Wedding photography in the mendap
Wedding photography at every wedding is different; add the words, Asian wedding photography and it conjures up something totally different. Colourful Saris, Sriphal: Coconuts. Sangeet; henna bridal prep. Mendap; ceremony room. Jai male; the flowers. Aashirvaad; reception greeting line up. Vidai; the going away honeymoon.
I will explain some stages of a Asian wedding. Traditions that originated from deep within the roots of the Indian continent of Asia. A comparison to British wedding tradition, with a short explanation and a naturally taken Asian wedding image. I was so pleased to be invited to photograph Jaya & Sun’s wedding at Shrigley Hall, Poynton, Manchester. I was made to feel very welcome, with a invitation to wedding breakfast-Asian banquet and our very own Asian wedding photographers and videographers table.
Ladies Sangeet; Bridal Prep
Similar to a bridal prep to which all the Brides family is invited. Sangeet begins with the bride getting her bridal mehndi henna applied to her arms and feet. This takes a lot of time and the woman need to stay still until it dries out. People say that the darker the henna, the deeper the Grooms love is for the bride. It was a joy to see how different the Asian culture celebrates a wedding.
The Baraat; Arrival at the venue
The Groom is led Asian style to the marriage venue in a procession known as the Baraat. A big drum or drums being played is the music of the day. Call it the wedding march if you like. The Groom arrives wearing a sahara and saafa. He is accompanied by family members, groomsmen, and friends known as baraatis. at every point there is a fun natural moments to photograph, perfect for my natural style wedding photography.
The Mandap; The ceremony room or Church alter
The mandap, a dome-like structure, (a open sided ceremony room) built at the chosen venue for the bride and groom, and their immediate family, the celebrant conducts the ceremony here too. The men sometimes give gifts, cash, clothes, or flower garlands. Next, the parents and the groom remove their shoes and enter the sacred space where a fire (called agni) is burning. The fire symbolises the height of witness. A prayer is said for good luck and removal of obstacles for the couple and their families.
Jai mala; wedding flower garlands
The jai mala is the bride and groom’s exchanging of flower garlands. Roses are normally used, “Red is a very popular colour in Asian weddings.” The Groom normally gifts the ride a mangal sutra necklace, roughly translated it means “an auspicious thread.” For the hasta melap, a knot is tied between a Groom’s scarf and the Bride’s sari by a female member of his family, usually his sister. The couple joins hands, and their physical joining by the scarf represents “a love that binds two souls for a lifetime.”
The aashirvaad; Reception greeting line
The guest get involved! The aashirvaad is the blessing that you receive from your guests. Traditionally, the bride and groom would greet people at the mandap and gently touch their feet to show respect. These days, most couples just do a namaste and a bow.
The humble coconut in Asian, is known as Sriphal and translates to God’s fruit. Breaking a coconut symbolises smashing your ego and humbling yourself before God. The hard shell of ignorance and ego is smashed which gives way to inner purity and knowledge which is symbolized by the white part of the coconut. Normally they are decorated with beads and other colourful items, then smashed at different parts in the wedding.
The Vidai; Bouquet toss
The vidai, is the “bride’s goodbye.” The bride and groom tossing the bouquet to bridesmaids waving goodbye with cheers from the guests, and escaping into their car for a night of newlywed bliss. A vidaai is different, its the most emotional part of the wedding. It symbolises the bride is leaving her family home to start a new life. Emotions runs high; they are mixed, happy, and sad all at the same time.
The Fun and games at a Asian wedding, Shrigley Hall Manchester
There is fun and games too. One thing thats very different at Asian wedding is the ring giving, The couple are presented with a bowl full of milk, turmeric, rose petals and small metallic items, nuts, bolts etc. The bowl also holds their wedding rings. The bride and groom put one hand each into the bowl and search for each others rings. Mr & Mrs was another game at Jaya and Sun’s wedding. This tradition comes from the Bride and groom not seeing each other before the wedding. This breaks the ice for the newlyweds. Natural fun wedding Asian wedding photography, from Shrigley Hall In Greater Manchester, 100 percent natural wedding photography, totally unposed. Please get in touch if you would like me to be your Asian wedding photographer.
Natural Asian wedding photography, some of my favourite images from the day at Shrigley Hall.
I would love to asked to be your wedding photographer, I am a experianced Asian wedding photographer. Get intouch with me find out how afforable I am. If you want to know more about Simon the photographer. Contact me to find out if ime free to be your Natural unposed photographer. A big thankyou to David Stubbs for asking me to assist on the day.