Last weekend I had the chance of attending my Niece's wedding in the beautiful city of Pune. The weather was just amazing; overcast, with a nice cool breeze and light drizzle of rain here & there. Whats more, I though this to be the perfect opportunity to put to test my new Fujifilm X-E1 camera in difficult lighting conditions, which Indian weddings present themselves with. Indian weddings are mostly held at night, which means shooting at high ISO and demanding conditions for AF speed and accuracy. So the night before the wedding (i.e. the day we reached Pune), the family had organized a Sangeet (ceremony), this is primarily an event full of loud pulsating bollywood music, to which the entire gathering just goes crazy and dances. This night was awesome, with drinks on the house, the gathering just went crazy and danced away till midnight. Here you go with the first set of pictures from the Sangeet ceremony...
As the night came to a close with dinner and family & friends started to head back towards their homes, the couple was preparing for the next day - the "D Day"! People got up a bit late on the wedding day, still tired and with aching feet from last night's dance. But the morning was subdued with the bride (Pallavi) getting ready for the Haldi (Turmeric) ceremony. All the ladies who were elder to the bride put Turmeric on her and blessed her with their best wishes for a happy married life.
Yes it was drizzling in the morning and the weather was beautiful. After the Haldi ceremony got over, Pallavi took a shower and got ready to wear the customary bangles for her wedding. As per tradition, these bangles are symbolic of a newly married bride. The entire family got together for this; Pallavi's Mama and Mami (Uncle & Aunty) presided over the ceremony.
Pallavi took blessings of her late grandparents and went off to take some rest to gear up for the evening wedding & reception. The wedding ceremony started at 6:00 in the evening followed by a reception and dinner. Through the rest of the evening the guests met up with the couple and wished them the very best in their wedding life. As for me I was pretty satisfied with the pictures I had taken, especially with the form-factor of the new X-E1. Here are the pictures from the rest of the evening
As the night wound up with dinner, we went to our respective guest rooms and retired for the night, wishing in our hearts the very best for the couple who embark on an exciting new journey in their lives. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and were able to experience some of these events the way I saw them. \
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