Niyati and Jeremy
Caterer | Rupa Vira
Niyati and Jeremy
Caterer | Rupa Vira
Niyati and Jeremy share a sweet friendship and an obvious chemistry! But they also share a deep love for close family and friends as well as true gratitude for everyone who has served them. They celebrated their union for two days at Walden Hall in Virginia with a Protestant Wedding the first day and an Indian/Hindu wedding the second. The first evening was reserved for family and very close friends. Niyati wore her hair down and her long locks were gently curled and styled by the incredible as always, Yisell Santos. She chose a BHLDN dress with flowing layers and a lovely lace bodice. It was perfect for that soft, romantic look she wanted for the first day of nuptials. Jeremy and Niyati expressed their personal vows and exchanged rings garden side as it became publicly official that they were now husband and wife! After Niyati’s brother officiated, the guests all enjoyed cocktails courtesy of Louie Mobile Mixology.
Niyati and Jeremy continued the celebration with appetizers, a cake cutting and an amazing dinner prepared by the Blue Ridge Pizza Company. Niyati and Jeremy not only cut the cake together at sunset, but also gave a welcoming toast to their guests. Niyati had another treat in store for all of their guests. She had also hired an incredibly talented henna artist to give henna tattoos to everyone there who wanted one. Heena completed each in under five minutes! The next day, both bride and groom began preparations for the full day’s celebrations. Niyati enjoyed preparing for her day as I photographed here details. She had brought lovely ring boxes as well as the most precious “Do’s and Don’ts for Husbands and Wives” books. The apricot and green permeated the details as well as Niyati’s saree. Niyati prepared to meet her groom with the help of her mother and aunt. After donning her saree and jewelry, she perfectly accessorized for the occasion. Once she was ready, we also took the time for both digital and film portraits. Niyati was stunning and ready for her intimate Virginia
We then ventured outside for some more portraits. Niyati was lovely amongst the early Fall landscape. Her saree even picked up the peach and green tones of the tall grasses. It was a stunning set up in front of the pond, picking up on the tones of early Fall in the Blue Ridge region. Even a butterfly came and danced around the peak fo the mandap. The alter was arranged with four pillars which symbolize the four parents of the bride and groom and the vital role they have played in raising and supporting their children.
The clouds seemed to open up right as we were about to begin the ceremony. After much on and off rainfall, the decision was finally made to move the ceremony into the barn. Jeremy, along with his family and friends, were greeted by Niyati’s family and friends at the entrance to the barn. Niyati’s mother welcomed Jeremy and asked him to crush an earthen pot as a symbol of the obstacles the couple will need to overcome in their married life. Jeremy was then led to the altar by Niyati’s parents.
A veil of white cloth (anterpat) was held in front of the groom to prevent him from seeing the bride. It also signifies that Niyati and Jeremy are still two separate individuals. Niyati walked down the aisle, led to the mandap by her maternal uncle. When the veil was removed, the bride and groom exchanged garlands as a symbol of welcoming one another into each other’s life.
The edges of the bride and groom’s wedding outfits were tied together to symbolize the unbreakable bond of marriage, and the bride’s hand was placed in the groom’s. A long rope was then placed around the couple to indicate the two will forever be bound together as life partners. Then the priest reminded them to treat each other with respect, love, and compassion. The bride and groom walked around the fire four times, with each round symbolizing a particular aspect of their life together. After completing these rounds, another fun game was played and the first of the two to sit down was said to be the one who will have the upper hand in the relationship… can you guess who it was?
In the most important ritual of the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom took seven steps together to represent the beginning of their journey through life as partners. Upon completing these seven steps, the couple was officially married. Jeremy placed the mangal sutra around Niyati’s neck as a symbol of his commitment. They then offered each other something sweet to eat, representing their first meal together. Once exchanging rings and receiving family blessings, the priest offered his blessings and good wishes to the couple. Jeremy and Niyati then asked for the blessings of their elders and touched their feet as a sign of respect. Receiving these blessings marked the completion of the ceremony.
When it was time for their romantic portraits together, Niyati and Jeremy exited the ceremony site to a rainbow! What incredible timing. So they walked over to the covered bridge to capture some sweet rainbow goodness. We then took a stroll around the property for some more incredible time together as they celebrated their first walk as husband and wife. The pond was reflective and the air had a refreshing, after-the-rain coolness to it…not too cold and not too warm but just right.
After their portraits, Niyati changed into her reception attire. Jeremy also changed ties to match as the two prepared to make a grand entrance into the reception space. The reception space was set up for their intimate reception with their closest friends and family. After their entrance, they enjoyed a first dance complete with fog machine! It was a joy to hear family and friends gush over the newlyweds. I especially enjoyed the toast from Niyati’s uncle as he told a few tales of her visits with her sister to see him as a child. It was clear from all that was shared that Niyati value family with a fierce love and loyalty. When it was time to cut into that lovely cake, Niyati and Jeremy were sweet with each other and enjoyed tasting their two tiered cake together. Their sparkler exit was also one for the books as they danced their way around and shared a jawdropping dip together.
“There were so many special moments that made our day complete. But there are a few that stick out in our minds as memorable. The first was seeing our families coming together for the first time. It was a delight to see everyone getting along so well and enjoying their time there!
Next, we will never forget the anticipation leading up to the first time we saw each other. During the first ceremony, I remember how beautiful everything looked as the sun was shining down on us. During the Indian ceremony the next day, there was an incredible amount of build up and anticipation as the white cloth (anterpat) was held between us. When the cloth was removed, our eyes met as we exchanged flower garlands to welcome each other. It was like seeing each other again for the first time TWICE!
We will also never forget my brother officiating the first ceremony, just how we felt as we recited the vows we wrote to each other, or the seven steps we took together to represent the beginning of our journey through life as partners. During the reception, our hearts were full as we heard the very thoughtful speeches. And it was an unexpected surprise to hear everyone ooo-ing and aahing when Jeremy picked me up during our first dance. AND… the icing on the very yummy cake was seeing a beautiful rainbow at the end of our ceremony!”