When Manisha reached out to me about their wedding I was instantly thrilled to be working with them. I was honored and thrilled to learn more about Indian wedding traditions. Most of all I could sense the love and respect they have for each other, an added bonus it was a local hometown wedding for me. Needless to say I have been looking forward to photographing their Indian Maine Wedding.
Manisha and I had lots of pre wedding meetings and conversations about their DIY “Indian Fusion Wedding.” they wanted to keep it semi low key and focus on implementing some traditions but also ways to keep it genuine to them as a couple, and boy did they pull it off! Friday night was a traditional henna party where even I got some work done for their big day, and Saturday was their big day!
Everything was done in the backyard, minus some portraits done down the road at Wolfe Neck State Park. Terence used to work there so this was an added special element to the day. Their family and friends just wanted to celebrate on this beautiful sunny day, and even started an epic dance party to make me happy, but turns out it made all the guests super happy. The food was yummy, the colors were bright, tears of joy were everywhere and love and laughter filled the air. Thank you for allowing me to capture your beautiful weekend.
Love & Joy!
We first met at work. I had just started there and he was one of the first people I shadowed for a day. And of course, the day I shadowed him was a crazy, eventful one too! We laugh about it still today. We didn’t chat much after that and fast forward two years later, we both end up working on the same team. We both were in different places in our lives and things just developed from there. I didn’t know I had met my future husband two years earlier. Crazy, isn’t it?! You just never know..
At our home, while I was at our dining room table, studying for a licensure exam! Totally caught me off guard!
You want the most memorial- oh man, so tough!
Dancing with friends and family in our backyard, especially when we busted out into Indian garba dancing in a circle! Loved how our friends and family embraced it and just went with it and had a great time doing it!
Because I can’t pick one – it has to be my niece singing Jack Johnson’s “Better together”. We had no clue she had planned this and it just took us by such surprise. Love her.
When Manisha‘s little nieces stole Terence’s shoes while he was on the mandap (stage). A tradition for the brides side to try to steal the grooms shoes as soon as he takes them off. And a surprise for him once he tries to put them back on to leave the mandap. In exchange to get his shoes back, he has to fork over the cash!
We both agreed on this one!
Well we were fortunate to travel to India to find our outfits for us and the wedding party as well as other items. It was Terence’s first trip to India and he got to meet so many members of my family. That meant so much to me as they would not be able to come to the US for the wedding.
Well, try not to let all the pressure get to you. This is your wedding and the both of you make it what you want, how you want it. For example, We couldn’t hire an Indian priest in Maine (as there isn’t one locally and out of state too expensive) and it worked out so much better! Our friend was our officiant and helped us blend a Hindu ceremony with a traditional Christian/American ceremony. We kept the elements important to us and made it our own. That is very special.
And…don’t stress about decorating, and having things you’ll never use again. Use personal items to you and your family. We used my mom’s old saris, ours and his mom’s own oil lamps and jars and other things from our home. It’s more personal that way.
Finding a way to honor both families.
Photography: Maine Tinker Photography
Hair and Make Up: Ariel Johnson
Food: Bombay Mahal
Deserts: Wicked Whoopies
Henna: The Eye Of Hena
Bride and Groom’s Attire: Bought in India on their trip.