Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bollywood meets Fiddler on the Roof

(Jeff and his brother, Greg, father of the bride)
We had a great weekend in Saratoga Springs, New York.  We were there to attend Jeff's niece, Cassandra, and Vicram's wedding.  And what a wedding.  There were actually two weddings.  There was a Hindu one and a Jewish one.  And all in the same day.  What a melding of two different cultures.  It is hard to explain it all.  I had no exposure to Hinduism, so it was all extremely interesting.  So many traditions and beauty.  The usual Hindu wedding takes about 6 hours.  We got the 2 hour version with translations.  Jeff was in charge of Cassandra and got to walk her down the aisle.  This was very special as we have three sons.  Jeff wasn't walking them down any aisle.
This is Vicram riding in on the horse with family and friends dancing around him.  It was a sight to behold.  Riding the horse shows that he now was a responsible adult.  Or that least that is what I think our translator said.
Casey watched from the balcony all the goings on.  She was beautiful in her Hindu outfit.  Her arms, hands and legs were all henna painted in very intricate designs.

Then it was time for the Jewish ceremony.  Casey had changed into her wedding gown.  It was the one her mother had worn.  Stephanie, Casey's mom, crocheted the yarmulkes, made the veil and arranged the flowers.  They were all beautiful.  The Jewish ceremony was lovely and mixed well with the Hindu. Then it was time for the reception that went well into the night.  So much dancing, food and drink!! 
It was all so  much fun.  I only wish we could have stayed longer to spend time with our East coast family.  We also missed Nathaniel being there.  It was the first week at  school plus they had classes on Labor Day.                                                                                      

I knitted all weekend and made time to go to a yarn shop!!! (of course!)   Got some lovely local yarns!  Keep on knitting!!!