Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More Wedding Pic's

More wedding photos from my cousin's celebration....I had a fabulously lovely time. Now back home, I must return to the real world, sigh.

This is a picture from the mehndi, another pre-wedding ceremony we do, where again elders (women) come and bless the couple and feed them sweets (which is what is on the tray).

This is a basket of bangles we (the girl's family) brought to the mendhi ceremony (this ceremony is done the night before the actual wedding). The bangles were given to all the little girls at the mendhi.

A cute shot of everyone's shoes at the wedding reception.

This is where the wedding took place - in our culture, the bride and groom sit down, as well as their families. The audience is looking at them and the minister stands up. The love seat is where the bride and groom sit and the two adjoining chairs are for the mom and dad of the respective children.

Hope everyone is having a good week - I cant' wait till Friday when the final book in the Twilight saga comes out...I'm going to a midnight release!!!


Blogger Brenda said...

The wedding photos are lovely! I love all the bangles!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

i like the shoes shot.
i don't know if i'd want our parents up front with us. what with divorce and everything, it would be awkward. though i find it interesting that different cultures recognize marriage as a societal phenomenon. in your tradition, the parents join the kids at the altar; in most american/european traditions it's selected friends/family members who join them. it's like publicly vouching for the couple's union.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

'Now back home, I must return to the real world, sigh.'

Not quite because I'm going to be there soon!!!!!! And it will be a big girly reunion!!! Totally can't wait to see you.

Your pictures are really beautiful.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool bangles. I attended a wedding at the Quaker Meeting a year or so ago, and the entire Meeting joins in the service, standing to speak to the couple as they feel lead. Then the entire Meeting signs the wedding certificate, as it is recognized that the couple exists within a community, and a child always reads the certiciate aloud.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Brenda - thank you, yes that picture came out amazingly well.

Molly - I didn't think of that, I guess its just a cultural thing, there are so few divorces in the Indian Muslim culture that the idea of that being an issue is non-existent. But what a fascinating point you bring up.

Kate - I am so excited!!

Citizen - so interesting to learn the different practices of people and cultures, I think particularly interesting is that despite what we say about being different, we are actually quite close.

1:10 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

you must have had a great time everythin looks so festive, it just puts your mind in a good place. So where are pics of the happy couple?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Mommanator - I'll have to put one up of the happy couple, you can see them in the background of the first picture in this post : )

11:24 PM  

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