24 Jan Red and White, part two: Indian Wedding in Tuscany, Italy
Indian Wedding in Tuscany, Italy
Wedding Photographer Tuscany – A gorgeous Indian Wedding in Tuscany, Italy
Indian Wedding in Tuscany / Love in full colors
White and Red, Becki and Divesh.
Two cultures and two worlds united when these two beauties met. The peak of their love was this stunning wedding weekend, with a beautiful White Wedding in Florence and with a crazy, fun, emotional Indian Wedding in the Tuscan Countryside.
Get ready to fall in love with this colorful, stunning Indian Wedding in Italy!
One thing is sure – the first Indian wedding a photographer shoots will be just unforgettable.
After a beautiful wedding day spent with Rebecca and Divesh for their gorgeous Protestant Wedding in Florence, there I was for the wedding day number two – an amazing Indian Wedding in Tuscany!
The whole wedding day took place in the beautiful Villa Catureglio, booked by the couple for the whole weekend.
The excitement was in the air, and the preparation for the Mandap (the sacred canopy) started very early in the morning involving the closest members of Divesh’s family.
Divesh wore his pink Sherwani (the traditional Indian formal male dress) together with his closest friends. I really loved the fact that all the wedding guests either wore a Sherwani or a Sari (the traditional Indian female dress), even the non-Indian guests. Having the opportunity to completely immersing into another culture is amazing, and I loved that every guest enjoyed that too!
While the guests enjoyed a traditional Indian light-lunch, Becki was getting dressed by the groom’s mother and aunt.
I had no idea, honestly, of how a Sari worked, and how much expertise does it take to build it and beautiful wrap it around someone’s body! It was so beautiful to watch (and photograph) Rebecca in her process of turning into the perfect Indian Bride.
The beautiful hair and makeup, plus the wedding mehndi (the henna drawing on her hands and feet) made her look incredibly beautiful, and the red sari looked perfect on her.
Before the ceremony, it was time for the Baarat – the traditional procession of the groom, together with his friends and relatives, up to the wedding location.
Divesh’s wasn’t my first Baarat – do you remember Sogol and Jad’s Persian-Lebanese Wedding in Lake Como? – but it was overly exciting nevertheless, and I absolutely loved the use of smoke bombs along with it, they just looked incredible!
From the moment Divesh walked – barefoot, of course! – under the wedding Mandap, the ceremony began.
After the blessing of the groom, Divesh had to seat behind the Antarpat (a decorated silk cloth) while Becki was walking the aisle with her brothers.
Becki received a blessing from the priest, too: then, the antarpat was lowered and they could see each other in their wedding dresses for the first time.
Many ceremonies and special moments take place during an Indian wedding, but the most emotional to me was the one called Mangal Phera. In that ritual, the bride and groom – whose dresses have been knot together – walk four times around the sacred fire. The groom leads the way the first three rounds, while the bride leads on the last one. The four walks symbolize the four Vedic inspirations in life: Dharma (the pursuit of one’s moral duties), Arthma (prosperity), Kama (passions), and finally Moksha (spirituality).
After that, in another incredibly powerful moment, the bride and groom walk together the Saptapadi, the Seven Steps, praying for the blessing of God. After the Seven Steps, they are officially proclaimed husband and wife.
After this beautiful, emotional Indian Wedding ceremony, we had a couple-portrait session – and then they all got ready for a gorgeous, black-tie party!
After a glorious White Wedding in Florence and a stunning Indian Wedding in Tuscany, it was up time for a wedding party that could celebrate both!
Becki and Divesh decided for a black-tie event, an aperitif followed by an Italian-style al fresco dinner and a gorgeous party!
Becki wore a pink dress this time: the perfect outfit after a white wedding gown and a red Sari!
The dinner took place in the gorgeous garden of the villa, surrounded by olive trees and candle lights. It was just amazing, and so was the party that took place after the dinner!
An amazing end to an amazing wedding. Thank you for sharing that with me!
Vendors & Venues
Wedding Coordinator: Laura from Kate & Rose Weddings
Hindu priest: Dr Nandakumar from The Bhavan, West Kensington
Bride’s Wedding Sari: Indikal, Leicester
Groom Sherwani: Vanshik, Ilford
Hair & Make-up Artist: Martina Bellinato
Catering: Delizie Deliziose
Henna: Henna Lovers Mehndi Artist
Flower designer: VerdeMania
Photography: Selene Pozzer from ManiSol Wedding