This is one of that wedding that you are not used to here in Portugal. It’s wonderful. Huge. Full os tradition. Full of simbols. What a great honor to have an indian wedding here in Amor Pra Sempre. Thank you Pedro Bellido for sharing this great work with us!
This Indian wedding in Marbella, is one of the most cheerful and colourful weddings Pedro Bellido had shooted to date. His words.
A Hindu ceremony is full of symbols and practices that aim to teach the happy couple all the lessons they need to know for their future life together. In the pictures you can see the exchange of floral garlands, them reading the religious passages and the holy fire ritual in which bride and groom tied their dresses and walk around the fire seven times. The knot meant to represent the eternal bond that comes with marriage. To end the ceremony, the groom sprays the bride hair with red powder to indicate the bride new status as married woman. After this, the couple exchanged the traditional rings and they were showered with rice that symbolize prosperity. To conclude, the priest started a very entertaining traditional games where they had to find a ring, that symbolize who will be “in charge” in the relationship.
To me, everything is new and seems so great! I would love to witness an indian wedding! I can feel the energy in Pedro’s words. It’s joyful, colorful, full of everything a wedding should be!
The groom, Eguiar was born and raised in the Canary Islands, Spain and Shilpa´s parents were Indian immigrants that went over to the US in their 20s. Ceremony and celebration took place in a private villa al fresco in the Marbella mountains, with views to the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol. You could even see Gibraltar to the end. This lovely couple, live in Washington but they wanted to honor both their Spanish and Indian heritages and Spain seemed like the perfect spot for everyone to travel!
Like in most indian weddings, this one lasted for 5 days! Five days, can you imagine a five day wedding party? All weddings should be like this! Don’t you agree? If this is a lifetime event, it should last for days!
There was a sangeet and mehndi party, as well as flamenco and traditional Andalucian horse dancing. However, for the wedding, I wanted the actual ceremony and reception to feel like an intimate backyard party, which was definitely a challenge with 240 guests coming in from all over the world.
The indian weddings starts with the groom’s baraat – the Indian procession by horse – by the gate of the house to the mandap – the traditional Hindu altar for wedding ceremonies. For the bride entrance, Eguiar eye’s were covered with a sheet so he couldn’t see his fiancee. When Shilpa was ready and wearing the typical Hindu jewelry, the sheet that separated them was removed so Eguiar could finally see his future wife.
My family is from south India, so our ceremony was conducted by a Telugu priest and included two musicians playing the nagaswaram and thavil (typical south Indian instruments that are played at weddings in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu). I was lucky in that my family allowed me to skip wearing a typical pattucheera (a traditional south Indian sari worn by brides on their wedding) and instead let me opt for a fun, bright green Sabyasachi lengha and blouse).
The all wedding honor the beauty and landscape of Andalucia, which meant keeping things beautiful, elegant, simple and not overdone, but always with a touch of Indian weddings, that can be very over-the-top, very ornate and very gilded. The grooms knew what they were doing! To balance the Indian traditions, which included the priest and musicians, with Spanish customs was hard but with the help of the wedding planner everything was planned perfectly!
They loved every part of their wedding! In the last day they stopped dancing at 5am! What a great party! But, she has some important advices for indian brides, that can be adviced for any bride! Take notes!
Your parents are reasonable people. They want you to have a fantastic wedding and they want to pay homage to wedding traditions from their home. If you have a frank and respectful conversation on the elements that are important to them and the elements that are important to you (and the budget that everyone collectively can contribute), I promise you that everyone will end up happy.
This is the best way to think! And to do things so that everyone is happy! But she also talks about another importat aspect:
If you’re an Indian bride, you can often get caught up in the jewelry, the shoes, the hair and the clothes. Try not to let those elements take over your wedding planning. Wear what makes you feel beautiful, special and happy while being mindful that what makes a memorable wedding is not how fancy your tikka or your bangles are but rather the time you give to your guests. I opted for mostly costume jewelry since I wanted to apply that savings to a great party.
So, indian brides, portuguese brides. Traditions? You make them! See all of the photos from this great wedding here!