Photography Indian | Sikh Wedding
A Sikh wedding ceremony is called Anand Karaj, which means ‘blissful union’. Sikhs regard marriage as a sacred bond between man and woman, united in attaining worldly and spiritual joy. During a Sikh wedding ceremony, the bride and groom together with their families assemble together, and meeting and exchanging of presents between the couple’s parents and close relatives occurs. Then, the groom is seated before Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Holy Scripture of Sikhs, followed by his bride. The ceremony will then proceed with a prayer asking for God’s blessings and grace for this union, followed by singing of a hymn. The Laava, or Marriage Hymn, is then read and sung while the bride and groom encircles the Holy Scripture for a total of four times, once for each verse of the Laava sung. Singing of the Song of Bliss, Prayer, and reading of a verse from Guru Granth Sahib Ji concludes the marriage ceremony, and sweet pudding is then served to the congregation.
South Asian weddings are known for their bright colours, unique traditions, and big celebrations. One more thing that we’ve noticed about South Asian weddings: the celebrations can last for days! Many of them start off with an engagement party way before the wedding proper, and when it’s time to tie the knot, festivities reign in the houses of both bride and groom, followed by a culture-rich ceremony, and end in a huge, lively reception full of dancing and music. There are many variations on how different cultures celebrate their union in South Asian weddings, so let’s take a look at some of them now!
photography indian | In this portfolio I present photography of my work for South Asian Styles of Indian Weddings including Hindu, Sikh and Desi. I believe a wedding is about love and romance. When I approach the wedding I aim to see through that perspective. I also focus on the relationships involved and how that shapes the uniqueness of that wedding. All different relationships are such a spark and the body of the overall emotion that is about to occur. There is the primary relationship of the couple but also the friends and family. I find it very compelling to document the complexity of all the relationships present at the weddings.