September 20, 2011 /
Sam & Sana’s Destination Indian Wedding | Day 2 Pithi Haldi Ceremony & Temple | Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South | Atlanta Ishmaili Center
Day 2 of Shamz and Sana's Indian Wedding with the Haldi ceremony of turmeric paste and the religious ceremony which took place at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South and the South Atlanta Ishmaili Center
This is Day 2 of Sam and Sana’s wedding, Click Here for the Day 1 Henna/Mehndi Party or jump ahead to Day 3’s Ceremony & Reception at Zyka.
Day 2 was the big day, both in terms of time and number of events going on! Betty and I arrived in the early morning around 10:00 AM and finished up around 1:00 AM which I guess would technically be the next day. South Asian Indian Weddings are full of many traditions and ceremonies, and the second day of Sam and Sana’s wedding was sure packed full of events! The two first got ready to start off the day with the Pithi (Haldi) Ceremony where guests greet the bride and groom while applying a turmeric paste to wish them luck.
The ceremony started peaceful enough with the older guests lightly applying the turmeric paste to Sana’s hands, arms, and legs. Then of course… things got fun and messy!
While Sana went back to take another shower and change before the rest of the day’s events, it was the groom’s turn! Things get turned up to 11 for the guys and everything from shaving cream to toothpaste to ketchup is used to decorate the groom and give him a proper send off to married life. This is always one of the highlights to any Indian Wedding or Southeast Asian wedding, the fun had by everyone present is infectious as we laugh and joke around – because there’s not much else you can do when the groom can barely see with all of the stuff he is covered in.
Shamz REALLY needed a shower after all of this so we had a short break before the bride and groom joined us again to greet the guests and have a great meal catered by a local Indian restaurant.
After this ceremony we prepared for the night time ceremonies first at the South Atlanta Ishmaili Center where the religious ceremony would take place and then back at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South where one final ceremony would occur afterwards. Betty and I followed Sana to a family friend’s place where her hair and makeup were done in preparation for the marriage ceremony.
Then we drove back South to the South Atlanta Ishmaili Center. Photography is not allowed in certain parts of the temple but we captured family photos together just outside the main temple area.
Then it was BACK to the Hyatt again for the final ceremonies and food for an action-packed day 2!
We love Shamz and Sana… they still know how to have fun in the middle of all of this 🙂
Ok, back to some more normal photographs of the beautiful bride and groom!
And that wraps up the second day of Shamz and Sana’s amazing wedding ceremony!! This was a long day for the FengLong Photography wedding team but totally worth it as we had so much fun with the bride, the groom, their loving family, and friends. Day 3’s formal reception at Zyka in Decatur seems like a piece of cake in comparison to how much went on this day! You’ll have to check back tomorrow to see those photos!
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