Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending one of our good friends son's wedding. It was a delightful moment to watch him grow up from an adorable child to be a confident young man finding a love of his life and commencing with a beautiful marriage ceremony. The groom's parents are immigrants from Punjab, India and the bride is a native to US. They both opted for an Indian wedding. As always, Indian wedding are made up of vibrant colors and rich traditions. The wedding took place in a beautiful woodland scene.
The mandap was under the canopy of beautiful oak trees native to Southern California.
The Baraat: It was a colorful and vibrant ceremony. The groom arrived to the mandap on a horse with all his fanfare dancing around, rejoicing the moment. Notice the groom's face is covered with a beaded screen as part of the Punjabi wedding tradition.
The groom's family and friends are escorting him to the mandap.
The groom reached the mandap and is waiting for the bride to arrive. Notice the beautiful oak trees are a backdrop for the mandap. I loved that natural and rustic setting.
The bride is arriving to the mandap with her four brothers and uncle holding a canopy of fabric over her.
The wedding: After vedic ceremony the bride and groom are exchanging garlands.
The bride and groom are taking seven symbolic steps together around the holy fire toward a long and happy married life. The sacred fire represents a divine witness that sanctifies the ceremony.
They are leaving mandap as Mr.& Mrs. Bajaj
After the wedding, there was a cocktail hour before the reception. Can you imagine this is just a part of the appetizers buffet?
I like this rustic table with a burlap runner with country flowers and lots of candles. Gold rimmed glass chargers against a rustic table looks very glamorous.
Detail: a sprig of lavender at each place setting. Nice touch, don't you think?
I liked the way the plates are arranged at the buffet.
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