Mehndi or Henna is a paste that is bought in a cone shaped tube and is made into designs for men and women. It is a common tradition at Indian weddings. It was originally used for only women’s palms and never for men, but as time progressed, it is more natural for men to wear it. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered around the idea of “awakening the inner light”. Traditional Indian designs are of representations of the sun on the palm, which, in this context, is intended to represent the hands and feet.
We had the chance to snap this amazing picture of beautiful bridal henna this past weekend at the MGM Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, CT 06338. Rani was a beautiful bride and her Groom Eric was a blast to photograph. The mix of two Asian cultures coming together was a truly spectacular event. Check back soon for more images from the festive event.