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  • Writer's pictureJean Rivers

A Hindu Celebration with a Japanese twist

Updated: Jun 6

The sunset behind Akshay & Kelsey as they danced for the first time at the Eiteljorg Museum with the Indiana Statehouse as the backdrop. The very venue they had spent the morning at for the Hindu ceremony.

In the ever-evolving tapestry of modern weddings, couples are increasingly drawn to blending traditions and cultures to create a unique and personal celebration. One such beautiful fusion is a Hindu wedding infused with Japanese elements, particularly the iconic and breathtaking cherry blossoms. This combination not only symbolizes the coming together of two individuals but also the harmonious blending of two rich cultural heritages.

Imagine a serene garden setting where the vibrant colors of a traditional Hindu wedding are complemented by the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms. The venue is adorned with pink and white cherry blossom trees, creating an ethereal canopy under which the sacred rituals are performed. The fragrance of flowers fills the air, merging with the incense from the Hindu ceremonial offerings, creating a sensory delight for all attendees.

The wedding ceremony, rich in Hindu rituals, takes on a new dimension under the cherry blossom mandap. The mandap which is traditionally adorned with marigolds and roses, is now intertwined with cherry blossom branches, symbolizing the fleeting beauty of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.

As the couple takes their seven sacred vows (saptapadi) around the holy fire, cherry blossom petals are gently showered upon them, symbolizing blessings and well-wishes from their loved ones. The blend of Sanskrit chants and the rustle of cherry blossom leaves in the breeze creates a mesmerizing atmosphere, emphasizing the sanctity and beauty of the union.

The décor at the reception continues the cherry blossom theme, with tables adorned with delicate blossoms and lanterns, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. Traditional Indian music, complemented by the serene notes of Sakura, provides the perfect backdrop for the evening’s celebrations.

A Hindu wedding celebration enriched with Japanese elements of cherry blossoms is more than just an aesthetic choice; it is a celebration of diversity, unity, and the beauty of cultural exchange. It honors the traditions of both cultures while creating a unique and memorable experience for the couple and their guests. In a world where blending traditions is becoming increasingly common, this fusion stands out as a poignant reminder of the universal language of love and the beauty that arises when two worlds come together.

Vendor Team

Planning & Design Blue Llama Events

Decor : Atmospheres Indy

Photo & Video: Van Elk

Henna : Henna by Hasan

Hair & Makeup : Black Swan Beauty

Ceremony: Indiana Statehouse

Welcome Event and Post Ceremony lunch: Westin Hotels

Reception: The Eiteljorg Museum

Catering & Bar : Kahns


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