I love being a Virginia Wedding Photographer! Especially when I get to photograph something I’ve never done before. Meet Alexis & Bhaba, they live in Roanoke, VA, but were getting married in NoVA at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA. They were having a Hindu ceremony and a traditional Christian ceremony with lots of guests and family coming in from near and far. I showed up the day prior to shoot the Sangeet and was blown away by all of the beautiful saris, mehendi, and dancing! It was a great night and I couldn’t wait for the next day.
The wedding day started with the Bride getting ready with her bridal party and beautiful Indian attire. Alexis and Bhaba were having a first look session prior to the first ceremony so they could have some alone time before all the activity started. After that it was time for the Barat. Again, I was blown away by all of the traditions. The bride’s family awaited everyone at the hotel entrance. This is known as the Swagatam. Then it was time for the Rakshaabandhanam where the bride’s father escorts the groom to the priest. From there they took Bhaba to the mandap to start the ceremony. They then performed the rest of the Hindu ceremony and it really was something to behold. It was very moving and beautiful.
With ceremony 1 done, it was time for the next one. Alexis and Bhaba went back to their rooms to change for the Christian ceremony. The service was performed by her step father and even though it wasn’t as long as the Hindu ceremony, it was still beautiful. What an honor it was to witness and capture this day for them.
The reception followed and was super. I thought they danced their butts off the night before, but I was wrong. The dancing never stopped until the DJ called it quits. I had a great time and was super honored to be a part of it. If you ever get to go to a Hindu wedding… go!
Here are some of my favorites from the day: