A Wedding Ceremony with Persian, Indian and German Elements in Heidelberg25 Jun 2014, by Heidelberg, Wedding Photographer in
I was able to experience an exciting mixture of very different wedding traditions at Sarah and Patrik’s wedding in the Kongresshaus Heidelberg’s ballroom. Sarah, the bride brings Persian and German elements into the marriage and Patrik brings several Indian traditions. In addition, they live in Boston in the USA. It’s difficult to imagine a more international wedding and, of course, that appealed to me as a wedding photographer. All the more so because the wedding was in Heidelberg; in other words, more or less on my doorstep.
The wedding day started for me in the beautiful marriage room at Heidelberg’s registry office, followed by a walk through Heidelberg with the bridal couple for a few formal portrait shots.
At the ceremony that followed, the venue had been lovingly decorated in Persian style with sugar, candles and a large mirror. Sugar was rubbed over the bridal couple while extracts from the Koran were read and after being asked three times whether she wanted to enter into marriage, the bride replied with a yes. This was followed by the Indian Saptapadi, where Sarah and Patrik danced around candles.
After some readings from the Bible, the bridal couple left the room to applause from their guests only to rush back in again shortly after. In all the emotions and excitement they had almost forgotten the exchange of rings. So when the happy couple left the ball room the second time around, the guests’ applause was all the more enthusiastic.