By: Stefanie Jackowitz
There are many rituals that are common among nationalities, religions and cultures that are celebrated at a wedding ceremony. The marriage creates meaning; fusing both a bride and groom’s family histories and cultures into one. The wedding is the perfect opportunity to highlight these traditional elements that make up each family’s identity.
In the Hindu tradition, a Mehndi artist applies henna to the hands and feet of the bride and other female family members the night before the wedding.
Another intricate part of the Indian wedding is the Baraat- the groom’s procession. The groom-to-be travels by elephant or horse to the wedding venue entrance. The groom’s family and friends sing and dance around him to the beat of traditional Indian bass music. The groom and his dancing wedding guests meet the bride’s family at the entrance to the venue prior to the ceremony. The ritual represents the groom’s family’s acceptance of the bride as part of their family.
When groom Ashwin took bride Jamie’s hand in marriage, the couple happily incorporated Indian rituals like the Baraat into their downtown New York wedding, flavoring their modern Tribeca Rooftop affair with special touches of tradition. The streets of New York aren’t too kind to elephants, so this happy couple went with a horse, reinventing that classic vision of the horse and buggy days of New York City and giving it a Hindu twist.
One of the things we love here at Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company are all the wonderfully unique rituals and traditions that make up our clients’ identities.
Henna by Shilpa’s Facepainting