Shareen and Samier planned a fantastic four day event to celebrate their nuptials.
The first evening of events was Samier’s Pithi ceremony, a ritual performed for good luck. Samier’s family and friends gathered to bless him and cover him with everything from the traditional pithi paste to kitchen condiments and even curry! It’s a beloved tradition that the groomsmen fully embraced!
The second evening was a celebration in honour of Shareen. First there was a traditional ceremony where water was brought by Shareen’s brother and blessings were performed, then the women in Samier’s family came to welcome Shareen to the family bringing gifts and blessings, this was followed by Shareen’s pithi which was a bit tamer then Samier’s.
They planned for a day off of events in between and the third day of events was a busy one. They chose to do their photos at the Guild Inn before a traditional ceremony at the mosque. The reception was a beautiful and luxurious affair! A huge party full of food, dancing, and performances for their guests to enjoy.
The final day of events was the Vidai, a traditional and emotional farewell to the bride from her family. It was an afternoon that had many with little rituals to wish the couple a life of happiness and prosperity. Then it was time for the bride and groom to leave, they said their goodbyes and made their way to the car with Shareen tossing rice over her shoulder, the final event was for the car to drive over a coconut. As with most of the ceremonies each one has many meanings. The driving over the coconut symbolizes the removal of obstacles from the newlyweds path.
I can say it was a long and tiring event for everyone but so much fun and a great way for them to have started their life together as husband and wife.
We were so honoured to have been a part of their day and be able to capture and preserve their memories for years to come!