The Mehndi is the time when we get to first get to know the family of the bride and groom. Often times it is the first event of the Indian wedding that we cover and they usually last 2-4 hours. I really enjoy the Mehndi parities because they are usually less formal and everyone is just having a good time and chilling. Often times, I shoot photo and video by myself, as in this case at Natasha and Shalin’s Mehndi that took place on December 26, 2010 at the Marin Community Center, just north of San Francisco.
The two families came together, excited for the big weekend. Most were from out of town, and many perhaps were meeting for the first time! The bride was getting her Mehndi done by one of the Bay Area’s best Mehndi artist, Ravie Kattaura, who I have worked with numerous times. She is by far the best and quickest artist I have come across, so I quickly document the process with both stills and video. Throughout the event, Natasha’s friends and family would sit with her, feed her food and drinks, and even scratch her nose when needed since she can’t use her hands for a while.
After the bride has her Mehndi she will pose for some photos that add some pop to the wedding album and she will then go dance and enjoy the rest of the evening. We love shooting Mehndi parties in the Bay Area as we really get to know the couple, their family and friends, making for even better photo and video footage on their big day!