Wanderlust Wednesday: Indian Wedding in Hawaiian Paradise

Mousumi and Apara

Mousumi recently traveled to Hawaii for the destination wedding of her friend Gitika, whom she met during her time in Boston for graduate school.  Having remained close friends over the years, Mousumi was thrilled to head out to the Pacific to celebrate with Gitika and Rajeev during their traditional Indian wedding festivities.  The couple perfectly blended cozy and personalized touches into the vast vistas of the Hawaiian paradise.

 

Gitika

The day before the wedding, Indian brides will have a Mehndi (henna) party and Sangeet (singing) to celebrate the wedding to come.  Pictured here is Gitika getting her mehndi on her hands and feet.  Gitika and her husband live in NYC but went to great lengths to create a personalized wedding paradise in Hawaii.  At the welcome party on Wednesday each guest received customized goody bags with photos of each friend and treats that were individualized.  The bride designed all her stunning modern fusion outfits herself – if Gitika decides to leave her job as a Producer at ABC, she will be very successful as a fashion designer!

One of the many highlights of the wedding was the Bollywood flash mob dance organized by the bride’s sister at the Sangeet.  And most touching was the music which the groom sang at the Sangeet and the music that he composed during the wedding and reception.  The event took place in this beautiful home pictured above.

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At the Mehndi ceremony, the bride’s friends and family will traditionally get henna designs on their hands.  Sikara customer, Apara opted for a less traditional arm design.

Bride and Maids

A photo of the bride and bridesmaids making a toast before the wedding.

Bride * Groom

The traditional Hindu marriage ceremony took place at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course in a magical setting surrounded by mountains.

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It’s tradition for the brides and grooms’ family members and friends to perform at the wedding reception.  Pictured here is the Groom’s cousin doing a mix of Kathak and Bollywood dancing.