January 25/26, 2015
Weddings are a little different in every Indian state. Each one has its own traditions and rituals. But whether in the North, South, East or West, all Indian weddings have one thing in common: BEAUTIFUL COLORS!
The vibrant palette of reds, pinks, oranges, greens, blues, purples, yellows and blues is unforgettable no matter which part of India provides the backdrop.
In South India, it is traditional for a man to remarry his wife when he turns 80 years old. The 80th birthday is particularly significant to South Indians, because it marks a time when the celebrant has seen 1000 moons in their lifetime. Interestingly, the wedding ceremony is exactly the same as the one conducted the first time the couple got married for the first time!
When I was asked whether I would like to shoot it I jumped at the chance!
It was a glorious two-day affair filled with flowers, delicious food, special rituals and of course, lots and lots of colors! On the first day, the couple participated in an elaborate pre-wedding ceremony. The following day, they actually got married again!
I particularly loved the moments when the beautiful bride smiled at her husband. I could tell that she was seeing in his face the young man who had married her all those years ago and remembering the moment when he tied the wedding thread around her neck, thereby consecrating their union as husband and wife.
This event was made even more special by the presence of the bride’s 95-year-old mother, adult daughter and granddaughter. Seeing five generations of stunningly beautiful South Indian women was definitely a highlight for me!
At the end of the two-day celebration filled with tradition, lights, laughter, flowers, priests sneaking out a quick tweet or Facebook post on their cell phones and happy people, we all agreed that it was indeed a perfect way to commemorate the entwining of two people and two families across a lifetime!
Thank you Karthik and Elizabeth Seshadri for entrusting me with capturing these moments for your family!