On a snowy day in February 2012 I photographed Ami and Akshay’s Hindu engagement ceremony (also known as Chandlo Matli in Gujarati Weddings) in South London. Despite the chilly weather, the event was full of warmth, fun, laughter and joy. Later in the year, I also covered their civil wedding photography in Brent Town Hall North West London and several other Gujarati wedding celebrations leading up to their main day. One of the pre-wedding ceremonies was Ganesh puja followed by Haldi, which was held in Harrow, North West London. The Hindu God Ganesh is considered the ‘God of Luck’ and performing the puja before the wedding is intended to bless the bride and groom with good wishes for the future. Haldi is turmeric powder which is mixed with rose water and sandalwood. At the Haldi ceremony, this paste is applied to the arms, head and face of the bride and groom to enhance the beauty of their complexions and make their skin glow for the big day. The Haldi ceremony also holds the spiritual significance of blessing, cleansing and purifying the soon to be married couple.
I hope you enjoy these images from Ami’s Ganesh puja and Haldi ceremony.