Category: Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are joyous celebrations and for a bride is the most important ceremony of her life. Everything must be perfect, so here there are some tips for brides, grooms and guests to enjoy it in the best way! Read about Indian Wedding ceremonies here – http://strandofsilk.com/special/indian-wedding/style-tips-for-indian-wedding-ceremonies

The Beautiful Thread of Marriage: The Journey of Indian Brides

The wedding day is no doubt one of the most special days for Indian brides. Indian weddings are known to be full of richness and grandeur. Other than this undeniable vibrancy and glamour, Indian weddings are deeply rooted in tradition, integrating rich rituals that have been present for years and years. Along with significant wedding rituals, lots of other facets are important to consider as well such as the preparation up till the wedding, choosing the perfect Indian bridal attire, the marriage vows and then the eventually the much dreaded goodbyes. Along with a journey that culminates into a climax, Indian brides are flooded with a kaleidoscope of emotions. Indeed, this journey that Indian brides experience is a bittersweet one, but paves the path for a new beginning; one of abundant love, happiness and sharing a precious bond of a lifetime with the love of her life. Below, I take you on the vibrant journey of various Indian brides through the creative lens of photographer Sanjay Gohil, who captures beautiful wedding moments and creates memories that last a lifetime. These images certainly capture some of the priceless moments experienced by an Indian bride through her bridal journey.

All images courtesy of: Sanjay Gohil photography

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A beautiful Indian bride getting ready for her special day behind a veil of red

There is something I absolutely love about this photograph. The deep red colour and veil in front of the lens creates an undeniable aura of elegance. The Indian bride looks absolutely beautiful in a simple, yet striking red bridal lehenga with gold embroidery, complemented by statement Indian jewellery and a stack of bangles. A quick tip for Indian brides choosing their Indian attire is that if the blouse of your bridal ensemble is rather simple in a solid block colour, opt for a stunning statement necklace set. Another beautiful detail is the delicate head piece the bride is seen wearing. Accessories such as these will enhance the look of Indian brides, making her feel like an ethnic princess.

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Lots of colours and laughter as the wedding festivities begin!

This photo beautifully captures the richness, vibrancy and laughter of wedding festivities!

White and maroon - Indian Wedding
A gorgeous white and maroon colour-coordinated bride and groom taking their marriage vows

No longer are traditional red bridal ensembles the only options available for a wedding. Modern Indian brides are experimenting with different colours such as burgundy, pink, cream, gold and white. I love the rich maroon and white colour combination worn by the Indian bride and the groom. An Indian wedding is done around a sacred fire, where the bride and groom walk around the fire seven times, in a clockwise manner. The bride first leads the Pheres and afterwards, the groom leads them. This signifies the equality of the bride and groom and their promise to stand beside each other always. This process is called the Saat Phere, symbolising the seven goals of married life. These elements include prosperity, religious and moral duties, spiritual salvation, liberation, prosperity and spiritual salvation.

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An Indian bride receiving blessings from her elders

Receiving blessings from the elders is of utmost importance for an Indian bride. These are the blessings the Indian bride will carry through the rest of her life and provide her with strength and positivity to embark on this new journey.

Wedding Emotions - Indian Wedding
There is nothing that touches the heart more than the emotions felt at a wedding

The Kanyadaan or giving away of an Indian bride is a part of the wedding rituals. The Kanyadaan is performed by the bride’s father, where he gives his daughter up to the groom. He also requests the groom to accept her as an equal partner. This is definitely a very emotional and touching moment for the bride and her family, as the bride has to bid farewell to her parents and join her husband’s house.

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It’s time to say goodbye…!

Amidst the heartfelt goodbyes and tears, with a heavy heart, it is time for the Indian bride to bid goodbye to her family and begin a new journey with the love of her life.

From Indian Clothing to the Grand Decor: The Richness of an Indian Wedding

India is rich in diversity and this element is evident in everything from the food, Indian clothing, customs and traditions. This diversity and richness is also reflected in Indian marriages. Marriage not only symbolises the sacred union of two people, but also the union of two families.

