India, the land of rich traditions, glowing colors, ancient temples and many contrasts. Mark Twain called it a mother of history, Albert Einstein expressed his gratitude for teaching us how to count and Romain Rolland named it a home of dreams of every living men.
Historical Jaipur, a capital of Rajasthan state, is where journey took me this time. ‘The Pink City’, as popularly called, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state and a perfect location to tie a knot.
It was my first ever visit to India, and let me tell you something - there are weddings and then there are Indian weddings! I am sure you have heard many stories about how fun Indian weddings are, but trust me, it makes a lot of a difference when you get to be the part of them.
This opulent wedding in Jaipur lasted for 3 days and it was such a photographer’s treat! Ridhima and Omanshu were getting ready in beautiful JW Marriot Villas, and I was enjoying capturing all of the details. They were both wearing traditional outfits that were uniquely designed just for them. Ridhima wore stunning embroidered red lehnga by Sabyasachi , and Omanshu was dressed in lush wedding sherwani by Manish Malhotra.
I am always excited for creative entrances, so naturally, baraat (groom’s procession) was something I really enjoyed photographing. The groom arrived to the ceremony in a carriage led by decorated white horses. Guests and musicians were dancing around him to the beat of a dhol, an Indian drum, and I have to confess it was difficult not to join everyone for the fun dance. :)
After groom, the bride made her bedazzling entrance, followed by even more magical music tunes. Ridhima and Omanshu exchanged floral garlands that symbolize their acceptance of each other, which is as important as exchanging the rings in Western cultures.
If you are interested to see more of Indian wedding tradition, check out the pre-wedding ceremonies that were part of this wedding in Jaipur, click here.
Photography: Timeless Photography
Wedding Planning/Management: The Wedding Connections
Venue: JW Marriot Jaipur Resort & Spa
Videography: Israni photography
Bride's outfit: Sabyasachi
Groom's outfit: Manish Malhotra
Makeup: Meera Sakhrani
Hair: Dablu Kumar
Jewelry: Maniratnam Jewellers
Entertainment: Danial Dev Dance Company