Real Wedding Photos: Multicultural in Minnesota
When the bride and groom come from two different religious or cultural backgrounds, how do you honor both? Host a multicultural wedding that has it all! That’s what Elizabeth and Dheeraj, who are Catholic and Hindu, did at their multicultural wedding: a fabulous days-long celebration in Minneapolis, Minnesota planned by Mani Mela. Mela made their multicultural wedding vision a reality by working in both Indian and American wedding customs; at one point the city of Minneapolis even shut down streets so the groom could ride down them on a white horse… really! Read on.
The Multicultural Wedding Ceremonies
When you and your groom don’t share a religion, do you have to choose one religion for the ceremony? Not at all. In fact, Elizabeth and Dheeraj did a little (okay, a lot) of everything.
For example, leading up to their multicultural wedding, Elizabeth and Dheeraj hosted traditional Hindu wedding events like a Sangeet (a big party thrown the night before the wedding); on Friday night, their family and friends danced up a storm to get in the wedding spirit before the next day’s main events.
And Saturday began with a Catholic wedding ceremony at St. Olaf Catholic Church.
Meanwhile, Dheeraj embraced the tradition of a groom’s procession, or Baraat. The streets of downtown Minneapolis were shut down for this special event, as Dheeraj rode through the city on a white horse. Family and friends paraded in front of Dheeraj, dancing in the streets as they made their way to the next ceremony venue.
The procession arrived at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown for the Hindu ceremony. The venue was adorned with a modern-styled mandap (a pillared structure covered in a canopy) and gorgeous flowers. Elizabeth and Dheeraj then exchanged vows in the presence of a pujari (a Hindu priest).
The Wedding Reception
The celebration culminated with a beautiful reception at the Radisson Blu. Mela worked with Rent My Wedding to transform the ballroom with lighting. She used aqua uplighting for the walls and starry night lighting on the ceiling. The head table featured a custom monogram light as the backdrop.
What to wear to a multi-cultural wedding?
Elizabeth had beautiful henna tattoo-like body art drawn on her hands, arms, and lower legs as the wedding festivities began, which acted as a striking accessory along the way. The couple then chose traditional American wedding attire as they exchanged vows in the Catholic church, and Dheeraj’s elegant black suit complemented the bride’s gorgeous lace wedding gown. But, after the Catholic ceremony, the couple changed into traditional Indian wedding attire. The bride wore a stunning red dress with elaborate jewelry, while the groom wore a vibrant suit. For the reception, Elizabeth paid tribute to the intertwined cultures by wearing her American wedding dress with Indian jewelry and henna.
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