In November I teamed up with my friend, hair/makeup stylist Happy Bassi, in Modesto to photograph a beautiful bride as she prepped for her wedding day. I am very new to the culture of Indian weddings, but from what I have been a part of I love them! It's so different from the American weddings we see yet the theme remains the same, love and marriage. I love weddings, it's just something wonderful about two people who come together in love and share their union with those closest to them.
This was my very first shoot with an Indian bride and I was bubbling over with excitement, I wanted to cover this shoot with excellence!
Meet Roshni. She was very kind and welcomed me with excitement that I would be photographing her bridal preparation because she was certain she would have no pictures to look back on, other than those from her ceremony from a different photographer. While I was there for a few hours, I asked her all about her future husband and how they met and where she was from. Roshni was from New Zealand, loved her accent I could listen to her speak all day. She met her future husband through her cousin (whose house we were at, prepping for her ceremony) and they had been together for about a year. She told me how she was excited but nervous, which is normal,how she spent months adding crystals to her wedding gown and wanted her dress to be modern in purple (rather than the traditional ornate red and gold) and how she was sad her parents couldn't be here to watch her get married. Luckily her Aunt, her mom's sister, would be by her side in place of her mom and dad. She took pictures with a camera she planned to send back to her parents in New Zealand so they could have memories of her special day. It was bittersweet and I was very touched.
My favorite part of the bride getting ready for her wedding is the transformation she undergoes, from simple hair and little to no makeup, to an even more gorgeous version of who she is. And with Indian brides, their transformation is even more dramatic and colorful, their gowns are gorgeous, jewelry so sparkly, the mehendi (henna) so intricate and unique, it's an incredibly awesome process.
Enjoy Roshni's transformation from beautiful to a gorgeous bride, it's fabulous!