I hope you guys are ready for more photos this week from my trip to India, because I’ve got loads to share and this is the part in the story where everything gets really colorful. Let’s pick up where we left off: The next night after the Mendhi ceremony was complete, there was an event with lots of singing and dancing. Mostly family members attend this event, so it’s smaller but it was held at the wedding venue too. We ate and danced, and family members old and young prepared songs to sing or dances to perform in honor of Jocelyn & Praket’s marriage.
Jocelyn got ready for the event in the first of two sarees she would wear throughout the week’s festivities. I love the way the Mendhi looks on her hands.
The colors of all the sarees and fabrics in the room was pretty incredible that night. Above, some aunts and cousins sing a song together.
At one point, a little dance party broke out with Jocelyn’s friends from home and Praket’s cousin (below). Jocelyn and Praket even performed a dance together that they’d been learning most of the week. All in all, it was a really fun event and chance for Jocelyn to get to know some of Praket’s family better.
The next morning, Jocelyn had to get ready for the big night: the actual wedding. It was the last night of celebrating, and about 750 guests were invited.
Below, Jocelyn’s anklets, which were passed down from Praket’s grandmother (and their wedding rings). On the right, the necklace that Jocelyn would wear for the wedding.
A whole team of women worked hard to get her hair and makeup done, and then to get her dressed in her saree.
She looked so beautiful in all her regalia — and this was even before her veil went on! The level of detail was so amazing and gave me so much to photograph. But for the rest, you’ll have to wait until Thursday — then I’ll be sharing the last of the wedding photos and you can see how it all came together!