This was taken at a Catholic wedding which is not at all unusual in this part of India. It was similar to other christian/Catholic weddings I've been to but with a few differences. Some are apparent in the photo. For one, women wear saree. Even the bride was wearing a white saree although you can't tell because the veil is covering it. Guys generally don't wear traditional Indian clothing. The groom & fathers wear suits and attendees typically wear button-down shirts, slacks and sandals. Another thing that is different is the "bridal party". Here they are sitting on the floor while the ceremony is in progress. I'm not sure how they decide who is up there with the bride and groom; there was no "best man" or "maid of honor." The ceremony itself was pretty similar to Christian weddings -- the priest does a lot of talking and vows & rings are exchanged.
You can barely see it but the lady in the burgundy saree is holding an ordinary briefcase. This came out during a special part of the ceremony where the bride was presented with a saree as a symbol to show the groom will now support her.
During the "climax" of the ceremony people gathered around the bride, groom and priest. The photographer's assistant held a bright light on the proceedings so it looked kind of like a press conference.
Finally, there was no "you may kiss the bride" at the end.
- Copyright: Mike Chachich (mdchachi) (1617)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-02-22
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS 5, Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USM, Fuji Superia 800
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Two Weeks in India
- Theme(s): Weddings, Marriages [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-03-31 21:13