Eve of Wedding Celebrations in India | Tom and Vanita's Wedding Part 2
The night before Tom and Vanita's wedding in Pune, India was a traditional family celebration. Both families had come together to celebrate the impending wedding….and to rip Tom's clothes off his back!
The tradition to rip clothes before an Indian wedding is to symbolise a break from the past and to ward off evil. Tom was also covered in oil and by the time the crowds were finished he looked far from the perfectly presented groom that was to show up the following morning. The evening ensured that the momentum from the previous evenings Mehendi continued and it was an honour to be asked to photograph the celebrations.
Here are a few shots from the evening. You can view the slideshow here or scroll to the bottom.