Confession: this was my first ever time to shoot a mehndi celebration. When Arlem and Imtiaz contacted me, then we met and chatted, it was such a humbling thing that they picked me to help them remember their wedding celebration, including this very special part.
I knew that a mehndi celebration was full of color and pretty things. This was very much the case with Arlem and Imtiaz’s mehndi: everyone was dressed to the nines and so was the venue. The table and chairs were beautifully adorned with bright colors of pink, purple and orange accented with gold and shiny beading. Everything, from the space to the people, was awash with colors that just said “happiness” without saying a word. With all that, it was still very much a celebration that was intimate and sweet.
After dinner, many folks gathered indoors to get henna tattoos. This was a new experience for a lot of those in attendance so it was sweet to see their eyes light up as the designs appeared swiftly, almost magically, on their hands. It was really fun to watch the reactions of the little girls who decided they wanted them, too. While that was happening, families got to know each other and chat and just hang out.
After all was said and done, I found myself with Nisha, the henna artist, waiting for our cars. We chatted a bit about Indian weddings (her wedding was 15 days long!) and her work doing henna tattoos at Mehndis. “Do you know why we do them? Do you know why we really do the Mehndi? Because it takes a long time. We do it because we get to sit and talk.”
Lightbulb moment: it’s all about the fellowship, the opportunity to get to know your new family. How sweet!
The team that took the event and made it epic:
The venue: The Belmont, Austin
Catering: The Clay Pit
Henna artist: Nisha of Henna Arts
Dancers: The Diya Project
DJ: Live Oak DJ
Live Music: Rajamani Productions
Videography: Adam Grumbo Wedding Films
Flowers: Verbena Floral Design
Decor: Prashe Decor
Wedding coordination: Life Styled Events