It’s always wonderful to see how a couple combines their individual cultures and traditions in their wedding choices, so I know you’ll enjoy these shots from Christina and Sunil’s wedding last month…
After a week full of rain, the sun came out for Christina and Sunil’s outdoor ceremony!
The traditional Hindu wedding ceremony was followed by an evening of dinner and dancing in the Sequoyah Country Club’s Spanish style clubhouse. Built in 1913, the beautiful building satisfied Christina’s love for Spanish culture.
Miniature hand-carved wood elephants from India paraded around each centerpiece, and guests were invited to take them home as favors at the end of the night.
The cake echoed mehndi patterns like those on Christina’s feet and ankles. Below, guests were treated to a Bollywood dance performance.
Christina shares a bit about her experience planning a traditional Indian wedding as a non-Indian American bride:
I had to educate myself on a lot of the rituals and traditions of a traditional Indian wedding, because Sunil, who is second-generation, didn’t know a lot the specifics himself. Some of my local Indian girlfriends were a wealth of information about stores, traditions, and cultural norms (and no-no’s). When shopping for a dress with 3 non-Indian friends and family, I was completely overwhelmed, and the Western-style dress that I chose ultimately seemed like the best choice. I chose a Western-style dress that had an Indian feel to it and could work with Indian jewelry. Otherwise, the wedding was almost entirely traditionally Indian, with the exception of our fusion music and the groomsman and bridesmaid attire. Also, we decided at the last minute not to wear the hats that are traditionally worn by the bride and groom in Bengali weddings.
Photography: Melanie Duerkopp / Venue: Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, California / Event Planner: Flor Amor / Bride’s dress: Martina Liana / Groom’s attire: Sari Palace, (510) 841-7274 / Stationery: IndianWeddingCard.com / Cake: Ginger Elizabeth / Classical sitar: Joanna Mack / DJ: Toofan Sounds / Bollywood dancers: Namita Kapoor & Troop