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Today comes an especially special treat for us as it was the first Sikh wedding not only that we had shot, but also had attended. What we found was a beautiful and tranquil ceremony filled with song and melodious chanting. Purvee entered the Gurdwara in a beautiful red anarkalli. She and Rajbir sealed their promise as they circled the altar.
Time was of the essence as they were having both their Hindu and Sikh ceremonies on the same day so we had a very small window of time to shoot the couple in between. Before we started shooting, some of Purvee’s bridesmaids approached us and asked us if we would be able to get Rajbir in a pose where they would be able to easily steal his shoes. For those of you who may not be as familiar, there is an Indian tradition of the bride’s side stealing the groom’s shoes. If they succeed in this, there is an event after the wedding that involves the groom’s side (on behalf of the groom) and the bride’s side (on behalf of the bride) going through a price negotiation in order to get the groom’s shoes back. But I must admit while shooting Rajbir in the morning he said he was going to be on his guard based on past exposure to Purvee’s friends. “They’re crazy!”, he told me as his turban was being wrapped, “one of her friends’ weddings? The groom walked around the whole day barefoot.”
So as I had started to say, the bridesmaids, dedicated to their task of thievery, approached us to get Rajbir in a pose that would help them get a hold of his shoes. Now, considering that BOTH Annuj and I knew Purvee before we had even met each other, I guess we were both a part of the bride’s side (sorry, Rajbir – but thank you for respecting our loyalty!). So set up we did and steal they did! As you will find from the photos below, Rajbir was taken by surprise but quickly called for back up from his boys and all pandemonium broke lose!
They fought and fought and at some point between the screaming, scratching, threatening and bleeding, the girls managed to escape with his shoes.
At this point, a defeated Rajbir turns to his brother and asks him for his shoes. JUST AS his brother dutifully takes off his feet, Puja (a bridesmaid) comes out of nowhere and grabs them! It was a very short struggle as a crafty bridesmaid put the shoes up her anarkalli top and ran back into the hotel victorious! Poor Rajbir was left to get YET ANOTHER pair of his groomsmen’s shoes!
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