A Destination Wedding in Kerala?

Lush Backwaters, Laid back, Clean and green.  If your considering a Destination wedding in Kerala you will not be disappointed.

Unlike the north, Kerala is laid back, clean, lush, and green The people are so friendly and accommodating.  It is the perfect location for a destination wedding in India.  Kerala is the culture capitol of India! With so much to do;  from visiting a spice plantation, cruising the backwaters on a private house boat, taking in a festival,  beautiful beaches, Ayurvedic massages! it is paradise!  Your out of town guests will want to spend an extra week there at least.

Kochi fishing nets
Traditional Fishing nets in Kochi are still used today.

My first destination wedding in Kerala was in Cochin in 2009.  It was a Christian Syrian Wedding. Kerala has a fairly large population of Christians. You will see beautiful churches set against green backdrops all over kerala.  There are many beautiful customs in a Kerala wedding like the Minnukettu (Tying the knot) The minnu is tied around the bride’s neck by the groom on the day of their marriage.  It symbolizes the permanence of the marriage.  Also as seen below Manthrakodi (wedding sari) a gift to the bride from the grooms family.  Covering the brides head with Manthrakodi is another beautiful tradition in Kerala Christian weddings. It symbolizes the groom’s promise of being a protector of his bride for the rest of her life.

A Christian Destination Wedding in Kerala
Simone and George take time out for a pre wedding day photo shoot at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel in Fort Cochin
A bride in Kerala gets ready for her Christian wedding ceremony
Simone gets help dressing from her brides maids for her wedding ceremony in Cochin.
Brides head is covered by the groom with the Manthrokodi or wedding sari
George places the Manthrodkodi (wedding Sari) over Simon’s head as a symbolic gesture
Simone holding her new wedding Sari gifted from the Grooms family
Drummers escorting wedding couple
Traditional Drummers escort the Bride and Groom to the reception
Bride and groom sunset cruise on a house boat for their destination wedding in Kerala
A sunset cruise on a house boat in the Harbor of Fort Cochin for the bride and groom!

Last year I had the pleasure to photograph a Hindu wedding in Kerala.  The brides family was from Kerala, and grooms side from Gujarat, where I photographed my very first wedding in India!  At this wedding there was also some beautiful customs. In Hindu wedding ceremonies, Coconut flowers are auspicious symbols. In Kerala, coconut flowers must be present during a marriage ceremony. The flowers are inserted into a barrel of unhusked rice (paddy) and placed within sight of the wedding ceremony. (as seen below).

Hindu wedding ceremony in Palakkad, kerala
A Hindu Wedding Ceremony in Palakkad
Kerala bride on a palanquin
Nina, the gorgeous Kerala bride is carried into the ceremony on a Palanquin.
Kerala brides maid carry flowers
Brides maids carying flowers in a hindu wedding in kerala
Coconut flowers used in Kerala wedding ceremony
In Hindu wedding ceremonies, Coconut flowers are auspicious symbols.
Wedding flowers in Kerala
Gorgeous offerings for the Hindu Ceremony

If your planning a destination wedding in India and looking for a place to kick back after the craziness of planning a wedding. Kerala is the place! Hope to see you soon in God’s own Country!

To view more photos from Kerala, please visit my Travel Photography website.

 

 

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