Shanphotography has become one of the famous and best Indian wedding photographers. Over the years, we have gained experience and expertise in photography and have honed our skills with each project. Many years back, we actually started with just a single Indian wedding photography and there was one after the other. There was no looking back from then. We gained much popularity in a short span of time and we have specialised in Indian weddings and for Indian couples. From the time of its inception, the journey has been a wonderful one and we feel privileged to work and be a part of the Indian community, clicking and capturing, snapping and making memories of the weddings in a very appealing and exquisite manner. We not only click pictures with our lenses, we make memories and fill life in them, so that it can be with you dated for infinity.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF INDIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
At shanphotography, we deal with all types of Indian weddings. Right from the Sikh wedding photography to Hindu wedding photography, a Muslim wedding photography to a Punjabi one, we do all types of wedding photography for the Indian couples. While doing these photography, we not only click whatever happens in front of us, but we pre-plan for it. We do all the research required beforehand so that we get into the minute details and the ceremonies of the different types of weddings, not missing the precious moments and capture pictures during those times making it worth a watch. We also do a thorough research on the angles of the camera’s and the lens so that we come out with the best pictures at the end of the day. We make photo albums worth a watch by clicking all the happy cherishable moments. By selecting us for the wedding photography, we make our customers have a wonderful experience with us.
INDIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – SPECIAL PRICING
Indian weddings do not end with just a day’s celebrations and enjoyment. Indian weddings usually prolong for a couple of days or three. We understand that since it is not a single day event, the celebration and ceremonies continue for two or three days, we offer a special price for the Indian weddings alone. We have a different package for the Indian weddings that caters to the needs of the customers. These packages include various events and ceremonies of the Indian wedding like Sangeet, Mehndi party and the wedding day. We also have hourly rates for covering up the events that are not included in the package. It could be pre-wedding or other wedding events and we do cover up with hourly charges for these.
INDIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WITH CREATIVITY AT ITS BEST
Best Indian wedding Photography does not include just the clicking off pictures and making albums. It is much more beyond that. The pictures and the moments captured creatively, with the perfect angle and lighting, with an apt background and foreground with some special effects and technique is what envelops and defines and a true photography. We also blend our creativity with the latest techniques and post-production changes that enable and helps us to make wonders with the captured snap and come out with a wonderful wedding album for your wedding.
VIBRANT HUES AND LIFE IN INDIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Techniques and some effects do help us create magic with the captured pictures. An Indian wedding is usually very vibrant and colourful. There’s so much in it that you got to focus and capture the best that suits the moment and the picture. We don’t usually go with the vintage fade effects as they turn out to be very lifeless and dreary. We don’t even go for many desaturated effects and techniques as it actually desaturate all the colours and life from the pictures. At times, when the picture demands this kind of effects we do a double take and go for it. Instead of that, we always try for applying a technique that could bring in some life to the pictures. We always try to make it vibrant, colourful and lively. We use various resource tools, techniques such as the HDR technique and advanced flash photography technique, and implement all that we have researched and gained knowledge in, for creating perfect pictures.
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE SANGEET CEREMONY
The Sangeet ceremony is usually an elaborate one when compared to the actual wedding and reception. In our package of Indian wedding photography, we also include coverage of the Sangeet ceremony. All the performances and candid moments are all captured and preserved forever in your happy memoir. We usually arrive at the venue much before for preparations and capture all the candid moments before the guests arrive. When the couple arrives at the venue, we get a one to one photo session with the bride and the groom. And then we go for the couple’s shoot. We take approximately 20 minutes for this and do not consume much time. This is followed by the capturing of the picture from the Sangeet ceremony.
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE MEHENDI PARTY (HENNA PARTY)
Our Indian wedding photography includes Mehendi party coverage as well. We get to capture so many candid moments during this ceremony. The family and friends catch up and come together for the pre-wedding celebration and they get Mehndi(henna) applied on their palms for the wedding. Perfect colour, background, actions and emotions.
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE BARAAT
The baraat is one of the interesting and famous parts of the Indian weddings. You can see all the excitement and fun, all the music and dance and this makes up for a wonderful scene for clicking absolute happy pictures. The groom rides on animals which are decorated. There are horses and elephants that are used for the baraat. We’ve also seen rickshaws and animals that fly in from India, all the way, exclusively for these Indian weddings.
