This post is to share not layouts, but photographs, of a Hindu wedding. This was one of those over the top Indian affairs that one reads about in the papers (I have yet to be invited for one ... LOL!). I am fascinated by all the color and pomp and bling (mind you, having an idea of how rich this family is, I'd bet that most of the bling, on the bodies at least, was the real thing!) and how everyone tries to outdo everyone else.
The grooms family is like royalty in India - movie royalty from Bollywood. The father, Amitabh Bachchan, still commands top fees to star in movies. The son is up and coming. He dances something terrible though (video) ... LOL! In Bollywood you need to have the moves for movie success. But he has Daddy behind him and is doing okay.
The bride, Aishwarya Rai, Miss World in 1994, has done very well in the movies herself, and is still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. I concur. She is such a pretty face that one can almost forget the bad acting - almost! I found her very stilted in the Mistress of Spices. The movie put me to sleep. Absolutely loved her in Bride & Prejudice though! And she dances pretty darn good (video)!
Below is the formal reception after the religious rites.
Below are photographs from what looks like the religious wedding ceremony (or it could be a visit to bless the couple - no idea really) which was held at a very important temple called the Tirupati in southern India. It attracts thousands of Hindu devotees each day. The Hindu religion is predominant in India and the Tirumala Complex is a very special place for us. Someday I too wish to go see it. The architecture is amazing.
And a video I thought was cool:
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