stay with me on this one: my initial interest in india peaked when i was living in korea via the influence of yoga, friends who lived/traveled there, mantras, my eat pray love book, the mumford and sons india tour and my love for tandoori chicken with butter garlic naan. don’t judge….we all come to certain conclusions in our own ways.
my conclusion: i knew i had to travel to india one day. and i knew i had to attend a wedding. fast forward six years, i have become a wedding photographer, have photographed american-indian weddings, become a fan of bollywood and took in my fair share of chicken masala. however, my attempts to travel to india have disappointingly increased over the years. one of those times involved purchasing an airplane ticket and then retreating at the last moment due to legitimate change of plans. alas, it wasn’t my time. i hoped my chances would increase when tk and i stepped foot into asia. this is a next door neighbor that i finally wanted to meet. yet, it wasn’t until i received a message from praggya last year did i know that my time to step foot into this country come true. a culture of spices, vibrance and tradition was finally going to be a reality. and i get to photograph it.
what you will see below: the wedding took place at chomu palace close to the city of jaipur in northern india. on the first day, we embraced the traditional mehndi ceremony. henna, baby! shortly after, the guests enjoyed high-tea before sangeet. sangeet is traditionally the first reception to take place the night before the ceremony. guests are encouraged to entertain the bride and groom with song and dance. a night full of bright colors, loud indian music, open bar and naan cooking on the brick oven. at the request of the groom, i put my camera away and joined everyone on the dance floor. we even got tk up there too. a pretty stinkin’ good kick-off to the day that follows…
note | i will blog more of my thoughts on my travels through northern india in a separate blog xo