In the beginning of the ceremony, there the young, tanned, dark haired male sits freshly groomed in a poised Indian style position under the mandap also known as a canopy. The flickering yellows, reds, and oranges of the fire that burns before him reflects off his and the face of the priest sitting next to him. They sit and wait for the beauty to appear before them, one obviously more anxious than the other; however, a bright white draped fabric is held in front of him. The soft, bright, white fabric is used to blind the young male of what awaits behind the simple divider. Viewed by all except for the most important individual of the two to be forever joined, appears a beautiful carriage with red and white flowers hanging from the sides being carried not by horses but by four first cousins. A beautiful Indian wedding between two individuals coupled together in front of loved ones.
As they carry her from the carriage to her seat, the husband to be is waiting anxiously for his bride to be. Finally the moment is here, for the drape to be dropped and they both look at each other like they have never seen each other before. "She's stunning, he thinks to himself as he smells her sweet, pure perfume which makes him tingle all over. As she gazes into his deep brown eyes, she feels her heart beating like never before; realizing that this fine-looking man in front of her is her true love. The bride and groom are sitting facing one another beneath the mandap. The bride puts a fresh fragranced, yellow and white flowered garland around the groom and the groom puts one around the bride. As they are sitting there the mother of the bride washes the bride's feet and the bride's father washes the groom's feet in a large water bowl that is filled with bright yellow and white flowers. This is when the bride's parents approve of the wedding.
Afterwards, the priest says a prayer as the bride and groom exch... Continue Reading