Welcome back, readers! Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?
After a night of fun and dance, Erica, Ricky, and their bridal party were up early to start prepping for the wedding. It couldn’t have been a nicer day at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. Blue skies, ocean breeze… It was only 9:30 in the morning when guests were starting to get shuttled in for the Baraat. The Baraat is the groom’s wedding procession in certain Indian communities. As lively as the Sangeet was the previous night, the Baraat was a dance party on the move! Ricky sat atop a royally dressed steed–his family and friends parading by his side–on his way to the ceremony.
Immediately following the Baraat was the Milni, a tradition during which the bride and groom’s families exchange garlands. This was the first symbolic act in unifying their lives. Soon enough, the ceremony was ready to begin. Even during the processional, you better believe there was dancing! The mandap, or ceremony structure, was a beautiful sight to see. (This is equivalent to the chuppah in traditional Jewish weddings.) As the bridesmaids processed, they carried diya, or oil lamps. At the mandap, they met the pandit, or the priest.