Indian weddings are delightful to plan. The vibrant color of the decor, eclectic foods, wonderful tradition and gorgeous Saris... This wedding was no exception. The wedding was held on a rooftop of a wonderful private building in Santa Monica. This wedding was both traditional and unique . We worked with Hidden Garden - www.hiddengardenflowers.com - to incorporate dramatic and vivid color.
The afternoon began with the groom riding in a car (no, not an elephant) decorated with flowers down Ocean Avenue. The guests marched around Santa Monica with a drummer in tow. He then met his bride in a ceremonious exchange. There were two separate marriage ceremonies.
The Indian ceremony was officiated by a Hindu Priest whose two daughters interpreted. Sitar players strummed in the background as this colorful and traditional ceremony took place.
After the first ceremony a Spanish guitar trio began to play and guests were served Lassi (an Indian drink made from sweet yogurt) and offered tray passed appetizers. The bride changed from her traditional Sari into her Monique Lhuillier gown. A friend of the couple officiated this Spiritual ceremony. After the second ceremony guests enjoyed the music on an outdoor terrace before the multi course dinner was served. An introduction of the families, heartfelt toasts and much dancing followed. In honor of the ocean just steps away guests took home chocolate Sea Turtles (hand crafted by Lee Gelfond - www.leegelfondchocolate.com) with a note that a donation had been given in each guests' name to Heal the Bay.
All photography by the talented James Johnson - www.jamesjohnsonphotography.com