Ruchita and Nipun have picked the Hilton for their Indian wedding in Tampa for both the Sangeet and for the wedding day, as well. We love shooting Indian weddings! Indian weddings are extremely colorful and can last for several days depending on the bride and groom’s region of birth. We have been honored to be their Indian wedding photographers for the first day and their traditional Hindu ceremony and wedding reception.
A traditional Indian wedding is different from other weddings because it is not purely about uniting two people, but about bringing together two families. You may not understand the language of the ceremony because it is performed in the ancient language of Sanskrit and in accordance with the rituals prescribed in the Hindu scriptures, the Vedas. Fortunately, our pandit (Hindu priest) was Rajan Bhatt, who explained all the different steps of the wedding ceremony. He also highlighted the religious meanings behind all the prayers performed during the wedding.
I have written a guide for traditional Hindu weddings and illustrated with Indian wedding photos I have taken during various ceremonies here: Traditional Hindu Wedding Ceremony explained. The traditional Hindu wedding takes place in the ‘Kalyana Mandapam’ or Mandap. It is a decorated wedding pavilion as you see in the images below. Fire under the mandap is an essential part of the ceremony as you see on the photos. You are wondering what the priest is doing during the ceremonial elements? During the ceremony, the priest offers gifts into the fire. The gifts are fruits of human labor, milk, rice, honey as he chants ancient hymns of praise, worship, and invocation. You can view their Sangeet photos via the link below the photos.