Hindu wedding ceremonies are longer and much more involved than most ceremonies especially the Americanized ceremonies that are only a few minutes these days. This Indian wedding ceremony at the Courtyard Marriott in Philadelphia was about two hours long and was full of tradition and symbolism. There were so many amazing details to photograph and so many significant pieces to the ceremony. Nipa and Sujal actually had a live video of the ceremony projected onto a large screen so that guests further back could still see what was going on. Light snacks and refreshments were also served which kept guests satisfied. What I loved about this traditional Hindu ceremony was that while it was still sacred, you never felt like you weren't allowed to make any noise, or even move around. While shoes were not allowed on the mandap, as a photographer I was still allowed near the bride and groom. Guests were snapping photos with their phones and chatting here and there - none of which was frowned up like most typical ceremonies. Everyone was still very respectful of the ceremony going on in front of them while also bring able to actually enjoy themselves. After Nipa and Sujal completed the ceremony they gave huge hugs in celebration as their closest family stood by on the mandap cheering for them.
Location: 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107.