India Trip│Lead up to the Wedding!

Last year (how crazy is that! Haha bye 2015, hello 2016!) I did a post on my ethnicity and told you all I was off to India for a month-long family holiday, and also because my cousin was getting married!

Indian Weddings are honestly such epic experiences and I'm excited to share as much as I can with you guys!

Because I have about a million lots of photos from my whole trip I'm gonna split them amongst a few posts. Also, since indian weddings aren't a one day event, legitimately a week-long process :P, this post will be about the lead up! ☺️

So we arrived in India and were welcomed by...

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 TRAFFIC. 
Classic India.
What was supposed to be a half an hour ride home from the airport turned into a 2 hour trip.
Honestly no other way to be welcomed to India :P

And the next morning was the first wedding-related function!

So, my dad's family lives in Delhi, but the actual wedding ceremonies were to be held in a place south-east of there, in Kanpur, Lucknow. 

Because of that a pre-wedding prayer type of function was held in Delhi.

Here's some of the set up!











All dressed up and ready to go!


With my aunty, cousin (sister of the bride), and mumma.

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Some of my cousins from my mum's side of the family came to join us!



In India you address all your cousins with the hindi word for brother or sister, so if your cousins have kids they are essentially like your nephews or nieces (and I have a lot of them which I'm sure you'll see over the next few posts :P).


And all the bollywood-esque dancing begins!


My aunty, mumma and cutie pie ☺️


The bride to be doing some prayers.



Traditional indian sweets are a BIG part of indian weddings haha. Boxes of them are handed out to all the guests - this was about 1/5 of what we had and these were the leftovers :P Not enough, hey?


This is one of my favourites, it is so syrupy but so yummy!


Taste testing with the kiddo ☺️

Over the next few days mum and I got out of the house to do some pre-wedding shopping!


Typical Indian Roads :P


This was legitimately just a casual sight as we were driving by...
I sent this to my friend and all she said was #squadgoals :P
I'll add, #onlyinIndia



Just a few choices...?


Ok, this is so random, but I just love it. 

So, in India you have little stalls and shops devoted to selling bangles for traditional outfits. You go there and either show them your outfit, or tell them the colours you will be wearing, and they grab lots of different bangles out of their thousands and create a combination for you! 

I have looots of different coloured bangles at home but somehow I can never arrange them as prettily as these guys do in a matter of minutes!



Bangles packed and ready to go with our wedding outfits!

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And the night before we were set to travel to the wedding venue destination...it was time for MEHENDI (the traditional way of saying henna)!!! ☺️
All the women in the wedding family get it done and it's such a fun night with all the girls together.


The bride was the first to get started because bridal mehendi is SO full on and intricate, as you can see :P


Can you spot the groom and the bride facing each other on her palms? ☺️


The mehendi artists getting started on her feet! 
These guys are SO quick, legitimately only a minute and a bit between these two photos!


My mehendi in progress!


On both sides!


Ok, so as beautiful as mehendi is, when you're getting a whole lot put on and you want the design to stay for a while after, the longer you can keep the mixture on your hands the better!

This can become tedious :P

I kept mine on for about two hours and by the end my arms were so tired from being held in the most awkward positions to save my mehendi from rubbing off...that I resorted to resting them on the window sill :P

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I got some on my feet as well!

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The finished design!

The next morning all of us piled into a bus - it was roadtrip time to Kanpur!



It was about 15 of us altogether - and of course the family Husky, Shadow! :P


More sweets? Of course! Some fancy 'laddoos' for the roadtrip!



Oh, the sights of India...
Haha. On the drive I looked out my window and saw a couple of bangles being transported :P
#onlyinIndia

Hope you enjoyed the assortment of photos - can't wait to show you photos from the ACTUAL wedding :P

Even bigger and better, for sure! ☺️

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16 comments:

  1. Amazing! love this!

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  2. I like your blog, its really dope.
    Do you want to follow each other?
    If you want, than follow me, and let me know in comments, so I can follow you back with pleasure.
    We can follow each other on Instagram @andjela.dujovic, let me know in the comments so I can follow you back.

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    1. Thank you, Andjela! Will check it out now :)

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  3. I love the colours, I love the clothes, I love the food! Wow! Keep the photos coming :)

    Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair

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    1. Thank you, Aeriko! So vibrant, hey! It's been fun to recap with photos! :)

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  4. What lovely photos and congratulations on your sister's wedding! I really love how colorful everything is about Indian weddings and your clothing is so beautiful as is the henna! Cannot wait to see more photos!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Thank you, Rae! That is so lovely of you!!! Indian weddings are definitely a sight to see! :)

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  5. Welcome back ^^
    I loved your photos on the Instagram and there are many more here,yaaay :D
    The wedding looks so colorful, and maybe it is the Bollywood lover in me talking,but I love love love the traditional outfits and it all looks so happy! I hope you had a great time. And btw,I've never seen camels before. Not even in the ZOO(not entirely sure why haha). Your photos make me want to visit India as soon as possible :D

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    1. You are the sweetest, Rory! Haha, awww, well I'm glad I have another person who LOVES indian outfits with me :P It all went off so well, and we all had a great time thankfully!

      Haha really!?! I have to admit, it's typical India to see camels, cows and an assortment of random animals on the roads :P

      Hehe, I hope you get to one day! It's such an experience! :D

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  6. LOVE, LOVE , LOVE!!
    also... WELCOME BACK *YAAAAY*!!
    I've missed you soo much <3!
    I love this post and how colourful it was. The henna was beautiful and I cannot wait some more posts like this. I am soo happy that you are back.
    Also girl, please... you need to get yourself on Twitter so we can chat more <3!
    lots of love,
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

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    1. Awww thank you, Ramsha!!! This comment made my day, I am finally starting to slightly get into my routine again - still have so many peoples' blogposts to catch up on! *Monkey covering eyes emoji*. You are so, so sweet to me!

      Oh my gosh, yes! I need to get myself on twitter! Hopefully this week :)

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  7. This is incredible! Now I MUST go to India, it looks fantastic! If you still have leftover sweets I can give you my address, I'm very good at polishing food off :D xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua: Food, Travel, Italy

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    1. Thank you, Lucy! I would highly recommend, India is insane haha, but definitely incredible!

      Hahaha, love it! You'll loooove India - so.much.food.to.try. All day. Everyday. :P

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  8. Wowee! Everything looks incredible! I'd love to visit India someday. I hope you had a brilliant time.

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    1. Thank you so much, Emma! I hope you get too - India is an incredible experience, for sure :)

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