S: 12th and 13th of December, 2009 Vijay & Carmen
BC: Just Married...
FC: Our Wedding Album | Vijay & Carmen
1: Memorable Moments
2: Mehndi (Henna) The women of the bridal party have mehndi designs painted on their hands and feet. The bride has her hands and feet intricately patterned with a mehndi paste which is a recipe of henna, oil, lemon juice and some water tinted with tea. Mehndi signifies the strength of love in a marriage. Baraat (Arrival of the groom) The groom arrives at the wedding ceremony on a decorated horse, accompanied by family and friends. Sangeet (Dance and music) Music is the soul of any wedding ceremony, regardless of faith or origin. On the Sangeet night, entertainment is provided with the help of professional dancers and singers. Family and friends eat, drink and dance the night away. Jaimala (Exchange of garlands) The bride and groom greet each other by exchanging garlands to denote mutual acceptance of each other.
3: Saat Phere (circling the sacred fire) The bride and groom circle the sacred fire seven times. The bride leads the first four circles and the groom leads the last three circles. The first four circles signify the four goals of life: Dharma (moral duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (love) and Moksha (salvation). The final three circles symbolize their union in Mind, Body and Soul. Sindoor (red vermillion) and Mangalsutra (sacred thread) The groom applies Sindoor to the parting of his bride’s hair, signifying that she is now a married woman. He then places the Mangalsutra around her neck, symbolizing his everlasting commitment to her. Ashirwaad (Blessings) The pandit blesses the newly-wed couple. Family and friends shower the couple with flowers and blessings of health, wealth and peace. Ganesh Puja Lord Ganesh is the Hindu God of wisdom and salvation. The couple begins and ends the ceremony with a prayer to Lord Ganesh. | Wedding Ceremony The Hindu wedding ceremony is performed in Sanskrit and is solemnized in accordance with the Vedas, the sacred Hindu scriptures. The ceremony honors the couple’s love and the joining of their families. The primary witness of the Hindu marriage is the sacred fire (Agni). By law and tradition, no Hindu marriage is deemed complete without the presence of the sacred fire and unless seven encirclements have been made around it by the bride and groom. The ceremony takes place inside a Mandap (canopy). The four pillared structure represents the four Vedas as well as the couple’s parent’s love, support and blessings for their marriage. Kanyadaan (Giving away the bride) The brother of the bride places his sister’s right hand into the right hand of the groom, who accepts and makes a pledge of enduring love, fidelity and security of the bride. Bandhan (Tying the knot) The edges of the bride’s dupatta and the groom’s stole are tied together symbolizing their union. Havan (lighting of the sacred fire) The sacred fire, which symbolizes the illumination of mind, knowledge and happiness, is kindled and serves as a witness to the vows that follow.
5: Mehndi | 10th of December, 2009
6: 12th of December, 2009
12: Twist Twist | Sangeet
13: Dekho Dekho
21: 13th of December, 2009
26: Havan / Agni Puja
28: Sindoor & Mangalsutra | Saat Phere
30: Ganesh Puja