Indian Wedding Highlights and Insight to Terminology and

 
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I love Indian weddings!  I just love all the color and pageantry.  I was trying to explain all the cool things that happen during a Indian weddings and I just couldn't. The ceremony and the days leading up to it are full of details.  I am going to share some the Terminology and different part of the ceremony.

This is a great resource for the different ceremonies  http://www.culturalindia.net/weddings/wedding-rituals/


Tilak Ceremony
One of initial wedding ceremonies in India is the Tilak ceremony. It was initially held one month before the actual wedding day, but with changing times people have become quite flexible.

Engagement Ceremony
Indian weddings are known for their elaborate ceremonies and opulent celebrations. Besides, they are held in a very traditional manner, commemorating numerous rituals as per the ancient Vedic era.

Sangeet Ceremony
Sangeet ceremony as the name suggests is all about dance and music. It is one of the most enjoyable ceremonies before the wedding and is exclusively for women.

Mehndi Ceremony
Mehndi is yet another traditional yet exciting pre wedding ceremony. In India, a lot of emphasis is given on customs and rituals. Indian people are ardent lovers of beauty and elegance.

Var Mala Ceremony
Var Mala ceremony is an important main wedding day ceremony. It is also known as Jaimala and basically involves exchange of garlands between the bride and the groom.

Mandap Ceremony
Mandap ceremony holds utmost importance on the day of the wedding. This is because all the significant rituals are performed during the mandap ceremony.

Vidai Ceremony
Practically everyone dreams of getting married someday to someone. After an individual attains maturity the wait for that perfect individual starts. Some people are lucky to be blessed by the feeling of love.

Reception Ceremony
Indian weddings have a charm of their own. As per the tradition the wedding is primarily organized by the bride's family, however, the reception might be an exception. 





Below are some the terms I got from http://weddingdetails.com/lore-tradition/hindu/

 Jaimala (Exchange of Garlands)
The couple exchanges garlands as a gesture of acceptance of one another and a pledge to respect one another as partners.

Madhupak (Offering of Yogurt and Honey)
The bride’s father offers the groom yogurt and honey as the expression of welcome and respect.

Kanyadan (Giving Away of the Bride)
The father of the bride places her hand in the groom’s hand requesting him to accept her as an equal partner. The concept behind Kanyadan is that the bride is a form of the goddess Lamxi and the groom is Lord Narayana. The parents are facilitating their union.

Havan (Lighting of the Sacred Fire)
The couple invokes Agni, the god of Fire, to witness their commitment to each other. Crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar rice and oil are offered to the ceremonial fire.

Rajaham (Sacrifice to the Sacred Fire)
The bride places both her hands into the groom’s and her brother then places rice into her hands. Together the bride and groom offer the rice as a sacrifice into the fire.

Gath Bandhan (Tying of the Nuptial Knot)
The scarves placed around the bride and groom are tied together symbolizing their eternal bond. This signifies their pledge before God to love each other and remain faithful.

Mangalphera (Walk Around the Fire)
The couple makes four Mangalpheras around the fire in a clockwise direction representing four goals in life: Dharma, religious and moral duties; Artha, prosperity; Kama, earthly pleasures; Moksha, spiritual salvation and liberation. The bride leads the Pheras first, signifying her determination to stand first beside her husband in all happiness and sorrow.

Saptapardi (Seven Steps Together)
The bride and groom walk seven steps togehr to signify the beginning of their journey through life together. Each step represents a marital vow:

First step: To respect and honor each other
Second step: To share each other’s joy and sorrow
Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties and spiritual growth
Sixth step: To follow principles of Dharma (righteousness) Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love

Jalastnchana (Blessing of the Couple)
The parents of the bride and groom bless the wedded couple by dipping a rose in water and sprinking it over the couple.

Sindhoor (Red Powder)
The groom applies a small dot of vermilion, a powdered red lead, to the bride’s forehead and welcomes her as his partner for life. It is applied for the first time to a woman during the marriage ceremony when the bridegroom himself adorns her with it.

