Manjot & Sumeet – Part I of III

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This is a big one friends, so please give a little extra time for the photos to load, LOL!  There will be two more posts after this one to complete Manjot & Sumeet’s wedding week story… so sit down and get your coffee ready… enjoy!

This post contains moments captured from the first three days of the five day wedding celebration.  This was super fun to capture and thanks to Julie Fulsher for getting the guys side… it looked wild!  This is everything leading up to the wedding day.  I’ll break down the main ritual points below.

Manjot & Sumeet, 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 a Barat happened at every 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.  They begin with the “Sangeet” which is a party… singing and dancing the night away.  

And then they each have their own “Maiyan”… In simple terms, this is where the familes and friends cover the bride & Groom’s body in yellow paste and feed them 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.

Sumeet’s Maiyan had some other stuff too, LOL!  Enjoy the start of this great adventure!  C

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