Indian weddings are usually a lot of fun and colorful which makes them a true joy for wedding photographers like us. But beneath the layers of religious rituals, elaborately choreographed dances and dazzlingly ornate vestments lays what Indian marriages are really about: family.
When an Indian bride and groom tie the knot, their two families become one in a significant and deeply meaningful way. As a result, the couple’s parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and siblings and their in-laws play important roles in the matrimonial rites.
And as wedding photographers who have photographed many Indian wedding ceremonies, we know to be on the lookout for those special moments that highlight those critical familial bonds.
There was no shortage of those moments during this wedding at the Hyatt Regency Dulles in suburban Washington, DC.
We were particularly happy, however, to have captured this image of the bride smiling at one of her aunts.
As is the case with many Indian ceremonies, this particular wedding was a three-day affair that was both fun and taxing for the couple.
When at last the time for the actual tying of the knot arrived, the anticipation had built, and the bride could hardly wait to see her future husband.
Just before he came into the room, the bride’s aunt gave her a reassuring touch on the shoulder. The bride then turned and flashed her relative a smile that said, “I’m so glad you’re here with me on this special day.”