An awesome fun wedding with a message.
It was not a destination wedding, a traditional Eco-friendly one!
Who doesn't know his mother Meenakshi ? :-).
Siddharth is in the fourth year of a PhD program in Ecology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Janani Eswar, the bride, a social entrepreneur, connecting children and young adults to nature in Bangalore, is the daughter of Radha and Krish Murali Eswar also from Bengaluru.
The wedding was a visual delight with a lot of thought bestowed on every detail. Importantly it was mother-earth friendly. It was performed in a heritage building 'Villa Pottipati' situated in Malleswaram. As space was a constraint smaller group of friends and relatives were invited for different functions in this lovely tree covered garden of the 19th century Villa.
A letter from the couple tells us why this wedding is so special.
- Madhavan shastru:
|Traditional Hebbar Iyengar Mangalsutra|
|Ancestral home of the groom's family.|
|Chappara-pooja (The pendal.)|
|Madavan shastru performed by Vidya Mami, in green sari.|
|Oil being applied for the oil-bath.|
|Aarti being done|
The paternal grandparents photo in the pooja room.
Kannika explaining our traditions to the foreign friends
Gifts without any packing being handed over
|Bharath traps Meenakshi in a plastic bag!!!!|
|The whole family -The Rukmavilas clan|
Food all served in reusables
- Bhajan at the Villa Pottu pati between 530-630 pm
The heritage home now a Neemrana hotel
|Lighting the lamp|
|Fish design Backdrop made out of waste materials|
The siblings together
Bhajans sung by Pammi and Manjula
Accompanying the bhajan
|Wonder why he is tidying up this chair?|
|For a vantage seat for his girl!|
|what tickled them?|
|Pleasantries with the sambandhis|
|Sisters immersed in the bhajan|
|the brides parents relaxed|
|Kamala Pati the grandmother -continuing the tradition|
|Another Pati from the brides side|
|A great setting with tall trees, chairs stylishly covered with cloth|
|Sugar cane juice served in glass glasses|
|Kitchu Tata with all the younger generation|
|The rukmavilas clan again|
|A wonderful activity -jigsaw puzzle for all the 4 to do.|
|Ramakanth who soldiers on for a clean eco-friendly events|
|Bharath's father's side family|
The wedding day!
|Labour of love for his own wedding!|
|Kannika coming in through the gate|
|The musicians-divine music|
|Hand woven vesti (dhoti)|
|Krish Murali Eswar -Father of the bride|
|Vidwan Radha krishna conducting the wedding|
|Sisters Aditi and Janani share the wedding day too|
|Tying the mangalsutra|
|Tara invoking blessings for the couple by singing Sanskrit slokas|
|Bending down to put the toe rings|