During the haldi (or pithi) ceremony, the bride is adorned with a yellow paste made from turmeric, rose water, and sandalwood powder. This signifies her entrance into adult married life. Here, the photographer captured the characteristic color and texture of the paste, then echoed it in the background for a cohesive look. The bride's pretty profile and subtle smile hint at the happy but ceremonial nature of the event.
Lauren Brimhall

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