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Jaimala is a wedding ritual in which, the bride and groom put fresh flower garlands into each other’s necks, followed by the exchange of gifts. The ceremony is not just the meeting of two souls but is a union of two families, a merge of traditions, values, and customs that make the entire wedding complete. A varmala or jaimala is an Indian wedding garland symbolic of the popular marriage ceremony. Following regional traditions, the varmala might be made of rose flowers and/or other ceremonial stuff decorating […]

Sindoor Daan

Sindoor or Sindooram is a traditional vermilion red or orange-red colored cosmetic powder from Indian Subcontinent, usually worn by married women along the part of their hair. In Hindu communities the use of sindoor indicates a woman is married and ceasing to wear it usually implies widowhood. The main component of traditional sindooram is usually cinnabar, turmeric and lime. Some commercial sindoor products contain synthetic ingredients, some of which are not manufactured to proper standards and may contain mercury and lead. Sindoor is traditionally applied at the beginning or completely along the parting-line of a […]

Varmala Ceremony

The true essence of Indian Wedding stem from the customary rituals that take place throughout the wedding day. The Varmala Ceremony, also referred to as Jaimala, is the commencement of the Hindu wedding, serving as the first time the Bride and Groom meet before starting the wedding ceremony. According to tradition, Varmala’s consist of a variety of colorful flowers that also adorn the Mandap and wedding venue. Roses, carnations, marigolds, and orchids are all used to create the garlands used […]

Aarti Ritual

The key steps of Hindu wedding ritual are Kanyadaan and Paanigrahan, Vivaah Homa, Laja Homa and Agni Pradakshina, and finally Saptapadi according to Grihya sutras. Other rituals vary according to regional cultures but these are the key steps of a Hindu Marriage without which the marriage would not be considered complete. Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the wedding ceremony and the groom and his family are the guests arriving from outside to the Mandap. The whole wedding ceremony sort of […]

Engagement Photography

An engagement, betrothal, or fiancee is a promise to wed, and also the period of time between a marriage proposal and a marriage. Being engaged is not the same as dating. During this period, a couple is said to be betrothed, intended, affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called the betrothed, a wife-to-be or husband-to-be, fiancee or fiancee (from the French word of the same form), respectively. The duration of the courtship […]

Pre-Wedding Photography

So Pre-wedding shoots are kind of the norm nowadays rather than the exception, but it can be a bit confusing. What location do you pick, what do you wear and what exactly do you do at a pre-wedding shoot ? Pre wedding shoot helps create a rapport between our team and the couple. It is the time when we can connect with the bride and groom, We encourage the couple to bring ideas to the table and share their story […]

Wedding Photography

When it comes to weddings and how to shoot details, lighting for details is probably one of the most overlooked subjects. Really, specific lighting for details? Ugh, what a snoozefest, right? It’s details, who cares! Ironically, it’s probably as important as any other part of the wedding. As with all of my lighting for weddings, I use a good, better, great approach. Time is always a factor when we’re photographing events, but it doesn’t mean we can’t take a few extra […]