Highlights from Shilpi and Anish’s wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park:
Shilpi’s dad contacted me about his daughter’s upcoming hindu wedding just a few short weeks before it happened. He felt it was important to capture it and enjoyed my work online, and was referred to me by one of my own past clients, who is now also a wedding photographer. It was going to be a smaller event. Many Indian weddings are HUGE gatherings, but they kept this to close family and friends, and more intimate.
The Sangeet was held at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset NJ, followed by a ceremony the following morning in her parent’s back yard. The Sangeet is a party where family and friends sing, dance, and celebrate the upcoming wedding of the couple. This one featured a couple of her friends as MC’s hosts introducing different acts, while interjecting their own humor throughout. Acts included speeches by dad and some close friends, singing by mom and some family and friends, and a few dance performances including some featuring the bride.
Indian weddings in general are very colorful, especially the ceremony. There are lots of little symbols and prayers, including a little fire which represents light, power and knowledge. The couple is married after walking around the fire 4 times. Then they take 7 steps together which are essentially their marriage vows, completing the ceremony. This is what the 7 steps represent which I think is quite lovely:
With the first step, we will provide for and support each other.
With the second step, we will develop mental, physical & spiritual strength.
With the third step, we will share the worldly possessions.
With the fourth step, we will acquire knowledge, happiness and peace.
With the fifth step, we will raise strong and virtuous children.
With the sixth step, we will enjoy the fruits of all seasons.
With the seventh step, we will always remain friends and cherish each other.
Our best wishes to the happy couple for a wonderful life together, and thanks again to Shilpi’s dad for choosing us to capture the beautiful wedding!
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