Retu & Ravi’s three day wedding / festival was unlike anything I’d ever experienced.
I arrived the day before the festivities kicked off. Everywhere I looked, there were people setting something up, waving hello to me with big smiles, making giant pots of food or twisting branches together for the Mandap / arbour. Everything was handmade, lovingly, by a family member or close friend. The sense of community and hospitality that Retu & Ravi and their family displayed towards each other (and to me) was truly special.
For the next three days I spent pretty much every moment with these wonderful people, there was lots of laughing, eating, dancing and happy tears. I was blown away by how beautiful the Hindu ceremony was, the symbolism, even the way Ravi rode in on white horse was pretty cool. Not to mention the musicians and dancers that paraded in behind Ravi too. Actually, it was all freaking awesome.
Thank you Retu & Ravi for adopting me as your token white guy and trusting me to capture what was one epic party.
A huge thanks to my good pal Corey Sleap for shooting with me on the first day.
Song playing is called ‘She’ by I Know Leopard.