The wedding of Richa and Shree was my first assignment as a wedding photographer in Mumbai. The bride was from Karnataka and the groom from Uttar Pradesh, resulting in a Kannada wedding with a curious mix of traditions from both the sides. The venues for the Nischay Tamulam and the wedding were in and around Juhu and Andheri.
In Kannada weddings, the pre wedding rituals start with Nischay Tamulam (Fixing of the alliance).In this ceremony, the parents of the groom and the bride agree for the marriage of their children . The parents of the groom gift the bride her wedding sari, coconut and fruits. The groom is gifted a dhoti, coconut and fruits by the parents of the bride.
Like most Indian weddings, even Kannada weddings have a Sangeet ceremony on the night before the marriage. This involves a lot of music, dancing and merrymaking by the friends and family of the bride and groom.
On the day of the wedding, a paste of turmeric (haldi) and sandalwood (chandan) is applied on the groom and the bride. The yellow colour of the paste is considered to be auspicious and the haldi and chandan paste is supposed to clear the skin from all blemishes.
Traditionally, Baraat (the procession of the groom to the wedding venue) is not present in Kannada weddings.However, the groom being from North India, where Baraat is a staple event, this wedding had a very colorful procession and dances from the groom’s party.
Kannada wedding ceremonies are comparatively simple, it involves the typical ceremonies like kanyadaan, saptapadi and tying of the mangalsutra
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