My First Indian Wedding

by gillianshenon

I had the great pleasure and honor of assisting Priya and Nikul with their wedding planning in August at Nella Terra Cellars. This would be my first Indian wedding and I had a lot to learn, most especially about the Indian culture. These vibrant photos were captured beautifully by Yuliya Molitvenik of Yuliya M. Photography.

The getting-ready process was vastly different from that in American culture. For starters, the henna decoration occurred two days before the ceremony, and the getting-ready itself took far longer than usual. I was fascinated with process. The layers and layers of clothing and adornment and ceremony around all of it… each step required the assistance of many family members. Finally, Priya and Nik were ready.

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The celebration began with a Baraat ceremony,  the marriage process which is welcomed by the bride’s family. The Baraat procession was led by a decorated white horse, Nik, his groomsmen and family members. The Baraat musicians danced along to the bhangra music. It was an incredible sight to behold.

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The procession made its way down to the ceremony area and wedding mandap, which is the covered structure where the ceremony would take place. Nik was greeted by Priya’s family for the customary foot-washing ceremony.

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Many, many, MANY ceremonies followed, and finally, hours later, Priya and Nik were married.

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