Many Hindu Canadians desire a wedding which reflects their native heritage, and so did Salena & Tj. They chose the Riviera Maya in Mexico to celebrate their very special one.

 

They came all the way from Canada and some of their relatives travelled half the globe to be present in this exceptional ceremony.

 

The handsome groom was wearing a fine scarlet scarf to celebrate the Gath Bandhan ritual, the tying of the Nuptial Knot: The scarves placed around the bride and groom are tied together symbolizing their eternal bond. This signifies their pledge before God to love each other and remain faithful.

 

Most of their garments and jewelry were given to the couple months before the wedding in an engagement ceremony known as Mangni. This is to bless the couple, who are then given gifts of jewelry and clothing by their new family. The bride’s jewelry was old fashion style with lots of pearls and quartz. Lots of bracelets adorning her arms and one particular piece of jewelry that was to wait to be given to her: her wedding ring.

Salena’s trousseau was sublime, so much work in it and so much attention to detail that is difficult to even describe it.

 

The glowing bride wore her Sindhoor for the first time. Tj applied a small dot of vermilion, a powdered red lead, to the bride’s forehead and welcomed her as his partner for life. It matched the crimson in her lips.

 

All relatives and friends wearing magnificent colorful clothes sat down on the floor of an amazing gazebo with sea view witnessing a very romantic and majestic ceremony. The Barcelo Hotel was the perfect venue for a perfect moment.

 

The Indian culture celebrates marriage as a sacrament (Sanskara), a rite enabling two individuals to start their journey in life together. In a Hindu wedding, the multiplicity of creation becomes possible when spirit (Purush) unites with matter (Prakritti). The Hindu wedding lays emphasis on three essential values: happiness, harmony, and growth.

 

After all the rituals were followed, the guests and wedded couple began to dance and enjoy that unforgettable night.

 

 

 

groom places his headscarf

groom prepares for wedding

groom

the bride is preparing for her wedding

The bride prepares for wedding

hands of the bride

The bride prepares for wedding

The bride prepares for wedding

the bride prepares and looks out the window

hands of the bride and her family

bride

The bride prepares for wedding

bride

The bride prepares for wedding

hands of the bride and her family

Bride poses in the window

Bride posing in hotel

the bride looks her bouquet

the bride looks her bouquet

Grooms entering ceremony

Grooms entering ceremony

Grooms entering ceremony

Grooms in ceremony

Grooms in ceremony

Grooms in ceremony

people sing at the ceremony

people sing at the ceremony

people at the ceremony

people at the ceremony

the bride and groom at the ceremony

the bride and groom at the ceremony

the bride and groom at the ceremony

the bride and groom at the ceremony

the bride and groom at the ceremony

the bride and groom at the ceremony

the couple embracing at sunset

the child's party

family dance at the party

family dance at the party

family dance at the party

family dance at the party

family dance at the party

family dance at the party

grooms enter the ceremony

the father of the bride danced at the party

 

“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.” Hindu proverb