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New experience for this old broad...nothing to do with quilting.

We were invited to a Hindi wedding and thought you would enjoy seeing some of the ceremony. We know them both, the bride is a medical resident studying in my hubby's lab for two years and her new hubby is a pediactric internist.

The wedding was unreal and so much fun.The women's dresses were gorgeous as was their gold jewelry! Theses people party hard…there were at times more men dancing (jumping around) then women!!!
Starts with the groom going to one side and the brides family on the other. He rides in a convertible (because they couldn't find elephants to rent). His people dance and sing him to her family. She is from Austria so she had 6 people and us! There will be an European wedding next month in a castle!!!
They meet her family…then walk up to the gazebo. The bride wears red for good luck...

The bride walks under a canopy escorted by people who are important in bringing them together. We threw flowers on her as she passed. The ceremony is 2 hrs. long with a lot of chanting so they have food (olives,cheese  and drink). People get up and walk around and talk to each other as the ceremony is going on. Then as she puts the wreath on his neck the men run up and grab the groom and take his shoes off. He can not leave the gazebo after the ceremony until he buys back his shoes. They settled for $250.

They are married when the red scarf is placed over their heads...

Then we all went inside the vineyard for the reception...which was a fairytale...this is us at the cocktail hour. We felt to special to be included in this wonderful celebration and learn a new culture.

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Comment by Carol Wadkins on May 22, 2014 at 4:46am

How wonderful that you could be included in such a special day! I'll be it was so interesting and great fun also!


Comment by Donna Sykes on May 20, 2014 at 10:26pm

What a great experience. Interesting to learn about the customs of another culture. Sounds like you had a great time.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on May 20, 2014 at 7:16am

What a fascinating and fun experience Pam.  So glad you were able to be a part of it all.

Comment by Pam/NY on May 19, 2014 at 4:34pm

Barb, we were invited. The timing is all wrong for hubby's conferencing. That will be awesome...then they are going to the islands off of Spain for their honeymoon. They are the nicest couple...he was raised by his mom and sister (father died), so is so attentive to her. He came up and thanked me for the batik bed runner and sham. Said it looks beautiful in the purple guest suite. It does...I couldn't have planned it better!

Comment by Barbara Graham on May 19, 2014 at 4:22pm

Beautiful and fascinating! Do you get to go to the castle too??

Comment by Pam/NY on May 19, 2014 at 4:50am

Peggy...they had the Mehendi the night before the wedding at their house. The Mehendi is where they paint her hands and arms with henna. People from far and near came. It was a little unsettling to have strangers in the house. Very interesting and loud. They sang and played music until 4am. We left long before that! Many symbolic ceremonies...

Comment by Janet/MO on May 18, 2014 at 9:43pm

What a great experience.  Also, the location for this wedding was breathtaking.  It looks like the bride  & groom couldn't have asked for better weather.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 18, 2014 at 7:31pm
We were almost literally dragged off a bus in Kalimantan Timur (Indonesia) to attend an Indonesian wedding and reception for people we didn't know. Having strangers from far away at your wedding is supposed to be good luck. We took photos, the only ones taken that day, and had to send them to a neighboring village store, because there was no post office where the young couple lived. What an experience! What an experience you had, too! Thanks for sharing. I love the Indian culture and food, and it's fun to see and watch people crossing cultures and appreciating each other.
Comment by Barb/WI on May 18, 2014 at 6:15pm

What better way to learn about another culture than thru something as beautiful, and meaningful as a wedding - what a great experience!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 18, 2014 at 3:51pm

What an interesting and fun experience.  You know some very interesting folks the world over.  

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