Aashirvad (Parental Blessing)
The parents of the bride and groom give their blessings to the couple. The couple touches the feet of their parents as a sign of respect.

Menhdi (Henna Ceremony)
The traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the Henna plant. The term refers to the material, the design, and the ceremony. It is tradition for the names of the bride and groom to be hidden in the design, and the wedding night is not to commence until the groom has found both names. After the wedding, the bride is not expected to perform any housework until her Menhdi has faded away.

Mangalasutra (Thread of Goodwill)
A necklace worn specifically by married women as a symbol of their marriage.
Welcome the Baraat – the arrival of the groom and his family. Traditionally, the groom arrives at the wedding on a horse, accompanied by his closest friends and family members. The large procession includes lots of singing and dancing. This signifies the groom’s and his family’s happiness in accepting the new bride.

    Certain, more unconventional and modern, weddings will have the groom arrive in a cavalcade of cars.[1]

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Spruce yourself up for the Haldi ceremony. This ceremony takes place two or three days before the wedding. During Haldi, a paste made of turmeric, gram flour, curd, sandalwood and rose water are applied on the hands, feet and face of the bride and the groom. The yellow color of the paste is believed to brighten the skin color before the wedding ceremony and bring good luck to the bride and the groom.

    Hindu weddings are full of color and vibrancy. A canopy of flowers will go up during this time in the house where the wedding will be and color will seem to pop up everywhere.


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Get your hands ready for the Mehndi Ceremony. The bride and all of her close family members get the palms of their hands and feet decorated by a professional henna artist. The henna is believed to enhance the bride’s beauty. This ceremony usually takes place a day before the wedding.

    This is similar to a bachelorette party, but without the antics and alcohol. It’s more about a celebration of the journey to marriage than the decoration or getting crazy.


3  Welcome the Baraat – the arrival of the groom and his family. Traditionally, the groom arrives at the wedding on a horse, accompanied by his closest friends and family members. The large procession includes lots of singing and dancing. This signifies the groom’s and his family’s happiness in accepting the new bride.

    Certain, more unconventional and modern, weddings will have the groom arrive in a cavalcade of cars.[1]

4
Have Milni – the meeting of the bride and grooms' families. The bride’s family, armed with garlands and traditional Indian sweets, then welcomes the groom and his family. Milni is an important tradition where the groom’s family is honored by the bride’s family.

    This is generally done at the house where the wedding is taking place. A red kum-kum (a powder) mark is applied to everyone’s foreheads. The members of each family are introduced to one another, encouraging peace and acceptance.


5
Welcome the bride through Graha Pravesh. With her right leg, the bride kicks the kalash (a pot) usually filled with rice. This kalash is kept at the door of the groom’s house. After the kicking takes place the bride walks her first steps in the house of the groom.

    This is believed to bring about an abundance of food, wisdom, and wealth and be a "source of life." In old tales, it was viewed to contain the elixir of immortality.[6]





 I hope you find this information helpful.

I hope that you enjoy photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Beautiful Wedding at Emory University

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As a Atlanta wedding photographer I have the honor of shooting at the Miller -Ward Alumni House it is next to the Houston Mill House on the Emory Campus.  It is a lovely facility with a wonderful staff!  They could have not made easier on the bride and her guests. 

The Miller-Ward Alumni House is an ideal location for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and stonework, our facility offers timeless charm and grandeur to make your special day unique.

In addition to its stately reception areas, elegant dining rooms, and garden patio, the facility also offers a well-equipped modern catering kitchen. Our helpful and friendly staff can suggest caterers who will take care of every detail. 

The bride looked beautiful in a slight A-line wedding dress with a with a gorgeous train with buttons going down the center.  The dress was a perfect for her!

