As a photographer it’s always a pleasure to receive a new assignment from a previous client. A while ago I had the privilege to take some wedding shots of Salina and her husband, Rajindren. I was thrilled when she contacted me with news that she was seven months pregnant. It gives me great satisfaction to have the opportunity to capture key moments in people’s lives, and Salina’s Bangle Wearing Ceremony (Valaikappu) was certainly a joyous occasion.
A bangle wearing ceremony is a tradition usually performed when seven months pregnant. Relatives adorn the mother-to-be with a selection of glass bangles on her arms for the well being of mother and baby. Sandalwood paste is smeared on the face, hands and feet of the expectant mother in order to cool the body, and a selection of rice is offered, the choice of which signifies whether the baby will be a boy or girl – supposedly.
The bangle ceremony was held in a beautifully decorated apartment in Cheras and Salina looked gorgeous that I had a tough time choosing which photos to place on my blog. So here are just a few of them taken during the event, showcasing her beauty and an enchanting ‘glow’ that is so unique to pregnant women.
To view more photos of this event, head to Salina’s Bangle Wearing Ceremony Gallery
Glass bangles are placed on the wrists of the pregnant mother during the ceremony by close family and friends
Indian lamps with flickering lights were placed at the entrance
Final touches of the make-up
Make-up completed, it’s show time!
Salina at almost 7 months pregnant, glowing with maternal beauty!
Sandalwood paste is smeared on the face, hands and sometimes feet during the ceremony to cool the body of the pregnant mother
Salina looking surprised after choosing the sweet rice
Rajindren capturing the beauty of his wife on video
Salina & Rajindren – It was an honour to photograph your bangle wearing ceremony. Best wishes to you both and I can’t wait to see your little bundle of joy!