What happens when a lively southern belle weds her Indian groom in the heart of Texas? This exuberant Indian fusion wedding is really something to see y’all.
Did you know that Austin’s Radha Madhav Dham is THE largest Hindu temple and ashram complex in the United States? I guess it’s true what they say. Everything really is bigger in Texas.
This Manhattan couple got married in Austin in November. It was a weekend of revelry that spanned the entire greater Austin area. We started at Villa on Lake Georgetown. Then headed south to Radha Madhav Dham Hindu temple for the Hindu ceremony, then to Clay Pit for dinner. On Day 2, the church ceremony took place at Palm Valley Lutheran in Round Rock and then everyone headed back to Villa on Lake Georgetown for the reception.
I’ll let Erin tell you why this wedding was so unique in her own words:
“At the onset of our wedding planning, my husband and I knew that we wanted our marriage to symbolize the fusion of two different cultures coming together. My Southern Baptist family knew little about Indian culture and my husband’s North Indian family had only visited America once; furthermore, both were quite traditional in their separate beliefs. Creating a Hindu-Christian marriage is no small task but one that opened the eyes to so many of our relatives, putting on display the beauty, colors, and rich history characteristic of both upbringings. We built so many cultural bridges throughout the process.
While planning the two weddings, we knew we wanted to get married in Austin since it had such a strong Indian population yet close to my extended-Texan family. In conjunction with the theme of “coming together”, we didn’t want out-of-town family staying in impersonal hotels so we rented out two massive homes, The Villa on Lake Georgetown and the neighboring Carnley House, so guests could bond in a less-structured environment over cross-cultural cooking and cards.
For the Hindu wedding, my husband’s mother combed the Delhi markets to find the perfect bridal saree for myself and my bridesmaids. For the Christian wedding, we turned to an intimate boutique store in LaGrange, Georgia, where my father has a church. As soon as I put on the Casablanca Princess gown recommended by owner Amy Warren, we knew the search was over!”
So here we go.
I loved photographing this loving, zany, exuberant couple. Thank you Erin and Saurabh. Here’s wishing you a happy, long life together filled with love and laughter.
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Last but not least, here is the team of Austin wedding pros that made this wedding come to life:
- Hindu temple: Radha Madhav Dham temple, http://radhamadhavdham.org/
- Church venue: Palm Valley Lutheran
- Reception venue (and getting ready): Villa on Lake Georgetown
- Hair and Makeup – Jill Freeland
- Henna artist – Nisha from Henna Arts
- Catering – Clay Pit
- Mandap and other ceremony decor – Vishal Dave, Dhoom Decorations
- Florist and reception decor – Brenda Denman (no website)
- Cake – Cool Cakes By Donna
- Photography: Studio Uma Austin Wedding Photographer