A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend a wedding of a good law school friend named Hopey Gardner. She married a doctor named Vishal, who is Hindu, raised in India. He's such a great guy, and I was so honored to attend their wedding. It was held at the Hindu Temple in St. Louis, and it was such an interesting new experience. Here are some pictures...
The ceremony included fruit and flowers offered to the various Hindu deities in order to appease their potential wrath and ask for their blessings on the marriage.
Hopey's mother and her mother's boyfriend sat in chairs on the side so that they could do their parts of the ceremony. Hopey is sitting on the floor in her GORGEOUS sari beside Vishal and the priest, who is on the right.
This part involved a coconut and all members of the wedding party.
Here were all of the things used in the ceremony - fruit, flowers, fire, and much more.
Here are the bride and groom, wearing their lovely flower garlands and married at last!