Haven't been to a wedding in a long time, but we were invited to one this past weekend. BTW - I did find the invitation - nope it wasn't at work, but in a pile of stuff downstairs. But a frantic call to the mother of the bride got me the address and we arrived ON TIME.
It was a Hindu wedding. The groom is Hindu and the bride is not. Since a lot of guests coming had never been to a Hindu wedding, a beautifully prepared 10 page document was sent (via e-mail) to wedding guests so they would know what to expect. We all thought it was a fabulous document and of course the venue was listed in the document!!!! Thanks to Marielle whom I imagine is the one who prepared that document.
This was the scene in the parking lot upon arrival. Loads of great music and the groom was seated on a horse as he was led to the wedding ceremony. Sorry - I don't have the document in front of me to tell you the exact tradition.
|The groom being led to the ceremony on a horse|
|Lots of beautiful outfits and dancing|
|The groom's father|
|The groom on the horse|
|The drummer and the groom|
|The drummer (notice that wicked looking drumstick!)|
|Tish (the mother of the bride) in her beautiful dress|
|Focusing very intently on one of the ceremonies|
|Take a picture and share the wedding!!!!! I hope they got loads of pictures!!!!|
|Card describing the wedding ceremony|
The first part of the wedding proceeded without the bride in the room. This is quite common in weddings from East Indian cultures and I believe in the Muslin faith - the bride isn't even part of the ceremony! Quite different from the weddings that I am familiar with!!!!
Here is a link to some of the traditions of the Hindu wedding (should you be intrigued).
|The mandap - the altar|
|Priest on the left, Tish and her husband (Pete) and Jay|
|The bride arriving with her father (note the curtain in front of the groom)|
|The bride is seated and the groom has yet to see his brider|
|The big reveal - I love the look on Marielle's face!!!!|
|The bride and groom after they have exchanged garlands (that wasn't the official name!)|
|Lots of prayers - notice the bride's parents are still "stars"|
|Removing the fire|
|Marielle and Jay|
|This was right after the kiss (NOT part of the HIndu ceremony!)|
|The head table|
|The cake (not part of the HIndu tradition)|
|Love those roses in the backdrop - I wonder how they were made????|
|The cousins table|
|Pete and Tish arriving at the dinner|
|Dancers as part of the ceremony! They were VERY GOOD|
|Pete and Tish giving their speech|
|Pyrotechnics at the bar after dinner|
All in all it was a great experience. The outfits were gorgeous, I'm jealous of the dancing - I want moves like that!, there was a lot of emotion during the speeches at dinner, the ceremony was interesting to be part of. Thank you Tish for snagging us an invitation. We had a great time and so glad to be part of the wedding.
I have thought a lot about this wedding. The mixing of cultures and traditions. I am sure it was challenging for both sides at times as you try to make everyone happy. I think of the issues I have heard people have when they are trying to make a guest list - imagine having to give and take on traditions as well. I'm not sure I would be up to the challenge!!!!
On that note - I have better get to work.
Have a great day!!!!