Jasmin & Viraj’s wedding day – Hindu wedding photography NJ
Indian weddings, and specifically Hindu weddings, are always a treat to photograph – they are vibrant, lively events. The many traditions and rituals, as well as the interesting wedding outfits, make for a colorful day. Jasmin and Viraj’s wedding day certainly was colorful and joyous.
The photo at the top shows part of the wedding ceremony under the mandap. The mandap is the stage decorated with flowers and drapes. At the center of this is the agni, a holy fire.
The second photo, completely out of chronological sequence here, is from earlier in the day where Viraj was accompanied by family members to the ceremony site. This procession is called the Baraat. It’s not a solemn affair at all, with everyone dancing and singing along the way.
The third photo shows another ritual which is hilarious – the Jutti Chupai – a wedding prank where a sister in law, along with the bridesmaids, steal the groom’s shoes just before the ceremony. Then after the ceremony the groom has to negotiate and bribe the bridesmaids for his shoes – they eventually negotiate a price amidst lots of laughter and jostling for the shoes.
In the next photo, where Jasmin and Viraj are walking away from the mandap after the ceremony, you can see the cord that is tied around the bride and groom, to signify their unity.
The rest of the photographs here will give a glimpse into their wedding day – from the first look in the hotel lobby, to the final dance at the end of the reception, where they are held aloft by the guests.
Jasmin and Viraj, congratulation and best wishes for your future together!
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