French Photographer Christophe Viseux who photographs many
destination weddings in India, France and Kenya writes about his first
experience of photographing a Pakistani wedding.
Misba and Hannan is the first Pakistani wedding I've had the
opportunity to cover. It took place in Paris and was spread over three
days. Somehow similar to Indian weddings - especially Punjabi
Weddings, the celebration had its own special character and I was very
thrilled to discover rituals I have't seen before.
The celebrations commenced with the Mehndi-a fun ceremony with lot of
traditional dances and performances. Green, yellow and orange were the
predominant colors in which the beautiful ladies were dressed. The
wedding day started with the Barat. Hannan made his way to the
ceremony in a convertible car under rose petals and vibrant music.
Then the official Islamic wedding ceremony 'Nika' took place. Misba
and Hannan were sitting separately in different rooms when the Imam
read the prophetic sermon until the wedding was legally announced. The
end of the celebration was symbolized by the Rukhsati (the equivalent
of the Vidai for Hindu weddings) At this stage, Misba was ready to
leave with Hanna's family. As a blessing, the Quran was held over her
head during the entire walk to the exit.
The Reception (Walima) was the final event where Misba and Hannan were
the hosts of their first dinner as husband and wife.
Mehendi- Misba enters the venue
Mehendi- Hannan enters the venue
Nikah- Hannan gets blessed and Mehendi- Misba, the Happy Pretty bride
Misba and Hannan on the stage before the traditional
Rukhsati- Throwing rice over the Koran
Mehendi- Traditional Pakistani dance