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Saturday, September 30, 2006

A Tahitian Wedding

[...] [EDIT]: This is not a real wedding as some of you might think. This was a show at the Polynesian Cultural Center that depicts a Tahitian Wedding. More information on this show here
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The sound of drums could be heard from a distance. The lights gradually dimmed out and the tempo and volume of the drums picks up to a deafening blast. In a few moment, the music and everything stopped, it was pitch dark and dead quiet. The only sounds that could be heard were the whispers... "Tahiti".

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  2. please change the title to Tahitian dance Aamir. Where is the atmosphere ? Looks like the whole thing is staged for the tourists.

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  3. Hi Margie, i missed you too! Its nice coming back to the blog world. I was enchanted by their performance and the dance. It was a memorable experience. I will see you on your blog soon. Take care and ahve a good night
    -ari

    and oh, by the way, this is not a real wedding. It is a show at the polynesian cultural center in which the tahitian wedding ceremony is enacted.

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  4. Rauf, this is not a real wedding and this indeed is a show for the tourists at the PCC. You can find more information about the Horizons shows at the Polynesian Cultural Center here. I should edit my post and mention that. This was a show at the PCC where the tahitian wedding was enacted. It looked so real. As for what i read, their weddings are not as lavish and there are not a lot of people attending it. Everyone who attends the wedding dances for the bride and the groom.

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  5. These are stunning and I love the bold colours! I'm amazed you got such great shots with good definition as I remember the lighting was rather low.

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  6. That must be an extraordinary experience, what colors, how exotic! WB

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  7. oh, it was not a real wedding!
    I guess I should have known that!
    Still, very nice Ari!

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  8. Something new, colorful and looks great.

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  9. Ari
    I deleted my first post
    because I felt kind of silly
    about how I went on about the wedding!
    Still a wonderful post Ari!
    I liked it very much!
    So colorful!
    Take care...and have a great day!

    Margie

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  10. Corinne, thank you. I was seated in Row T, and that was pretty far from the stage. My lens could zoom only to a max of 135mm and these are crops from the pics i got.

    Yes, you got it. The lighting was pretty low, but the spotlights kinda helped at times. All shots were handheld.

    Thanks for your comments :) Take care
    -ari

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  11. Thank you Reflex. I will see you on your blog soon.

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  12. Margie, Sorrie, i added a note to this post stating this is not a real wedding.

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  13. Margie, thats ok :) After i saw yours and Rauf's comment, i realized that not a lot of people know about PCC. My bad, i have made amends to this post.

    Thanks for your comments :)

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  14. Ari..thanks for sharing those videos and pics. I had not seen a polynesian dance.

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  15. Wow! they really know how to dance and celebrate! So Beautiful!

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  16. ari4u forgive my ignorance...but doesn't those hats that the women are wearing look similar to what the Pope wears on his head? is it just my imagination? are those crosses under the circle on hats? interesting.

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  17. starry, when you go to Hawaii the next time, try to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center in the island of Oahu. It is great fun.

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  18. Kathy, lol yeah. I thought so too! They dont look like a cross to me as both lines are of equal length. More of a (+) :)

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  19. Im glad its not a real wedding. Cos even tho it's really nice, I dun think weddings should be taken place on stage and like a show. It's a very personal moment in 2 ppl's life and it should be done with close family n friends and on a beautiful and simple note.

    btw Im bakk Ari! So get back to commenting in my blog lol!

    Keshi.

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  20. hi dear,
    thats fantastic...i have only seen this kinda dance in movies....but thats great ...really amazing..

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  21. nice post bro, very informative ! Always wanted to be an anthropologist :D I wonder if those are their actual wedding outfits, though *hugs*

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  22. Looks very vibrant and colorful. Its always nice to know about another culture. Thanx Ari.

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  23. Your so lucky to travel to all of these interesting places and even more to get the opp. to shoot such great photos! I love seing and reading your photos and words! I learn something which is always a plus! Great color. I am half Indian so I attend "pow wows" like twice a year this reminds me of them. GREAT as always!

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  24. Well dat was a great show,Ari..Spectacular!!
    Enjoyed the you tube videos verymuch....
    And gud to see you back!

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  25. Thanks for passing by :) I'n not really an expert, but I really enjoy photography ;)

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  26. Keshi, welcome back! Hope you had great fun. I will head over to your blog to see what stories you pull out of your spice bag ;)

    I agree with you. Weddings are fun, but real ones shouldnt be made a public display and staged. The spirit of the wedding is lost then.

    Take care

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  27. vibhor, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Yes it is really amazing. It is even better if you are present there watching them dance on the stage.

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  28. Boo. Thank you. I guess those are the actual wedding outfits.

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  29. Kimberley, its nice to know about your cultural heritage. Pow-wows must be fun right?

    Well, my camera goes wherever i go, so there is definitely a picture to trace my path :D.
    Good to see you hear.

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  30. Good to see you here G. I also noticed you have started blogging again :) Yay. You deserve the nomination G and i hope you win it too.

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  31. Good to see you here G. I also noticed you have started blogging again :) Yay. You deserve the nomination G and i hope you win it too.

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  32. Reflex, you are good! I like your pictures.

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  33. ari,
    interesting to read about different cultures. thanks for the videos!
    by the way, you have been tagged. for details, please visit my blog.
    cheers

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  34. Hey ..Thanx for vistin my blog...and ya like all saggi's you and ur pics just rock...bye take care and keep visiting..:)

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  35. rk. Thank you. I'm not a taggy person and i hope you wont mind if i dont take up your tag.

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  36. Saira, welcome to my blog. Thanks for the nice comment from another Saggi :) Hope to see you around

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  38. Ari
    I got your message!
    Thank you!
    I will not change it!
    Good-night!

    Margie

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  39. Ari,
    i feel like i received double compliments here..thank you..
    Good to see u.

    take care

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  40. oh my god .. the way she moves her hips .. damn ! great talent !

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  41. they sure can dance! :) great videos to watch after reading through the post and seeing your photos(terrific quality in minimal lighting). energetic colors and atmosphere!

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  42. the dances were awesome and the story was so amazing!!! i loved it!!!

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