Susan Stripling Photography
New York Wedding PhotosOne of the most beautiful traditions during an Indian wedding ceremony is the Kanyadan. The bride and groom hold of their open hands outwards and the father of the bride holds his open hand above their palms. the mother of the bride pours water over her husband’s hand, and the water then cascades over the hands of the bride and groom. During this Indian wedding ceremony at Manhattan’s Skylight West this particular ceremony was beautifully lit because Ray Roman, the cinematographer documenting this wedding, had placed a discreet video light behind the mandap in order to illuminate the scene perfectly. Ray was kind enough to collaborate with me in regards to the placement of the light. Event designer and coordinator David Tutera did an extraordinary job creating an intimate and welcoming space for the Indian ceremony. The entire bottom floor of Skylight West was decorated in rich reds and vibrant jewel tones and the curtained mandap provided the perfect stage for the ceremony to take place. I photographed this image with a 70-200mm for two reasons. One was because I love the compressed look to the final image. this second reason was because utilizing the long live enabled me to stay far back in the ceremony room and not intrude upon the guests to take my image. I try very hard to be unobtrusive when documenting the ceremony because I believe that all eyes should be on the bride and groom, not the photographer as they run around the space snapping shots like crazy!
Location: 500 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018.Keywords: David Tutera (27), Indian (42), New York City (207), Oscar De La Renta (27), Ray Roman (27), Skylight West (27), Sonnier and Castle (27). 1/320; f/2.8; ISO 6400; 200.0 mm.