Multi Ethnic Weddings
Multi Ethnic, Ci-Cultural, Interracial and Mixed Race Weddings
In this melting pot that we call the USA, our home, many people from all walks of life meet and ultimately fall in love. Through the years, many couples have been faced with the challenge of not only blending multiple traditions into their new household, but have been increasingly pressured, interested and excited (pick one or all that fits you), to blend these traditions, handed down by generations prior, into their wedding day. One such couple, Crystal and Jatin, recently had a wedding where they blended not only 2 but at the very least 4 (and maybe more that they didn’t share with us) of these traditions to please themselves, as well as their Parents and Grand Parents. Jatin is a first generation, American born Indian living in the Bay Area. Crystal is an American Born Chinese-Filipino who also lives in the Bay Area. When all was said and done, their wedding was a perfect blend of all the traditions that their combined families cherished.
To make the wedding day run smoother, they chose one location for all of the festivities. This would also enable all involved to be able to relax and recharge before each of the numerous festivities. In all, the wedding spanned a time frame of more than 15 hours.
The Wedding day began with the traditional ceremony called a BARAAT, in which the groom rides a horse to the traditional Hindu ceremony. Drums and chants, along with dynamic dancing from all make this a most memorable occasion. Once at the ceremony site, other traditions, which include coconut and fire, take place.
Baraat Indian Wedding Tradition
The Traditional Ceremony, as usual, took place inside the MANDAP. This 90 minute ceremony includes a multitude of traditions with many of them referencing, Fire, Ice and the Planet Earth.
Mandap Indian Wedding Ceremony
After all of the Hindu traditions were observed, there was a break so that the couple, family and guests could gear up for the Christian Ceremony, which took place outside at the same location, under a Gazebo. This entire wedding took place at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon, CA.
San Ramon Marriott Gazebo Wedding
After two ceremonies, the couple scheduled a time to go off with their wedding photographer to take pictures at an off-site location. After which, they rested yet again, to gear up for the reception. The reception, with a guest count of upwards of 1000 people, was held at the same location, and mixed ALL elements of their combined cultures including, Eastern and Western wedding traditions, including Traditional Hindu dancing, a traditional Chinese Lion Dance and Western style toasts, dancing and cake cutting. In all, the BRIDE CHANGED 4 TIMES!
Multi Ethnic Weddings
Today’s Topic: Multi-Ethnic, Indian Weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area by Indian Wedding Photographer.