What happens when you have a bride and groom raised in the United States while trying to preserve their traditional Hindu roots?
A meeting of East and West, and a universal celebration of a wedding.
Mehul and Nina wanted to honor their rich Hindu culture while also enjoying a western style reception, which couples have become accustomed to in the Northeast.
Starting with bridal preparation: the dresses, a Lehenga Saree, Banarsi Saree or Salwar Kameez, is more ornate that your western wedding dress and is often bright in colors opposite of the traditional white wedding dress. Nina’s reception dress was white and beautifully displayed the intricate henna tattoo work done the evening before the wedding.
On the day of the wedding, it’s the normal hair and makeup. Unlike a traditional western wedding, a Hindu bride will often have to sit for hours the day prior to her wedding for the Henna tattoos, which is a part of the Mehndi ceremony. It symbolizes the deep loving bond between husband and wife.
Adorned with jewelry made of 28k gold and encrusted with a plethora of eye popping jewels, the bride is ready for the Hindu wedding ceremony.
A Hindu wedding has many variations based on which community or region in India your family originated from. The groom also dawns the traditional attire for a Hindu wedding as the Baraat takes center stage with a horse and family precession.
The Baraat is the bride and groom’s wedding procession. In North Indian communities, it is customary for the groom to travel to the wedding venue on a mare accompanied by his family members.
Once the traditional Indian ceremonies are complete, the bride and groom slip into something with a bit more Western influence for their reception at the Imperia.
Nina’s beautiful lace dress is a perfect mix of a traditional Indian wedding Saree, and a modern, white Western wedding dress.
The Imperia played host to Nina and Mehul’s reception with exquisite food and decor fit for an East meets West wedding.
The end result? A seamlessly blend of Hindu wedding traditions and Indian culture with Western influences leading to a unique wedding ceremony and reception, and yet another new couple ready to start their lives as husband and wife.
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On August 6th, our assistant, Cindy and her fiancé Rishi, got married in the outskirts of Orange County, New York, in front of 250 guests.
Emilee & Jason
From the Photographer: “This wedding was EPIC! Jason & Emilee had a hindu ceremony, starting with a traditional baraat (groom’s processional), where the groom rode a horse to the ceremony site, and then celebrated with his family and friends outside, complete with an indian drummer, and bagpiper (a surprise nod to Emilee’s scottish heritage). Following the hindu ceremony, the couple changed into western attire for more photos, and a reception where the groom surprised his lovely bride with a surprise visit from Poe, the Baltimore Ravens mascot! It was an amazing day, from start to finish!” – Meghan Lynn Photography
As the holiday season ushers everyone toward the New Year, brides and grooms to be, right alongside wedding professionals, look for the new trends which will take center stage in 2010.
What will be the new dress style…or will another classic look make their way into the spotlight?
As we anticipate many of these answers, fresh of the “what’s hot this winter” trends, there are many weddings, which will maintain their look and traditions regardless of the trends and regardless of the time of year.
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I’ve had the absolute privilege and fortune of doing some Indian events the last 12 months. Ever since, I’ve been telling my friends and family that you’ve never been to a wedding until an Indian wedding. The sheer scoop, the sheer pageantry, the colorful fabric, the kaleidoscope lighting and Bollywood music associated with most Indian weddings make it so incredible.
Indian weddings, unlike most American weddings, last 2 to 3 days. The first day, a “Sangeet” or Mendhi. A “Sangeet” is an event in a Hindu or Sikh wedding culture. In which it takes place 2 or 3 days before the wedding in a banquet hall or at home. During this event, ladies & men will sing traditional Indian songs, and joke around with guests. This event is also like a dinner and dance, because there is a lot of dancing and lots of food! The Sangeet is a good-natured ribbing of the couples’ in-law. Furthermore, the bride will have her hands tattooed, known as the Mendhi.