Every wedding ceremony should start with a dance party! Jelly + Avneesh's Hindu wedding ceremony began with the baraat, a giant, high-energy dance party, where the groom's entourage, the baraatis, danced their way to the bride's family, to join the two families together. Avneesh came in riding his dad's vintage Datsun car, honoring the memory of his father. It was a sweet ride and the sight of Avneesh standing through the sunroof of the car with his arms in the air had everyone dancing with joy.
Check out Jelly + Avneesh's "first look" and moments from earlier in the day, on our previous blog post here.
Once the baraatis reached the entrance to the wedding venue, the Winery SF, the groom and his family were greeted by the bride's parents. They blessed and welcomed him in, with a beautiful cleansing ceremony involving a coconut, flowers, and a nut. Inside, both sides of the family formally met during the milni ceremony, taking part in sacred rituals led by their pandit. Afterwards, all eyes turned to Angelica, who looked stunning, and was accompanied down the aisle on each arm by her dad and brother. The Hindu ceremony was steeped in beautiful and meditative rituals, culminating with the bride and groom taking seven circuits around a holy fire to solemnize their vows to each other. Lifting their arms, all the couple's loved ones and friends gave their blessings to them, and then took their gold swizzle sticks and waved them around in the air in jubilation, celebrating their marriage!
After the Hindu ceremony (and a quick outfit change into a smart suit and elegant dress!) the couple got married again in a Western ceremony! We'll post those photos next, plus the reception, so peek back in a few days for the rest of their amazing wedding day story!
Jelly + Avneesh's ceremony was so full of tradition and love, and was the perfect way to celebrate their perfect union!
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Venue for Preparations: San Francisco JW Marriott
Venue for Ceremony: Winery SF
Wedding Coordination: Dreams on a Dime
Wedding Design: Suit 27 (Zoe Munson)
Venue Coordination for Winery SF: SF Event Venues
Hair & Makeup: Susie Cee San Francisco
Wardrobe: Dolce Vita Beauty
Florist: Passion Flowers by Adriana
DJ: Ambiance Music
Transportation: JoyGo Transportation
Catering: New Delhi Restaurant
Hindu Officiant: Nilesh Pandya
Western Officiant: Sindy Wilkinson
Opera Singer: Litz Plummer
Cake and cookies: Baker & Banker
Photography: Bowerbird Photography