Indian Vow Renewal Ceremony in Northern Virginia | Subha and KV

    DC Indian wedding photographer | Megan Rei Photography

Subha and KV renewed their marriage vows earlier this month at their home in Herndon, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Their daughter Sirisha is the one who contacted me about photographing the event, and she explained all about the Indian traditions! This Hindu vow renewal ceremony is called a Shashti Poorthi, and is traditionally celebrated on the husband's 60th birthday. It's thrown by the couple's children, who didn't get to witness the original wedding ceremony :)

Subha and KV sat towards the front of their living room with the priest, and were surrounded by colorful fruit and gifts that would be used during the ceremony. Their children sat nearby, and the rest of the room was packed full of the other guests. The ceremony was mostly in Sanskrit, but some parts were in English so I was able to follow along.

 Indian vow renewal ceremony in living room in Herndon, Virginia
 Husband and wife during Shashti Poorthi ceremony in Herndon, VA
 Shashti Poorthi details in Northern Virginia ceremony
 Husband and wife's hands during their Hindu vow renewal ceremony
    Priest pouring water during an Indian ceremony in Northern Virginia  
 Daughter during the Indian marriage ceremony | Megan Rei Photography
 Candid photo of guests during Hindu marriage ceremony | Candid Indian Wedding Photography in DC | Megan Rei Photography
 Husband and wife during their Shashti Poorthi ceremony at their home in Herndon, Virginia
 Candid style photography during Indian wedding ceremony in Northern Virginia
 Candid photo of family laughing during the Hindu ceremony | DC Indian Wedding Photographer
 Bride taking part in her Shashti Poorthi vow renewal ceremony in Herndon
    Shashti Poorthi detail photo  
 Candid photo of guests during Indian marriage ceremony
 Couples' grandson smiling during the Shashti Poorthi
 Pouring honey during fire ritual of the Shashti Poorthi | Hindu Wedding Ceremony Photography
 Candid picture of married couple and their son during the Hindu ceremony
 Fire and honey ritual during Indian marriage ceremony in Northern Virginia
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 Wedding guests during Herndon, Virginia marriage ceremony | Candid Indian Wedding Photography
 Overhead view of the Hindu Shashti Poorthi ceremony in Herndon, Virginia living room
 Candid picture of bride and groom with wedding guests

For the next part of the ceremony, everyone moved outside to the deck. Each guest took a turn pouring a pot of holy water over the couple. Subha and KV were drenched by the end of it! But they were smiling and laughing throughout the process, and I know they were thankful for a nice warm day!

 Fun and candid photo during Indian marriage ceremony with holy water
 Water ritual during Shashti Poorthi | Northern Virginia Colorful Indian Wedding Photography
 Pouring holy water over the bride and groom during Hindu marriage ceremony in Northern Virginia
 Indian water ritual | DC Indian Wedding Photography
 Fun photo of bride and groom after Indian water ritual during vow renewal in Northern Virginia | Megan Rei Photography
    Married couple during their Hindu vow renewal in Herndon
 Husband and wife with their three children on the deck during water ritual
 Candid picture of guests during Shashti Poorthi

Everyone made their way back inside for the final part of the ceremony. Subha and KV's children washed their feet, and also fed them rice. When Sirisha accidentally fed her spoonful to her dad that was supposed to go to her mom, there were some big laughs!

 Children pouring water over their parents' feet during Indian marriage ceremony
 Entire family placing flower petals during Indian Shashti Poorthi in Northern Virginia
 Entire family placing flower petals during Indian Shashti Poorthi in Northern Virginia
 Detail photo during Indian wedding vow renewal
 Rice feeding ritual of Shashti Poorthi
 Candid laughter photo during Indian wedding vow renewal in DC
 Laughter during Indian wedding in Northern Virginia | Megan Rei Photography

Next up was an exchange of jewelry and garlands, followed by the rice! KV and Subha took turns pouring handfuls of rice over each other's heads, which eventually escalated to just dumping the entire bowl!

 Bride's necklace in bowl of rice
 Husband placing necklace on wife during Hindu Shashti Poorthi in Herndon
 Candid picture of husband and wife laughing at their vow renewal ceremony in Northern Virginia
 Wife placing bracelet on her husband
 Wife pouring rice over her husband's head during Indian vow renewal in Northern Virginia
 Candid picture of bride and groom laughing during Indian ceremony
 Wedding couple laughing while exchanging handfuls of rice
 Husband pouring rice over wife's head during fun marriage ceremony near DC
 Guests laughing during the vow renewal ceremony
 Guests laughing during the vow renewal ceremony
 Bride and groom having fun with the rice ritual
 Candid photo during Indian marriage ceremony in Northern Virginia
 Fun candid photography for Indian wedding near DC

Thank you guys for including me in the ceremony, and making sure I sampled all of the delicious Indian food before I left!