The groom wrapped his arms around the bride's arms which have the gorgeous henna work
Including family and cultural traditions in your wedding celebration is not only meaningful but it certainly makes every aspect of your wedding personal! There are so many traditions a bride and groom can incorporate. We always browse the internet to make sure we understand the customs and traditions too! Many times couples raised in the United States are not familiar with their own traditions so it is important that we research and understand the meaning behind everything. The internet is an amazing world of it’s own isn’t it?
Recently our team of Soirèe Productions Wedding Planners coordinated and designed a Hindu Wedding in the mountains. Our couple is from New York but share a love for skiing and Park City so what better to place to tie the knot then the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley on Valentine’s Day. Our designers worked together with Val Rasmussen at StellaPosy to incorporate so many aspects from the bride’s culture. In a two-hour long ceremony the bride and groom were married under a Mandap (similar to a Chuppah or Altar). The ceremony was so beautiful and meaningful the time slipped by. The guests danced all night to traditional Indian music provided by one of our favorite DJ’s Craig Chambers of Disc-Connection who also included modern American tunes at the brides’ request. The decor was sensational! Soirèe Productions’ unique linen inventory and beautiful chargers completed the table decor. A big thank you to Diamond Rental of Salt Lake City who polished up and painted gold Chavari chairs to make them brand new for our client. We borrowed pieces of an outdoor iron gazebo available at Diamond Rental and added our own fabric, 2×4’s and Val’s expertise and created what our Hindu Priest referred to as “the most beautiful Mandap he has ever seen.” Finding an existing Mandap in Utah is no easy task so we built our own! The lighting around the room provided a glow in the wedding colors and the custom GOBO with the bride and groom’s monogram was a touch that should never be overlooked. I can’t stress enough how important lighting is to your event! It was indeed our pleasure to put our creativity to work and bring the bride’s family traditions to Park City! Thanks to Nick Sokoloff Photography we have beautiful images to share with you. Our next blog post will include video footage by Remember When Films of this memorable event.
The bride enters the ceremony with her parents
The bride's makeup was provided by The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge
The bride's hands after the henna party
The groom wore a traditional Indian wardrobe
The 2 hour traditional Hindu ceremony was beautiful and relaxing
The bride and groom touch each other for the first time as husband and wife with a gentle tap
The bride and groom both sit on each side of the ceremonial curtain and do not see each other until they are "officially" married
Fruit is distributed during the ceremony as a ritual
The bride and groom re-enter the ballroom after making a wish on a falling star during the ceremony
The bridesmaids each carried a candle instead of a bouquet and placed it under the Mandap
We lite the ceremony pieces from below for a glowing effect
Our Pandit performed a beautiful ceremony
Indian lanterns were used to highlight the escort card table
The placecards illuminated the area
The cocktail tables were simple and chic
The custom menu was tucked into each napkin
Each placecard was marked with an elephant
Our beautiful inventory of linens and chargers completed the look
The ballroom at Stein Eriksen Lodge was glowing
The centerpieces were a WOW factor!
We designed a GOBO with the bride and grooms monogram which was used above the Mandap for the ceremony and later on the wall
After the ceremony, the bride changed into her reception gown
The bride and groom in their "Reception Attire" danced all night with their guests
The Wedding Party performed a choreographed dance for the guests
Dancing all night long!
The sweetheart table was decorated with florals throughout
The bride and groom had a sweetheart table with a view of all of their guests
The bride surprised the groom with a "groom's cake" of a Deer Valley ski run
The wedding party at the Mandap. Each bridesmaid wore a different color in her Sari