a look back at our Minneapolis wedding

Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary!

We’ve been pretty stinkin’ busy these past 3 years with getting a dog, a house and having 2 babies. ­čÖé

Our wedding was such a fun weekend! I was never the girl who dreamed of her wedding day as a child so neither one of us were crazy people doing a million things to have the absolute “perfect” day but I think it helped us enjoy ourselves a lot! And not gonna lie, I was most excited to just be married to Rishi at the end of it all.

As far as the wedding goes, we did a good mix of Indian traditions + western traditions.

Rather than have a traditional groom’s dinner, we did an Indian party called a sangeet.

We invited everyone to this party and encouraged everyone to wear Indian apparel. The majority of people actually did wear Indian clothes too!! It was the best!

We served Indian food, had someone there doing henna and just had a grand time.

 

As far as the wedding went, we had a more traditional Christian wedding with the exception of our “unity” thing. I was never a fan of unity candles and in Indian tradition they exchange flower garlands as a sign of unification so we did that!

We also did the 7 Steps (or Blessings) which is an Indian tradition.

Seven of the people in our wedding party spoke these blessings over us as we took 7 steps together:

1. May this couple be blessed with an abundance of resources and comforts, and be helpful to one another in all ways.

2. May this couple be strong and complement one another.

3. May this couple be blessed with prosperity and riches on all levels.

4. May this couple be eternally happy.

5. May this couple be blessed with a happy family life.

6. May this couple live in perfect harmonyŠ true to their personal values and their joint promises.

7. May this couple always be the best of lifelong friends.

 

The ceremony and reception was at a mansion in Minneapolis.

There were so many out of town guests since Rishi’s not from MN so we wanted to keep everything simple and easy for them. We did the ceremony and had my uncle who is a pastor in NJ marry us, went straight inside for the cocktail hour and down to dinner and the reception!

We of course did a funny father daughter dance but other than that it was a pretty “typical” wedding reception!

I loved how we were able to incorporate both of our cultures in our wedding – it made it even more┬á special to us!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.

   

{all photos taken by Al & Lyndsey}

What are some fun traditions from your wedding? I’d love to hear!

Thanks so much for reading!

And if you made it this far…enjoy our wedding video!

 

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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