Last weekend, Joey and I had the honour of photographing the Roce ceremony for Annette and Lenny.
A lovely Mangalorean tradition in Lenny’s family, the Roce ceremony welcomes friends and family to bless the bride and groom with coconut milk, along with their best wishes for a long and happy marriage. Having met Annette and her family at the ripe young age of 11 years old and been close friends ever since, it was an honour to meet Lenny’s family, and witness this sweet historic tradition between the two families.
Some lovely traditions were considered for the Roce ceremony, including both wearing jewellery that had been family heirlooms and passed down through generations, and the sari that Annette wore was Lenny’s mother’s wedding sari, also worn by her two daughters at their respective Roce ceremonies.
There is something truly humbling about taking the time to consider your family history, and it reminds you that sentiment plays a huge role in the celebrations of a wedding. The blessings were both emotionally charged and joyous, in equal measure, and we thoroughly enjoyed being witness to such an occasion.
We hope you like these photos; we are super excited about the wedding day on Friday at Kew Gardens – lots of photos to follow so watch this space!
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