My friend Debbi and I were invited to a traditional Hindu wedding this past Saturday. We don't know the bride that well, we are more acquainted with the groom and his parents.
We loaded up the car with cameras, address and GPS, tunes and away we went! The ceremony was taking place about an hour from where we live.
We arrive at the wedding hall, and walk in to a room full of East Indians, immediately feeling out of place. We sign the registry, get a program, and find a seat. We were 2 out of 6 or 7 Caucasian people in attendance!
Here was a view of the alter before the bride and the groom arrived.
The seats are quickly filling up. We are surrounded by the most beautiful sari's I have ever seen, in every color! Oh, if I could have captured it I would have! Aqua, royal blue, pale pink, deep red, forest green, purple and champagne color exploded all around us.
The groom is escorted in first. then he is blessed by each of the females from the bride's family.
Here is Raj, waiting for his bride.
Here is Priya, escorted in by her brothers.
They placed a lei around each others necks.
Her attendants help make sure that the lei is not caught on her beautiful scarf.
Finally, all the pomp and circumstance is over and the happy couple is free to relax and enjoy!