This is the third post of Avni and Gurpawan’s Indian wedding story. Earlier, I had posted Garba and Sikh Ceremony previews. The Gujarati (Hindu) ceremony took place right after the Sikh Ceremony. The Gujarati ceremony was at the beautiful Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte NC. This was an outdoor ceremony. It was hot! This reminded me of the outdoor weddings I attended as a kid in India.
I captured images of the bride getting ready while the baraat was getting together. The bride changed her outfit for this part of the wedding, And the groom was now sporting clean-shaven looks. The second baraat was received and the groom was escorted to the mandap. Avni walked down the aisle shortly after the opening rituals. She looked beautiful! The mandap was open and allowed me to move around and capture different angles and views. The ceremony lasted for couple of hours. I did group session after the ceremony. The lunch was served inside (both the food and air conditioning were welcome!). The vidaai took place after the lunch.
And then it was time for me to get ready for the reception!
- Tesh Parekh
Beautiful Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte was the venue for Gujarati (hindu) wedding ceremony.
Bride getting ready for the second ceremony of the day.
From Salwar Kameez to Lehenga and Sari (Saree)…
It was Baraat time again!
It was hot!
The groom is enjoying his baraat…
Groom has arrived in style…
Groom’s reception. Sliding doors kept opening and closing on me as I captured these images!
Groom being escorted to the Mandap.
The open man dap allowed me to move around and capture images from different angles.
The groom has easy-going and fun personality.
One of the many rituals- groom’s feet being washed.
Kanya Padhravo Savadhan! Waiting for the bride.
Will it be a long wait?
Here comes the beautiful bride!
Beautiful henna on the hands holding the garland.
Henna on the feet too!
The colorful ceremony under the carolina sky.
Bride’s mother tying the knot.
It takes months to plan and Indian wedding! And it is finally here!
Hast me lap is making the groom smile!
The blazing midday sun, the bride and the groom…
This bride is quick!
Team Bride is all smiles!
An Indian bride goes through many emotions during the wedding. Happy here.
I love capturing candid moments!
Groom tying the mangalsutra. Team Groom helping.
Sweets are welcome- bride is dentist!
Saubhagyawati Bhava. Blessings to the bride.
Mr and Mrs…
A lighter moment during the vidaai!
The wedding ceremony is almost over!
Crushing of the coconut is part of the vidaai (bidaai) ceremony. Somehow it reminds of the backlog of work I have…
Yes- it is celebration time now! It is time for me to get ready for the reception.