Oh my!  What a weekend it was.  SO much laughter, SO many stories, SO much fun.  I honestly don’t even know where to begin.

Personally, I love looking at wedding pictures more than anything, so I’ll get to those in a minute!

But first, let’s start with Wednesday.  After my sister picked me up from the airport, we headed to Taco Bell to grab some dinner.  I hadn’t had TB in over 6 months, and I’m not going to lie, it was good.  Haha.

On Thursday, I worked from home during the day.  Let’s just say that working from home when your entire family is also home is not the easiest thing to do!  However, my mom made it a tad bit better by serving me some random food every 30 minutes or so.

food at home

So, this wedding was extra special because it brought together two different cultures and people from all over the world.  It was the wedding of my cousin’s daughter Niyati and her now husband Allen.  Niyati and Allen had all the traditional Indian wedding events but chose to have a more western reception.  Like I said, so much fun!

Mehndhi/Henna night

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Friday was the vidhi (religious ceremony).

After the vidhi, we drove to the airport to pick up Vishnu!  YAY!

On Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to get ready for the wedding.

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And finally, on Saturday night we got all dolled up for the reception!

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And a few people asked about my hair at the reception.  I can’t claim any credit…all credit goes to my mom.  She is seriously a jack of all trades.  All I had to say was, “I want a side bun,” and she made it happen…beautifully!  Here are some pictures of the back.

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Thanks, momma!

Well, this is how my family does weddings in a nutshell!  We are a loud, crazy bunch but we sure know how to have fun!  I can’t wait for the next one!

By Parita

14 thoughts on “Family Wedding Fun in Atlanta”
    1. Thanks, Liz! I brought my wedding hair lady 4 different pics of what I wanted – something from each. Pretty sure she thought I was nuts!

  1. How fun!! This so reminds me of my wedding actually! My hubby is mixed and most of his family is African American. So while we opted for an Indian ceremony, we had a totally western reception even though we kept our Indian garb on (I changed into a churidar for more comfort). But it was really fun to see his family enjoying themselves with the Indian food, some Indian music to dance to, but overall, just a fun party! My sister had both a Catholic and Hindu ceremony but a more westernized reception as well. I love when cultures come together — and it’s even better when family and friends are welcoming to it. Glad you had a good weekend. Congrats to your cousin’s daughter! <3
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  2. Love your aqua brocade saree-blouse for the shaadi. And it’s draped so well. P and I had two weddings. The first one took place in Mumbai, Arya Samaj style. Then off we went to Kerala for a traditional Kerala one. It was beautiful, now that I think of it. Back then, I was awkward, shy, nervous – sheesh.

    1. Thank you – it’s all my mom…again! And how fun that you got to have 2 ceremonies. Where in Kerela did you have your second one?

      1. My Dad’s ancestral home has a temple attached to it. That’s where we got married. It was literally like getting married at home. Everything was so simple in comparison to the Mumbai wedding! I dabbed on some kajal and eyeliner, wore my own 2-piece Kerala sari, pinned my hair up, walked out and got married… 🙂
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    1. Thank you! And yes, it was a very fun and special wedding. Loved the fusion of both cultures!

    1. Thank you! She really came through! I even told her I wish I knew she was this good – would’ve had her do my hair at my wedding!

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