Sindhu and Tushar tied the knot in the midst of their family and friends in a traditional south Indian Tamil Iyenger wedding. The entire wedding was meticulously planned by Sindhu across the globe all the way from California. Every detail every color scheme was chosen by her and obviously approved by her better half.
The beauty of a South Indian wedding lies in the minute details from the coloful pattu sarees the aunties flaunt to the gold jewelry the bride wears, to the 100% pure vegetarian wedding lunch in the traditional banana leaf. What sets apart the Iyenger wedding apart from the other south Indian weddings are also the numerous traditional rituals the bride has to go through the entire ceremony, starting with the ‘oonjal’ ceremony where the couple sits in a swing surrounded by the ladies of the family singing traditional tamil songs in the form of blessings, then comes the kashi yatra where the groom sets off on a mock pilgrimage to pursue further religious studies, and renounce worldly pursuits, the father of the bride intervenes and advocates for the superiority of married life to an ascetic life. He also promises to give his daughter as companion to face the challenges of life. The groom accepts and returns to the mandapam to get married.
There is also this ‘Nalangu’ ceremony which is like a ice breaker session between the two families. The bride invites the groom and his family to play relaxing and interesting games like rolling coconut, breaking papads on each other’s head, applying kumkum, combing hair for each other. This will be followed by exchange of several gifts, aarathi etc. Both families tease the couple and many songs are sung during these.
Photographing these traditions and the emotions of the two families along with the bride and groom is truly fullfilling as a wedding photographer for me. Thank you Sindhu and Tushar for allowing me to capture some of the beautiful moments in your most important day of your life.