INDIAN BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAIT PHOTOS
Indian wedding portraits during the daytime – we love capturing the pictures in the sunlight. The stunning outfits of the bride and the groom glint in the natural sunlight more than what we could get from the artificial lights. For the Indian bride and groom portrait photo shoots, we begin with capturing pictures individually. The bride in her traditional bridal attire and the groom in his Indian groom’s attire is where it all starts from. Once this individual photography is done, we move on to the couple portraits wherein we try and click the pictures in all the styles and make sure we click pictures with a combination of traditional, creative, scenic, intimate, natural, and candid pictures for a perfect album. Since we have gained enormous experience and expertise, we get all these done in a short duration of time, without wasting much of the couple’s time. Following are some of the pictures, that would speak volumes about our work for the Indian wedding photography and couple’s portraits. These pictures are enough to tell what we do in the Indian weddings.
Indian wedding portraits during the nighttime – time is hardly a constraint for us. We click pictures in every light, at any time, in any location. All that we look out for is a perfect location, angle, background and a pinch of magical emotion. Be it in the morning or in the afternoon, be it in the evening or night, we click magical pictures with our lenses. Here’s to add a few pictures that speak all about our work and expertise.
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR INDIAN WEDDING CEREMONIES
Candid moments and emotional scenes are something very certain in the Indian weddings. Though the weddings are usually filled with traditional ceremonies and events, spiritual and religious customs, there are more to it. We aim at clicking pictures that would blend with a perfect angle synchronising the emotion and the situation. We click a close up picture and also a wide angled one with different angles. For instance, we very well know how to capture the moment when the bride receives blessings from the other married women, with perfect emotion and position. The couple, when they take rounds around the fire, making promises, there is so much that can be captured and clicked during this time. For other intimate photos, you can always check our portfolio or the Indian wedding ceremonies photos for getting a clear idea bout what we are talking here.
INTRODUCTION TO THE MILNI CEREMONY
The word milni is taken from the Hindi word “Milan”, and it is derived from the Sanskrit ex
TRADITIONS DURING THE MILNI CEREMONY
This actually occurs mostly in the Sikh weddings but there are Hindu families as well who follow this ritual. The men from the bride’s side exchange flower garland with the groom when he arrives at the venue. They also offer him gifts, cash, clothes and this symbolises the bonding of the families. There is an order that is followed while exchange the garlands and though it is a tradition, it is strictly followed in the families. They exchange garlands with the groom starting from the oldest generation followed by the younger one. This ceremony helps the groom and his family to understand the relative of the bride and it also serves as introducing the family members.
The fathers of the bride and the groom respectively meet each other during this ceremony and it shows the significance of their acceptance and the bond for the marriage and the relationship that is put forth.it signifies the uniting of two families.
KANYA AAGAMAN – THE ARRIVAL OF THE BRIDE
This is a very special ceremony in which the bride appears to the audience and guests. In Kanya aagaman, the bride is brought to the mandap. Though many other brides choose to meet the groom earlier, even before the ceremony itself, the actual ritual is only during this ceremony and it is only when the bride is brought to the mandap and the groom and the entire audience sees her though not clearly and completely. The wedding rituals are then resumed after the bride is brought to the mandap. The bride and the groom are separated and there is a white cloth in between them. They are not allowed to see each other. The exact meaning of kanya aagaman is “the arrival of the bride”, the bride is escorted to the mandap by her maternal aunt and uncle. This signifies that the maternal family of the bride is also convinced and are happy with this wedding and it also signifies the union and acceptance of the wedding. The bride’s procession is carried forward by the bride’s family, friends, sisters and cousins. The procession is then led to the mandap.
INDIAN BRIDAL ENTRANCES
Usually, the brides walk down the aisle and reach the mandap. In the Hindu Indian wedding, the bride is ushered down the aisle on a small carriage which is also called as doli. Bride’s cousins and relative carry the doli and the bride is ushered to the mandap then. Only after this, the var mala ritual and the ceremony begins.
Varmala ceremony is also referred to as jaimala. This is the commencement of the Hindu wedding. Only during this ceremony, the bride and the groom meet for the first time before the commencement of the wedding. This is the true essence of the Hindu Indian wedding. Mala is nothing but a garland made with flowers that are bunched and tied together in strings. The bride and the groom exchange the garlands and this represents the acceptance of the upcoming nuptials.
