Contemporary Hindu Civil Ceremony {Orange Country}

May 5, 2017 - by Preeti

If you want to have a Hindu wedding ceremony without the pomp but with the substance blended with the best parts of a western Christian ceremony, then we have the wedding just for you.

Captured by Victoria Johansson, the details and emotions are heartwarming. Priya shares her wedding day with us.

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Tell us about the wedding!

Our wedding was an intimate affair which included only our closest, most treasured friends and family. Patrick and I wanted to ensure that our ceremony and reception would borrow elegance from the best of both Indian and western matrimonial tradition.

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We used the bouquet toss, exchanged vows and rings, and at the heart of the ceremony were three major Hindu customs.

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We were married on a gorgeous Sunday at the Dove Canyon Country Club, which we immediately agreed was the perfect venue due to its classy and tasteful environment and its open and naturally well-lit interior.

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The club’s default décor—rich hardwood and burgundy trim—matched our wedding colors perfectly. We wore traditional Indian clothing as did some of our family and friends. I am of Gujarati descent where it is customary to wear a panetar; my mom chose my ivory and burgundy panetar in India and I absolutely loved it.

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What was the inspiration for your wedding?

Love! The vision for our wedding involved a beautiful location, our closest family and friends, and the idea to keep the celebration fun and free-spirited without sacrificing elegance.

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What was the hardest part about wedding planning?

The hardest part of wedding planning was taking care of all of the minute details. Even after taking the time and making difficult decisions while choosing all of our vendors, there were seemingly a million little loose ends left to tie up.

Did you do any DIY (do it yourself) or special projects/things at the wedding?

With the help of one of our very best friends we created our wedding place cards which we hung on manzanita trees to match our reception centerpieces. I also wanted something unique for our guest book so with the help of our wonderful florist we created a wedding wish tree to create a motif that harmonized the entire venue.

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What was your favorite part of the wedding?

Our favorite part of the wedding was our ceremony. It incorporated all of the aspects we wanted while perfectly conveying our emotions and feelings for one another. Our Officiant did a masterful job of capturing the sanctity and beauty of marriage in his script.

What advice do you have for future brides/grooms-to-be?

Enjoy every moment. Our photographer shared this advice with us while we were planning our wedding and we realize how important it was. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed by stress during this time but make sure to enjoy the little moments. Your wedding day will be magical and afterwards you will only remember the good things.

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{Wedding Vendors}

Photographer: Victoria Johansson // Videographer: Nathan Prince // Venue: Dove Canyon Country Club // Officiant: Daniel Deghi // Florist: Dimyena Luckow // Cake: It's All About the Cake // Make-up and hair: Danielle Davison // Mehndi & Saree Draping: Nisha Amin

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