Vidhi- Sweety + Evan – Indian Wedding Photographers Greenville,SC
The morning before Sweety and Evans wedding I arrived at the Vedic Center in Mauldin for the Vidhi. The Vedhi is a series of ceremonies and prayers which include the Ganesh Puja, Mandva Muhurat, Pithi, and the Grah Shanti. I cannot begin to explain how amazing this was to witness. The colors, the tradition, the closeness of the family, and an overwhelming sense of joy. My words cannot do it justice.
I would have to say one of my favorite parts of the Vidhi was the Pithi. This is a ritual that involves the bride being covered in the Pithi, which is a yellow paste made of several things including turmeric. It is said to cleanse and give the skin a radiant glow for her wedding day. And did I mention the groom does it too? Yes Evan got to join in the fun too and was covered in the Pithi. Needless to say this made for some fun photos.
The end of the Vidhi ceremony was capped off with the women of the family walking outside around the grounds with decorative pots atop their heads. Traditionally this was because the women would gather water to prepare for the upcoming wedding the next day. In modern times it is a symbolic ceremony. After the walking of the grounds the women come inside and receive gifts from the mother of the groom.
All in all it was an amazingly beautiful morning. I cannot thank Sweety, Evan, and both of their families enough for being so helpful, kind, and fun. A special thanks to Sweety’s cousin Sanjay for taking the time to explain some of the events of the day to me.
Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day.