I was totally stoked about photographing Krina and Nitin’s Indian wedding in Christchurch. I’ll tell you why. These two are flippin’ AWESOME! My husband’s family live in Christchurch. And the CBD there has loads of very cool, contemporary architecture and incredible, colourful street art. I have to tell you how Krina and Nitin met. They were introduced to each other at a wedding I photographed in Wellington a couple of years ago. How cool is that?!
Krina and Nitin’s wedding ceremonies and celebrations took place over three days. In this blog post you’ll see photos from days one and two. Get ready to see vibrant outfits, dazzling jewellery, ancient rituals and traditions, and a whole load of emotion.
Day One: Krina’s Pre-wedding Prayers & Rituals
Day Two: Traditional Hindu Wedding Day
We started the day with Krina and Nitin’s location shoot in the Christchurch CBD. In the lead up to their wedding we talked about where we’d take their photos and the kind of vibe we were going for. I suggested Christchurch’s inner city with its impressive, modern buildings and structures, and colourful murals. Krina and Nitin were totally into it as they really wanted something different. Gosh! I love it when couples are unique like these two. What I love so much about these photos, besides being bright, bold and beautiful, is the contrast of their traditional Indian outfits in a very contemporary setting. With Krina and Nitin’s photos done, it was time for them to get married. Their wedding was BIG with a few hundred guests at the Lincoln Events Centre. After Nitin arrived in a cool, classic car with his groomsmen, they danced outside with guests joining in. Coming up are photos of Krina’s Mum escorting Nitin from his wedding car to the doorway of the Lincoln Event Centre. You’ll see the priest conducting an entrance ceremony that ends with Nitin crushing a little clay pot with his foot. This ceremony represents a Groom’s ability to look after and protect his wife. Then Nitin makes his way inside to the mandap ie ceremonial area. Keep scrolling to see Krina entering the wedding, and the look and smile on Nitin’s face when he sees her. It’s obvious how happy these two are to be together as they were smiling all day. With the wedding ceremony done, it was time for a few quick photos of Krina and Nitin with their bridesmaids and groomsmen around the Lincoln Events Centre. The centre’s modern design, and interesting lines and curves mean these photos complement the couple shots we did in the inner city. Krina and Nitin’s wedding day ended at Krina’s family home. That’s where the vidae or farewell took place. Krina’s family said their good-byes. As you can see from these photos the vidae involves more prayers and rituals to send the happy couple on their way. Krina and Nitin’s Indian wedding day in Christchurch was a blast. I left on a high looking forward to the following day when I’d be photographing their civil service and reception at Pemberton Gardens.
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