CONTENTS OF A MALA
Varmals is nothing but a word that is derived from the Hindi language. The varmala is made up of different flowers which look vibrant and colourful. They are also used for decorating the mandap and the varmala adds and compliments the beautifully set mandap. Some of the flowers that are used for making the garlands and for decorating the mandap are marigold, orchid, roses, carnations, and much more. The flowers during the ceremony represent happiness and excitement and it also adds up to the beauty of the couple and the setup. There is a change from the traditional type in the malas. Modern malas include dollar bills too, and it represents wishing the couple all the luck and joy in life.
VARMALA CEREMONY ( EXCHANGE OF GARLANDS)
Once the baraath arrives, the varmala ceremony takes place. This signifies the commencement of the wedding rituals. The groom meets the bride’s mother and makes his way to the entrance of the venue. Bride’s mother applies tilak. Aarti is also performed by the bride’s mother and this is for getting him rid of all the evil eye cast. After this, the groom makes his way to the mandap and takes his seat for the rituals to begin and waits for the bride. However, many couples exchange garlands after seeking the blessings of the bride’s mother. When the bride has also arrived on the mandap, the bride makes an attempt to exchange the garland. There is a small, happy and cute fight, that the groom playfully hinders her from placing the garland around his neck. This is one of the happiest and enjoyable moment as you could witness laughter and cheers all around. Then comes the grooms chance and the bride does the same playful act and then when the groom has succeeded in placing the garland around her neck, they take their seats at the mandap and the ceremony begins.
GANESHA PUJA HISTORY AND INTRODUCTION
Once the baraat has arrived, the groom walks down the aisle and makes his way to the mandap. He has to take his seat for the rituals to be performed. Before starting the ceremony and the rituals, the priest invokes lord Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god for removing all the hurdles and obstacles that might come in the way while performing the rituals in the wedding. For seeking the blessings and for attaining all the luck and happiness for the couple and the families, the puja is performed. This helps to seek protection from all the hurdles that might be foreordained. Usually, whatever be the occasion and ceremony, the Hindu religion followers commence their occasion only after performing puja with a prayer to Lord Ganesh.
GANESHA PUJA CEREMONY
The puja is performed by all the people on stage or around the mandap. The Ganesh puja involves the bride and the groom and their respective families. The groom, when he arrives on the mandap, or on stage, bows to all the family members and guests who've come to the wedding, and with that he offers a warm gesture and gratitude for their presence in the wedding. The bride is not present on the mandap when the groom arrives. It is only during the kanya aagaman the bride arrives on stage and makes a public appearance even though the groom does not see the bride as yet.
The happens during the Kanya Daan ceremony. The word ‘hastemelap’ has its origin from the Sanskrit language which means “the joining of the hands”. With the Agni devta’s presence (the lord of fire), the couple is united and the hands are made to a union and it is represented as vivah homa by the fire that is lit during this ritual. As per the ritual and tradition, the bride places the right hand on groom’s right hand. After this, for strengthening the bond, the groom’s sister or mother ties the ends of the scarves or dupatta worn by the bride and the groom and this is a significance of the words tying the knot literally. This is followed by the couple's vows in which they assure and accept each other as life partners and that they will remain united in the odds and happiness of life, sharing with love, care and compassion. They also vow and pledge that they would respect each other’s family and treat them with respect and affection.
MARRIED LIFE AND ITS EXPECTATIONS
Hastemelap is actually a vowing ceremony, but it is done traditionally and formally. In this ceremony, the bride and the groom exchange their thoughts, feelings, expectations and discuss the married life. The bride usually requests for the support from her husband and expects it for the entire life. On the other hand, the groom requests for the bride’s acceptance of the future life and support him in all his endeavors and walks of life. They seek blessings of god by bowing and thus vow to stay united ever.
During hastemelap, the two hands are joined and the bride’s mother pours some sacred water onto the bride’s father's hands, allowing it to flow through his palms and fingers and then making the water pass through the daughter’s hands and then finally on the groom's hands. Different mantras are recited and chanted throughout this cer emony. The curtain that was between the couple is lowered and it implies that Kanya Daan is observed.
GATH BANDAN ( TYING OF THE NUPTIAL KNOTS)
During this ceremony, the bride and the groom are tied in a bond. This is represented through a ritual that is performed in the ceremony. The end of the scarf or the dupatta of the bride is tied to the bride’s saree. This is done by groom’s sister. The scarf has copper coins, rice and betel nuts that symbolise prosperity, happiness and unity for the newly wed couple. The eternal bond is represented through this ritual in the wedding. The significance of this ceremony is their pledge before god to remain loyal and love each other.
