Multicultural Indian and Persian Weddings in One Day

 

Indian Sangeet Celebration

Sarah and Jay were married this past summer after multiple meetings and tirelessly planning their wedding day with me for about 1-1/2 years that incorporated two traditions with separate ceremonies: Indian and Persian.  The picture above captured Sarah, the Bride socializing during the colorful, fun Indian Sangeet Celebration the night before the wedding day.

The Indian Ceremony began at 10:00 a.m. the next day with the Barat outside of the Diamond Center in Novi, Michigan.  What a fun-filled celebration with Jay perched on a gorgeous white horse, a Dohl Drummer,  and the Groom’s family and friends singing and dancing along the processional of the Groom to the main entrance of the wedding venue. The Bride’s family welcomed them with Aarati and sweets, as a symbol of happiness and good tidings to come.

Groom on Barat Horse

All Photos Courtesy of Dziekonski Photography

 Barat Dohl Drummer

Indian Barat Processional

Groom receives Aarati and sweets

The Hindu Ceremony under the Mandap was cherished by everyone.  The Bride and Groom enjoyed the traditional Send-off by the families in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage with a ride around the grounds afterward.

Indian Ceremony lighting the Agni, the holy fire

The Indian Coin Ceremony

Indian Send Off in Carriage

Indian Horse Carriage Sendoff

After outfit, dress, hair and makeup changes in the afternoon, they enjoyed an unforgettable Persian Wedding Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. that same day.  Grinding of the Sugar Cones is a customary element of Persian nuptials, pictured below.  While the ceremony is conducted, single women or female relatives of the couple hold a fine cloth over the couples’ heads. They alternate grinding the sugar cones over the Bride and Groom, adding more sweetness to their life together.

Persian Wedding Ceremony Bride/Groom Wedding Recessional ttBride/Groom Formal picture Bride Groom outside Gardens

The day culminated with a fabulous Reception with amazing decor, giant screens showing videos matching the DJ music, delicious food and a packed dance floor.  It was truly a memorable, magical wedding day and evening for Sarah and Jay.  I was honored to be selected as their Wedding Planner/Coordinator and will always remember everyone and the wonderful festivities during this multicultural event for years to come.

Wedding Reception Sweetheart Table with Candles Wedding Reception Low Centerpiecews and candles Wedding Reception tall centerpiece purple hues Wedding Reception Dancing Wedding Reception Diamond Center specialty lighting, draping