Its hard to describe just how fun L. and K’s wedding weekend was. Exhaustingly fantastic. I’ve never seen so many people dancing at a wedding! All generations were out there having a blast. Of course L. looked gorgeous, both at the Sangeet and in her sari and her wedding dress at the ceremony.

decked out in a sari and kurta pajamas

decked out in a sari and kurta pajamas

The Sangeet was a big party on Saturday night. Two of the Auties helped wrap us Westerners in our saris. We were pinned everywhere. I still can’t quite believe that its possible to wrap yourself up nearly as nicely as they did. Its definitely a skill.  Everyone was super nice, both families very welcoming. I was incredibly impressed with how open everyone was to learn about the other culture.  There were great performances, fantastic food, and then a whole bunch of dancing. K’s cousin came out with a dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum, played with wooden sticks) and played along with the Bhangra music (he’s in a band based out of NYC, I think, called Red Baraat). They tried to teach everyone a traditional dance with sticks, where you hit the sticks of your partner, switch partners, in 7 or 12 beats. It is relatively simple, but with so many people got very confusing, which I think is part of the fun.

The wedding started out with the Hindu ceremony, a cocktail hour, then Jewish ceremony. It was interesting how similar both ceremonies were- both took place under a tent, a huppa in the Jewish one, mandap for the Hindu. They both have variations of seven circles that the bride and groom walk together, with similar symbolism- health, happiness etc.

The reception was fantastic, too. Great food, and more amazing dancing. Amusing to see all the white kids up there dancing to the Bhangra- but it seemed like everyone had a great time.  I didn’t take too many photos, because my camera is rather terrible in low-light, and honestly, I was too busy having fun!