THE RITUAL OF KANYADAAN
The exact meaning of Kanya Daan is “giving away the bride” and it is from the Sanskrit language. This signifies the bride’s parent giving away their daughter to the groom and his family. It is a small ceremony in which the bride’s father places his daughter's hand in the groom's hand and requests him for accepting his daughter as the groom’s wife and an equal partner for the entire life. The whole ceremony signifies the acceptance of the bride's father and her family for giving away their daughter to the groom and his family.
HISTORY BEHIND KANYADAAN
During the wedding, Kanya Daan is observed. It is because the bride is considered as a form of goddess Laxmi and the groom is represented as Lord Narayana. The parents, during the wedding, assists for uniting the two gods and the audience and guests are made the witness.this is a ritual performed in the Hindu Indian weddings and it is all performed for an approval from the bride’s parents and to get a consent from them to carry forward the ceremony and rituals of the wedding. During the wedding, the bride’s father gives way his priceless possession- the bride, who’s his daughter to the other family for a happy and prosperous life.
VIVAAH HOMA / HAVAN (lighting of the sacred fire)
The sacred light is lit after the Kanya Daan. In order to seek blessings from the fire god, and to bring the presence of Vishnu on to the ceremony, the sacred fire is lit and this takes place after the Kanya Daan. Vivah homa is actually performed for indicating the purity of the rituals that would be performed further and that in which the fire is used.
THE RITUAL OF VIVAAH HOMA
This is the crux of the set up of the Hindu weddings photography. In a copper bowl or a kund, a small fire is lit up by the priest. The fire remains for the other rituals as well and it lasts till the wedding ceremony ends. The fire is lit from ghee which is also called as clarified butter. Woollen wicks are also used for this. The couple repeats the mantras that are recited by the priest. Sandalwood, sugar, rice, oil, crushed herbs are offered to the fire that symbolises the offering of peace to lord Vishnu.
A phrase is repeated over and over again during the ceremony. The phrase is “id na mama”, and it means “ it is not for me”. This emphasises the bond between the couple that it should be of a selflessness and it is what is taught and conveyed during the marriage.
The fire is actually the mouth of the lord of fire- Vishnu. This symbolises power, happiness, knowledge and light. There are different mantras and pledges that are recited by the bride and the groom during this ritual. During this repetition, they request the Lord Vishnu, to be a messenger for the other prayers to different gods. They convey the message for healthy children to god santati, for a prosperous life to god samPatti and for a healthy and long living to god deergharogya.
SAATH PHERE/ MANGAL PHERE (walking around the fire)
The bride and the groom walk around the fire in a clockwise direction and with that they represent four goals in life. Dharma, religious and moral duties as their first goal. Artha which means prosperity as their second goal, kama which means the earthly pleasure as their third goal, and moksha which means spiritual salvation and liberation as their fourth goal. During the pheras, the bride leads it signifying that she’s determined to walk ahead and stand beside her husband in all walks of life.
MANGALSUTRA | INDIAN WEDDING CEREMONY
A black and a gold necklace, with a pendant made up of gold or diamond, with black beads, is called as Mangalsutra. It is actually a sign of love, luck and friendship. It ha a root word in Sanskrit, in which Mangala means sacred and sutra means to thread. This ceremony is followed by the hastemelap in which the bride comes and sits next to the groom on the left side which states that she’s taken the closest position to the groom’s heart. Then the groom proceeds the ceremony with Mangalya dharanam during which the groom places the mangal sutra around the bride’s neck and then applies sindoor, red vermillion (kumkum) on the centre of the forehead. These two rituals and ceremonies signify the devotion of the groom to his bride and it also signifies the new status of the newly wed bride as a married woman.
The bride and the groom exchange rings, then the mangal sutra is offered to the bride. The couple swears in and commits that they’ll support each other and be life partners for the rest of their lives with lots of love. In the Hindu wedding and ceremonies, the mangal sutra has a very important role, as it is a symbol of love and commitment to each other for the rest of their lives.
SIGNIFICANCE OF MANGALSUTRA
It is said that the black beads with which the Mangal Sutra is made of, have the blessings of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. It is said that the Mangal Sutra protects the bride from all evil power. The Sindoor (kumkum) is placed on the bride only during the ceremony because it has a very important significant role during the ceremony and ritual. The Mangal Sutra, the Sindoor and the ring signify that the phase has changed from a girl’s to a woman’s and it signifies that the bride is an adult who can run a household.
