Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gautam and Kim's Wedding

My heart melts when I see this picture.


On August 5th, Gautam and Kim tied the knots!


It was magical!


Younger siblings couldn't be happier for their brother on his big day.

Indian wedding events can stretch for a few days with pre-wedding festivities. This one was no different.

First day was the henna ceremony for the bride. Here are Kim and Gautam just before the henna artist arrived.


This was a true test of her patience. It took many hours and a lot of patience on her part to get that done on her hands and feet. 


The next morning, Gautam got a traditional and classic turmeric scrub known as "Pithi". It is a mixture of turmeric, fragrant sandle-wood powder and rose water. All the aunts and sisters, sister -in-laws got a chance to rub some turmeric for good luck. Once the "Pithi" is done, bride and groom can not see each other until the wedding day. We broke some rules since we are all about that ;)


He was happily surprised at how good his skin felt after that.


Nilesh and I were both thrilled to have most of our family members with us for this occasion.
 

In the evening we gathered at my niece's home for the henna celebration.       
  

Henna plant is grown as hedges all over India. The leaves are ground into a thin paste. In old days, henna artist would use a thin twig with sharp tip dipped in henna paste to design the patterns. Finer the paste, more intricate the design can be. For many years now the paste is filled in a small plastic cone just like icing for the cake. After it is applied on the hands, a nice spray of lemon and sugar water helps adhere for some time.To get good coloring, it needs to set for few hours then It can be scraped off and washed off. Rich rusty to deep maroon red remains for few days like a temporary tattoo and eventually fades off .


The morning of the wedding was a bit hectic. Please tell me that is normal. Trying to blend two cultures, have two ceremonies performed was little tricky.


Indian ceremonies by default are known to go on for longer than planned but the day was just perfect!


Just perfect!



 

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos and wedding! Congratulations to your family.

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  2. what a beautiful and special celebration..felicitations to all hugs, Julierose

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  3. What a beautiful ceremony! You all look so radiant. Wishing lots of joy and blessings to the couple - Gautam and Kim.

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  4. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. thanks for doing a blog post about the wedding, Sujata! the photos are wonderful, and the text is very informative and interesting! :-) xo

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  6. Oh how beautiful! All the colours and the happiness!
    I wish I was part of your family!!

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  7. What fun to see so many photos and to read the story! Everyone is beautiful and so happy--especially the bride and groom. It does look like the perfect way to launch this young couple into their married life. Wishing them every happiness. XO

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  8. Beautiful! So beautiful. Congratulations to your family and to the bride and groom. Many good wishes for their life together. xoxo

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  9. So much beauty and joy . . . I hope the glow continues for a long time.

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  10. Thank you for sharing this joyous family occasion. Congratulations from Lindsay. May Gautam and Kim be blessed always.

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  11. What a happy event! Thsnk you so much for sharing and good wishes to all! You

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  12. what a beautiful day with so many rich traditions. I savored all the photos! Congratulations to the beautiful couple.

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  13. How absolutely lovely! It is so refreshing to see young people carry on traditions that are so important to our generation. You must be so proud. What a lovely couple. Thank you for sharing this joyous occasion with us.

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  14. What a happy time you've shared with us. Everyone is handsome and happy. The sun shone, the fabrics are fabulous, and the flowers scent wafts from the photos. A beautiful blending of two families.

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  15. Congratulations! Everyone looks so beautiful and happy. Gorgeous photographs too. I love the smell of henna.

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  16. It's lovely to "share" in your celebrations! Such a happy occasion and wonderful colour in the beautiful saris you're all wearing. I think your new daughter-in-law was amazing to sit all that time for the henna ceremony, the designs are beautiful. Congratulation to you all!!

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