Nikah at Leela Palace - A Muslim Wedding in Delhi
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Nikah at The Leela Palace – A Muslim Wedding, New Delhi

About This Project

When Rubina sent me an email, I knew I am going to be photographing her wedding events. Sometimes there is an instant connect.

“i LOVE LOVE LOVE your work and this being a love marriage – i need it to be captured : the best one can! … would mean the world to me to have you click us on our d day! … i am turning into this bridezilla as each day goes by..i need to know, you on board! 😉 😀 “

And here it is, her ‘d-day’ 🙂 It was a beautiful Mehendi Brunch for the family at The Glass House – Taj Gurgaon, followed by the Nikah at the Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri the next day. Abdul – the groom is a fitness trainer at FitnessFirst, and it was #epic to see his Gym-bag accompany him to their waiting room. They had the most fun common baraat ever! It was one of those rare events where you would see the Bride & Groom enter together – with their friends and family dancing.

The Nikah, unlike the traditional way of having the ceremony in two separate rooms, was beautifully setup with a flower curtain to separate the men & women. After the token exchange of ‘Meher’, the Maulavi (Priest) asked Rubina three times, whether she accepts the Abdul as her husband, with settled the amount of the Mehar.  After her consent, Abdul is asked three times, whether he accepts the concerned woman as his wife. ‘Qubool hai’ – is the answer – which means ‘I do’ in Arabic/Urdu.

The Nikahnama was signed by the couple & Blessings are showered upon the bride and the groom for a prosperous married life. Rubina, a ‘Jat at Heart’ changed into a beautiful traditional Haryanvi attire for the Wedding Lunch. And then the everyone was at the Dance floor. The Dj hosted some face-offs & it was an afternoon full of fun! I love such beautiful weddings where people focus on spending time with their loved ones rather than entertaining a zillion guests!

 

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