Monday, June 1, 2009

Carolyn and Raj - Part 2

The rest of Carolyn and Raj's wedding took place at the MeadowView Conference Resort
photo from Marriott's website

The hotel was beautiful, the beds in the rooms were heavenly, and the hotel staff went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed.

The night before the Hindu ceremony, the groom's family hosted the Garba which is a dance before the wedding. The bride and groom lead the dance in a circle around the room as the guests follow. The Garba lasts for hours and gets more lively as the night goes on. I didn't get any good photos of the Garba but will hopefully have some to share once the professional photos are in.

The next day started with the Baraat.
The baraat is a procession that represents the journey of the groom and his family from his village the bride's village. The groom rides on a horse and a drummer or band lead the family in dancing and singing during the journey.

Once the groom reaches the bride's family he convinces her mother to let them marry. And then the wedding ceremony begins.

The couple's Hindu ceremony was held in the hotel's ballroom. It was a beautiful ceremony focusing on the blending of the families.

One of my favorite details was the ceremony program which was printed on a gold scroll

Later in the evening was the reception. The colors were pink and orange and I loved the beautiful centerpiecesI had such a wonderful time working on this wedding and learning so much about the traditions and culture of both families. Here I am with the KIS3 team. Thanks Nirjary and Snehal for giving me the opportunity to work with you!

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