Anisha & Garrick’s Wedding will be one that I will certainly never forget. This was my first time being introduced to the Hindu way of marriage and it was truly beautiful. There are so many amazing traditions that this culture celebrates during a wedding day and I loved how the whole day was based around the families coming together. Anisha & Garrick are the most laid back and joyous people! They had so many events happening throughout the day and they embraced each and every moment. The day started out with Anisha and her sisters and best friends getting ready at the Inverness Hotel in Denver. Unlike a traditional white American wedding gown, Anisha was covered from head to toe in the most beautiful traditional lehngha lined with gold and embroidery. Ever so intricate and elaborate. Traditionally the Bride also adorned with henna on her hands and feet. Anisha told me that the darker the henna the more her mother-in-law loves her. (Anisha’s was very dark as you will see!) Garrick and his family are not Hindu but you almost wouldn’t know! They all embraced the culture as their own and took place in all the rituals with open arms. Garrick wore a traditional Sherwani and may I say looked very dapper sporting it!
To start the ceremony Garrick was escorted on a white horse into the wedding venue. The couple had explained this to me so I was aware that it would be happening, but I had NO IDEA how emotional it would be! All of Garrick’s family surrounded him and danced to music and celebrated while he was introduced to Anisha’s family. They welcomed him with gifts and also welcomed his family. The guests then entered the ceremony area where Anisha then entered escorted by her sisters. Anisha & Garrick exchanged garlands symbolizing their acceptance of and commitment to each other. During the Hasta Milap (The eternal bond) Anisha places her right hand in Garrick’s right hand, symbolically uniting their souls. The couple vows to look upon each other with sympathy, love and compassion, to be strong and righteous, and to show goodwill, respect, and affection to each other’s families. Through many more rituals the couple gets closer and closer to becoming united in marriage. Towards the end the couple performs a Saptapadi (Seven steps). In Hindu philosophy, if two people walk seven steps together they become lifelong friends. Anisha and Garrick took seven steps together to symbolize their journey through life while making promises to each other with each step:
- To nourish each other
- To grow together in strength
- T preserve their wealth
- To share all joys and sorrows
- To care for their children
- To be together forever
- To remain lifelong friends
How beautiful is that!? More traditions including Garrick placing sindoor in Anisha’s hair symbolizing strength, support, and nourishment, Anisha and Garrick stand to face the sun and both pray for the strength to lead a creative, meaningful, and worthy life and Anisha’s mother and three married women whisper blessings in her ear all take place. They also exchange rings and although it’s not traditional in the Hindu ceremony to kiss. . . they did!
The emotions were on high and everyone congratulated the newlyweds as they recessed out of the ceremony venue. The rest of the evening was spent mingling with friends and family all dressed to the nines! Their reception included traditional dance performances from friends and family and a delicious Indian dinner.
I am truly honored to be a part of every single wedding that I photograph, but this one was so incredible to see and learn about another culture. Thank you Anisha & Garrick for being the amazing people you are and Congrats on your marriage!
Photography: Sarah Hill Photography
Makeup: Anjali Gupta (Bride’s sister!)
Entertainment: DJ Babu G
Videography: Devin Scheer at Good Angle Pictures
Cake: Lindsay Marchiano at Hilton Denver Inverness
Catering: Mini India’s Restaurant
Invitations: Mascotte Designs in Mumbai India