Puja and Rahul had an abbreviated traditional Hindu wedding. Even so, all the different ceremonies and rituals were spread out over three days! Because of logistics and to save time, they even performed the ceremonies together instead of in the respective homes. During the first day, they had the Ghari Puja Prayer for the pre-wedding ceremony. Later that day, everybody had their hand painted with beautiful Henna artwork during the Mehndi ceremony. The next day, Puja and Rahul had the cleansing (Pithi or Haldi) Ceremony. The wedding day is of course the biggest day. How big? To give you an idea, the groom rode an elephant during the Indian wedding parade on his way to St Regis Hotel for the ceremony and reception. That’s is definitely something you don’t see every day! And we’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story
Did you know that as long as the Henna tattoo is still visible, the bride doesn’t have to do any housework? I’d probably never wash my hands…HAHA!
While Puja got her hands and feet painted with Henna, the guests were being entertained with casino tables. Cool idea huh?
More beautiful Henna artwork on the bride’s feet!
They are smiling now…
Wait till grandma gets her turn for the pithi! No mercy!!
The girls getting ready at St. Regis Hotel Houston.
That is stunning!
She is brave being so close to the elephant trunk!
Here comes the groom and his transportation: an elephant!!!
Groom dancing on top of an elephant with the rest of the parade. That is way too cool!!
Rahul had to bribe the bride’s family before he was allowed to enter into the ceremony hall. LOL!
There are lots more pictures to come during their ceremony and the reception. We’ll post them in Part 2 of the blog soon!
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