Sat sri akaal is a greeting in Punjabi language used mostly by Sikhs. Sat means "Truth", Sri is an honorific word, and Akaal meaning "The timeless being, God." For Punjabis, this is how they greet each other. For me, it's my way of connecting to them and that's also how I get to feel their warm response. :)
It was FOUR CRAZY AWESOME DAYS of back-to-back wedding events for Janti and Sim's East Indian wedding and to witness and experience beautiful traditions unfold before my very eyes is a truly humbling and amazing experience.
DAY 1: Started with Janti's folks Mehndi and I knew right then and there that it's going to be one absolutely and overwhelmingly beautiful wedding.
Day 1: The Sangeet ceremony is all about dance and music. During the olden times, the Sangeet is exclusively for women and organized and observed only by the bride's family. But times have changed. Sangeet is now also observed by the groom's family! Oh what an evening of colors and movement!
The evening is capped with Jaago, which literally mean, wake up! Wedding fetivities has begun!
DAY 2: It's a day so windy, not much of the guests were able to use to the tents at the front and back of the Sim's house. Talk about cold! This day has multi-events as well. It's when Sim does her Mehndi, Maiya, and Choora. This is also the day when Janti's family observe Maiyan! It's gonna be really interesting. Lol
In the meantime, at Janti's place, the wind just won't stop. The ceremony was halted briefly, but then again who's to stop a tradition from happening?
Those colorful designs are what they usually call a rangoli. The design could be as intricate or as simple. There is no hard and fast rule to how it should look like. The groom now sits in front of it as he prepares for the Vatna to be applied. Family and friends then begin rubbing the yellow subtance on the boy or girl. This is concentrated on the face, arms, hands and feet. This ceremony is totally playful. Relatives may apply the vatna on every available body part while the ladies sing at the background.
After the Vatna, Janti cleans up.
Back at Sim's house, they proceed with the Maiya ceremony as well
DAY 3: Wedding Day. Woke up at 5am to get to Sim's house at exactly 6 to capture her preparations for the wedding.
Loooong day! But it's all worth it! Up next: The Reception
DAY 4: Had a photoshoot with the newlyweds at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald before they head out to their wonderful reception!
Working with these guys has been such a breathtaking experience!
Acknowledgment to Leroy Schulz Photography. The last image would make a stunning album cover!
Congratulations, Janti and Sim! Sat Sri Akaal!