- posted by Jennifer
- Moving from the South Indian Tamil Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Racheal and Rochan were prepping for the evening Fijian Indian Hindu Wedding Ceremony. The evening ceremony blog posts will be broken into 2 posts as I just couldn't fit them all into just 1. This post will only cover the getting ready through the Baraat and Var Swagat.
We had Natalie join our Memory Journalists team to add just another point of view. Did I mention yet that The Memory Journalists crew was excited to be in traditional wear ourselves? Racheal went shopping with me and showed me the ins and outs of what to buy and where. Our outfits were all very colorful.
The vendors involved in the evening ceremony were mostly the same with a few new ones added into the mix.
- Racheal's evening jewelry and her gown were from Sari Palace in Berkeley.
- Rukhsana once again worked her magic and as you can see Racheal is just stunning.
- I'm not even sure what to say for these next few photos....I just think Racheal looks amazing!
- Shaadi by Shivam created a 2nd Mandap. The candles on the back side were all lit and it sure gave the room a completely different look and feel from the morning ceremony.
- Racheal and Rochan's card box was one of a kind....at least not one that I've seen yet in all the weddings we've photographed. It had a photo on each side of the box from our San Francisco engagement photos date night (well it might have been a weekend).
- We convinced Racheal and Rochan to see each other for a brief 10 minutes before the ceremony in order to take a few formal photos before the festivities started.
- Since it was raining outside, we came up with unique areas within the DoubleTree Hotel to use. Since they had the presidential suite, it gave us a few quiet nooks and crannies without being seen by their guests.
- I just love the photo on the right in this next series!
- While Rochan dashed away to begin the Baraat, Teresa and Natalie stayed behind to take a few photos of all the girls. The girls dresses were from Roopam Sarees.
- The Baraat is the arrival of the groom and signifies the start of the evening's celebration.
- Rochan dared just a few shots in the open air before we had to get him under cover of the rain. Vintage Carriage dressed up the horse to match the evening's affair.
- The procession starts with Rochan's family and friends dancing and laughing, setting a great atmosphere for the evening.
- Var Swagat: the welcoming of the groom and his family by the bride's family. Here we see both their dads in an embrace, Dr. T.S. Sankar and Ravi Chandra.
- Rochan is escorted to the Mandap by his parents and the ceremony will begin.....in Post #3.