Meet Neil and Eli, the adorable duo who got hitched in a traditional-with-a-hint-of-modern Hindu ceremony in Brentwood, California.
Their love story began with a chance meeting when they literally bumped into each other outside a store in downtown Modesto, California. Eli waited till Neil came out of the store and asked him out.
In an interview with The Big Fat Indian Wedding they said that while they wanted a traditional Indian wedding, they took out rituals that “were degrading to women and unequal, like kanyadaan.”
Kanyadaan is the Hindu ritual of the bride's father giving away his daughter to her husband.
"The rituals were tailored to represent us as equals in the relationship; including the saptapadi and the pheras. We were happy that we could keep the ceremony as modern as possible without losing the traditional touch," they told TBFIW.
Saptapadi are the seven sacred vows of marriage and pheras are the seven rounds you take around the holy fire.
They got dressed in exquisite sherwanis for their big day. ❤
Sealed their love in holy matrimony. ❤
And danced away to Bollywood tunes at their reception. ❤
Published with permisson from The Big Fat Indian Wedding.