109. Sushma and Efraim

109. Sushma and Efraim

From the first email from Sushma, I had a good feeling about this wedding. I always ask the client to share their love story and when Sushma shared hers, it was certain that I’d be shooting this wedding.

They are such a warm couple. Both of them live in Germany in the beautiful city of Nurnberg. Sushma is a Bangalorean while Efraim is from Spain.

It was an Arya Samaj wedding. The wedding was at this private gallery called Omthara Kala Kuteera on Bangalore-Mangalore state highway.

The place is breathtaking, you’ll get a snippet of the place through the pictures. Me and Raghunandan were the photographers and The Knot in Frames were doing the video.

Early in the morning we were welcomed by this beautiful arrangement. So bright and refreshing.

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While Sushma was getting ready, Efraim was being prepared for the Kasi Yatra.

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After the Kasi Yatra, Efraim was escorted by Sushma’s family to a place where the first half of the wedding would happen.

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In a Hindu wedding, this is when the groom sees the bride for the first time.

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A cloth called the Antharapata is held between them to block their view. This is according to South Indian wedding tradition, Arya Samaj rituals was the second half of the wedding.

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They first exchanged Jeerge Bella and then garlands.

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Love this ritual. Kanya-dhanam, when the bride’s parents hand over the bride to the groom.

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And it was time to tie the Mangala Sutra. While Efraim was carefully tying the knot, tears rolled down Sushma’s cheeks.

Sushma and Efraim X100S June 15, 2014 _CCC7133That expression says a million words.

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They then climbed down this beautiful flight of stairs to get to the next venue where the second half of the wedding would continue.

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Yup! It was beautiful, it was in a small hut within the premises.
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The priest had setup the homa to begin the Arya Samaj’s wedding rituals where they primarily worship fire. 
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They made their marriage vows…

Sushma and Efraim Canon EOS 5D Mark II June 15, 2014 IMG_9384I’m very curious to know why she was smiling. :)
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They offered puffed rice to the fire. Puffed rice signifies that the women has crossed over from being a daughter to that of a wife, the same way as to how rice changes its form to become puffed rice and it’s irreversible.

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And they walk around the fire to seal the deal.

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The priest who had come from Arya Samaj is one of my favorite priests. He asked the couple to imagine the sun in their mind and not stare at it directly while praying.

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This was awesome! Sushma’s cousins poured flower petals from top, this was a complete surprise, it looked beautiful. The petals just swayed gently while falling due to the light wind that was blowing.

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This picture is very interesting. They were asked to point at the Arundathi Nakshatra and there is a beautiful ‘star pattern’ mehendi art on Efraim’s palm. :)

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I want to end this blog post with my favorite picture from the wedding. :)

Love it!
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This is proof that Love can happen anywhere at anytime. And I’m glad that we were there to document it. :)

Congratulations Sushma and Efraim! It was a pleasure meeting both of you. Do keep in touch.

Thank you for choosing CuspConcepts.

Hope you like the pictures. :)


One Response to 109. Sushma and Efraim
  • Vedika

    Beautiful shots sir,we all loved it.amazing work. Waiting for the main album..

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