One of my more memorable wedding photography assignments as a wedding photographer in Pune happened to be on the first day of monsoon. However, unlike the wedding in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, Pooja and Mandar’s wedding was simple and elegant , typical of a Maharashtrian wedding. I am Rakesh, a leading wedding photographer in Pune. If you would like to hire me for wedding photography, engagement photography or any other assignments, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Web form.
Traditionally, Seemant Pooja was performed when the groom crossed the border(seema) of the village of the bride for the marriage. Nowadays, the ceremonies associated with seemant puja are performed on the night prior to the wedding.
Unlike most Indian communities where the bridal Sari is usually of red colour,Maharashtrian bridal saris are usually of golden yellow and green hues. The Marathi groom dons traditional dhoti kurta, usually in golden or earthern shades.
The Kanyadaan ceremony is performed by the father of the bride The father brings the daughter, then takes the bride’s hand and places it on the groom’s hand. This marks the beginning of gifting the bride ceremony.
The word Mangalsutra derived from two words-mangal(auspicious) and sutra(thread). The groom ties this sacred necklace around the bride’s neck after the Kanyadaan, giving her the status of his wife and life mate.
The Antarpat is a rather unique fixture in Marathi weddings. It is a white shawl which is held between the bride and the groom before the actual wedding ceremeony. The priest recites a set of 8 hymns, with the bride and groom facing each other, garlands in hand. The guests throw coloured rice (Akshata) at the bride and groom while the hymns are recited. The bride and groom exchange the garlands after the Antarpat is lowered