Describing the sheer joy and festivity surrounding an Indian wedding would truly be a Herculean task. So I will let these Indian wedding photographs provide you with a glimpse into the vibrant and cultural extravaganza of an Indian wedding! The bride and groom both look lovely in their Indian wedding clothing. The groom is seen wearing a creamy gold sherwani with subtle, but intricate embroidery. The groom is also seen wearing a turban or sehra with white flowers tied in suspended strings, with his exquisite Indian clothing. The bride is wearing a beautiful mustard and red bridal lehenga with a royal blue border. The colour red in Indian clothing symbolises fertility, prosperity and marital bliss. The bride has beatifully styled her ensemble with elaborate jewellery made of gold and precious stones, as well as a ghunghat or veil, draped elegantly over her hair as a sign of respect to the gods. The bridal veil also adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the Indian clothing.

From decorating your hands with intricate mehendi designs, to jazzing up the festivities with beautifully adorned horses, the list goes on when it comes to dealing with the intricacies of an Indian wedding! Nothing compares to that special butterfly feeling you get when you are going to see your better half on your actual wedding day! And for some, reality doesn’t begin to sink in until the wedding ceremonies have commenced. For others, the entire experience feels like a dream world!

Once the wedding ceremonies have finished, the photo sessions commence and the bride and groom can truly be the center of attention in their impeccable Indian clothing. Everyone wants to snap a photo with the bedecked handsome groom and stunning bride. On top of this, the photography stage has been decorated with high attention to detail from the gold and red drapery, to the elegant vine leaves trickling down from the ceiling. Not to forget the exquisite floral setting teeming with flowers in every colour such as red, white, lilac, pink and orange. At a closer glance, you will be able to notice the bride and groom’s lavish gold seat with plush red seating. The next morning, you can pinch yourself to make sure that your dream wedding actually did take place!

Beautiful Henna Design
Beautiful Henna Design
Indian Wedding Horse
Indian Wedding Horse
Indian Horse - Indian Wedding
The groom all set and on his way to the wedding venue on a horse!
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The groom is all smiles and ready for the festivities to begin!
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Here comes the stunning bride!
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Let the wedding ceremony commence!
Photo time - Indian Weddings
Photo time!
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Say cheese!
Group photo - Indian Weddings
A gorgeous group photo is a must at Indian weddings

Destination Indian Wedding in a Rajasthan Palace

I love destination weddings! Who dozen’t! It’s a great excuse to be out of the city and be totally immersed in a wedding. A Destination Indian Wedding is certainly the rage and a lot of people choose from the very exotic (a South African game reserve) and the dreamy (beach wedding in Bali) to the most glamorous, at least in my mind, a wedding in a real palace!

You don’t have to be a princess in order to get married in a palace, although it would certainly help if you are one and have your very own palace. For the rest of us, here are some absolutely stunning options that I think could be perfect for your dream indian wedding. It’s a once in a lifetime event, so make it count and go for something that is OTT.

Rajasthan is the ideal place for a palace wedding given the state’s history and the vast number of palaces that have been converted to heritage and luxury hotels. There is no dearth of options in this state! Pictures from Neemrana Fort Palace and from HRH Hotels

Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel in Rajasthan | Destination Indian Wedding
Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel in Rajasthan
Inside Neemrana Fort Palace  | Destination Indian Wedding
Interiors in the Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel
Jagmandir Hotel  | Destination Indian Wedding
Jagmandir Hotel
Table at Neemrana Fort Hotel  | Destination Indian Wedding
Stunning breakfast setting at Nemrana Fort Palace

These are good locations and one thing that I’d always suggest keeping in mind is that the location must be one that guests can also enjoy. Since it’s a destination wedding, you are expecting people to stay there for the entire duration of the events, so they need to have alternative things to do. Indian weddings can be overwhelming for guests that don’t know all the other guests or are not part of the immediate family. Think about city tours, sightseeing or even some activities maybe? An organised program that people can choose to either join or not is perfect and is certainly going to be appreciated by your guests!

Some beautiful spots in Jaipur, usually the stopping point for a lot of the palace destinations!

Ambar Fort in Jaipur
Ambar Fort in Jaipur
Jal Mahal in Jaipur
Jal Mahal in Jaipur

 

Did you get married at a fort location? or some other exotic location? Tell me and send me pictures, i’d love to hear from you and your experience.

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