wedding in varanasi

Today we present a very special wedding, that of Chandan and Snehaè. A long journey in the land of a thousand colors: the incredible India. Their wedding was a continuous succession of rites and celebrations for four days.

The first ceremony, in fact, called engagement and exchange of rings took place in the groom’s city, Varanasi, the oldest and most mystical Indian city.

The henna ceremony took place the next day in Sultanpur. The bride was painted with this substance for hours, close relatives were assisted and all women were able to get tattooed less. A dinner followed and a party evening where the groom and his family were not present.

The actual ceremony took place on the third day in the groom’s city. The groom arrived on horseback accompanied by a musical band through the ancient streets of Varanasi, where he met the bride and presented her to everyone from above a tower built for the occasion.

After a short dinner, at night, the ceremony took place, lasting from 2 am to 11 am: a very long and very complex ritual that we Westerners find it difficult to understand and follow, both for the duration and for the time.

Finally, on the last day, the photographer managed to “kidnap” the newlyweds and have a photo session with them, on the legendary sacred river of India, the Ganges.

It was the most peaceful and relaxing moment, without continuous music, relatives and endless ceremonies. In the evening in a new location, the wedding reception took place in Varanasi: the bride and groom sat on a sofa for hours to welcome guests who brought them gifts. Finally, dinner and dance followed.

For Hindu society, marriage is an initiation for women. There are eight types of ceremonies, most followed by Brahamana. If the bride and groom are not known and present in a separate pavilion, the father treats the young groom.

The promise to deliver his daughter to his father and his future wife to treat her with dignity and accomplish three life objectives: health, devotion and happiness.
The ceremony takes place around the fire where they make their offerings, the groom leads a bride around the fire to tie her clothes with her, then at the end of a ceremony go to the top of the mill to take seven steps of seven piles of rice to be sprinkled with holy water.

Love is composed of a single soul
inhabiting two bodies.

Aristotle

Enjoy our backstage video (courtesy by AG Studio Videography)

Varanasi, India - Wedding gallery

A short note about the wedding photographer:
Cristiano Ostinelli, Sony Global Imaging Ambassador [more info], grew up in the field of photo reportage since 1995, making a name for himself in several international competitions.
He is active in wedding photography: he photographed prestigious weddings all over the world – Italy, Greece, Spain, Austria, France, England, United States, Russia, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates, always with his spontaneous and extremely refined style. He’s a member of WPJA Wedding Photojournalist Association, ISPWP, Fearless Photographers and WPS.
Cristiano Ostinelli was nominated PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Wedding Photojournalist Association, and in 2018 the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers considers him the top wedding photographer in the world [more info].