approached.

As traditional with Indian weddings, Rohan was led to the ceremony by a parade of friends and family as they approached the outdoor setting. The scene was wild with dancing, singing, and unbridled joy as the big moment for Rohan was nearing. At the same time, Sucheta was waiting for her groom to arrive in anticipation of the beautiful memories that were about to be created.

The wedding itself was an unforgettable moment that followed all the customs of a traditional Indian ceremony, but the highlight was the faces of Sucheta and Rohan as they realized their dream of their lives being united was coming true. The outdoor setting with the palm trees, sunshine, and breezes added to the atmosphere of happiness and joy.

After the wedding, the requisite photos were made of the happy couple, friends, and family and showed the happy couple basking in the joys of being together at last. The reception was one to remember as well with Sucheta and Rohan taking their first dance together and watching the events unfold through the night with everyone celebrating.

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

Located a few minutes from Disneyland, this historic location provides a beautiful setting for weddings such as the one enjoyed by Sucheta and Rohan. The first attribute about the hotel itself is its remarkable location that places it within easy reach of Angel Stadium, Honda Center, and the Block of Orange. Plus, there is the Garden Walk, a popular shopping and dining area perfect for guests both before and after the wedding ceremony.

The hotel staff has handled many weddings and provides ample guidance to ensure that yours is successful as well. The beautiful outdoor setting is one favored by many couples, but there is also ample indoor room if that is preferred. Plus, you can choose from event spaces that accommodate from 100 up to 680 guests.

For Sucheta and Rohan, the setting at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort could not have been better. The love felt by all who attended their remarkable wedding will be etched in their memories for a lifetime. For Sucheta and Rohan, it was the culmination of all their dreams and the beginning of their new life together.