The second day of Lauren and Tony’s multicultural wedding weekend was steeped in Indian tradition. It was such a beautiful blending of their two families and cultural backgrounds! As wedding photographers, we’re thrilled whenever we can capture unique celebrations like this one. Set among the lush elegance of The Peach Orchard, this traditional Indian wedding was one for the books!
The day began with Tony’s baraat. A fixture of Indian weddings, the baraat is a procession involving all the couple’s guests, intended to set a joyous mood! The groom is transported to the wedding venue while his loved ones lead the way, dancing and playing live music. It was a bright and sunny early fall morning, perfect for setting the tone for a celebration.
While the groom traditionally processes on the back of a horse, Tony wanted to do things a little differently. He and his groomsmen subbed hobby horses, and it was one of our favorite moments from the day! There was a smile on everyone’s face watching him make his way to The Peach Orchard’s onsite chapel, where his bride’s parents awaited him. They applied the tilak, a ceremonial red dot, to his forehead before leading everyone inside. Soon, it was time for the bride to make her grand entrance!
Indian Wedding Ceremony at The Peach Orchard
When Lauren walked into the chapel, everyone’s jaw dropped. She looked stunning in a custom-made Indian wedding dress in a rich shade of scarlet with gold floral details. The colors coordinated with Tony’s gold sherwani and scarlet dupatta perfectly, thanks to the talented dressmakers at Maharani Fashions! Tony greeted his bride, and they performed the jai mala exchange with garlands of red and white roses. Meanwhile, a gold mandap covered in greenery with clusters of roses arched above them to form a sacred space for their ceremony.
Lauren’s parents and Tony’s family joined the couple inside the mandap for the Granthi Bandhanam, or “tying of the knot.” A gold-threaded cord joined the couple and symbolized the union of their two families! Then, the bride and groom offered rice to the sacred fire inside the mandap, asking for happiness and prosperity in their marriage. After receiving a blessing from their families, the two were officially married in the eyes of the Hindu faith! The celebratory lunch that followed with all their loved ones was the perfect way to finish out the weekend.
It was an honor to document Lauren and Tony’s traditional Indian wedding! We couldn’t be happier that they trusted us with capturing this vibrant weekend of celebration. Are you and your partner saying “I do” in Houston? Share your heart for your special day, and we’ll reach out with more information about our services!
Photography: The Bledsoes
Planning and Coordination: Sobi Qazi
Venue: The Peach Orchard
Event Design: Divine Decor & Design
Catering: Narin’s Bombay Brasserie
Floral Design: BLOOMS by H-E-B
Entertainment: Karma DJs
Stationery: Truly Engaging
Cake: Supreme Kakes
Bar: Bar 1901
HAMU: The Infinite Perfection
Bride and Groom Attire: Maharani Fashions
Wedding Party Attire: Nazranaa
Henna: Paisleys and Swirls