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Dalia & Gopal are Married (an Indian wedding)

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Dalia and Gopal got married this fall, and I was so happy to be a part of their day. Their wedding day consisted of two different ceremonies–one traditional (in the American sense of the word) and one Indian–and a fabulous party. The colors were vibrant. The food was fabulous. The bride wore three different beautiful outfits. The jewelry was sparkly. The music was hoppin’.

It was a full day. We shot in full sun which was tricky. And this photographer experienced a full blown fever and illness in the middle of it. I felt awful. I am so glad that I was able to bounce back enough as the day wore on and keep working away. Dalia and Gopal’s wedding was beautiful, and it was a privilege to photograph it at the JW Marriott. I felt like I was transported to India for the day. Enjoy!

We first did the traditional ceremony:

Cutie flower girl:

The groom’s vows:

I’m loving this recessional shot. I love the emotion, the color, and the flower petals in the air. Woo hoo!!!

The bridesmaids wore purple saris for both ceremonies:

Then we got to do it all over again–Indian style:
I like the simplicity of this shot. The groom’s grandmother gave him that necklace to wear on his wedding day.


The patriarchs of Dalia’s family escorted her in for the second ceremony. Dahlia and Gopal’s extended family played a big role in their wedding day.

Because the Indian ceremony is born out of a tradition of arranged marriages in which bride and groom meet for the first time, many elements in the ceremony are games designed for the couple to get to know one another. Of course, Dahlia and Gopal had met before, but they honored the tradition in the ceremony.
They look at one another in a mirror.

They searched for rings in a jug of water. The first person to snag the ring won. And they took turns throwing rice and flower petals on one another’s head. The first person to run out of the petals and rice won. I think Dalia is 2 for 2.

One gorgeous couple.

The reception was hoppin’. All different ages and types of people got up and danced. The friends and family of the bride and groom prepared dances to entertain Dahlia and Gopal and their guests. To my untrained ear, it sounded like we were in an Indian night club. I secretly wanted to be the barefooted drummer chick who was pounding away on the dance floor. Thanks,
West Vita, for including me on this one.

The Hookah Bar (communal smoking)