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scenes from a wedding :: wetherledge estate

At each wedding I perform, I always find myself pulling out my iPhone to photograph some of the sweet details of the ceremony and reception site and so today I thought I would start a new feature here on my blog: scenes from a wedding.  In it I will include a few photographs from each wedding with a short description of the ceremony.

Come, join me with a peek into my latest wedding ceremony…

This past weekend I had the honor of officiating a Hindu-Western Fusion Ceremony.

The bride’s family took the lead on the Hindu traditions and I served as a guide to give guests an overview of what to expect and then took over and led the Western portion of the ceremony.

The ceremony began when the groom arrived and his family and friends led his car into the estate while drums played. It was one of the most festive and celebratory greetings I have ever been witness to. Shortly after, the bride arrived and walked down the petal-covered aisle, barefoot, as is customary in Hindu ceremonies.

During the the first part of the ceremony, the bride and groom exchanged Garlands and walked the Seven Steps of Marriage. The bride’s family sang blessings.

As the bride and groom removed their garlands and put on their shoes, I took over the ceremony, leading a traditional Western wedding ceremony, where the bride and groom exchanged their “I do’s,” were pronounced married and had their first official kiss as husband and wife.

It was absolutely beautiful from start to finish and it was an honor to be part the day.

(Setting: Wetherledge Estate in Jamestown, RI)

sunday still life :: rain (on your wedding day)

Sunday Still Life is an evolving photo project; an invitation to explore the beauty and depth of life through traditional still life composition and / or photos and words to evoke inner stillness and reflection. If you are inspired to join in, please leave a link in the comments.

Nobody plans for rain on their wedding day (and definitely not torrential downpours).

But sometimes that’s exactly what happens.

Sometimes an hour before your wedding ceremony is set to begin, a team of people is moving the lanterns that were supposed to line the path from the outdoor ceremony to the indoor reception, inside. And making a plan to turn the ceremony room into the reception room while guests mingle in an adjoining tent.

It may not be what was planned, but this is what it is all about.

For better or for worse.

In good times and in bad.

In sickness and in health.

In sunshine and in rain.


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