Finally I get to post this amazing wedding full of color and incredible outfits. Only the Grooms had six outfit changes, YES, six outfit changes.
I was so fortunate to have been contacted by Colin and Andrew for their wedding Indian style in Chicago, a very cool mix of cultures from Indian - American traditions. It was so great working with them and feel instantly welcome by everyone, I met so many fun and cool people during that great weekend in Chicago. Below, there is a description of Friday and Saturday, Sunday we did groom pictures in downtown Chicago.
Suggested song for this post Banno re banno meri chali Sasural Ko.
Haldi/Roce - is a fun ceremony in which a paste of ”Haldi” i.e. turmeric having medicinal values (antiseptic and cosmetic properties), sandalwood paste and, coconut milk (representing the holy spirit and also used to get glow on the face) is applied on the groom’s face and body.
Mehndi (Henna) - On the previous evening of the wedding Henna is applied on the hands and feet of the couple. Henna is a powerful medicinal herb that can prevent stress as it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense.
Alma che Jevon – Vegetarian lunch that begins with prayer and thanksgiving. Remembering the departed souls and asking for peace at home and blessing from the elders in the family. Served with a desert called Von (made from lentils /tapioca balls/cashew nuts) made specially for the meal. Food is served on banana leaf or dried leaf plate.
Sangeet - Night before the wedding to drink, lots of dance! This was so much fun, I learn some moves and marveled by the groom’s talented friends.
Wedding ceremony – customized wedding ceremony - Entry of groom with lamps, then a readings from scriptures and blessing from parents taking vows and pheras (seven rounds around fire).
Formal Reception - dinner, speeches and dance.
Venue Friday: Colin and Andrew’s place and Rose Banquets.
Venue Saturday: Mantra Restaurant and Columbus Park Refectory.
Outfits: Indian, Pune India. Tuxedo Tailor in Mumbai India.