Day Two: Meg and Avi's South Indian Wedding
Toward the end of the wedding ceremony, Meg and Avi took seven steps together barefoot on a trail of bright red rose petals laid out by their family. With each step they took, a sacred Hindu marital vow was being honored:
First step: To respect and honor each other
Second step: To share each other’s joy and sorrow
Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties and spiritual growth
Sixth step: To follow principles of Dharma
Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love
Upon their last step, there was a rock where both their toes found shelter. From this rock they were told to look up at the sky and for Avi to show Meg specific constellations and stars. At first, Avi just pointed up at the sky while Meg watched. Then, he grabbed her right hand in his and he pointed both their fingers to the sky. As they looked up, their eyes opened in joy as though the gods were smiling back and shining a light on them.
There are so many powerful rituals and traditions in a South Indian wedding ceremony, and what is unique is that every single person who is there has an active part to play in helping the bride and groom be married. 2 hours of powerful ritual creates a space unlike one without it, and this ritual of walking the path to the stars was by far my most favorite moment of the ceremony. For me, it evoked a sense of divine, wonder, imagination, lightness, play, and romance. Everything came full circle, the planet we are on and the stars in the sky; as well as Meg and Avi’s marriage to each other and their respective families becoming one.
It felt transformative to witness.
Meg and Avi, I am so grateful you invited me on your journey through marriage. I have grown an extraordinary appreciation and understanding for Indian culture through this experience. There is a rare quality about the vibrancy, the power of ritual, and the extraordinary love and care from family and friends in a ceremony like this. From your Temecula Indian Engagement Ceremony to your Temecula Making of the Bride and Groom Ceremony to your actual wedding day at Pala Mesa Resort, it was an honor for me to hold this space for you and your family.
Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you two. I love you guys so much and can’t wait to see where you will go and how the stars will keep aligning perfectly for you.
Photography: Jax Connolly Photo
Videography: Paradise Luke
Coordination: Tamara of Paradise Luke Events
Venue: Pala Mesa Resort
Decorator: Panache Events LA
Catering: Monsoon Catering
Hair/Makeup: Henna Dil Se
Wedding Cake: Baby Cakes
Invitation Suite: Ashok Cards
Bride Ceremony Outfit: Designed by Bride
Groom Ceremony Outfit: Panchawati Silks
Bride Reception Outfit: Designed by Bride
Groom Reception Outfit: Ermenegildo Zegna
Bride Wedding Shoes: Michael Kors