Naomi & Mo | St Helen’s & Caribbean Court Wedding | Vero Beach Florida FL
Naomi and Mo`s Bi-Cultural Wedding Day. Amazing Catholic Wedding and Traditional Hindu Ceremony
Together they unite their love and their family to become one!
We love Hindu weddings, and Naomi and Mo`s wedding day was truly an amazing all-day event with all the beauty and festivities, on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the summer!
As a designer in California, Naomi had her mind on the flowers she wanted for some time. When she came to us for her wedding, she expressed her desire for flowers that would be native to south Florida. She expressed that she was in love with red fuchsia bougainvillea, as well as white magnolias, and of course, both of these species are found in south Florida The question is; how long do the blooms last?
We began to do our home work and lots of testing, and found that neither bloom had the best shelf life for a long wedding day. When we tried to order the magnolias, the wholesalers all laughed, and told us good luck. As you can see from the photos, Naomi and Mo did get the flowers of their choice. How did we accomplish this? By simply taking special care to keep the flowers in water and as cool as possible (on a blazingly hot Florida day). We do have an additional magical secret that we learned for keeping these native Florida flowers fresh, but we were, in fact, amazed that the next day when cleaning up, that the bougainvillea blooms were all still quite beautiful, and not dead or wilted.
Naomi and Mo were amazing with the details and colors they brought to the designs, while including their family in the decision-making process. While browsing the photos, you will first see the traditional Catholic High Mass ceremony at St Helens. Afterwards they celebrated with an amazing, colorful Hindu ceremony at the Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel near the beach, where Naomi and Mo both changed in to their ceremonial outfits.
Naomi wore a gorgeous burgundy red and white saree with stunning gold trim. Mo wore a traditional Hindu sherwani, which is a long coat-like jacket fastened with buttons. It comes to just below the knees, hitting somewhere high on the calf. The jacket has a Nehru collar, which is a collar that stands up (sometimes called a “mandarin” collar). This jacket is often cream, light ivory, or gold colored for weddings, especially those in the morning. It can be embroidered with gold or silver. While traditionally light in color, the jackets can be worn in dark colors, like reds, blacks, or navy, typically later in the day. A scarf is sometimes added to the jacket over one or both shoulders. The sherwani is worn with tighter fitting pants or trousers called churidars that are loose around the hips and thighs, but are tight and gathered around the ankle.
The ceremony took place under a beautiful Hindu bamboo mandap with white sheer and hanging jasmine flowers on the side, and bright tropical flowers on the side poles, with a gorgeous flower boarder across the top. Traditional Hundu décor could be found through the ceremony. Simply breathtaking!
The Reception followed in a lovely clear-roof tent that allowed the stars shine through, complimenting the sparkle of the candles throughout, as the new couple, the bridal party, and the guests danced the night away, surrounded by lush large ferns, and beautiful fuchsia and orange tablescapes.
Congratulations to Naomi and Mo, and thank you for including us in your wonderful wedding day!
Hindu Wedding Ceremonies are so colorful and full of tradition and meaning. Looking through the photos you will see examples of many Hindu traditions. If you have never seen or experienced an event like this, listed below are a few of the meanings behind what you see here:
Jaimala (Exchange of Garlands)
The couple exchanges garlands as a gesture of acceptance of one another and a pledge to respect one another as partners.
Madhupak (Offering of Yogurt and Honey)
The bride’s father offers the groom yogurt and honey as the expression of welcome and respect.
Kanyadan (Giving Away of the Bride)
The father of the bride places her hand in the groom’s hand requesting him to accept her as an equal partner. The concept behind
Kanyadan is that the bride is a form of the goddess Lamxi and the groom is Lord Narayana. The parents are facilitating their union.
Havan (Lighting of the Sacred Fire)
The couple invokes Agni, the god of Fire, to witness their commitment to each other. Crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar rice and oil are offered to the ceremonial fire.
Rajaham (Sacrifice to the Sacred Fire)
The bride places both her hands into the groom’s and her brother then places rice into her hands. Together the bride and groom offer the rice as a sacrifice into the fire.
