The Wedding…We Do!

On June 30, 2012, I married the love of my life! 

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way.  Getting married is a lot of fun!

I woke up at 5:45 am, took a quick shower, and headed downstairs to get ready in a specially designated conference room.  The makeup artist did my makeup while the stylist worked on my sister’s hair.  Such a fun process.  My mom joined us two hours into the morning and watched with such happiness in her eyes.  She was so cute! 

Because I knew that by the end of the wedding ceremony I would be a huge mess, Vishnu and I decided to do a “first look” and pictures before everything officially started.  Seeing each other before the ceremony goes against tradition, but honestly, it was the best decision we made.  It wasn’t too hot, my makeup was fresh, and it was actually a great way to relieve any stress that we were feeling.

A preview picture Amy, the photographer, sent me a few weeks ago…

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After our photo session with our siblings and my bridesmaids, we parted ways.  Vishnu headed to a pre-wedding religious ceremony with his family, and I headed back to the conference room to hang out and eat lunch.

Around noon, some of my bridesmaids headed outside to see what was happening with the baraat. 

Let me explain…

Vishnu and his family and friends all met in the back of the parking lot where a horse carriage was waiting for them.  Once Vishnu’s side made it to the front of the hotel, they were greeted by my  family.  Before heading to the ballroom, everyone danced to Bollywood music.  And get this, it was over 100 degrees that day.  Some of our friends were soaked in sweat.  That’s how you know it was a good baraat.

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Before Vishnu was officially welcomed by my family, he and and his friends did a pre-game chant.  For those of you who are football fans, the chant was inspired by Drew Brees.  The only difference between Vishnu and Drew was that Vishnu chanted about his shoes.

This brings me to another fun tradition – stealing the grooms shoes.  I have no clue how this one started, but the basic gist is that the bride’s side has to steal the groom’s shoes and keep them hidden until the end of the ceremony.  If they are successful in doing so, the groom has to pay them big bucks.  Vishnu ended up dishing out $210 for his shoes – my side prevailed!  It was quite the fight though…

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And yes, that is Vishnu’s brother lying on the floor.  I don’t even know.

Anyways, before I knew it, it was my time to enter the ballroom.  Vishnu’s little cousins, the flower girls, led the procession.  Next came the most amazing bridesmaids ever!  And then it was my turn!

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I had been dreaming of that walk down the aisle for as long as I can remember.  And it was better than I ever imagined – I can’t even put into words what I was thinking and feeling.  I just know that I’ll never forget it.  Ever.

Once I made my way into the mandap (an Indian altar), the pandit (priest) performed a number of ceremonies, including the giving away of the bride by her parents (Kanyadaan), walking around the fire, and taking the seven steps together.  And just like that, we were declared husband and wife!!!

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Before I knew it, the group pictures were over, and it was time for the vidai (the bride’s farewell).  Vidais are incredibly sad, and mine was no different.  I cried…a lot!  So did my family, especially my mom.  Even though I’m still my parents’ daughter and my sister’s sister and everything else I was before, it was an emotional moment that marked my new role in life, that of a wife, daughter- in-law and sister-in-law. 

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After the vidai, Vishnu and I headed up to the honeymoon suite to relax for an hour or so before the reception madness began…

One more wedding recap to go!

20 Thoughts on “The Wedding…We Do!

  1. Oh, Parita… you have always been beautiful, but I have never seen you look more stunning and radiant. Congratulations again. I love reading these recaps and learning more about Indian wedding traditions.

  2. Ah I LOVE THAT FIRST PIC OF YOU AND VISHNU!!! Sorry for the caps but I entirely mean the excitement behind it haha! Even when you’re crying you look gorgeous! When i was younger, i always wished I was American because they seemed to have so many “cooler” traditions like Christmas/Fourth of July. As I get older, I couldn’t be more proud to be Indian and hence be able to partake in so many fun functions like what you described above…and kudos to your friends for cashing out with Vishnu :)

  3. That first picture of you is so beautiful! Love!

  4. wow you look stunning!!! i just love how ornate everything is, just beautiful! i can’t wait to see more photos :)

  5. oh my gosh! so so beautiful!

  6. Love that first picture!!!

  7. Great pictures!!! The stealing of the shoes is the best apart for the girls side lol Awww I would be crying a lot as well :)

  8. That first picture speaks a thousand words. So beautiful :)

  9. Wow, what a beautiful bride. And I have to say you may be the most gorgeous crier ever! That last picture is amazing!

    So glad it was a fabulous day for you :)

  10. You looked stunning as ever!! Congrats on the marriage to you, Vishnu and the family. I was so busy travelling but had my thoughts on your festivities :)

    Wishing ya’ll are very blissful & happy married life!

  11. You look so beautiful and I love the picture with your dad and the last one.

  12. kamal on August 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm said:

    protect the shoes…that pre-wedding chant that vishnu and his boys did at the end of the baraat was AWESOME! by far, the coolest thing i’ve seen between a groom and his boys at a baraat! it was a beautiful wedding and you looked stunning!!

  13. Oh Pari….you look so so gorgeous :D Brought back happy memories for me! I’m glad the wedding went well – everything looks amazing! The last picture broke my heart – you’ll always be their daughter – don’t let your family forget that :)

  14. Awww.. I love the last picture, your face says it all, the sadness, but also you can see the love. You are right, the previous roles don’t change, you just have to take on newer roles and new responsibilities. really happy for you. you looked gorgeous in all the pics. both of you are such a cute couple.

  15. Parita, you look absolutely gorgeous and so very happy. That last picture gave me goosebumps. It’s so amazing to take on a new role, but also hard to make such huge changes. I can’t wait to read more!

  16. Simply stunning! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness. :)

  17. awww..this was beautiful…i love the pictures…:)
    wishing u a happy married life…

  18. Tara Condell on March 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm said:

    I know this is a old post, but I just wanted to comment on how beautiful you look! Wow! I honestly think Indian weddings are some of the most beautiful weddings, from the henna all the way to the sari (is that the right word?)

    I don’t even know you and I’m so happy for you! :)

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