We recently had the fantastic opportunity to shoot three days of wedding festivities for the gorgeous Jasmine Gill, formerly of Hoover and now of Philadelphia. It was our first Indian wedding, something we’d wanted to do for years. We were thrilled that Jasmine thought we’d be the right fit for her big days. The Mehndi is a pre-wedding party, kind of like a bridal shower, where either the bride’s friends and relatives gather for well wishes, traditional singing, and special ceremonies. The Mehndi refers to both the party and the henna artwork on the bride’s hands and feet. Since the designs takes hours to create and dry, some brides like Jasmine opt to have the actual henna painting prior to the party.
* Have a look at Jasmine and Neil’s Sangeet at Marriott Birmingham 280.
I love the history of the Mehndi. The intricate designs, in addition to be beautiful, are on both sides of her hands, as well as her fingertips, are a sign of celebration. They also keep her from doing much work in the final days before her wedding. The idea is that she can then simply focus on the marriage and bonding with her new husband, and others can do the heavy lifting!