We hope your Memorial Day weekend was as spectacular as ours. We swam, barbecued and celebrated the marriage of our childhood friend, Shelly. There’s nothing quite like an Indian wedding. It’s an opportunity to unleash your inner Bollywood star. Everything is a bit brighter and spicier and of course more colorful.
Memorial Day isn’t just about day-drinking and enjoying the long weekend—it’s also about honoring the American soldiers that have passed away while serving in our armed forces. We began the morning enjoying the beautiful warm weather at our Golf Club.
Later that evening, we spent a wonderful day with our family and grilled burgers, chicken and veggies. For dessert, Archana put a Memorial Day spin on the traditional New York cheesecake. Our niece and nephew loved the “cheesecake flag.”
We also loved playing with Instagram’s new app, Boomerang.
We also attended the wedding of our dear friend Shelly to Prashant. We shared her bridal shower on Twinspirational a few weeks ago. If you’ve never been to an Indian wedding, here is what you will usually expect. Indian weddings are often multiple day affairs. The first day is typically the Sangeet, where family and friends perform choreographed dance routines and henna artists decorate the hands of female guests.
The wedding day festivities usually begin with a baraat, where the groom travels to the wedding venue on a horse accompanied by his family. Prashant wore an ivory and red turban that coordinated perfectly with his sherwani, the traditional wedding outfit for the groom. White wedding dresses are typically replaced with vibrant, colorful saris and lehengas. Shelly looked stunning in her hot pink lehenga. The traditional Hindu wedding ceremony is 2-3 hours and takes place in Sanskrit, so don’t worry if you don’t know what the priest is saying (most Indian guests don’t know either). Following the ceremony, we sampled delicious Indian snacks and sipped on wine during cocktail hour. The reception started with some amazing speeches and dance performances.
We had a wonderful time celebrating Shelly and Prashant.
“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.”––Paul Tsonga
What a fun post this is. I enjoy all of the colors and they are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us. It was as if we were there.
Wow, what a beautiful and fun ceremony! I love the brides hot pink lehenga and the tradition of the groom riding in on a horse! It looks like a great time!
The pictures look beautiful! The outfits look absolutely stunning x
I love this! What a beautiful wedding, thank you for sharing the photos!
Congrats to your friends wedding.. It looks like a very happy wedding. You all are so pretty, nice colorful outfits.. ?
This is a beautiful wedding! Thank you for sharing it is so fun to see the happy moments of others!
This looks like it was a lovely event! I love all the colors. This is beautiful!
So many colorful pics and the wedding celebrations look amazing!
Indian weddings are always so full of colors. It’s vibrant and really happy. You can see the love in these photos.
Beautiful wedding pictures. So vibrant. Thank you for sharing and congrats to the couple.
I have friends from India, they are a couple and I am invited to their wedding! I seriously can’t wait to be a part of your tradition, looks so happy and motivational! I am from Serbia, btw!
What a beautiful wedding. Best to Shelley and Prashant!
such a beautiful wedding, i love the theme, it looks so bright and really happy
Never attend Indian wedding, it looks so much fun out there.