Sikh weddings are colorful and luxurious, not to mention long events that last from days to weeks. As wedding photographers, we quickly realized that the meaning of the Sikh wedding tradition is a mystery not only to us, but sometimes to wedding couples and their guests. Over the years, we have recognized the importance of understanding the history and traditions of Sikh weddings. Therefore, awareness greatly affects our ability as a photographer to capture effective images. We have highlighted five photos that a wedding photographer must take during a Sikh wedding. These pictures show important traditional and cultural aspects of a Sikh wedding. It is also important to understand that each family values tradition in its own way. Still, it is the photographer’s responsibility to understand what is important in shooting.
- Bride’sTraditional Dress – Bride’s beautiful dress is not unique to Sikh weddings. But the bride with a Chunni draped on her head is an important moment. Chunni is a traditional headgear for Chunni itself often has sentimental implications for the bride and her family. The person who attaches a chunni to the bride is usually an important person to the bride’s family. Here are some tips: We usually use natural light for these types of images, but we also use video lights when natural light isn’t available.
- Bride’s Photo -As with any wedding, a portrait photo of the bride is essential. However, in Sikh weddings, tradition plays an important role in determining the portrait of the bride. In capturing this shot, the opinion of the bride’s family is important. Be creative when shooting a bride. Be aware of the type of portrait the bride and her family want so be sure to include this in your workflow.
- Turban Tying -The first item worn by the groom is the turban. The turban is a traditional Sikh headdress. In fact, anyone attending a Sikh wedding should cover their The person who ties the groom’s turban is often an important person to the groom’s family. Pose the groom in the way you need to get the best shot possible.
- King of theDay– The groom also puts a pin named Kulgi on the Kulgi is traditionally worn by princes and very important people. Kulgi is affixed by a family member important to the groom. Many people can be involved in this process, which makes photography difficult. Personally, we try to use a wide-angle lens that is as close as possible to the groom and gives some flexibility.
- Formal Family Greetings-Upon arrival at the temple, a Milni ceremony will take place. The word Milni means “greeting”. This ritual takes place before the family enters the temple. This ceremony is fairly quick, so it’s important to be prepared to capture The two families formally greet each other. The ceremony begins with the eldest family members. The Milni Ceremony is very playful. This is a great opportunity to take honest and emotional pictures.
These are just a few of the many traditions typical of Sikh weddings. We have been photographing Sikh weddings for years, and these weddings still amaze and inspire us. Looking for an artful eye for your Sikh wedding? Get in touch!!