It’s been a little over three months since my wedding weekend in Udaipur, India and looking back at all the photos and videos makes the whole thing seem like a dream! A happy, heart-warming, beautiful dream.
You could say that I had a pretty busy year of wedding planning but I like to think that I was unusually calm throughout the process and just went with the flow. That is until the last few days before the wedding! We headed to Udaipur a week before to make sure all arrangements were taken care of and as discussed and that is when I broke down. Being a perfectionist and a bit of a control-freak meant that I wanted to see, touch and feel every single detail which as you can imagine, was impossible!
Several sleepless nights and a complete loss of appetite later, our wedding weekend finally began. Friends, family and loved ones from all over the world, those we hadn’t seen in years started pouring in and it felt like a massive carnival for just me and my favourite people. So much love, colour, happiness and laughter (and some happy tears) filled those four days that all I want to do is relive it over and over again. Here are a few glimpses from the weekend.
The celebrations began on Friday afternoon with the Bridal Mehendi which traditionally took place in the bride’s home and was an event for all the women of the household. These days, it’s a casual and fun event for both women and men. During this ritual, Mehendi (or henna paste) is used to create intricate designs on the bride’s hands and feet, leaving behind a stain, like a temporary tattoo.
That evening, we hosted a Welcome Dinner for all the guests that had arrived earlier in the day as a way to welcome them to the wedding and for everyone to meet, greet and mingle with each other.
Saturday afternoon was the main Mehendi event which was a much bigger version of the Bridal Mehendi and more for all the guests to get involved and get their henna done. This was by far the most colourful event of the weekend! The Mehendi was followed by the Haldi ceremony where a paste is made out of Haldi or turmeric and bit by bit, friends and family from both sides place a little of the paste on the bride and groom’s face and body. The paste is made with turmeric and various other ingridients such as milk, sandalwood powder and rose water. The ceremony is meant to beautify the bride and groom before the wedding and ward off evil spirits.
That evening was the Sangeet which is where friends and family from both sides put up performances for the bride and groom. This is basically one big Bollywood dance party!
Sunday morning was the actual Wedding which always begins with the Baraat. The Baraat is the groom’s procession as he arrives to the scene of the wedding. Traditionally, weddings would take place at the bride’s house and the groom would arrive with his entourage, complete with loud drums, trumpets and all his family members dancing down the street to make their arrival known to the bride’s family. Once the groom has arrived, the bride makes her arrival and the wedding ceremony begins. It involves the bride and groom sitting in front of a small fire while the priest chants various incantations to officially establish the marriage between the two according to Hindu beliefs.
A few (very few) hours of rest later were the Cocktails and Reception and much like weddings in the west, was a night of speeches, dinner and dancing and our friends and family officially welcoming us as husband and wife.
Such a whirlwind couple of days and I wouldn’t have had it be any other way. The best and my favourite part was having friends and family from the various parts of my life all come together and get along so wonderfully! I loved each and every moment of it!
Photography & Videography: Jayesh Khaturia Photography
Decor: Neeraj Kamra Weddings
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