Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sabrina + Ben: Henna and the Hora

Interfaith weddings are always so interesting and fun...while lots of couples opt to blend traditions from both cultures into one ceremony, Sabrina and Ben chose to honor their families and culture by doing two completely separate ceremonies.  Not only did they do two separate ceremonies, but two separate receptions following each ceremony!  This was a long but fun day full of rich and meaningful traditions - it was so fun to see both sides of the family participating at each ceremony.  After all, that's what it's all about...bringing people together and accepting one another.  Enjoy the colorful pictures of the entire day captured by Michael Connor of Connor Studios!

Part I
The 11am Hindu Ceremony took place at the top of the Hay with a brunch reception immediately following.  Indian weddings are so fun - they hold such fascinating traditions such as walking around fire, feeding each other sweets and exchanging garlands - just to name a few!  We enjoyed working with Indian Wedding guru/decorator, Prahba Bhambri who created a fabulous floral mandap.

Venue + Catering:  Hay-Adams Hotel/Coordinator:  Alison Okobi
Flowers + Decor:  Prahba Bhambri of Nivanjoli
Photographer:  Connor Studios
Hair + Makeup:  Sanober Azam - 410.531.9654
DJ:  Planet DJ
Videographer:  John Rose Videography
Paper Goods:  Parekh Paper from India
Wedding Planner:  Strawberry Milk Events

Part II
After showering and a complete wardrobe, hair and makeup change - we were ready to start from scratch. For the Jewish festivities, Sabrina and Ben saw each other before the ceremony to sign the Ketubah - a marriage contract in the Jewish tradition that is not only for the bride and groom, but the family members supporting them as well.  This is one of my favorite traditions - the symbolism is so beautiful.  The breaking of the glass and the hora were other cultural highlights of the evening.  One of my favorite moments of the whole day was how the DJ went right from playing the Hora to a popular Bollywood dance song - and the same crowd stayed on the dance floor the entire time!  This was truly a fun blend of cultures.

Venue, Catering + Cake:  The Ritz-Carlton DC/Coordinator:  Erin Mun
Flowers + Decor:  Capital Decor + Events
Photographer:  Connor Studios
Makeup:  Jasmine Ibrahim
Hair Stylist:  Updo Specialist/Devon Baltimore
Ceremony + Cocktail Hr. Guitarist:  Chris Dunn Guitar
Reception DJ:  Planet DJ
Videographer:  John Rose Videography
Wedding Planner:  Strawberry Milk Events


1 comment:

  1. Just BEAUTIFUL!! this is so breathtaking! Looks like something out of a movie. Great Job :) I love your work!!!