My assignment as a wedding photographer in pune for the wedding of Priyanka and Chinmay will remain memorable to me for various reasons- it happened to be on my birthday, I was running a 100+F temperature after back-to-back assignments as a wedding photographer in Pune , and that it was my first assignment as a Maharashtrian Wedding Photographer. The couple was also special- they had a smile throughout their entire wedding ceremonies, genuinely enjoying the proceedings. A rather rare thing to happen during Indian Wedding Ceremonies! It was great to be behind the camera for various ceremonies like Ganapatipujan, Mangalsutrabandhan, Saptapadi etc. Following are some of the candid images captured during the half day long ceremony in Pune.
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Kanyadaan ceremony is present in not just Maharashtrian weddings, but in all hindu weddings across India. In this ceremony, the parents of the bride handover the bride to the groom.
Ukhana is a couplet through which name of one’s spouse is spoken. It was a practice in olden time (which continues) that when asked about name of one’s spouse, he/she would not take it directly but thorugh a couplet.Its a custom for a newly married couple to take each others name in well organised yet funny couplet during many events in a marriage.
All Maharashtrian families have a family deity (called as Kul Devata) which is invoked during the wedding ceremonies by the bride and groom.
Akshata refers to grains of dry unbroken rice. It is usually showered on the bride and groom during Maharashtrian weddings to signify feritility, bounty and prosperity.
Anatrpat is a rather unique ceremony common in Maharashtra. This involves holding a sheet of cloth in between the bride and groom before they apply a garland to each other. Traditionally, the bride and groom see each other only after this is lowered.Mangalyasutra refers to the necklace tied on the bride by the groom. This is almost universally present in all Hindu weddings in India.
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