Nadi and Spiro
These days’s couple Nadi and Spiro had a jam packed two week wedding extravaganza – truly a feast for the eyes and the senses culminating in a Melbourne ceremony. These days even though, I’m going to share their Mauritius Hindu ceremonies which are totally remarkable in their vibrant colours, drama and beauty.
These days’s photographs are by James Boddington of Xiss Photography who has a magic in the way he captures life. This wedding is total of it and he’s managed to do it stunningly.
James tells the story of Nadi and Sprio’s origin and the beginning of the celebration. “Nadi is Mauritian, her father, Arvind is Indian/Hindu and mother, Havva of Iraian/Muslim, husband Spiro is…you guessed it… very good Australian/Greek boy, what a mix!
Even by Mauritian requirements this wedding was big, 2 large parties just before the 1st official ceremony being the Hindu wedding, an additional celebration the night immediately after that then the final ceremony, a Persian wedding honouring the heritage of each Nadi’s parents.
Nadi’s parents’ property was a buzz for the complete week. With about 20 guests staying including a large contingent of Havva’ loved ones from Iran and elsewhere numerous who hadn’t noticed every single other for practically a decade..”
Day 1 of the ceremonies starts with a henna ceremony. James recalls “The day just before Nadi acquiring her hands and feet decorated with beautifully comprehensive henna tattoos. The painstakingly delicate application of the henna paste takes well more than an hour with an additional two hours for it to dry, throughout this time Nadi couldn’t move”
James says “The following day is the actual wedding. It started in the morning with a little ceremony at the household home – as Prahba described to ‘cleanse them for the their conjugal life’. Here the Priest and close loved ones members bless and anoint the bride and groom with Tumeric paste dabbed on their outfits with dried grass brush. They’re not supposed to see each and every other and are blessed separately and when purchased together sit with their backs to every single so as to not see every single other.
Late that afternoon we had a photo session at the residence. Formal Bollywood style portraits of the Bride and Groom, we all had a lot of fun and it added to the pomp and sense of occasion.”
“That evening it was the wedding. It’s a lengthy service, about 1.5 hours where the bride and groom for the most part sit in 2 chairs on a low stage surrounded by various offerings and objects while the priest and loved ones members perform a lot of rituals and blessings. It was then a vegetarian feast followed by, you guessed it….far more dancing….yeahhh.”
James was enchanted by the final ceremony. “The final ceremony in Nadi and Spiro’s Mauritian wedding was the Persian wedding held at the Hilton in Flic En Flac on the picturesque west coast of the island.
The evening started at dusk with a cocktail celebration on the beach then moved inside for the ceremony. The wedding itself was a beautifully comprehensive ceremony punctuated with fantastic passion, some incredibly moving speeches and considerably dancing and joy.
The ceremonial region exactly where Nadi and Spiro sat most of the night looking like royalty was dressed with lovely baubles and decorations bought from Iran by household members specifically for the wedding. It was beautiful and profound and a fitting finish to a long, passionate week.”
The final chapter in Nadi and Spiro’s celebrations was just the two of them. James says “The final chapter in our Mauritian adventure was a dusk shoot at Flic En Flac on the beach in front of the Hilton.
In spite of spending a week with Nadi and Spiro this was the only shoot we did unencumbered by their frantic schedule of wedding and family commitments.
The weather for most of the week had been dull and overcast but like the parting of the Red Sea the clouds that had graced the Mauritian skies for the majority of our week there cleared for some gorgeous late afternoon light and a spectacular sunset. We had a lot of enjoyable and when the sun had totally set I packed my cameras, cleared the sand from my shoes then jumped in a cab straight to the airport just in time for my flight back to Australia.”
Nadia and Spiro returned to Melbourne much less than two weeks later for a Greek Orthodox ceremony and conventional reception.
Congratulations Nadi & Spiro on your wedding day! Thank you for permitting us to share it today! Thank you also to James Boddington of Xiss Photography for sharing nowadays’s extravaganza with us!
Images by James Boddington of Xiss Photography.
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