Gath Bandhan (Tying of the Nuptial Knot)
The scarves placed around the bride and groom are tied together symbolizing their eternal bond. This signifies their pledge before God to love each other and remain faithful.
Mangalphera (Walk Around the Fire)
The couple makes four Mangalpheras around the fire in a clockwise direction representing four goals in life: Dharma, religious and moral duties; Artha, prosperity; Kama, earthly pleasures; Moksha, spiritual salvation and liberation. The bride leads the Pheras first, signifying her determination to stand first beside her husband in all happiness and sorrow.
Saptapardi (Seven Steps Together)
The bride and groom walk seven steps togehr to signify the beginning of their journey through life together. Each step represents a marital vow:
First step: To respect and honor each other
Second step: To share each other’s joy and sorrow
Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties and spiritual growth
Sixth step: To follow principles of Dharma (righteousness) Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love
Jalastnchana (Blessing of the Couple)
The parents of the bride and groom bless the wedded couple by dipping a rose in water and sprinking it over the couple.
Sindhoor (Red Powder)
The groom applies a small dot of vermilion, a powdered red lead, to the bride’s forehead and welcomes her as his partner for life. It is applied for the first time to a woman during the marriage ceremony when the bridegroom himself adorns her with it.
Aashirvad (Parental Blessing)
The parents of the bride and groom give their blessings to the couple. The couple touches the feet of their parents as a sign of respect.
Menhdi (Henna Ceremony)
The traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the Henna plant. The term refers to the material, the design, and the ceremony. It is tradition for the names of the bride and groom to be hidden in the design, and the wedding night is not to commence until the groom has found both names. After the wedding, the bride is not expected to perform any housework until her Menhdi has faded away.
Dana and Tyler’s Destination Wedding – Vero Beach Hotel and Spa
Pink Pelican Florist is thrilled to have been a part of this beautiful Wedding Day Event!
As the day began, Dana and Tyler were blessed with a glorious morning for their wedding. The sun was shinning, and the ocean was shimmering, with soft sounds of the waves rolling ashore, making this a perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony.
Working together with Dana, we began her amazing color palette with one of our turquoise custom fabric aisle runners, which contrasted beautifully against the white coral stone. We then lined the aisle with white slated boxes filled with vibrant blooming plants, fresh flowers, and cascading green ivy; each container an expression of glorious pinks, yellows, greens, oranges, whites, and touches of fuchsia. In addition, every other chair held a clear glass vase that was filled with the same flower combination; tied with turquoise ribbon.
The wooden pergola structure was decorated with a large floral section on the top-center as a gorgeous backdrop to the ceremony. The fountain had small floral arrangements matching the flowers down the aisle that were then used for cocktail hour afterwards, and large green ferns filled the tall concrete urns. It was the perfect setting for Dana and Tyler to start their ceremony.
As the bridal party came down the aisle, the girls were in navy blue dresses, and carrying bouquets made with love in the same flower selection used throughout. The guys were in white oxford shirts and grey trousers; their boutonnieres in shades of the bridal flowers. Once Tyler, the guys, and the girls were in place, it was Dana’s turn to walk down the aisle. As the bride made her entrance, her smile was as the bright as the colors in her bouquet, and her eyes sparkled like her dress. She was simply exquisite in every detail, completing the perfection of the ceremony.
For cocktail hour, Dana carried the theme from outside throughout the reception. The large floral piece from the wood trellis was brought inside to the sweetheart table. The guest toasted the new couple at round tables with white wooden-box floral arrangements filled with roses, lilies, ivy, stock, snapdragons, and spray roses, topped off in the center with curly willow and Mendocino branches to add altitude and drama to the designs. The wedding cake was covered in fresh flowers as well to carry the theme and feel throughout the room.
This wedding could be easily described as beautiful, yet whimsical garden theme, and was such a great way to start their new lives together.
Congratulations to Dana & Tyler! We were blessed to have been a part of your big day.
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