Akanksha & Anant’s Real Wedding

Akanksha and Anant celebrated their engagement and wedding ceremony within a day of each other.  The wedding festivities took place at a huge venue and included 1500 guests from both families.  The couple, who reside here in the UK, enjoyed every moment of their traditional Indian wedding ceremony and spent their honeymoon in Goa shortly after their colourful celebrations. 

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The Engagement

Akanksha and Anant were officially engaged just one day before they were married.  They celebrated with a Tilak Ceremony where the bride and grooms family both pray for a happy and auspicious future for the couple.  Akanksha’s father offered Anant a fruit date and applied Tilak on his forehead, in honour of the engagement. After the Tilak Ceremony, Akanksha’s father offered gifts to the groom and his family members and the couple exchanged rings; both rings were presented on heart shaped trays.

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The couple then danced the night away, looking forward to their big marriage the following day.

Just before going to bed, another ritual called the Mehandi Ceremony took place; the most important of all pre-wedding rituals in the Indian culture.  This ceremony was arranged by the bride’s family and is a private affair which took place amongst close friends and relatives. Akanksha received a henna style make-over, done by a professional, on both her hands and her feet.  Within the henna were the letters of her husband-to-be’s name, which he then needed to find the following day so as to impress his bride.

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Photography by: Friends and Family