Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celia + Amit | A Catholic, Hindu Multicultural Affair in Austin, TX

This Catholic-Hindu wedding is bursting at the seams with color and culture; it's full of tender moments, sweet, loving glances, and lots of hand holding. Captured expertly by Sean over at Day7 Photography, Celia and Amit's day long Austin, TX wedding celebration, which included a Catholic ceremony in the morning and a Hindu ceremony in the afternoon, combined family traditions and modern touches to create a true fusion affair.

Celia and Amit met in Boston through mutual friends at a party. Amit played it cool. Celia thought he wasn’t interested. They ultimately got along better than expected, since he proposed!  Despite living in two different cities for the time being, Austin was in their hearts and top of the list when it came time to start planning their wedding. And what a wedding celebration it was!

Hindu weddings are know for their fiery colors and ornamental, intricate attire for both the bride and groom. A rich warm palette of reds, golds, bronze and burnt orange symbolize happiness and prosperity. Traditionally, a Hindu bride wears a red sari and headdress, embellished with metallic gold stitch work, and black, gold and red jewelry including her bindi and bangles. Celia's strong bridal colors stand in dramatic contrast to Amit's cream and gold colored wedding attire. Take a moment to appreciate the intricate embroidery and beading on their outfits....such detail and craftsmanship.

Traditional Indian Hindu weddings are made of numerous steps, each emphasizing harmony, balance and personal growth.  They call upon friends and family to bless the couple and usher them into their new life together.  I think my favorite Hindu wedding traditions is the jaimala, or oath of respect, where the bride and groom exchange flowered garlands to symbolize unity and then recite a pledge of acceptance, where they promise to respect each other. Respecting each other is not a bad way to start a marriage.

I just adore when multicultural couples choose to have two weddings. Such a perfect way to honor family heritage and tradition, and create a brand new version of who you will be together - this is the ultimate respect. Congratulations to Celia and Amit; may your days be filled with joy, laughter and an abundance of love. Many thanks to Day7 Photography for sharing this wedding us. I look forward featuring more of your stunning, personal photography in the future.

Are you planning a multicultural wedding? Check out my Top Tips for pulling off a successful, unique affair in style!

Here's to more respect,

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