The beautiful and intimate Parsi wedding of Alisha and Rishad took place at the Tote on the Turf in Bombay in February 2014. Romantic and simple, this wedding represented the hearts of the bride and groom with clean decor, and only their closest family and friends in attendance.
How they met
Rishad and Alisha met through a common friend. She had baked fresh cupcakes and took them over to her friend’s home where Rishad was hanging out; and that’s where they got talking.
The Bride and Groom
Rishad looked super cool with his Toms; and Alisha, beautiful as ever in Tarun Tahiliani.
The Wedding Ceremony
It was one of the most quickest and fun weddings I had ever photographed and was over in 30 minutes. There are two priests who do the ceremony. The couple are asked by the priests whether they consent to the marriage.
He then joins their hands, a custom known as Hâthevârô (hand-fastening). The senior priest places the right hands of the couple into each other, then a piece of cloth is passed around both of their chairs and tied together enclosing them in a circle. The priest then fastens the cloth around their grasped hands seven times with a raw-twist. The prayer of Yatha Ahu Vairyo is then recited throughout.
The curtain is then dropped and the couple throw rice over each other, the first to do so is said to “win”.
From the Photographer
She sounded like a wonderful soul. Also, it was a Parsi wedding and I’d never photographed one, so that was another bonus.
Seeing something like this for the first time put me in awe. I’ve photographed only two Parsi weddings till date and I wish I get to photograph more someday!
Photographer | Bhumika Bhatia
Venue | Tote on the Turf
Bride’s Dress | Tarun Tahiliani
Groom’s Shoes | Toms