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Indian Wedding Photographers Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

Indian weddings are full of tradition and symbolism, and there is beauty behind most every aspect of an Indian wedding ceremony. One of the most emotional parts of the day is the vidai (or vidaai), which is when the bride leaves her family and joins the groom's family. Vidais can take quite a long time, so many weddings don't include them. But those that do usually include some great opportunities to capture truly beautiful emotion. It is usually an Indian bride's mother who feels the most emotion during a vidai, as the vidai itself symbolizes the loss of a cherished daughter to another family. Of course, a mother's daughter will always be part of her family, too, and in this day and age, she will of course see her mother whenever she wants. But the symbolism behind the vidai is not lost on Indian mothers, who bid farewell to their newly married daughters through a veil of tears. I love this photograph, which I captured at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. The bride and groom had just departed, and the bride's relatives were comforting her mother as she cried. Indian wedding photographed at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California