Indian Wedding Photography in Columbia, SC
Josh and Angaeli had a dual wedding day in December in Columbia, South Carolina. On their first wedding day, the celebrated their wedding with a Hindu wedding ceremony with just their close friends and families. On the second day, they had their western wedding, they truly got the best of both worlds. Their Indian ceremony was so gorgeous! Typically, Hindu ceremonies can last over a period of a couple of days, but Angaeli and Josh were able to fit theirs into just a couple of hours. Love is very colorful in the Hindu religion! Today I want to show you their Indian wedding photography in Columbia, SC and show you just how colorful of a day it was!
The Intimate First Look
Usually when I begin a wedding day, I’m capturing all the details that set the tone of a wedding day. I think capturing details are so important! On Angaeli and Josh’s Indian wedding day, we immediately started with an intimate first look. Angaeli got ready at her home with her mother and sister while Josh finalized his look at the Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of South Carolina. Josh was looking SHARP in his white Hindu suit. We thought it was unique that the groom was the one in white on this day! Angaeli arrived to the temple in her vivid pink gown and her gold jewelry ready to see her groom! Her henna on her hands was specially created by her sister and even had Josh’s name written in as a special detail.
After we captured this intimate first look, we walked around the Temple grounds for some stunning Columbia, SC Indian wedding portraits. They were glowing!
The Family Portraits
In fact, the entire family was looking stunning in their traditional Indian attire. We made sure to capture the gorgeous family portraits before their intimate Indian wedding ceremony would begin. Before we began the Indian ceremony, Angaeli got her final touches ready with her mother.
The Indian Wedding Ceremony
It was time for Angaeli to slip off her shoes and meet Josh under the Mandap! The Mandap consists of four pillars that symbolize the four parents who worked hard to raise their children. I thought it was incredibly beautiful and thoughtful. Angaeli was escorted down the aisle by her brother, sister, and cousins before the ceremony officially started. Angaeli Reached the Mandap to seek blessings from Goddess, Parvati for a prosperous and peaceful marriage. Then Josh and Angaeli exchanged garlands to declare their willing love in front of all to see and to fully begin the Indian wedding.
Indian Wedding Ceremony Photography
Their wedding ceremony began by saying a prayer of good luck. Angaeli’s father placed her right hand into Josh’s right hand in the pursuit of dharma, artha, and kama (moral life, wealth, and love). Josh and Angaeli took a seat with their scarves tied to dignify the unity of their love. Their Indian ceremony was so fun. They and their parents were seated around a fire and then they had to circle the first 7 times. After the seventh time, Angaeli and Josh raced back to their seat and whoever sat down first is to be ruler of their home!
The Seven Steps Of Promise
Seven Indian wedding vows were exchanged between Angaeli and Josh.
- A Vow To Nourish Each Other
- One Vow To Grow Together in Strength
- To Preserve Wealth
- To Share Joys and Sorrows
- A Vow To Care For Our Children and Parents
- To Be Together Forever
- And A Vow To Remain Lifelong Friends
And Just like that, Josh and Angaeli became Husband and Wife
As a final step, Josh rubbed red powder called sindoor on Angaeli’s head and adorned her with Mangalsutra, which is a sacred necklace reflecting eternal respect and love for her. They threw rice over their head blessing their past and received blessings from the punditji, parents, and family for a prosperous marriage. I can’t express enough how honored I was to capture this Indian wedding ceremony.
A known tradition among Hindu weddings is the groom getting his shoes held for ransom by the bridesmaids. They did just that! Then lunch began! Angaeli and Josh had an Intimate lunch with their friends and family before they wrapped up their wedding day.
Indian Wedding Photography in Columbia, SC
Although Josh and Angaeli had a shortened version of an Indian wedding, it was still just as colorful and meaningful. I loved capturing their Indian wedding photography in Columbia, SC. The amount of true love and respect that is shared within an Indian ceremony really inspired me as a South Carolin wedding photographer. If you’re looking for an Indian wedding photographer in South Carolina, I know someone who would love to capture every moment of your memories!