Tenzing and Kunsang had a traditional Tibetan wedding. I was so excited to photograph their day and learn more about their traditions. One of the things I found very unique was how an astrologist is consulted before the wedding day to decide what date and time they will be married. They take the couples age, date of birth and zodiac sign to determine it. This now made sense as to why they were getting married at 7:30am!
The groom waits in his home while family members are outside of the house waiting for the bride to arrive. Cedar branches were burning in a small pot to cleanse the area. They told me if they were to follow the traditional ceremony, the bride would ride in on a horse that was decorated. Now, in 2008 she arrives in a car, a little easier! Once the bride and her family are inside the house they all sit together while guests give them good wishes and gifts. After this is done everyone celebrates with a banquet which included butter tea, delightful desserts and yak meat which I think was subbed out for something else!
Another interesting part of the day was that the bride is suppose to cry and be upset that she is leaving her family. It was cute to see Kunsang try to keep a serious face and not smile. Everyone was so gracious and kind to me, making sure I knew what was happening and that I sampled the food and tea. Thank you to both of you, it was an amazing experience for me.