Photo Essay – Akshaya Tritya Wedding, Noida

Photo Essay – Akshaya Tritya Wedding, Noida

Once in a Lifetime

The portrait of a marriage.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

On May 6, 2011, Delhi saw thousands of weddings. It was Akshaya Tritiya, a lucky day in the Hindu calendar for people to get gold, silver and brides. The Delhi Walla chronicled one such wedding, in Noida, the town across the Yamuna. Moments before the garland ceremony, the bride complained of nervousness and the groom betrayed a nervous energy. Later, amid the Vedic chants, as they exchanged vows in front of the holy fire, they both looked happy.

The bride


The groom

Dancing For the Groom

Mother of the bride (in yellow)

Women from the Bride's Side

Mother of the groom (in yellow)

Mother of the Groom

People of the bride

People of the Bride

The bride’s vanity

Bride's Vanity

The wedding mood

The Wedding Guests



Long time no see

Women Only

The bride’s bua

I Me Myself

The bride’s cousins

Sense & Sensibility

Look, the bride!


The groom’s evening

Aaja Nach Le

Bring the bride

The Bride is Ready

Brothers of the bride

To the Altar


What Is She Thinking?

To the altar

The Bride's Brothers

Getting closer

Getting Closer

Hand in hand

Hand in Hand

Portrait of a new marriage

Portrait of a New Marriage

Just married

Just Married

And they will live happily ever after

And They Will LIve Happily Ever After