As a side note it was fun to shoot at Emory since I am a instructor for the continuing education.   I can referance to my students where I shot this weekend!

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at
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and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener
www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Georgia Mountians Wedding


As a Atlanta wedding photographer I love the diversity that area can give you.  I recently shot a wedding at Big Canoe in the north Georgia mountains.  The area is absolutely stunning!  It has a huge golf course nestled in the middle of the mountains.  All  of this makes for a beautiful setting for photography.  Then you add a gorgeous wedding and you have some great photos. On the wedding day the bride wore a slight mermaid cut wedding dress with just the perfect length train for the dress.   It was very tastful and reflected her personalty perfectly. 

I can't say enough nice things about this wonderful couple.  From the first time I met them, I could tell they were just so thoughtful to each other.  They had such a great families and were so generious and gracious to all. 

I am sharing their exit picture with you.   I love the exit photos!  That way you get to see all the guest have fun sending them off.  I picked this picture in particlar for a couple of reasons.  One I love the lighting from the trees it gave such a warm feeling.  The second is just so random!  I just love the guy to the right in this photo.  I did not ask him to do this but him looking at the camera with that expression and pointing at the camera is just perfect!

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at
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David Diener
www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com




Check Out the Reviews of your Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Hi, I know some of you are just over whelmed with picking out a wedding photographer.  There are many things to look for when you are choosing the right wedding photographer for your wedding.  One is picking the style of photography you want for your wedding.  There are many talented photographers out there and just as many styles.  That is a very subjective choice and that depends on you.  One thing that is not so objective is looking at reviews.  Reviews tell you how satisfied clients were with their work.  Well I should know I am a Atlanta Wedding Photographer and I work hard for customer satisfaction and reviews from my clients.  There are many places you can check for reviews.  You can check for reviews in many places.  You can check at Google and look at their Google Plus page like this. You can check out Yahoo reviews of Atlanta Wedding Photographers like this. You can also check out Wedding Wire, My Wedding, Event Wire, and Facebook.  The point is do a little research because brides are more than happy to share their experience with a photographer.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to help in any way that can.
Thanks so much for visiting!
David

Wedding Photography at Night

Hello everyone! This Atlanta Wedding Photographer has been very busy! I have been teaching at Emory in the evenings and getting geared up for all the weddings in May.  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite time of the days to shoot.  It is right after sunset and the sky turns blue.  I recently took a photo at that time of day and wanted to share it with everyone.  The bride wanted to use the lighting from the Gazebo for her wedding.  As you can see the timing and the light made for a wonderful and dramatic photo.   I hope that you enjoy the photo as much as I enjoyed taking it.

Add a little Class to Your Wedding

When I come across a vendor that I like I like to share it with my clients.  If you alive music to the wedding you can add the element of class to your wedding.  Especially if you use these classy musicians.  There is something special about adding a string trio to your wedding. One more bonus to having a live musician at your wedding that they can easily be available to adjust to your programs timing.  That is a good thing since we all know that sometimes a wedding can run a little behind schedule.

There is something to be said  about live music and how much it adds to your wedding.

Here is a link to their site:
Classy Chicks Trio

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at
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David Diener
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Great Wedding in Marrietta, Georgia

Atlanta Wedding Photographer - David Diener
Atlanta Wedding Photographer – David Diener
Atlanta Wedding Photographer David DienerI love being a wedding photographer in Atlanta!  I have the honor of being there to capture the special day of some very wonderful people. This wedding party was just awesome! They were fun and a ball to work with!  The two familys were great as well.  Just such a special group!The wedding was in Marrietta, Georgia at the Whitlock Inn.  It is a wonderful Historic home in Marrietta.  It has a wonderful front yard and a wrap around porch.  The back yard is spacous and has vine gazebo that is fun to take pictures at.   The inside has all  the charm of a classic southern historic mansion.  I just love shooting at historic homes!!
The couple got a historic Bently also! The car was just plane fun.  The chauffeur was great to work with. He was very attentive to the couple and moved the car around to get the best shots.  He was a blast.
When working with professionals I always like to share with others who might need their services.  Here is a link below to the wedding team.
Whitlock Inn – Wedding Venue
Susan Gramling – Hair and Makeup
Special Day Limos – Transportation
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Emory Continuing Education


