I love capturing weddings from different cultures, and the Hedsor House Hindu Wedding of Selina and Thomas was no exception.
Selina wore a stunning traditional Indian red sari, and was adorned with some glorious gold jewellery. She completed her look with some enormous Louboutins; totally glamorous and amazing! Thomas also sported the traditional Indian sherwani, a long tunic, in reds and golds.
After Thomas arrived in style in a friend’s Ferrari the day began with the Milni ceremony, a meeting of the two families that signifies an acceptance of the marriage and the bond between them. Flower garlands are exchanged and members of each family take it in turns to lift each other in the air! Following the Milni the ceremony begins, Selina was led in by her brothers to the Mandap, the special canopy under which the ceremony is performed. The couple were serenaded by Tabla players which invoked an amazing atmosphere, drawing everyone back to their Indian roots.
The ceremony is performed before the holy fire, the agni, which in Hinduism acts as a purifier and sustainer of life, perfect for a young couple starting their life together. The priest recites Holy Scriptures before the bride and groom are tied together and must walk around the fire four times, whilst praying and exchanging their vows. Four times to represent the four asrams of life in Hinduism. Offerings are played into the fire by the families and the marriage is sealed with the final vows. Then the party begins!
After the ceremony we managed to capture some elegant shots of the couple outside, just before as always in the UK, the heavens opened.
The Outfit Change
Selina changed into a modern ivory gown for the evening, she continued to look incredibly glam with a slim line column gown teamed with a sparkling cape. The guests continued to party into the night as we captured some final couple shots in the great atrium at Hedsor House. I remember when she appeared at the top of the stairs in her gorgeous gown and stunning make-up she reminded me so much of the acress Jane Seymour’s character Solitaire in the James Bond movie ‘Live & Let Die’
Hedsor House Hindu Wedding Photos
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