Kiran & Sehaj - Part I

This is a big one visitors, so please give a little extra time for the photos to load, LOL!  Since this was a giant 5 day celebration for Kiran & Sehaj, and we have so many photos to share... we will split this up into three posts.

A Trilogy of Wedding awesomeness if you will!

This post contains moments captured from the first three days of the five day wedding celebration. This is everything leading up to the wedding day. I'll break down the main ritual points below.

Kiran & Sehaj, their family and all their friends are pure amazing! Before the celebration even began, we were invited in like family. We were accepted into this beautiful community of people and we never wanted it to end. Indian weddings are a joy to capture for me. I'm not saying they are better than all the other kinds of weddings... bunt kinda, LOL! I sure as hell wish I had a Barat at my wedding!!  All weddings of all types are beautiful to me. The big difference I notice at Indian weddings, Sikh or Hindu, is that it really is a marriage of families. The bond of these two families being joined together by two people in love is so very strong and a pleasure to document. So let's get on to the celebration...

The first three days are filled with traditions and rituals that usually translate into "let's party". Here's a simple break down... The bride and her family does stuff, The groom and his family does stuff, and then they come together to do stuff. Then they are blessed, safe and ready to get married.

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“ The Bride's Sangeet - Is simply a party, LOL! It begins with traditional folk songs sang by the women and traditional Indian dances into the night. There will be more of these nights on both sides to come. It was beautiful to watch Kiran's mom become so emotional with her family while singing. ”

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“ The Groom's Sangeet - Another party to kick off the celebration, this time on Sehaj's side. As you can see from the photos... this evening was all about the Women on his side of the family. ”

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“ Mehndi - (or Henna) is a paste that is applied by an artist to the hands, arms and feet of the bride and many other women in the family and wedding party. It is said that the longer it stays on, and the darker it is, the stronger the love is between the bride and groom. ”

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“ Sahaj's Mehndi (or Sagai) - This is another set of rituals on the Groom's side where Sahaj's Mother, Sister and Brother apply a tiny dot of henna to his palm for good luck, and congratulates him by feeding him sweets... and then they party the night away. ”

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“ Maiyan - In simple terms, this is where her family and friends cover the brides body in yellow paste and feed her deserts. The Maiyan is a design made from coloured powder, rice and flour. Vatna (the yellow paste), a mixture of turmeric powder, flower and mustard oil is applied to the face, arms and legs by close family members on each side. This is fun. The mother then performs a ritual and mixes the design with water and leaves two handprints on the house showing that this is a wedding house and to protect the bride and groom for their wedding. ”

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“ "Chura" is basically a set of red and cream ivory bangles that is touched and dipped in milk by Kiran's Aunts and Uncles... they touch the Chura and give their heartiest wishes to the Kiran for her future married life. ”

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“ The Groom's Maiyan rituals... ”

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“ The Jago - Is another celebration the night before the wedding... one last excuse to dance and party. Jago means "wake up" and gets everything in the mood for whats to come. A decorated pot is placed on the dancers' heads, we march through the streets to a relatives house, dance (sangeet) and then head back to his home to party the night away. ”

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- Curtis

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Kiran & Sehaj - Part II

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This is Part II of III of Kiran & Sehaj's five day Sikh wedding... The Ceremony, some adventures and leaving home...

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Kiran & Sehaj - Part I

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This is a big one visitors, so please give a little extra time for the photos to load, LOL! Enjoy part I of III for Kiran & Sehaj's amazing Sikh wedding celebration.

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