…is always interesting, especially when it involves a different cultural lifestyle. I was recently booked to photograph an Indian engagement party at The Hilton Hotel in Northampton and had an amazing time whilst also learning a lot! The engagement party was a mixture of the mystic and the chaotic…having visited India many years ago, I think that this sums up the country too….
There was a lavishly decorated room, although very much in the English style of cool neutral shades, but the dazzling array of saris and gold more than compensated for any lack of colour. The engagement ceremony itself involved many offerings to the Hindu God, Ganesh and a lot of ritual which was delightful to photograph, even though it seemed that only the priest was really aware of what was going on! The bride to be’s family all presented gifts to the putative groom’s family and a feast of delicious vegetarian food was prepared…luckily I was invited to take a seat on one of the tables and was able to enjoy tasting so many new flavours, guided by my fellow diners
My photo shows the family group…mostly Patels apparently!