Emory Continuing Education Class on Location at photo shoot
Emory Continuing Education Class on Location at photo shoot

I want to share with you what we have been doing lately.  I have the honor of being a photography instructor at Emory’s continuing education program.  Let me tell you I have a great class of talented photographers.  They are getting toward the end of the of the program and are really shining!  They are some of the most inspiring individuals that I ever had the honor of working with.  We gone through several classes and concentrated on different aspects of photography.
This month I took the class to a photography studio in downtown Atlanta.  We had access to several backdrops and different sources of lighting.  I was amazed at how each photographer brought their own voice to the shoot.  Our model was Kristi .   I can’t say enough nice things about her! She brought her “A” game and was just down right fun!
Here are links to the photographers at the shoot.  Please take the time to view some beautiful photography.
 http://randycookphotography.smugmug.com/
If you want a portrait he is your man! He is a wonderful portrait and studio photographer!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/99452680@N02/
Wonderful photographer who has some beautiful food photography!
http://jadesphotojourney.blogspot.com/  
Great landscape photographer! and she has a  keen eye who also has one of the most beautiful Greyhounds!
We also have one more photographer and his website is coming soon (does aerial photography)
In closing the Emory Continuing Education program is a great place for inspiration and a place to take your photography to the next level.
Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at
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David Diener

www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com
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Keep up with www.atlantaartisticweddings.com on Twitter!

Hello everyone I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are ready for the new year! I have like everyone else have started using twitter to update my weddings.I am also retweeting photography articles, wedding ideas and a deals that I come across.  I recently posted a deal on BBQ at http://atlanta.schmap.com/deals/bone-lick-bbq.  There have been recently a great article from ideas for bridal bouquets at http://www.theknot.com/weddings/photos/bridal-bouquets?cm_mmc=facebook-_-jan2014-_-odb-_-bridalbouquet.  There were many beautiful ideas for the Atlanta bride looking for bouquet ideas.  As a wedding photographer I also look at other photographers for inspiration and ideas.  When I was at photo.net one of my favorite sites I posted this article http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=17526239 on night photography.  I also let everyone know when I have updated my blog at http://atlantaartisticweddings.wordpress.com/.  So you should follow this Atlanta wedding photographer's twitter account at https://twitter.com/atlweddings  to stay abreast on the latest wedding news!  Also please reach out to me and I would love to hear your wedding ideas!

It truly is an honor being a wedding photographer in Atlanta!  It is a dream job come true!

Thanks so much for vistiting.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at david@atlantaartsiticweddings.com and I will be happy to help in any way that I can.

Thanks again!
David

www.atlantaartisticweddings.com

Winner of the Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards

We are excited to announce that your Atlanta Artistic Weddings has won the prestigious Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards for 2014, as determined by reviews from our past clients. The Couples' Choice Awards recognize our business as amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide. 
At Atlanta Artistic Weddings I have been striving for the best for my clients.  Satisfaction is job number one for the company.  I have had the honor of doing many weddings this year and the best award is when I show the couple their photos and they are happy beyond belief.  I try to capture their special day from their perspective but not miss out on any of the details of the guests enjoy.

It truly is an honor being a wedding photographer in Atlanta!  It is a dream job come true!

Thanks so much for vistiting.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at david@atlantaartsiticweddings.com and I will be happy to help in any way that I can.

