Henna. Mondap. Langa. These were all words flying around at Erin & Alok’s Raleigh wedding. No lace, and pearls here, folks (that would be for their traditional Southern-styled wedding ceremony the NEXT day). But this day? This was all about Hindu traditions. And color. And family. And food. And celebration.
After getting to know Erin a little bit before her wedding she said “We want our wedding to be a joint celebration of our life together. We want to show love and thanks for the support of friends and family, and CELEBRATE with all these people from different parts of my life.” Coming from very different backgrounds, Erin & Alok decided to have a two-part wedding: a traditional Hindu ceremony, and then a traditional Christian ceremony on the following day (stay tuned for that goodness! Not every day you find a bride covered in Henna sipping a mint julep!). Erin & Alok absolutely deserved a two-day mega wedding, as Erin has been finishing up her residency in Urology at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC, and Alok was doing his final preparations for his doctorate (we’re talking defending his dissertation the month after the wedding. How about THAT for a honeymoon?!) These two are so hard-working, but love each other and everyone else just as hard.
We absolutely fell in love with Indian weddings after this. The vibrant colors, excitement, and a mid-ceremony outfit changes (what girl doesn’t want to wear TWO outfits on her wedding day??!) were incredible.
Erin & Alok were surrounded by loving friends & family who all took part in the ceremony, which really made this an unforgettable coming together of two families and absolutely something to celebrate. And, man, oh, man- what a feast for the eyes!!
We were so, so honored to be a part of this day. We were treated like family, and fed the most delicious Indian cuisine until our little tummies were full. Erin & Alok- we love you both dearly! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day(s)!
Stay tuned for part 2 of this mega wedding (coming soon!) Just a little teaser: Derby Day. Hats. Mint Juleps. And…some rather ominous clouds……..
Enjoy, and, Namaste
Flowers:: New Creation Flower Co