Sonaly and James held their Indian wedding at the Magic Gardens in Philadelphia, which was full of bright colors, beautiful people, and amazing cultural traditions.
I was with the groom as he prepared at the Windsor suite, and then later heard that the bride was getting ready only three doors down from where I live! Small world!
It was my first time being a part of an Indian wedding, and I learned that Sonaly and James chose which specific traditions they would follow in their ceremony, as the list is endless. Each part of the ceremony held deep cultural meaning. We loved the freedom we had to move because no one sat still or was quiet, which was refreshing compared to what we are used to as wedding photographers. The ceremony allowed for us to be in motion and move through the chaotic celebration to capture everything.
The bride’s mother was an absolute sweetheart, but she followed the tradition of tricking the groom to grab his nose, and it was hilarious to watch. During the ceremony the groom was also supposed to break glass but he kept missing it, which added to the laughter.
On a more sentimental note: at the reception there was a table dedicated to Sonaly’s aunt and father. She spoke of them during her speech, and how James helped her during some of the hardest times of her life. In return James sang John Legend’s “All of Me,” to keep in line with the couple’s laid back feel.
All in all it was a beautiful day and JPG was ecstatic to document their wedding. Congratulations!
Ashlee and Adam