Oh yes, I really love photographing Tamil weddings. Why they are so special? Well, they are so beautiful, full of emotions and colors. I find them really exciting and its always a great honor to be invited to capture Tamil couple’s special day(s), and create a wedding album filled with beautiful memories to look back on for years to come. I feel very lucky to have such a dream job. I spend my days doing something I love, surrounded by happy, excited people. I know how important weddings are in Tamil community, although I am not Tamil myself, but I photographed quite a few of them and I learned all about the religious ceremonies and celebrations. I’m not just capturing memories for you, I’m capturing a narrative of the day so that your loved ones can remind themselves of the story of your wedding whenever they like.
I specialise in documentary-style Tamil wedding photography. This means, as well as taking posed and artistic shots, I like to blend in and snap away at what I see. This means that as well as getting beautiful posed shots of your friends and family, you also get the laughter, enjoyment and jubilance of the day. With reportage photography, I am able to capture the tears of laughter on your Great Aunt’s cheeks as the listens to the speeches. I can capture the shrieks and laughter of the children as they race around the gardens after the ceremony. And I can capture the moment between you and your mother, where she told you the secret to a long and happy marriage.
As a photographer, I know how important it is to capture the emotions and love at the wedding.The photographs of the ceremony and traditions are important, but so are the lesser discussed ‘in between moments’ that fill the day. It’s these special moments that set me apart from other wedding photographers. I take beautiful posed shots, and always capture the important bits, but I also make an effort to seek out these in between moments. They might not be the moments you reminisce over with your friends, and perhaps you won’t even recall them by the end of the day, but they are an important part of what makes your wedding unique. Your mother wiping away a tear as she prepares you to talk down the aisle, the smile on your groom’s face as he sees you for the first time, and the private joke you share after the ceremony. These moments – these secret smiles, hand holds and loving glances – tell the story of your wedding.
One complaint that many newlyweds share is that they didn’t spend enough time together on the day of the wedding. They were both so busy catching up with friends and family, and having fun with their loved ones that they just didn’t manage to carve out time to enjoy each other’s company. As long distance relatives and old friends vie for your attentions, you will find yourselves pulled in different directions, perhaps meeting for a quick cuddle in passing before one of you is whisked away again. One thing that a lot of the couples I have photographed have told me, is that their time with me was some of their only time together on the day. As we make our way around the grounds of your venue to take photographs, I make a point of hanging back and letting the two of you talk. I know it is an important and busy day, and that your time is at a premium. As you chat about how happy you are, and how wonderful the ceremony was, and how funny it was when something unexpected happened during the ceremony, I will photograph you together. These candid shots are often some of the most beautiful because they capture that elation and love you both feel upon becoming husband and wife.
Tamil Hindu Wedding Ceremonies:
Before the big Day:
Gold Melting ceremony; the gold will be used to produce Thaali for one of the brides.
Mehndi night: I really love them, you can feel the beauty of family and friends gathering together, and the henna paining – amazing !
What happens ona day:
Arrival of the Groom:
Grooms man washes the feet of Groom.
Groom puts a ring on Grooms man Brides dad puts flower Garland on Groom Brides mother and aunt do a small prayer with a lit lamp for groom
Groom is welcomed by rest of brides family
Groom’s Procession down the aisle
Groom & tholan/grooms man, parents, tray bearers approach the altar
Groom sits down:
The tholan sits to his left
Parents walk past & come round clockwise & stand beside the Groom.
Tray bearers’ place the trays beside the priest & leave the altar
Angguraapanam – Five ladies sow seeds in a pot two from groom’s side & three from Bride’s side),
Tying of kappu/ string on hand for the Groom.
A coconut is cracked,
Siva Parvathi Pooja (Thali pooja) by the priest,
Navakiraha Pooja by the priest
Homam by the priest, Bride arrives and walks down aisle
Entrance of the Bride
Bride sits on the right side of the Groom. Tholan stands up
Bride goes through the same rituals as the Groom
Kannigadhaanam Respective parents sit next to the Bride and groom
Mutual gesture of respect of parents
Brides mother and father hand over the bride to the groom. Sovereign/gold coin from the bride’s parents is given away to the groom
Blessing of Koorai/ 2nd bridal saree & Thali/gold chain by the visitors on the first few front rows of audience,
Handing over koorai to the Bride. A coconut is cracked
Bride goes to change into Koorai/2nd bridal spree
Bride arrives and walks down the aisle & takes her place on the altar
Few of Brides cousins distributes flowers to the guests.
Groom Ties Thaali/ gold chain onto bride (CLIMAX OF WEDDING!!) I went to photography gold melting event to understand the idea behind Thaali and how it is created.
The Groom facing north, standing to the right of bride ties the Thali,
Bride’s representative distributes sweets to the guests
Applying kunggumum/ red powder to brides forehead
Exchange of place
Presentation – mirror, comb
Feeding of milk/fruit * Ammi mithithal
Malai martuthal (exchange of garlands)
If you would like to find out more about me, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I would love to show you my Tamil wedding photography portfolio in a wedding album, and talk you through the services I offer. It’s your special day, and I will do my best to create the wedding album of your dreams. So please get in touch and we can chat about your special day.