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In the south of India, this part of the wedding was called Maaplai or Jaana Vasam or, in the north, Baraat. Historically, the groom and all of his family traveled to the bride’s city to celebrate their wedding. The groom typically rode in on a horse and the whole village would receive him with great festivities.

Without a doubt, of the three days of celebration that included Tara and Rohan as well as all of their family and friends, this final day was the most packed with energy. You could feel the force with which each person lived every single moment. The procession full of dancing, music, songs, shouts and laughter was such a joy and it absolutely invited photography. The vitality was so contagious that it pushed me to capture, in photographs, that same force, love and life. The procession was closely followed by Milni (the meeting of the two families) and the surprises didn’t stop – surrounded by jokes, laughter and immense happiness, the families were introduced to each other. Everything happened so fast and so suddenly that there wasn’t space to get distracted – every single moment was ripe for documentation. This combination of the richness of color, the rituals, the jokes, and the sincere expressions of affection is, undoubtedly, one of the reasons I so enjoy these kinds of weddings.

Thank you, Tara and Rohan, for allowing us to be part of your celebration. Many blessings in your next stage of life and thank you, Uma, for the invitation.

See the the First Part of this amazing traditional hindu wedding!