Dean Robson Photography

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Wedding Photography of a Hindu Ceremony

April 26, 2010 on 11:59 am | In - Weddings | Comments Off on Wedding Photography of a Hindu Ceremony | Author Dean Robson

On Saturday I was asked to photograph Ria and Andrew’s wedding alongside Steve my good friend and fellow wedding photographer.

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The wedding took place in South London and my first port of call was the home the groom was leaving from.

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The first wedding ceremony of the day was at Merton Registry office in Morden Park where the legal marriage was to take place.

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After the ceremony we took some group shots and some natural expression shots.

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It was then time to drive to Merton Hall in Wimbledon where the Hindu Ceremony took place. The groom had to buy his way into the ceremony.

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The bride’s aunty welcomed the groom with a garland and escorted him to the mandap where the ceremony takes place, this known as Parchan (The Welcome).

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The bride was escorted to the mandap by her family and then the main Hindu ceremony started.

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After exchanging the flower garlands the couple took the seven steps around the fire known as Mangalfera.

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They also had to put parched rice on the sacred fire which is called Laja homa.

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The groom had to bless the bride by putting sindhur at the parting of her hair and giving her a sacred necklace.

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The priest blessed the bride and groom and announced the ceremony complete.

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As part of tradition the groom had to pay to get his shoe back.

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The rest of the evening was like an English wedding with the traditional cutting of the cake, speeches and the first dance.

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To round off the evening we set up a portrait studio and took lots of guest photographs.

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By Dean Robson – RT Weddings (April 2010) Professional Wedding Photographer for Essex, Hertfordshire, and Kent

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