This morning was Swathi and Adam's Ceremony. Part 1 of the day was absolutely amazing! I feel so blessed to have been a part of such a moving and special morning. The love and sense of tradition was overwhelming. Here are 37 photos... it was ridiculously difficult to keep it at this!
Now, I'm off to do some portraits with them, and photograph the reception and festivities!
Wedding Planning - Sara of Golden Chic Events
Ceremony Venue - Discovery World Pilot House
Reception Venue - Renaissance Place
Cake - Sweetness by Alice
Mandap - Poonam Creations
Lighting - ACME
Bartenders - Bartend on the Go
Cutlery - Classic Party Rentals
Chairs and Linens - Elegant Touch
It started with Adam's Upanayanam ceremony:
Then, he re-emerged after changing and rode in on a horse!
Once Adam was in place inside, Swathi was brought in around the outside, up to the Mandapam.
They remained separated by a sheet of cloth until they had completed a few ceremonial traditions. When the cloth was lifted, they were officially wed!
Swathi's parents washed Adam's feet.
This was just after the cloth was lifted. I was teary eyed! The family is blessing them with rice.
The tying of the sacred necklace (Maangalya) evoked applause from the guests.
My favorite part! The pouring of rice!
The gorgeous bridal party!
We did a private ring exchange, and I jokingly asked Adam if he had some vows to recite. He said, "Of course I do!" He pulled out a piece of paper and Swathi was completely shocked. Afterward, you'd better bet I didn't even have to ask them to kiss. :)
The tent where the guests and family had their luncheon. Swathi and Adam had their own private lunch before going to change and prepare for the reception tonight!