When we photographed this beautiful Indian wedding in northern Virginia we were fascinated by the beautiful colors. From the bride and groom to the wedding guests people were clad in vibrant hued wedding attires made from exotic fabric.
What we noticed most while we were photographing this wedding was that the color red seemed to play a vital role in the wedding attire of the bride. She wore red to the wedding ceremony instead of the more traditional white found in the wedding dress of many other cultures.
Though wedding ceremonies and rituals differ from Indian state to state one thing remains constant. The main color associated with an Indian wedding is always red. The bride usually wears a red Sari, red holi powder on her forehead and red bangles as part of the tradition.
The significance of why red is such an important part in Indian weddings can be found in Indian mythology as well as Indian astrology.
The color red is associated with the Hindu Goddess Durga, who stands for power, strength and valor. She is also considered to embody purity and eternal love.
The planet Mars, which plays a vital part in Hindu astrology is also considered the red planet.
Red is also called the color of passion and fertility, thus symbolically ensuring those to the married couple.