Thanks again!
David

www.atlantaartisticweddings.com

Why Wedding Photographer's Love Natural Light


It is no secret that Atlanta wedding photographers prefer natural light. The color is balanced and there is just something about the light dressing the bride in sunlight.  In this photo by David Diener you can see the bride just soaking in the natural light.  I started out as an fine artist and illustrator.  One of my favorite artists is Vermeer.  His mastery of light is unparalleled and that is why he is considered the master of light.  I am know I am no Vermeer but I will often use his techniques in photography.  He is often seen using a light from a window like this one and making some very dramatic light and bringing power to his paintings. 
Girl with a Pearl Earing is a great example of natural dramatic light


I also like using natural light because it like Vermeer it is a classic.  It is something that has been used for years and will be here for a long time. 

Thank you to visiting.  Please feel free to call me at 404-578-6982 and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.

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Great Wedding at Druid Hills Country Club

As an Atlanta wedding photographer I recently had the honor of shooting at the Druid Hills County Club.  It is a fixture in Atlanta.  It is a classic venue right across the street from the Fernbank Museum.  Established in 1912, Druid Hills has long offered the full array of services. The staff were great!  They made the bride feel comfortable and at home.  They have a spacious banquet room and wonderful golf course.   There are just so many places to take photographs!!   My favorite place was the huge staircase.  It just framed the bride and facility perfectly!  Oh and don't let me forget the mirrors in the brides room.  They made all brides maids look like movie stars.  I can't say enough nice things about the facility.  It was an honor to be part of such a professional and fun team.


Thank you to visiting.  Please feel free to call me at 404-578-6982 and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.


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Video of Great Atlanta Wedding with a Country Chic feel

I had the previllage to shoot another wedding at the Braselton Stover House.  It is a wonderful venue that has such wonderful down home feel.  It is an historic house in downtown Braselton, Georgia.  It has a very southern feel.  This week they had a great bride!  She had a tasteful dress and the decorations.  The dress had a red bow and beautiful details. 

The bride and groom wanted a first look since it was daylight savings time.  I love doing this is is like being invited to capture in a very intimate moment between them.  The expression he had when he first saw her was priceless.  They were so sweet to each other!  It made me so happy to see them together.

Thank you to visiting.  Please feel free to call me at 404-578-6982 and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.

David Diener

www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com
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Wedding Photography and the daylights savings time

Hello everyone I know it has been a while since I have posted.  I have been very blessed with many photography projects this year.

Today I wanted to touch on wedding photography at night.  As you may be aware we have turned out clocks forward.  I have enjoyed the extra hours sleep that it gave me at first.  I have been less happy of taking away an hour of day light at the end of the day.  I am a wedding photographer and that means that I live by light.   I recently had the honor of photographing a wedding outside of Atlanta ar 6pm.  The facility I shot at had a Gazebo with a wonderful chandeler in it.  I was very worried that I would not have enough light at night to do the photography that I wanted. I had a wedding the day before and I was rushed to get all the photography done before sunset.  The Gazebo at this location was a savior.  It gave me the light I needed and right after sunset the blue dusk sky was dramatic.  I have shared this photo with you.

Thank you to visiting.  Please feel free to call me at 404-578-6982 and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.

David Diener

www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com
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Great Wedding at the Inman Park United Methodist Historic Church in Atlanta

This week I had the honor of shooting a great wedding at the Inman Park United Methodist Historic Church in Atlanta.  It is a beautiful church that is rich in history.  The church is located in Inman Park, Atlanta's first "garden suburb" .  The church was dedicated on April 17, 1898.  It is constructed of granite from Stone Mountain.  It's interior is a classic!  They have kept all the great historic details of the church in tact.  The wedding guild were so gracious to the wedding party.  They gave the bride a day to cherish for ever.  You can see highlights of the wedding at http://atlantaartisticweddings.com/atlanta%20wedding%20photographer/October%205%202013.html

The photo to the left was taken at the large doors that lead in to the scancturay.  Just look at the details on the hinges! It just makes the bride look even more grand!

Thank you to visiting and thank you to the staff at Inman Park Church.  Please feel free to call me at
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and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener
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