This past summer, I had the opportunity to check another item off my photographers bucket list: photograph an indian wedding. Now, simply using the term “indian wedding” actually encompasses a huge range of cultural and religious traditions, so to be more specific, I was asked to photograph an Ismaili wedding ceremony, over two days (or an evening and a day, anyways). Neilin & Faisal both were patient with me as I asked a ton of questions, and I did more prep work than is typical for my weddings (including a drink or three with friends who photograph indian weddings pretty regularly). Still, I went into Friday evening not knowing what to expect, and I can admit, I was totally blown away. I was not prepared for the total whirlwind of family, friends, joy, laughter, fun, and FOOD that I was exposed to over these two days. We’ll look back at Neilin & Faisal’s wedding over two posts, because there just isn’t enough space in one post to really capture all of it.
Day one consisted of the pithi & mehndi ceremonies. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect; the best that Faisal could tell me was that he was going to get “really messed up”. And he wasn’t wrong, not one little bit. Neilin got of easier in that regard, and spent the rest of the night meeting and receiving blessings from just about everyone in attendance, being oh so generous with her time and giving everyone who wanted it a moment with her. It was a warm, heartfelt, beautiful family affair, with great food, dancing, and everyone shaking hands, talking, and enjoying an evening out before tomorrow’s festivities.
Here is a quick overview of that wonderful night. Later this week: day 2!