THE TYING OF THE MANGALSUTRA
Made with turmeric paste which has a bright yellow hue, it is considered as a very auspicious thread. Even at the time of bride’s Haldi ceremony, the same paste Is used. The Vedic mantra is recited during which the groom ties three knots and places the mangal sutra around the bride’s neck. The pendant and the thread vary and it could be a black beaded chain to yellow turmeric spread thread. The brides can change the threaded to a beaded one after marriage. It is a superstitious belief that the majority of the people follow and belief is that the loss or damage of the mangal sutra is considered as ominous and this is the reason it is given so much significance during the ceremony. The mangal sutra symbolises commitment and also protection from god.
SINDHOOR / RED VERMILLION / RED POWDER
After tying the mangalsutra, the groom then applies a small dot of vermillion or the red powder (powdered red lead) to the bride’s forehead signifying that he welcomes her as his life partner. It is for the first time that the bride gets applied it on her forehead and the bridegroom himself adorns the bride with sindoor.
SAPTAPARDI / SEVEN VOWS (seven steps together)
For beginning their lives together and for making its significance, the bride and the groom walk seven steps together. Each step represents a marital vow. Following are the vows and seven steps walked by the bride and the groom.
First step: To respect and honor each other
Second step: To share each other’s joy and sorrow
Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love, family duties and spiritual growth
Sixth step: To follow the principles of Dharma (righteousness) Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love
This is an emotional ceremony in which the bride departs from her family and goes along with the groom and his family. The bride, who has spent all her childhood days and have spent her life in her house, leaves now. The couple seeks blessing of their parents and this ceremony takes place at the end of the wedding when all the rituals are over. The bride is shoved off and led outside the doorsteps of her house by her parents and relatives. Before she crosses the last step, she takes three handfuls of rice and coins and throws back over her head into the house. This symbolizes that the bride is repaying for everything her parents have done for her.
This is an emotional moment when the bride leaves her house. The bride’s father accompanies her till the doli and the entire family are left teary eyed when the bride breaks down while departing. There is actually a mixed feeling during this ceremony as a new happy life begins and the parents are partially sad because of their daughter departing from them.
THE DETAIL PHOTOS FOR INDIAN WEDDINGS
One of the most anticipated things during the wedding is the bridal attire and the accessories. The jewellery, the attire, the shoes, the rings and all that the bride adorns during her big day is very important as there would be so many people watching her. For getting all the details about the bride’s accessories and the detailing is the morning time, when the wedding ritual begins. The bride is all decked up with the best of her appearances. Since it is the most important moment for the bride to look her best, while making the first appearance, we ensure we capture these beautiful priceless moments with our lenses. We ensure that there is perfect lighting, background and the angle to capture this moment, wherein all the detailing can also be preserved with the clicks.
Ceremony Detail Pictures for Indian Weddings
When you’ve spent so much and when you want everything to be the best, and by the time you get ready for the wedding and make all the arrangements for the wedding, you might miss out to view the wedding venue in person on the wedding day. And when you reach, you could see the venue already filled up with guests. We ensure that we reach the venue much before and capture all the set-ups for you with our lenses so that once the wedding is over, you can sit back and enjoy seeing the pictures. We capture all the wedding details and make up for a wonderful wedding album exclusively for you.
INDIAN WEDDING RECEPTION PHOTOGRAPHY
It is our responsibility to ensure that we capture all the precious, priceless moments during the wedding. We have different photographers to capture different people at the same wedding. For instance, there could be a wonderful moment when a groom’s friend cracks a joke and at the same time there could be one in the bride’s side too. We capture all the emotional and happy moments, all the dance moves and happy cries during the wedding. We try to make a wonderful heart touching story with our lens and the following are some of the moments straight from the Indian wedding photography- reception.
Reception Detail Pictures for Indian Weddings
As for the wedding venue, same goes for the reception details too. We reach the venue much earlier than the guests and capture all the pictures of the detailing and set up for you. We ensure we set a perfect angle and use all our techniques with effects and lighting to capture a crisp, vibrant and a wonderful picture of the reception venue. Following are some of the pictures from our portfolio.
For all your Indian wedding photography shoots and requirements, get in touch with us. We would be super glad to capture moments during your special day.