Angelica + Avneesh's South Asian Wedding (Part II): at the Winery SF

        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! 

 The baraat begins! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

The baraat begins! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Avneesh's mom during the baraat. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Avneesh's mom during the baraat. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 So much fun! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

So much fun! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Everyone was so happy and excited during the baraat! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Everyone was so happy and excited during the baraat! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Avneesh surrounded by friends and family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Avneesh surrounded by friends and family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Such a happy groom! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Such a happy groom! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Everyone had great dance moves :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Everyone had great dance moves :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 The whole party making their way to the bride's family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

The whole party making their way to the bride's family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Party time! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Party time! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 The groom = all smiles! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

The groom = all smiles! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Avneesh is blessed by the brides family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Avneesh is blessed by the brides family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Blessing the groom. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Blessing the groom. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

© Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Such a beautiful celebration! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Such a beautiful celebration! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 The Milni ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

The Milni ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 A prayer before the bride enters. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

A prayer before the bride enters. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Angelica, looking stunning, walks in with her dad and brother. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Angelica, looking stunning, walks in with her dad and brother. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Avneesh and his mom watching the beautiful bride come down the aisle. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Avneesh and his mom watching the beautiful bride come down the aisle. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Angelica's brother helping her take off her sandals to enter the ceremony platform. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Angelica's brother helping her take off her sandals to enter the ceremony platform. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 The bride + groom holding gorgeous flower garlands. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

The bride + groom holding gorgeous flower garlands. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Up and up!! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Up and up!! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Flying high :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Flying high :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 So many sweet moments during the ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

So many sweet moments during the ceremony. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 The ceremonial fire or Havan. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

The ceremonial fire or Havan. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Taking the seven steps for the Mangal Phere. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Taking the seven steps for the Mangal Phere. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Angelica leading Avneesh :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Angelica leading Avneesh :) © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Climbing mountains together! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Climbing mountains together! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Blessing the bride. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Blessing the bride. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Thanking their parents. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Thanking their parents. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 A final blessing from their friends and family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

A final blessing from their friends and family. © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Married!! Yay!! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Married!! Yay!! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

 Yippy!! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Yippy!! © Bowerbird Photography 2013, South Asian Wedding at the San Francisco Winery SF on Treasure Island.

       Jelly + Avneesh's ceremony was so full of tradition and love, and was the perfect way to celebrate their perfect union!

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

 

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