Reston, VA (Vocus) September 1, 2010
Flutterphoto destination wedding photographers set off to Bangalore, India for the wedding of Sneha and Krishna, in August 2009, making this the furthest Flutterphoto has traveled for wedding photography; Theresa and Alejo intimately documented the ceremonies and participants of this Hindu wedding. Lasting 4 days and hosting almost 500 guests, this wedding has easily become their paramount.
The first day was dedicating to “Bride Making”. It started with a ceremonial transformation taking place at the bride's parents home. Relatives performed the necessary rites for the bride. Afterwards, everyone was served lunch on a banana leaf, and based on Hindu tradition, used only their right hands to eat. Later that day, commenced the “Mehendi”, in which intricate patterns, using Henna dye, were tattooed on the bride's hands, wrists, palms and feet. It took several hours to embellish the bride with this beautiful skin art that would last only days. This practice is done both for the sake of beauty as well as luck.
The second day kicked off at the Sri Radha Krishna Temple for the groom's "Snathakam". Flutterphoto international wedding photographers photographed the groom and his family participating while priests directed and performed rituals involving fire, smoke, fruit, flowers, chanting, and prayer. Later that evening, everyone gathered at the hotel's banquet room for a formal party called the “Sangeet” This was a memorable night of music, dancing, and feasting. The bride, groom, bridal party, and family danced in various enchanting routines, just as you would see in a Bollywood film.
Upon arrival of the wedding day, Sneha was a stunning beauty adorned with flowers, fine silk, and golden jewelry. Alejo witnessed these bridal preparations at the bride's parents home; meanwhile, Theresa was back at the hotel documenting the groom's preparations. Palace Road buzzed with traffic as the Baraat brought Krishna in on a white horse and a crowd danced in the streets to the trumpeting and drums of a marching band. After the groom took his place on stage and began the ceremony, the bride made her grand entrance concealed by a yellow veil. Incense filled the air as the priests chanted and family blessed the couple. The ceremony continued for three hours as hundreds of guests looked on and later, stepped away to dine from a buffet.
On the following day, all communed, once again at the bride's parents home, for the newlywed's Satyanarayan Pooja. The family home was filled with people and several priests were there to perform the necessary prayers involving ritualistic offerings of food and flowers.
Theresa and Alejo were quickly welcomed into this cultured family with open minds and spirits. They gained complete trust and access necessary to get the storytelling photos of each day's details, people, and ceremonies. "We worked barefoot, in traditional clothing. I wore an intricately woven kurta and Theresa was in a full silk sari. We roamed the temples and followed all the necessary traditions, we ate the most flavorful vegetarian dishes, and we became hypnotized and immersed in the beauty of India."
Flutterphoto is a photojounalistic wedding photography business owned and operated by Alejo Pesce and his wife, Theresa Monturano. Alejo and Theresa are wedding photojournalists. Flutterphoto is the proud recipient of Wedding Wire “Brides Choice Awards” for 2008, 2009, 2010, as well as WPJA (Wedding Photojournalistic Association) Q1 & Q4 2009 award winner.