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Winna & Neil’s DC Wedding: PART THREE
August 13, 2010, 10:06 am
Filed under: DC weddings, Henna, Indian wedding, Lauren Cowart Photography, Weddings

I’m excited to present the third part of Winna and Neil’s wedding!  After the ceremony, Winna and Neil took photos in their traditional Indian garb before changing into Western clothing, with Winna in her cocktail dress and Neil in his suit and tie. If you’re wondering what the red powder on Winna’s forehead is, it’s kumkum powder (also known as sindoor or vermillion), which Neil smudged into Winna’s hairline during the ceremony. This tradition marks the bride as a married woman and symbolizes good luck and power! The final installment of their wedding, the energetic and colorful reception, is up next!

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Winna & Neil’s DC Wedding: PART TWO

Here is part two of Winna & Neil’s wedding, from the getting ready shots before the ceremony and the actual wedding ceremony itself! As you can tell from the photos, everything was very elaborate and detail-oriented. The visual aspect was simply stunning.  The ceremony included traditional Hindu practices such as the Ganthibandhan, where the bride and groom are together by a knot, Agnji Puja, the creation of a holy fire, and Shilarohana, where the bride and groom step together on stones. In case you missed Part One, check out the direct link here.



Winna & Neil’s DC Wedding! PART ONE

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show some wedding images that I’ve been dying to post from the spring! First off – Winna’s DC wedding! I traveled to our nation’s capitol for the first time in April. Winna and I attended the same high school and college, even working at the same summer journalism program in Chapel Hill. Neil and Winna’s wedding was a blending of cultures and families that was a blast to experience! Thanks for having me 🙂

Here is Part 1, the actual night before the wedding, where Winna & Neil participated in a traditional Haldi Ceremony. They were rubbed with a mixed tumeric paste thought to purify the bride & groom before their big day. Later that night, guests arrived and decorated their skin with mehndi (henna tattoos) and enjoyed DELICIOUS food! Enjoy!