Real Colorado Wedding: Bridgett and Jastesh Pt. 1 | Traditional Indian Wedding in Pueblo

By Season Hurd |

Mendhi ceremony, Bride's hands with henna monogram, J. La Plante Photo

All photos by J. La Plante Photo


Bride: Bridgett | Groom: Jastesh (Jay)
Date: July 31, 2015 | Venue: Pueblo Convention Center, Pueblo


It has always been my dream to post a traditional Indian wedding on A Colorado Courtship but something has always prevented it. This time I didn’t technically fulfill all the post requirements either. But sometimes you break your own rules when something is so beautiful that you can’t tear your eyes away from it. When I think of celebration, I think of bright colors, dancing, and merriment. Not just at a reception but throughout the joyous occasion. I really feel that the Indian culture has this all figured out! I simply adore the complex rituals, ornate detailing, and extended family involvement. A Hindu wedding energizes the whole community as the couple and their entourage move through several days and multiple venue changes. And all the while they smile and take pleasure in the process. The couple and their family giggle and relish as they get their turn to take part in this major milestone. It’s a joy to behold. (I might also be a little jealous of all the amazing accessories.) Bridgett and Jastesh’s traditional Indian wedding in Pueblo was a multi-day event beautifully captured by J. La Plante Photo. One of my absolute favorites in our area, this husband and wife photography team creates colorful, intense, and emotional images. I think they absolutely knocked it out the park with this two-part wedding. ┬áThe light in these images is only made more magical by the use of prisms during the mendhi ceremony. As I myself begin to move toward this medium, photography like theirs is my holy grail!

From the Photographers:

Bridgett & Jay had quite the weekend ahead of them when we arrived at Jay’s parents’ house Thursday night. This was actually the second event of the weekend, with two entire wedding ceremonies yet to come. Jay’s female family members performed the traditional Hindu preparations, known as the mayian. With Jay seated in front of an ornate arrangement of dyed grains of rice, his aunt gave the traditional blessings while all his female relatives took turn rubbing a turmeric paste on his arms, legs, and face. Each relative also performed a blessing and gave a gift to the couple. After the sun went down, the women of the family took a “jago” lit with candles out into the cul-de-sac and danced beneath the full moon while singing traditional songs. Historically, this ceremony is used to proclaim the joyous occasion to the neighborhood and spread the celebration. Based on the heads that peeked out of the neighbors’ doors wondering what was going on, I think they accomplished just that! We rounded out the night with Bridgett’s mendhi ceremony, where she had a beautifully intricate design painted on her hand using henna. It’s believed that the darker the bride’s henna becomes, the more her mother-in-law will love her. The next day, we headed back to Jay’s parents’ house for his pre-wedding preparation. This was much more involved than our typical groom, who runs a comb through his hair and puts on a tie and boutonniere. At the same time, Bridgett was getting ready in her hotel room near the event center. Jay’s family accompanied him to the event center, where he was met by Bridgett’s family and garlands of flowers were exchanged. Everyone processed inside, where Bridgett was finally presented to Jay and the two were wed in a traditional Hindu ceremony.

I strongly urge you to learn more about the intricacies of Hindu marriage ceremonies here.


Venue: Pueblo Convention Center | Photographer: J. La Plante Photo | Design and Decor: Enchante Celebrations | Videography: Forget Me Not Media


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