i just got back from southern california after attending a wedding of my friends, angel and tim. it was a double ceremony with a hindu ceremony followed by a civil ceremony. from tim riding an elephant, to angel’s brother and tim’s mom performing prince’s ‘kiss’, to angel and tim’s choreographed dance to technotronic’s ‘move this’, it was one of the most creatively inventive weddings i’ve been to in a long while.
to start the hindu ceremony, tim rode in on an elephant! in and indian wedding, it’s not uncommon for the groom to ride in on a horse during the baraat ( groom’s procession). however, outside of india, i have never seen a groom enter on an elephant and that’s just what tim did. the forecast called for rain, however, while it was overcast the morning of the ceremony, it seemed that the rain was going to hold off. as families and friends gathered, and tim got on the elephant, a light drizzle started. it didn’t seem like it would get much worse. then, just as the procession started, it began to rain…no, not just rain….a monsoon! it was pouring! few ran for shelter, but what was amazing was that most of those gathered stayed out in the pouring rain and went with it….truly amazing! and at the exact moment the baraat ended, so did the rain and the skies cleared. below are just a handful of photos i had taken during the hindu ceremony.