Today’s Sikh Indian wedding, photographed by Sameer Soorma Photography, proves that you can still maintain modern elements and style, without compromising traditional details. Red with gold work will always be the quintessential choice for the classic Indian bride, but how lovely is this bride with her mandap picking up the accent of royal blue in her lengha’s border?! This is what true wedding style is all about…taking something ordinary and giving it your own signature touch. So cheers to our Maharani, Neelam! 


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This was a traditional Sikh Punjabi Wedding that took place at the Niskam Seva Gurdwara Sahib in Phoenix AZ. I will briefly go over the ceremonies that we covered from the bride’s side for my non Indian friends and for anyone that would like to know more about Punjabi wedding. 


Neelam had her “Chuda chadana” ceremony in the morning, a day before the wedding. This is a ceremony that takes place at the bride’s home with her mama (mother’s brother) gifts her with the traditional bangles called Chuda. Before the bangles are worn they are soaked in ‘kacchi lassi’ (buttermilk) overnight. During the ceremony friends and cousins of the bride-to-be gather around her and sing and dance. 


Her Lady Sangeet was a night before at the beautiful Castle. It is such a beautiful venue for any occasion! “Lady Sangeet” is a pre-wedding party held by the bride’s side of the family. Just one of many different ceremonies to celebrated before the wedding. 


We were bright and early at Neelam’s house on the day of the wedding to capture her getting ready shots. Then we headed to the Gurdwara for “Milni” which is a ceremony that takes place with both families exchanging well wishes on meeting each other. This is followed by light snacks and tea before the religious ceremony “Anand Karaj” (Wedding). Their wedding was full of vibrant colors and festive ceremonies! Both Sonia and I had and awesome time capturing such precious moments for our gorgeous couple to cherish for a lifetime! 


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Photography: Sameer Soorma Studios