Hindu Ceremony

  • Anu + Andy's Indian-American Wedding at Artifact Events

    This day was perfect and due to the volume of talent, photographs, and vendors, and endless amounts of fun - we have broken this blog post up into two segments. We're also doing a double post on our blog to keep all of you inside and happy during these trying times! We hope you are social distancing and enjoying the community that a wedding creates, even if you can only enjoy it from your couch right now. :) 

    Anu and Andy had a wedding so big and beautiful that it had two ceremonies: a Hindu ceremony in the morning, a break for lunch, a complete outfit change, portraits around the city, followed by an intimate American ceremony where they exchanged vows right before their reception party kick off! Typically an Indian wedding lasts several days, but these two did it all in one! They had their Sangeet (pre-party) and Mendhi (henna painting of feet and hands) leading up to the wedding day.

    It is custom tradition in a Hindu wedding for both the Groom and Bride to have separate processions. The Baraat is when a groom travels to the wedding ceremony typically by horse, but in the city of Chicago, that isn't an option. Andy loves the finer things in life, so he rented a Lamborghini and drove into his procession in style. Accompanied by family and friends, the guests dance their way to the doors of the venue.

    The ceremony begins without the bride, while Anu was in the bridal room upstairs doing her bride's ceremony. The bride is ushered down the aisle by her family to the Mandap and the bridesmaids follow. The Mandap is where the ceremony takes place. It holds the traditions, customs, and colors, and everything needed for the full ceremony. Roses and carnations, marigolds and orchids are often used to create the garlands. The flowers represent happiness and beauty. The two exchange garlands, representing vows. They are blessed with fertility by both their family and friends, they shower them with rice and well wishes.  The tying of the Mangalsutra symbolizes lifelong protection, you'll notice in the second segment that the bride and groom are still wearing their gold string. It is custom to wear it until they fall off.

    They then take the Seven Steps, each is a prayer for the couple: food and nourishment, strength, prosperity, family, progeny, health, and lifelong friendship. The ceremony was spoken in Sanskrit with an interpreter. Even without knowing the language, it was one of the most thoughtful, beautiful, and meaningful ceremonies - and the day was just beginning!


    C&A Photographers: Jade Hull(lead) + Gina Garbero(assistant)

    C&A DJs: Michael Rodriquez (ceremony) + Justin Ferranti (reception)

    Venue: Artifact Events

    Wedding Planners: The Simply Elegant GroupAshley Carpenter + Emily Davis

    Florist: Trablume Floral Studio  –  Melissa Owen 

    Design/Lighting: Art of Imagination

    Mandap Furniture: Bandhan Rentals

    Linens: F&S Linens

    Baraat Lamborghini : DS Luxury Chicago 

    Bridal Braid: Circle SalonCrystal

    Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry (Bride) + Be Glammed (Bridesmaids)

    Bridal Jewelry: Glimour

    Bride + Bridesmaid Saree: Nalli

    Henna: Henna Moments

    Henna Makeup/Hair: Arch Apothecary

    Henna Outfit: Viva Luxe

    Caterer: Mantra

    Videographer: Our Wedding Movie



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