From one fun dance-off to a colorful wedding party, this stunning couple threw one beautiful and bright wedding celebration in Sydney, Australia! The second part of this two day Indian fusion wedding included a Hindu ceremony with many rituals and blessings and an explosion of color, dancing, and laughter. The changing leaves on the Bendooley Estate provided a picturesque backdrop for the celebration. Soak in the vibrant celebration, as recalled by the photographer, Hilary Cam:
Preparing for a Hindu Wedding Ceremony
“The night before the wedding, Philippa and Anurag took part in separate celebrations among close family and friends where they had their hands intricately painted with henna. By mid-morning, Philippa and her bridesmaids dressed in traditional garb, looking like Bollywood stars.”
The First Look
“We attempted to surprise Anurag by having Philippa sneak up behind him for a first look. The jingling bells and bracelets may have given her position away, however, Anurag still looked shocked and surprised when he saw Phillipa in traditional Indian outfit. We took the couple’s location photos around the beautiful Bendooley Estate and inside the rare book department.”
Indian Wedding Tradition
“Now for what I believe was everyone’s favourite part of the day, the Baraat ceremony. The Baraat is a wedding procession where the groom travels to the bride’s house accompanied by his family and friends, with music, dancing, and singing. Eventually the procession arrives at the bride’s house where they are welcomed by her family friends. Playing Indian hits over a portable amplifier, Anurag’s party danced their way towards Philippa’s group at the lodge.”
“When they got closer Gangnam style started to play which resulted in an impromptu dance-off in the street between the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. This was followed by the two families coming together and everyone dancing as one group.”
“Their mesmerizing Hindu ceremony was conducted by Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari, and they exchanged garlands. In the first ceremony, Philippa swiftly put the wreath over Anurag’s head first. (Tradition says the winner is the dominant one). They tied knots made offerings to the sacred fire, took the seven steps together, and made promises to last one hundred autumns.”
A Lively Fusion Wedding Reception
“The reception was held at the incredible Berkelouw Book Barn where everyone danced the night away.”
Kate Aspen Decor Idea: Use these elephant tealight holders as little bud vases on the table!
Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography | Purple lehenga and gold moonstone jewellery from Jaipur, India | Boys sharani and shoes, kurtas & girls saris from Delhi, India | Flowers arranged by Nati Bros Roses Dural | Hair & Makeup: Simona Janek Hair + Makeup | Priest: Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari | Venue & Catering: Berkelouw Book Barn | Reception DJ: Simon from XYDJ | Video: I Heart Productions
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