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Five fun packed days of events for a traditional Indian wedding at Grand Empire

Bride and Groom Entrance at their Indian Wedding at Grand Empire in Brampton

If you have never been to a traditional Indian wedding then you are missing out. In a culture steeped in sacred religious traditions, when the party gets going, it really gets going and spans almost a week!

Arrival of the Groom at Indian Wedding at Grand Empire in Brampton

First let’s begin with our couple, Adi and Aditi, who were a referral from a dear client whose family I have been photographing regularly for the last 4 years.

Groom's outfit at Indian Wedding at Grand Empire in Brampton

Groom on his wedding day at Grand Empire in Brampton

Bride's traditional Indian dress on her wedding day at Grand Empire in Brampton

Bride on her wedding day at Grand Empire in Brampton

I covered 5 days of events with the wedding couple and we started out with the Haldi ceremony. The Haldi ceremony involves the application of a Haldi paste to the bride and groom’s bodies before their wedding. The event is usually held at both the bride and groom’s places the morning of the wedding ceremony, although some cultures do this the day before.

Haldi, Traditional Indian Ceremony in Richmond Hill

Haldi, Traditional Indian Pre-Wedding Ceremony in Richmond Hill

After that, I shot the Sangeet ceremony together with the Mehndi. The literal translation of the word ‘Sangeet’ is music, or when used in this context it translates to music night or musical party. This is a time for the families to bond with the other side and is usually a loud, fun event, similar to a reception. Depending on budget, it can range between over the top, lavish events in grand halls, to toned down simpler affairs in the bride’s home. You might also see the division of the sexes where their needs are catered to, for example the ladies have henna applications, the men drink and the children dance.

Sangeet, Traditional Indian Pre-Wedding Ceremony in Richmond Hill

The Mendhi ceremony sees exquisite henna designs adorning the women’s bodies and is always a highly anticipated event for the ladies.

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Traditional Indian Wedding Ceremony Set Up at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

We started the wedding day itself with photographs covering the official ceremonies with both Adi and Aditi in their traditional attire. Following this, the pair did a quick dress change and we had a rushed 5 minutes to capture them before the reception entrance at the Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton. With an abundance of food, performances and dancing, we were able to document every last detail and freeze frame the energy from the night.

Welcoming the Groom on Hindu Indian Wedding Ceremony at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

Parents involved in Hindu Indian Wedding Ceremony at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

Hindu Indian Wedding Ceremony at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

Bride & Groom's first step as a huband and wife on Hindu Indian Wedding Ceremony at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

Indian Bride at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

This is where most weddings climax and end, but following the guidelines of a traditional Indian wedding. The wedding couple threw another lavish brunch at VUE in Toronto, where the two sides of the family got to reconnect before departing.

Sunset Portrait of Bride and Groom at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

Wedding at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

Wedding Photographer for Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

Wedding Photographers at Grand Empire Banquet Hall in Brampton

With so many memories to capture and a week full of ceremonies, good food and drink, and most of all, good, quality family time, Adi and Aditi certainly knew how to make their guests feel special. Some of my favourite photos documenting their Indian wedding tradition at the Grand Empire Banquet Hall were the simplest. The raw expressions of pure love on their faces, coupled with the delicate yet intricate details in their attire and of the henna designs, made for some breathtaking images that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Wedding Couple Entrance at their Indian Wedding at Grand Empire in Brampton

Indian Wedding Reception at Grand Empire in Brampton

Indian Wedding Party Reception at Grand Empire in Brampton

Photos taken by Dragi Andovski, published ©2017 DA Photography
2nd Photographer + Assistant: Jacquie Dudley
Photo Booth: DA Photography
Photography Session Location: Grand Empire Banquet Hall, Brampton, ON
Wedding Ceremony + Reception Location: Grand Empire Banquet Hall, Brampton, ON
After party Location: The Vue
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