Here are some of my favorite images from Amrits and Sundeeps Civil wedding which was also the day of Amrits Chunni and Sandeep's Kurmai
The chunni ceremony is often referred to as the official engagement. The roka is an informal engagement when the couple are blessed and recognised by both families as to-be-weds. The chunni cements this and makes them official fiancés.
The ceremony involves the boy’s family visiting the girl’s house or venue that they have arranged to accommodate the guests. The boy’s family bring gifts comprising of fruit, Indian sweets, meva (dry fruit) and a complete outfit for the girl. Some families opt to bring many more gifts, although this is neither expected nor necessary.
Women who are closely related to the boy, usually his sister or sister-in-law, present the girl with a red outfit. Ladies in the boy’s family will then dress the bride in these clothes – in the privacy of a separate room of course! They usually bring matching cosmetics and nail varnish, which they also put on the girl.
The kurmai can precede the Anand Karaj (marriage ceremony) by any length of time – literally years to one week before. As a key component of the Punjabi engagement ceremony, the kurmai ceremony is traditionally held at the groom’s home or at a gurdwara. The groom is presented with gifts brought by the bride’s family. The gifts often include a gold kara (Sikh bracelet) or a wristwatch.
The hospitality from the family was just amazing, myself and the team were all given a place to stay the night before, which was where Amrit was to get ready it was a nice little house out in the country side. We all were provided with a full english breakfast what a great start to the day. Once myself and the teams bellies were full it was time to start working we captured Amrit's morning preps with the usual family shots.
After the family shots it was time to make a move to the venue where the Civil wedding will take place.
I have to add everyone made sure the team was well looked after and not once did we feel like hired help in fact we felt like part of the family, we were even told to put our cameras away and to join in with the celebrations.
So have a look at what unfolded at this amazing Civil wedding.
Photographers on the day Paul Tak & Taran
Video Team Vid-ego