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A Hindu Wedding in South Africa

Colorful and vibrant, Vinolin & Anuradha’s wedding was filled with tradition, beauty, and family! Looking like royalty, they dedicated their love to each other with special Hindu ceremonies.

from the photographers: “Vinolin & Anuradha’s Hindu wedding in South Africa was a joyous three day celebration starting with Vinolin’s Nelengu night on the Friday in Johannesburg followed by Anuradha’d colourful Haldi ceremony at her parental home the next morning.The main event took place at Avianto Venue on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It was a vibrant, emotional experience sprinkled with tradition and sentiments and truly a day infused with this shy couples personalities. Both the bride and the groom oozed style with carefully chosen traditional outfits for the ceremony followed by elegant attire for the evening reception and their first dance. With no bridal party both Vinolin and Anuradha had a quiet morning on the Sunday and spent the time getting ready by themselves before their very festive traditional Hindu ceremony & an evening filled with dinner and dancing!”

from the couple: “Our wedding day was beautiful and the experience will be forever etched in our memories. We chose to incorporate the important wedding traditions for both a North Indian and South Indian Hindu wedding ceremony to honour the traditions of both our families.
Our Hindu wedding ceremony was a highlight and the following two momentous ceremonies that culminated in our holy matrimony was especially special to us :

Mangalpheras – circling the holy fire
The bride and groom make seven rounds around the sacred fire. Vedic mantras are chanted by the priest which outlines the seven sacred vows of a marriage. This ritual marks the symbolic beginning of the couple’s journey as husband and wife.
Thali Ceremony – ‘tying the sacred knot’
The thali is a gold pendant which is hung through a yellow string which signifies purity. The thali is a mark of respect, love and dignity and it depicts the union of husband and wife and protects them from evil. The tying of the thali on the bride’s neck is an auspicious moment, the culmination of which is the marriage of the bride and groom.”

Photography : Dust and Dreams Photography
Location: Avianto
Mehndi artist: Saida Patel
MUA: Look Divine SA
Stationery: Creative Company – by MB  @crcomb
Florals: Café Fleur weddings
Hair and Make-up (for bride): Look Divine SA
Decor: Cafe Fleur


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