Indian Engagement Ceremony

The great thing about being a photographer is not only the array of colours and centrepieces present at engagement ceremonies, but also the people in attendance. This is especially true for the Indian engagement ceremony I attended. Neeti and Vishal’s Indian engagement ceremony was held at Beth’s Grammar School, which Vishal had attended in the past.

I had met Vishal via the Devasya Foundation in Kent, and was recommended by his brother Svetan.

The day itself was very lively, and thanks to the weather, was even able to squeeze in a post-engagement shoot that made use of the beautiful natural surroundings.

Once inside, the ambience and joy showed no sign of dying down, as the room was full of colourful outfits and beaming smiles, allowing me to capture some truly amazing shots. There was even a dance routine carried out by Neeti as part of a Bollywood dance routine.

The Indian engagement ceremony is a very important part of an Indian union. Also known as ‘Chandlo’, it is a common practice in the Gujarati community that not only sees two people commit to each other, but also allows extended family to get to know each other. This was certainly the case for Vishal and Neeti, as Neeti and family travelled from Boston in the U.S.

The love and joy experienced throughout the day was a joy to behold, and allowed me to capture some truly beautiful shots that can be enjoyed forever.

The great thing about capturing images of celebrations such as an Indian engagement ceremony not allows a couple to have the perfect keepsake of their special day, but it also allows those not in attendance to enjoy the experience, useful for those who may have difficulty when it comes to travel.

I wish Vishal and Neeti all the best for the future, and thank them for allowing me to be part of the special day.


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