International Wedding Photographers: Bengali Haldi Ceremony |Sara and Saad – Part II|

One of the most joyful and colorful wedding events is the Haldi (gaye holud in Bengali), when family and friends gather for a night of feasting and celebration. We cannot wait until you see Sara and Saad’s! The entire sky seemed to dance in celebration of our couple that night, as the sunset brought a sky painted with a rainbow of colors. We zipped away across the hills for the bride and groom’s first look, and captured romantic photos of the couple seeing each other for the first time.

Once we made it back to the gathering group of happy friends and family, the groom entered the crowd to song and dance, accompanied by his guys. The bride made her grand entrance with her ladies leading the way, and her father and brother helping to carry her in on her flower-covered palanquin. A fun and energetic night followed, with dance routines performed by both the bride’s and groom’s side, and the traditional foods and deserts served to the couple. And of course – no Haldi would be complete without the fun of the fragrant turmeric paste that the family paints on the hands and face of the bride and groom…
How beautiful is this sea of gorgeous colors?
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The stunning bride!
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Love the groom’s look!
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How beautiful are these two?!
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Love!
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Love the groom’s reaction to his bride’s entrance…
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…and one of the cutest photos of the year!
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An incredibly fun evening, full of amazing dances and laughs!
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Sara and Saad, we are so happy for you both, and love how your vibrant Haldi is a reflection of your vibrant love for each other! We hope every day and year is filled with as much joy as you experienced one this day!
Cheers,
-Matt & Ivy

A few words from the bride:

The ceremony known as the gaye holud in bengali or haldi in hindi, involved family and friends applying generous amouonts of turmeri paste on the bride and groom. This is done becuause turmeric helps bring a pre-wedding glow to the couple. The tradition is followed by friends of the bride and groom engaging in a proxy war through choreographed dance performances (think:bollywood dance off). Traditionally this will be the last time the couple sees each other before their formal introduction to the world as husband and wife. Our haldi was exactly what I wanted, it was an explosion of colors, sound, and it was just an obnoxious combination of the two. It’s exactly how I wanted my haldi to be, just very loud and vibrant and filled with love.

Stay tuned for Part III!

| Photographer |Matt and Ivy for Ivy Weddings | Third Shooter Assistant| Shanna Tims | Location| Texas Star Golf Course| Event Planning | Lavender Pearl | Video | Ali Kareem| Decor| Weddings by Farah | Hair  + Makeup | JTorry Makeup Artistry | DJ | DJ Jazz Entertainment | Food | Seven Spice Plano