The Maharashtrian Bride
If looking beautiful and elegant was art then a Maharashtrian bride would be Picasso! She always stands out because of her attire, style, attitude, confidence, smile, and the list continues…
The major aspects that make her look beautiful are her jewelry, Nauvaari saree, Mundavlya as they call it, and of course her mere presence at the wedding hall, which is totally captivating. The way she walks and smiles make all the spectators hold their breath!
Our forte lies in capturing one of the most crucial moments in a girl’s life. Loads of gold can never outweigh her emotions and aura that she carries.
Not many would agree but even with an iota of jewellery, the bride can make her mark. The unique thing about the Maharashtrian bride is the set of green bangles (chuda) which are gifted to her by the groom’s family representing fertility, new life, and creativity.
The nose ring which is called Nath in Maharashtrian culture is shaped like a bow. It is made of pearls and colorful stones signifying the prosperity.
The Mangalsutra that she wears in one of the wedding rituals which signifies that she is now married is made up of typical black beads woven into a Gold chain, making her look more stunning and beautiful.
One can discover the bride’s mixed emotions underneath the layers of glowing face.
The eye-catching thing when the bride enters the ceremonial hall is her Nauvaari saree, the vadhu-vastra, which makes her look elegant and majestic. Nauvaari, a yellow color saree gifted by maternal uncle, signifies the perspective of optimism.
The most important ritual of a Maharashtrian wedding is Saptapadi where the couple takes seven rounds around the holy fire and the bride touches seven betel nuts placed on small mounds of rice with her right foot and the groom holds her hand which symbolizes that both will always support each other in every walk of life.
The whole wedding function is made spectacular and photogenic majorly by the bride; as she carries out all the rituals with utmost elegance and roams around swiftly with all her confidence grace and beauty! No wonder all the photographers love to capture her movements and expressions!