As a wedding photographer, I am often asked, “What’s your favorite wedding you’ve ever done?” Frankly, it’s a difficult question to answer. I’d honestly be hard-pressed to choose an actual favorite. But I would probably say that the most unique I have thus far done was a wedding I photographed a while back which combined the cultural traditions of both the bride and the groom — a mix of Thai and Cambodian — as well as the traditional American ceremony. The bride wore three completely different outfits, each one more extravagant than the last. And the traditions they incorporated from their unique cultures added such incredible flavor and interest to the event, and I loved every minute of it!
From then on, I decided that I’d love to do more cultural weddings, to add a little spice. In particular, over the years I have become most interested in Indian weddings. The whole Indian/Hindu culture fascinates me, actually. I have my own little collection of sarees. And curry is one of my favorite things to eat.
Indian weddings are typically very lavish, opulent affairs. (You should know me well enough by now to know how much I love opulence and luxury.) They tend to involves lots of bright, vibrant colors — and I’m all about colors! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adore the traditional white bridal gown and always will. But I have always been drawn by color, and everything about Indian weddings, from the dress to the cake to the decor, is colorful. Golds, blues, purples, reds. You tend to see a lot of rich jewel tones, which are often my favorite colors. I tend to think of things like peacocks. There are so many exotic and extravagant elements.
The celebrations also tend to be quite large and festive. There are a variety of unique traditions, and many traditional Indian weddings will span multiple days.
One of my favorite things that comes out of traditional Indian weddings has got to be the mandap. This is the arched structure where the ceremony itself generally takes place. Mandaps can be absolutely incredible. See for yourself:
Beautiful, is it not?
And did you notice something else? Each of these ceremonial mandaps features a set of thrones for the bride and groom. Yes, you definitely get the royal treatment with an Indian wedding!
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