Our wedding ceremony was my absolute favorite part of my wedding day. Yes, there was cake (and ice cream), princess like gowns and jewels. But the ceremony? That was my creation and one that I’ll always be proud of. My husband grew up Catholic and I grew up Hindu. In our adult lives, we gravitated towards more of a spiritual existence rather than being bound to one religion. We’re both supportive of one another; it’s always been that way and I love it. It makes life easy.
We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of both of the customs and traditions we grew up with. We let go of what people might have “expected” and went with what made the most sense for us and for our families: we combined elements of both religions to create our own ceremony. It was unique and special. It meant the world to us.
Hindu weddings involve the bride being carried in on a doli. My doli was handmade just for me. A beautiful gold and pink chariot that I decorated with ribbon for the occasion. Traditionally, your “brothers” carry you, which includes male cousins. I thought that I would be nervous, or even a little scared being lifted up and carried, but all I could do in those moments was smile. I was marrying my favorite person!