Indian weddings are spiritual, visually enticing, colorful and joyful. Yet, they are complex. You need a photographer who knows how to find all of those aspects of your wedding and be able to capture it for you. Good photography is difficult. Good Indian wedding photography is degrees more difficult. It requires an experienced photographer with knowledge in these celebrations and great sense of a moment.
There are several dozen significant elements of an Indian wedding that are must be captured. From the singing and dancing the night before, to the application of intricate Henna Mehndi designs on the bride’s hands and feet, to the veneration of Lord Ganesh as the first part of the ceremony. Then the couple meet and exchange garlands, the Mandap is blessed, the application of the Vermilion to the groom’s forehead and the bride escort to the Mandap by her maternal uncle. A ceremony asking the blessing of the planets follows, the groom is given milk and honey and his feet are washed, the groom and bride’s right hands are joined while the groom’s father pours water over their hands, the bride and groom take seven vows in Sanskrit, the bride and groom circle the fire from four to seven times, they turn to the north star. The newlyweds receive blessings from the priest, their parents, and elder members of both families. Somewhere in there a coconut will be broken open, purified butter will be thrown onto the fire, the bride will receive jewelry, and red string will be wrapped around the bride and groom’s hands. And these are Hindu traditions. Sikh weddings can be as complex if not more.
Because the ceremony is taking place within the Mandap, the photographer is faced with lighting and photo angle difficulties to be worked out. Some external lighting may be needed. Indian wedding isn’t just a joining of a bride and groom; it’s a sacrament and he joining of two families.
Your photographer will need to understand what is happening and be able to keep up with it all, to be able to react quickly, and to predict the next photo opportunity. The bride will want a portrait in her traditional dress as well as her modern bridal gown. Your photographer will need to be able to change pace from an observer and photojournalist, to an editorial photographer in order to get a stunning portrait.