Indian weddings are always very colorful and fun to photograph! The brides and grooms perform many beautiful and deeply significant rituals designed to unite their families and bring blessings upon their marriage.
Making things more fascinating is the fact that each Indian state has its own traditions. So the religious rites a couple performs depend on the part of Indian subcontinent their family originally comes from.
The bride and groom in this particular event both trace their ancestry to Andhra Pradesh, the northeastern-most state in South India. For that reason, the future husband and wife followed the traditional nuptial customs of the Telegu community that calls that state home.
Because the groom grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, the soon-to-be spouses gave their Hindu ceremony a little local flavor by exchanging their vows in the city’s famous Inner Harbor.
They said their “I dos” in the shadow of the historic Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse, the oldest screw pile lighthouse in Maryland.
Though the marriage celebration was traditional in many respects, the nautical locale necessitated a few modern tweaks. For example, instead of using a horse or elephant for his baraat (or processional), the groom arrived to the site by boat.
After the bride’s relatives offered her future spouse blessings and flower garlands, the couple tied a sacred thread around one another to officially become man and wife.
Then the newlyweds showered each other with rice — a matrimonial ritual meant to bring joy, happiness, wealth and prosperity to their life together.