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...
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.
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!
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
I got some on my feet as well!
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
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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