This past weekend, I photographed my first Nepali wedding in Pittsburgh. I started capturing the pre-wedding functions on Wednesday when the henna was being done at the bride’s family home in Jefferson Hills. Kadambari Arts, one of the best henna artists in Pittsburgh, was halfway through the four-hour tattoo when I arrived. She masterfully included the bride’s adored dogs’ names in the design. Kadambari always hides the groom’s name somewhere in the design for him to find on the wedding day. I always recommend reserving a few hours of photography for the henna, as this is a great opportunity to photograph the design at its darkest and also for me to meet the immediate family.
On Friday, Elisa and I arrived early at the Hindu Jain Temple for the wedding ceremony. We had been warned the ceremony might last around 8 hours. 😳 So, we were ready! Luckily, Mint was there with their delicious vegetarian food that kept us fueled all day long.
The ceremony was contagiously emotional and made us feel incredibly privileged to be in charge of capturing all these family memories. Below are a few of my favorite images from the 18-hours of covering this beautiful union. Congratulations Salina and Rajin!