Planner: Jenna Lam Events
Lab: Photo Impact Imaging
Florals/Styling: Jenna Lam Events
Venue: Private residence in St. Helena, CA
This is day 1 of 3 for the very talented, very beautiful Jenna from JLE (Jenna Lam Events) and ever so charming Alok. Alok and Jenna had a 3-day wedding affair full of color, ornate and original details, delicious food, and lots and lots of devilment in the most joyous way. It was a true visual feast. I can’t wait to show you more!
If you follow my Instagram stories, you might occasionally see I am an avid lover of Wikipedia, random facts, and love learning in general. Since we are overrun with white Western weddings, its fun to learn about different traditions and customs. For your learning pleasure:
The significance of a Haldi ceremony in an Indian wedding:
To ward off “evils”
To protect from any bad omens the couple might encounter before the wedding day.
As a Symbol of Blessings
Those who apply the haldi paste also send them love and blessings for a happy and healthy marriage.
According to ancient Hindu texts, turmeric is said to have purification powers.
For the Glow
Everything intangible aside, the haldi ceremony has actual physical benefits. The paste applied during the haldi ceremony is an antiseptic (no breakouts!). It also sloughs off dead skin to reveal glowing skin underneath. Also, the faint yellow stain left behind by the turmeric gives you an ethereal glow that is both beautiful and divine. …so it might not be a bad idea to sneak into your kitchen before your wedding and put a little turmeric to use other than for your next dinner.
Day 2 (Welcome Party) and Day 2 (Wedding!) coming soon.
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Alok (treasured friend) and Jenna are the real deal! You have captured their personal truths and beauty of their delightful wedding and its celebrations as they represent and honor their cultures and traditions.
I anticipate to learn about Day 2 and 3! I hope it will be soon…
Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing