Post 3 of 5 for Trishna and Tejas’ wedding celebrations as they completed all of their pre-functions leading up to the wedding day. While we do not do only Indian weddings most of our weddings are South Asian, Jewish or non-denominational for the most part. Indian weddings in general rarely have two that are the exact same as family traditions and the region from where the family is from in India originally will dictate how each family will plan and execute their own affair. Some will add and some will omit, but during the Hindu ceremony you can rest assure most of the religious aspects will remain the same in nature.
The days leading up to the actual wedding day for Trishna and Tejas were packed with not a minute to spare. We were fortunate to have the Dream Shaadi team headed by Sumeet to keep everything running on time along with ensuring all the guests and vendors the same were cared for, comfortable and of course well fed!
Trishna’s Griha Shanti consisted of prayer, the presentation of her wedding dress, gifting of clothing to both the bride and groom, jewelry, bangles/chooda, sweets and dry fruits in beautifully wrapped boxes. This took place in grand style and lasted almost as long as the wedding ceremony itself.
As the function wrapped up family and friends returned to their rooms to prepare for the evenings celebrations!
Renaissance Baltimore Hotel room shot for Indian, Gujarati, Griha Shanti/Mameru/Masalu with decorations provided by Divinci.
Miniature floral roses transcending glass vases.
Floral sprays greeting the bride at the entrance of the wedding aisle.
Uplighting provided to the back ground of the stage to uplight the rose flowers tucked into turf.
Foyer cocktail area of the Baltimore Rennaisance Hotel.
South Asian wedding with a little bit of vintage/country flair. Raw wood cocktail tables, candle lanterns and globe style vases stuffed with a variety of florals.
Rustic lanterns, forever in style.
A simple sign as to enter your seats from the side and not the center of the aisle.
Wedding reserved seating for family and bridal party.
Stage decor provide by Divinci out of Washington DC.
The beautiful Patel family.
Siblings, a love that never ends.
Sister’s, nothing can come between sisters.
An elite family portrait, just getting warmed up for the big day!
Extended family portrait.
Because you have to have a little fun!
In the name of making Mom happy 🙂
Garlands, in any South Asian ceremony these are a given.
Procession to kick off the entrace of the family.
Brides family entering in style.
Whether and dancer or spectator you are subject to being captured!
Dholi (drummer), a must to getting everyone to make a move.
Trishna dressed her family is such style with care to all their accessories. Turbans to sashes were all custom made.
The life of the party, one of my facorite aspects of Indian events is the attire. Seeing the ladies saree’s and the fabris and design patterns trednding each year never ceases to amaze me.
Break it down, no matter what the weather or heat index is first impressions matter and setting the presence that celebrations are in full swing are of the utmost importance to family.
Sister’s are expected to party the hardest.
Beauty runs in the family for sure.
Tilak is received by the parents from the priest/pundit.
Family awaiting their ballroom entrance.
Gifting in grand fashion.
The entraces for the Griha Shanti begin.
Gifts of clothing and fine clothe.
Gifting of jewelry.
Mango Lassi (A smoothie) to quench the thirst after all that dancing!
The presentation of the bride’s wedding dress.
Sweets/dry fruits for gifting the family.
Bangles basket, every outfit typically comes accessorized with coordinating bangles to match.
Floral turbans to coordinate with the kurtas.
The brides entrance.
Sister cousins and the bride, typical Indian bride entrance of ceremonial events.
Finale for the pooja.
Presentation of gifts to the bride.
Lunch to be served post event.
Fresh naan presented in triangular cuts.
Bride giving respect and acceptance/thanks for all of her blessings and wishes.
Traditional Hindu vase being carried on top their heads is incorporated with the beliefs of the Hindu religion.
Sisterly love is the best!
Cameras and Lenses used
Canon EOS 5D Mark III ( Canon )
NIKON D3S ( NIKON CORPORATION )
NIKON D5 ( NIKON CORPORATION )
NIKON D500 ( NIKON CORPORATION )
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM ( Canon )
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM ( Canon )
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED ( NIKON CORPORATION )
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR ( NIKON CORPORATION )
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II ( NIKON CORPORATION )